Rotorua will host next year’s MEETINGS with the New Zealand business events showcase to be held at the Energy Events Centre on June 19-20, 2024.
Following a record MEETINGS 2023 in Wellington last month, MEETINGS is heading to regional New Zealand to highlight the diverse experiences on offer outside the three main centres.
“Rotorua is a magnificent city, the birthplace of the visitor economy for New Zealand, where business events, tourism and hospitality hold a sacred place,” said Business Events Industry Aotearoa chief executive Lisa Hopkins.
“Our intent is to amplify the cultural treasures of the city by bringing MEETINGS back to where it all began for New Zealand tourism.
“Its people, manaakitanga (welcome), excellent infrastructure, accessible North Island location, unique landscapes, and rich Māori culture all make it an exceptional meeting place.
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase this, and to tap into the enormously talented community of tourism, hospitality and events experts around the Rotorua region.”
Andrew Wilson, chief executive of RotoruaNZ, says the region is excited to be welcoming exhibitors and buyers from across New Zealand and the world to MEETINGS 2024.
“This is a huge honour, and we can’t wait to welcome our industry peers to experience all that our destination has to offer,” he said.
“Recent investment into some of our signature spaces, such as the Sir Howard Morrison Centre and the Wai Ariki Hot Springs and Spa, makes Rotorua the ideal place to mix business with pleasure and we look forward to sharing our home and our manaakitanga with buyers and sellers alike.”
MEETINGS has been well supported by the major hotel groups in Rotorua, as well as local iwi who will play a pivotal role during the event.
“This will be a very special, a very poignant MEETINGS and we can’t wait to experience it with you,” said Vanessa Wallace, RotoruaNZ Business Events Manager.
“Rotorua is renowned for its strong sense of community and identity, which makes us ideally placed to help organisations deliver authentic and meaningful experiences that will elevate and enhance their conference, meeting or incentive programme.”