MEETINGS to return in 2021

New Zealand’s MEETINGS will return to Auckland in 2021 after being cancelled this year for the first time in a quarter of a century due to the pandemic.

“With our trans-Tasman travel bubble looking to open next year, MEETINGS will be celebrating the return of Australian hosted buyers back to Aotearoa New Zealand, and we can promise them a huge welcome,” said Business Events Industry Aotearoa chief executive Lisa Hopkins.

“Our industry has continued to stage a large number of successful business events in New Zealand since restrictions lifted, bringing a huge level of confidence back into the industry. Now we are setting our sights on the return of international business events to destinations around the country, with the positive economic and social benefits they bring.

“We can’t wait to share our manaakitanga (warm hospitality) with industry leaders.”

For the first time, in 2021 all MEETINGS’ Hosted Buyers from Australia and New Zealand will have the opportunity to experience more of New Zealand with eight regions on offer for MEETINGS’ pre- and post-familiarisation programme.

“As well, our Hosted Buyer programme includes a carefully curated pre-scheduled appointments diary, access to exclusive networking events, complimentary flights and accommodation,” said Hopkins.

“We will have as many buyers as possible in person, but we will also have opportunity for the rest of the world to connect with exhibitors in a digital format. Business events are years in the planning, so we must continue to keep our future visitors engaged and focused on bringing their event to New Zealand.”

MEETINGS 2021 will held at ASB Showgrounds Auckland on June 2-3, with the Hosted Buyer Programme opening in January. In mid-2022, MEETINGS will be hosted in Ōtautahi Christchurch at the city’s new convention centre, Te Pae Christchurch.