Business Events Industry Aotearoa chief executive Lisa Hopkins says the huge support for MEETINGS from exhibitors and buyers reflects the strength of New Zealand’s rebound of business events’ confidence.
“The Hosted Buyer programme was launched in early February and the response is tracking at the highest level ever,” she said.
“We are delighted with industry enthusiasm for the programme and the eagerness of buyers wanting to experience Wellington and everything New Zealand has to offer this sector.”
The 18 new exhibitors this year represent accommodation providers, venues, event management companies, tour companies and activities including first-time exhibitor Wellington Zoo.
“We are excited to expand our client base and reach a broader audience, while promoting our sustainability initiatives as a Carbon Zero Zoo,” said Wellington Zoo Trust’s Vanessa Langford.
“And, as a not-for-profit organisation, all proceeds from our events go back into caring for the animals and our conservation work.”
Hamilton Gardens in Waikato is also new to MEETINGS this year. Ali Bartleet, business development lead for Hamilton’s Visitor Destinations, says MEETINGS is the perfect opportunity to raise the profile of the venue hire offering at Hamilton Gardens.
“With a major new development project kicking off, and reconfiguration of our indoor spaces due to be completed in time to host 2024 events, we are excited to develop relationships with business events industry professionals and put our Waikato gem firmly on the consideration list,” said Bartleet.
Limited spaces are available on the MEETINGS 2023 Hosted Buyer programme until applications close on April 19.