Wellington welcomes 1000 delegates as it hosts TRENZ for the first time


TRENZ has just wrapped in Wellington, marking the first time the city has hosted New Zealand’s largest international tourism business event.

TRENZ took place at Tākina Wellington Convention & Exhibition Centre last week, with 1,000 delegates including more than 300 international travel buyers from 25 countries in attendence.

New Zealand Prime Minister Christopher Luxon welcomed the buyers and exhibitors at the opening ceremony held at the Michael Fowler Centre.

More than 15,000 appointments took place between buyers and sellers which are expected to generate millions of dollars for the New Zealand economy.

The opening of Tākina last year has helped the city host larger events such as TRENZ, something it did not previously have the capacity to accommodate as seamlessly, says Business Events Wellington manager Irette Ferreira.

“When tourism buyers see what the Wellington region has to offer, there will be benefits for the local industry for years to come,” she said.

“In addition, we’ll build on our business events legacy, showcasing the capability of our newest venue for larger trade events, and showcasing our unique attractions and the special experience Wellington is known for.”

A large famil programme also gave buyers the opportunity to explore Wellington and New Zealand experiences first-hand with around 45 group visits planned over four days.