More than 650 international and domestic buyers attended CINZ MEETINGS in Auckland last week.
CINZ MEETINGS took place in Auckland last week (29–30 May), showcasing exhibitors from 17 regions across the country, including new convention facilities such as the New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC) in Auckland and Te Pae Christchurch, opening in 2020.
CINZ chief executive, Sue Sullivan, says the opening of new convention facilities in Auckland and Christchurch next year is an exciting prospect for international organisers looking for modern large-scale venues in desirable locations.
“This, along with the new hotels that have opened and are soon to open, provide our cities with first-class infrastructure to support these world-class convention centres,” she says.
“Our influential contingent of international buyers at MEETINGS 2019 left inspired about New Zealand as a business events destination, and what we can offer for large events, as well as for high-end, bespoke incentive travel.
“The quality of our exhibitors has created a real buzz amongst our buyers, and together they have held over 6,000 meetings, and will be leaving MEETINGS with strong business signed.”
She added: “For our business it is all about building strong relationships, and meeting face to face to cement ties. The welcome our visitors have received [at CINZ MEETINGS] has given them an unforgettable taste of New Zealand’s unique culture, our people, our distinct regional characteristics, and a deep insight into how warmly their delegates will be received here.”
Sustainability was a key focus for this year’s event, with a number of initiatives designed to boost awareness and reduce the event’s environmental footprint.
CINZ teamed up with social enterprise Eat My Lunch to donate 500 school lunches to local children in need, while hosted buyers received a reusable water bottle and reusable coffee cups were provided on the show floor by Air New Zealand baristas. Exhibitors were also encouraged to recycle everything they brought for their stands, and to reuse or donate floral arrangements.
“Our sustainability efforts are consistent with most professionally organised exhibitions and need to showcase that we take this issue seriously,” Sullivan says.
But, Sullivan plans to push the green envelop further in 2020.
“What we haven’t done enough of is challenge our suppliers and ask to see their sustainability commitment when they are onsite. We need to ask about materials used to build stands, how they are being disposed of and whether they are recyclable.
“So, in 2020 we will sharpen our focus on sustainability during our pre-build briefings and will work with partners, including PCOs and event organisers, to bring the industry along on this journey.”
CINZ MEETINGS 2020 will be held on 22–23 April at ASB Showgrounds.