BE Reconnected will mark a restart for New Zealand’s hard-hit business events industry, following the impact of COVID-19 on the global conference and meetings sector.
Organised by Business Events Industry Aotearoa (formerly named CINZ) on Tuesday 1 December at Auckland’s Aotea Centre, BE Reconnected will be New Zealand’s only business events industry gathering for 2020.
Chief Executive Lisa Hopkins says there has never been a more critical time for the industry to gather together and chart a course for the future.
“BE Reconnected has been designed to support the industry to reconnect with industry peers, and to discover new product, see how they can support regional centres in New Zealand, and find out what they have to offer.
“Over 270 business event organisers and decision makers from around New Zealand will be meeting face to face with over 120 members from across the regions,” she says.
Australian buyers have also registered for the BE Reconnected programme and will connect online with members throughout the day. Two Australian buyers, who have been living in New Zealand this year, will attend the event in person.
“For the foreseeable future, we will have to be flexible in our approach to how events are staged and managed, with a combination of in-person and hybrid, but importantly it is all about staying connected,” she says.
BE Reconnected will include a line-up of top keynote speakers, destination updates from the regions, and activations on the show floor. Prizes on offer from partners around New Zealand, include the major prize of a seven-night trip to Queenstown.
“BE Reconnected will be a huge opportunity for organisers to get a strategic head-start on event planning for 2021,” Ms Hopkins says.