Christchurch MEETINGS June event achieves record numbers

As well as two days packed with pre-scheduled appointments, buyers and exhibitors also have the chance to participate in knowledge sessions organised by Tourism New Zealand.

New Zealand’s annual business events industry tradeshow, MEETINGS is a sell-out, claim the show organisers, Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA), stating a record number of exhibitors set to meet with event organisers from Australia and New Zealand in Christchurch on 15 and 16 June.

The two-day event will showcase 211 stands from across 18 regions of New Zealand to 110 Australian and over 300 New Zealand event organisers at New Zealand’s first next-generation convention centre, Te Pae Christchurch.

BEIA Chief Executive, Lisa Hopkins says it is fitting MEETINGS will be the first large international exhibition event at Te Pae Christchurch, which, along with the city itself, is proving a drawcard for leading event planners from across the Tasman and around New Zealand.

“Across one impressive and expansive space at Te Pae, our hosted buyers can meet all of New Zealand’s leading hotels, venues, convention centres, tourism activities, and suppliers to the business events industry.

“Our Australian buyers have the chance to tour select regions before and after the event, and airline partner Air New Zealand has offered hosted buyers the opportunity to extend their stay and explore more of New Zealand at their leisure,” she says.

As well as two days packed with pre-scheduled appointments, buyers and exhibitors also have the chance to participate in knowledge sessions organised by Tourism New Zealand.

Day buyers from across New Zealand who register for MEETINGS and spend a full day on the show floor can receive an air travel rebate up to the value of $100 towards return airfares to Christchurch, plus free registration, hospitality at MEETINGS and return airport transfers

“As well, this is a rare opportunity to see and experience Te Pae Christchurch in action hosting a large event over multiple spaces,” Hopkins says.