CINZ calls on government to be a “supportive partner”

Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) along with Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA), Tourism Export Council (TECNZ), Hospitality New Zealand, Entertainment Venues Association of New Zealand (EVANZ) and Entertainment Technology New Zealand (ETNZ) in the country, has called on the government to offer a targeted support package to assist in the recovery of the business events industry.

On behalf of the industry bodies, chief executive of TIA Chris Roberts presented a co-signed request to the prime minister and minister for tourism. The letter addressed and acknowledged how much work the government has done to protect the country during the COVID-19 crisis, but also highlighted the support programs the Australian Government was providing to the events industry. While New Zealand has seen an impressive recovery from coronavirus, there are still many industries unable to heal and operate completely. The business events industry is an important sector of the economy and it needs help tackling ongoing restrictions and getting back on its feet.

CINZ chief executive Lisa Hopkins said in a statement: “Our sectors are all suffering under border restrictions and now, with ambiguity around Trans-Tasman travel in the near future, we have asked the government to be a supportive partner as we navigate through this constantly changing time.