May 20, 2022 | Produced in partnership with Business Events Industry Aotearoa
MEETINGS 2022, produced by Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA), is set to host 230 Australian and New Zealand Hosted Buyers in Ōtautahi Christchurch at the brand-new Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre on June 15 and 16.
Hosted buyers receive a personalised diary of appointments with their choice of exhibitors as well air travel, accommodation, transfers and registration for exciting social events.
MEETINGS event manager Jen Henshaw says this year MEETINGS will showcase more than 170 exhibitors with 211 stand spaces from 18 regions across New Zealand.
“We have 26 first-time exhibitors who will showcase what they have to offer in our wonderful, welcoming and safe destination,” she says.
Australian hosted buyers can also select to arrive early and participate in a pre-famil programme with a choice of 10 different regions on offer. This is a great way to discover the perfect ambience for future business events.
Airline partner Air New Zealand is offering hosted buyers the opportunity to extend their stay and explore more of New Zealand at their own leisure. Date flexibility with trans-Tasman travel assists with this extension to ‘Stay On and Discover More’.
The MEETINGS Welcome Function is the first social event of the trade show, and it will take place at the beautifully restored and refurbished Christchurch Town Hall.
“Our guests will be treated to a special welcome from our host city, as well as some relaxed networking while enjoying delicious local culinary delights and New Zealand’s fine wine,” Henshaw says.
“The first official day of MEETINGS is located at the brand new and extraordinarily stunning Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre. Exhibitors and buyers will get the chance to meet face to face and create new business opportunities. Buyers will discover, experience and connect with the best in the business.
“They will also be inspired at our Celebrity Speakers Showcase, Tourism New Zealand Regional Showcase and Tourism New Zealand Knowledge Sessions in a range of professional development sessions. The show floor will be buzzing with activity, and creative energy from across New Zealand,” she says.
The MEETINGS Gala Celebration is legendary and after two busy days, Te Pae Christchurch will transform into the scene for MEETINGS’ night of nights.
“We will shine the spotlight on local food, styling, production, and entertainment. Guests will be inspired as they celebrate in style and delight in a vibrant and elegant finale dinner.”