August 10, 2021 | By Bronwen Largier

Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) has opened registrations for its national conference in October, where it will be looking towards the future of the business events industry in the chop and wake of the pandemic.

Speakers at the association’s conference will include New Zealand’s New Zealand Tourism Minister Stuart Nash, New Zealand economist, Tony Alexander clinical psychologist Jacqui Macguire and international event strategist Oscar Cerezales, from MCI Group.

“With valuable input from a diverse range of BEIA members representing the full spectrum of our industry, we have developed a programme that allows time to discuss the big issues, while also hearing from experts who inspire, challenge and offer a very different perspective from the norm,” said BEIA Chief Executive Lisa Hopkins.

“Our speakers and workshops will focus on understanding the future, gaining industry intelligence, and forecasting. One of the characteristics of this conference is audience involvement. Our exceptional speakers are there to generate discussion. While they develop some of the framework, there will be plenty of audience participation.”

The conference will consider the threats and opportunities arising from COVID-19, the domestic market and the future of the international market.

The conference is being hosted in the Hawke’s Bay region between October 11 and 13, with the waterfront Napier War Memorial Centre to be the main conference venue.