November 16, 2021 | By Bronwen Largier

As Auckland continues to push towards its 90 percent vaccination target which will see it emerge from months of lockdown, Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) will host a two-hour virtual summit in December focussed on the future of events, exploring the theme ‘Rally, Rebuild and Restart’.

Being livestreamed out of a virtual studio in Auckland’s Aotea Centre on December 9, the event will see BEIA Chief Executive Lisa Hopkins team up with Tourism New Zealand’s

General Manager of domestic and business events to talk through the latest practical information for the events industry and what to expect for 2022 as well as a panel of New Zealand, Australian and international experts discuss what they anticipate for 2022.

The event will also deliver insights from outside the industry including from New Zealand businessman Sir Ian Taylor and Joe Davis, co-author of a book about how New Zealand business and community leaders managed through New Zealand’s first COVID-19 lockdown. Davis will also MC the summit and facilitate the panel discussion.

“As an industry we need to rally and consider future-forward solutions, to rebuild our industry with sustainability in mind, and restart the sector after the crippling impact of the last two years,” said Hopkins.

“BEIA is committed to supporting our community with preparation for what is to come in 2022. This summit will help kickstart important and meaningful conversations, so we can move forward optimistically into next year and beyond.

“From this pool of experts, we will learn more about the environment and the probable landscape for business events over the next 12 months. We aim to leave the industry inspired, and ready with a tool kit of practical skills and innovative solutions.”

The Summit is free for members and $30 for non-members and has already attracted over 250 registrations.