October 7, 2021 | By Bronwen Largier

In the wake of New Zealand’s ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, industry association Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) has postponed its annual national conference until 2022.

The event had already been postponed once from October to November, due to the outbreak which has been largely contained to New Zealand’s largest city Auckland, but which has caused disruption for the business events industry across the country.

The decision made by BEIA and the conference’s destination organisation, Tourism Hawke’s Bay, was based on the ongoing risks of the outbreak, the continuing lockdowns of Auckland and Waikato and the uncertainty around travel restrictions.

“It was important to both organisations that we delivered on several key objectives,” said BEIA Chief Executive Lisa Hopkins.

“Firstly, to provide an opportunity for our business events community to come together after what has been a torrid two years. Secondly, to enable Hawke’s Bay Tourism to showcase their wonderful region. And finally, it was to provide thought-provoking content, which supported our theme of BEing Bold, Brave and Ready.

“We look forward to returning to the Hawke’s Bay region in 2022. The teams are working on new dates right now and these will be announced soon.”

All delegates will receive a full refund for their registrations. The BEIA AGM will go ahead online for 2021 at a date to be announced soon.