Amid the colourful and interactive stands at MEETINGS NZ, a clear favourite emerged with the Destination Rotorua Convention Bureau. A definite crowd pleaser, the bureau offered buyers and passers-by an inflatable water bottle filled with still or sparkling water that was naturally flavoured with citrus, cucumber and mint. The staff were very friendly and easy to spot in their matching green converse sneakers.

Rotorua was recently ranked by Red Bull as the eighth best mountain biking destination in the world for the variety of its tracks and unique volcanic landscape.

The internationally recognised Polynesian Spa on Lake Rotorua is also featured among the world’s top 10 geothermal spas for the rich minerals in its hot spring pools.

It’s no wonder then that the Rotorua Convention Bureau also won Best Regional Stand for MEETINGS 2013, while the team at Claudelands took out the top gong in a CBD location for their well-managed and highly efficient stand.