Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) has confirmed that its annual trade exhibition and networking event, MEETINGS 2021, will take place between June 2 and 3, 2021, in Auckland.

BEIA chief executive Lisa Hopkins said that next year’s event will be critical for reigniting the industry and updating buyers on the latest venues and unique experiences across the country.

“With our trans-Tasman travel bubble looking to open next year, MEETINGS will be celebrating the return of Australian hosted buyers back to Aotearoa New Zealand, and we can promise them a huge welcome,” she said.

“Our industry has continued to stage a large number of successful business events in New Zealand since restrictions lifted, bringing a huge level of confidence back into the industry. Now we are setting our sights on the return of international business events to destinations around the country, with the positive economic and social benefits they bring.

“MEETINGS 2021 will be the pinnacle of all our efforts, connecting hundreds of highly-qualified business event organisers with New Zealand’s leading suppliers and regions. We can’t wait to share our manaakitanga (warm hospitality) with industry leaders.”

For the first time, all MEETINGS 2021 hosted buyers from Australia and New Zealand will have the opportunity to experience more of the country with eight regions on offer for the post-show familiarisation programme.

“As well, our hosted buyer programme includes a carefully curated pre-scheduled appointments diary, access to exclusive networking events, complimentary flights and accommodation,” Ms Hopkins continued.

“We will have as many buyers as possible in person, but we will also have opportunity for the rest of the world to connect with exhibitors in a digital format. Business events are years in the planning, so we must continue to keep our future visitors engaged and focused on bringing their event to New Zealand.”

MEETINGS 2021 will held at ASB Showgrounds Auckland. The following year, in mid-2022, MEETINGS will be hosted in Ōtautahi Christchurch at the city’s new convention centre, Te Pae Christchurch.