Auckland was abuzz with activity as MEETINGS NZ concluded for another year last week. More than 500 conference and event organisers from Australia, New Zealand and throughout the Asia Pacific attended the event.

Organised by Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ), the two-day exhibition in late June was held at SKYCITY Auckland Convention Centre where a record 180 exhibitors showcased the country’s ever-increasing and incredibly diverse business tourism sector.

According to CINZ chief executive Alan Trotter, MEETINGS, now in its 17th year, is vital in promoting New Zealand as a competitive conference and incentive travel destination.

“Every year millions of dollars worth of new business leads are generated as a result of the connections that are made at MEETINGS,” Mr Trotter said.

He says additional government funding and plans to increase and improve conferencing infrastructure throughout the country – including a proposed three new centres in Auckland, Queenstown and Christchurch – means New Zealand’s business tourism sector is fighting to remain on the world stage.

“It’s my personal crusade is to get the message out that we’re going to the next level and that this country is going into the premier league in terms of this convention plan capability,” he said.