Conferences and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) is ensuring the country showcases its very best to local and international industry professionals this year by participating in major upcoming MICE events. The organisation will be networking at the Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME) in Melbourne during February, and organising yet another MEETINGS tradeshow in June in Auckland.

Riding on the success and attention that The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has attracted, New Zealand’s stunning movie scene landscapes will be promoted at AIME on February 26 and 27.

“This is the 21st year we’ve exhibited at AIME and our goal this year is to showcase to buyers the diversity of our product and our unparalleled ability to deliver value for money,” CINZ’s chief executive, Alan Trotter, said.

CINZ has secured more than 120 square metres of prime exhibition space at AIME and will be working alongside a large contingent of New Zealand suppliers, including international carrier Air New Zealand, Millennium Hotels & Resorts, IHG Hotels New Zealand, the SKYCITY Entertainment Group, the Langham Auckland, the Rendezvous Grand Hotel Auckland, Heritage Hotels & Resort, and Millbrook Resort.

June 26 and 27 will bring MEETINGS 2013 to SKYCITY Auckland Convention Centre, with a diversified post-show itinerary for hosted buyers.

Organisers are ensuring hosted buyers from Australia will be offered the opportunity to visit Auckland, Taupo, Rotorua, Wellington, Christchurch or Queenstown after the event so they can learn more about what is on offer.

CINZ chief executive Mr Trotter said it is an exciting time for New Zealand’s business tourism sector with several major new facilities opening to new markets.

“It is hoped that a decision on Auckland’s much needed international convention centre will be made soon. Proposals have been shortlisted for building a new 2000 to 2500 capacity convention centre in Christchurch, and there’s a scoping study underway for a convention centre in Queenstown.

“Potentially we could have three major new facilities up and operating within a matter of years, which would really catapult us into the big league,” Mr Trotter says.

Last year MEETINGS generated in excess of $32 million worth of local and international business for the country.

The combined promotional power of AIME and MEETINGS is hoped to continue promoting New Zealand as a world-class business destination.