Celebrating its 20th year, MEETINGS NZ which opened today in Auckland is already in a celebratory mood with news the country has seen business event arrivals from Australia up by 10 per cent, and domestic spending up by 15 per cent.

Speaking at the event, CINZ chief executive Sue Sullivan says it is New Zealand’s leading platform for connecting influential domestic, Australian and international buyers with key regions, meeting facilities, accommodation, off-site venues and activities.

The two-day industry show brings experiences from 19 regions of New Zealand and more than 190 exhibitors under one roof at ASB Showgrounds.

Exhibitors and buyers are paired together for 6,000 appointments and networking opportunities across two days and three nights.

“We are seeing strong interest in New Zealand as a place to host great conferences, incentives and events. The feedback from 60 Australian event organisers who toured our regions this week has been tremendous,” Sue Sullivan says.

“Tourism New Zealand and Air New Zealand have brought 40 influential buyers and media from South-East Asia, India, China and North America to this year’s show.

“New Zealand buyers have travelled from all over the country to join us for the two days, together with a significant number of local Auckland event organisers coming in each day.”

CINZ MEETINGS 2016 is open to anyone who organises business events, meetings, conferences, exhibitions and incentive travel.

Air New Zealand is principal sponsor of MEETINGS 2016, and major sponsors are ASB Showgrounds, Peek Exhibition and Centium Software.

From 10.30am to 12 noon tomorrow tourism industry leaders from MBIE, Air New Zealand, Tourism New Zealand, ATEED, New Zealand International Convention Centre and Christchurch Airport will speak.