NEWS: Air NZ Dreamliner flies to Fiji

Air New Zealand this week announced it will introduce the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on the Auckland – Nadi route this summer (November – March) adding 8000 more seats to the route. When Air New Zealand’s new Boeing 787-9 lands at Nadi International Airport on November 27 it will be the first time this aircraft has operated to the Pacific Islands. Air New Zealand chief sales and commercial officer, Cam Wallace,said: “Fiji continues to be a hugely popular destination for Kiwis with the number of Kiwis travelling […]

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NEWS: Demand heats up for MEETINGS 2015

Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) chief executive Sue Sullivan says demand has been high from both exhibitors and buyers seeking to participate in this year’s MEETINGS trade show. “We are delighted with the excellent field of exhibitors already signed up, and the speed of reaction to our call for hosted buyers this year. “We will be showcasing New Zealand’s renowned hospitality and creative talents with a host of networking opportunities across three days,” she said The event kicks off starts with welcome function on June […]

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NEWS: CINZ calls for more mentors

Following the success of its inaugural Mentorship Programme, Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) is now calling for more potential mentors and mentees in the lead-up to launching its 2015 Mentorship Programme  in June. CINZ chief executive Sue Sullivan says the aim of the Mentorship Programme is to provide PCOs with additional personal, career and professional guidance and advice. “What we want to do is grow the skills of our PCOs and strengthen the networks within our industry so that everyone is at the top […]

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NEWS: NZ out in full force at AIME

With major infrastructure projects planned across the country, including four new convention centres in Christchurch, Queenstown, Wellington and Auckland, New Zealand will be out in full force at the Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME) in Melbourne later this month. Conventions & Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) and Tourism New Zealand (TNZ) are set to lead a sizable contingent of key business events operators, with CINZ chief executive, Sue Sullivan, saying she is keen to update Australian buyers. “New Zealand is moving to the next level as it works to become […]

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NEWS: NZ visitor arrivals hit new high in 2014

International visitor arrivals for December have rounded out an impressive year of growth for New Zealand. December saw more than 400,000 arrivals, marking the highest number of visitors ever recorded for any month, pushing total arrivals to over 2.8 million. The data, released today by Statistics New Zealand, reveals that total holiday arrivals for the year ending December are up 6.9 per cent, topping off a great year for the tourism industry. “It has been a stellar year of growth which we expect to see continue […]

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NEWS: Mantra joins Christchurch revitalisation

The continuing renaissance of Christchurch is set for further rejuvenation with Mantra Group announcing it will manage the fully reconstructed 263-room hotel located at 165 Cashel Street when it reopens in April 2015 as the BreakFree on Cashel Christchurch. The hotel, formerly the All Seasons, was a highly successful concept and the largest hotel in the South Island, however it remained closed after the February 2011 earthquakes. An extensive refurbishment and redesign of the hotel has been underway since new owners – Auckland-based Russell Property […]

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NEWS: Christchurch back on world stage with two major wins

Christchurch has won the rights to host two major international conferences in 2017 and 2018, bringing 1200 delegates and more than $3 million to the economy. The convention bureau partnered with Tourism New Zealand to prepare the winning bids for the 2017 International Conference on Computers in Education and the 2018 Asia-Oceania Conference of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine. “These are two high-profile conference wins for Christchurch, putting our city back on the world stage as an international conference destination,” Christchurch and Canterbury Convention Bureau (CCCB) […]

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NEWS: IHG renews presence in Christchurch 

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has signed a management agreement to develop the 200-room Crowne Plaza Christchurch, signalling a commitment to Christchurch’s economic revival. Located in the central business district and across from the planned new Christchurch Convention Centre due to open in 2017, the upscale hotel will be a conversion of a current commercial building owned by a consortium of local Christchurch investors. The hotel will feature up to five suites and 195 guest rooms and food and beverage options including an all-day dining restaurant, a specialty […]

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NEWS: Auckland wins global genetics congress

Auckland will play host to an expected audience of 1300 international delegates after a successful joint bid to host a major global livestock genetics congress in February 2018. The World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production (WCGALP) is the premier conference for researchers and professionals involved in genetic improvement of livestock. Delegates from around the world gather every four years to attend the congress, which is expected to make an estimated contribution of more than $3.12 million to Auckland’s regional GDP. Dr Hugh Blair, […]

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NEWS: Hamilton Gardens win world’s best

Hamilton Gardens recently received the prestigious International Garden of the Year award, announced on October 1 as part of the 2014 Garden Tourism Awards held at the International Conference Gardens Without Limits conference in Metz, France. The annual award is presented to gardens which distinguish themselves in the development and promotion of the garden experience as a tourism attraction. Previous winners have included the Singapore Botanic Garden – which is currently applying for UNESCO World Heritage Status – and the Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle in Merano, […]

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NEWS: Major symposium win for Auckland

More than 300 international experts are expected to travel to Auckland in 2016 after a successful joint bid to host the 2016 International Radiation Symposium (IRS). The prestigious symposium is held quadrenially by the International Radiation Commission (IRC), a global network of scientists engaged in research of atmospheric radiation and related disciplines. Buckley-Glavish professor of climate physics, Dr Roger Davies, and the University of Auckland worked with the Auckland Convention Bureau (ACB) – part of Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) – and Tourism […]

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NEWS: Christchurch centre good for tourism

Tourism leaders have welcomed the recent announcement to develop Christchurch’s new convention centre, after international investment was confirmed this month. “We’re thrilled to have confirmation of the development and operation of Christchurch’s new convention centre, set to open in 2017,” Christchurch & Canterbury Tourism CEO, Tim Hunter, said. The Convention Centre Precinct (CCP) will be located on the block defined by Armagh Street, Oxford Terrace, Worcester Street and Colombo Street; and Gloucester Street will become part of the precinct itself. In this location, the CCP will connect […]

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NEWS: CINZ announces new CEO

Sue Sullivan has been named as the new CEO of Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ), replacing industry stalwart Alan Trotter as he steps down from the top job after a successful 20-year run. Ms Sullivan (pictured) brings to the role a strong understanding of the New Zealand tourism Industry with more than 20 years’ experience.  Her most recent role was with Tourism Holdings Limited as the General Manager Sales.  Ms Sullivan has completed a six year term on the board of the Tourism Industry Association (TIANZ) and four years as a New Zealand Backpacker, Youth and […]

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NEWS: Christchurch venue opening a right royal affair

In Christchurch as part of their official visit to New Zealand, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge today officially opened the city’s new Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre. Built to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Botanic Gardens, the $16.4 million centre was designed by leading New Zealand architects Patterson Associates and features a multi-purpose function room that seats up to 120 people. The overall design marries white embossed concrete with clean glass panels and plant cell motifs to create a visually striking building that sits at ease […]

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NEWS: TNZ set for a big year in 2014

Tourism New Zealand’s (TNZ) work in the business events sector is in full swing, as the organisation secures a presence at several industry trade shows in an effort to target key international markets. “Tourism New Zealand’s attendance at important trade events over the coming months is part of our commitment to growing the New Zealand business events profile in the international sector,” TNZ’s international business events manager, Bjoern Spreitzer, said. The organisation recently joined forces with Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) on a 100% […]

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