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BEIA chair to step down

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BEIA chair Steve Armitage to step down
The chair of New Zealand industry association Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA), Steve Armitage, will step down in August, to take up a new role as head of Hospitality New Zealand, one of the nation’s largest associations.

Armitage has been chair of the BEIA board since November 2021 and spent nearly eight and half years as general manager of destination at Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development (ATEED), now known as Auckland Unlimited. Since leaving the destination bureau, Armitage has been working as a consultant for EY.  

“Under Steve’s guidance, BEIA is heading in a strong direction which will secure the future for the association and the industry,” said BEIA’s chief executive Lisa Hopkins.

“He will be an important part of our flagship event, MEETINGS in Wellington this month, and he will attend our conference in September in his new role representing the hospitality industry.

“We are thrilled to know we will continue working closely with Steve in his new role. BEIA and HospitalityNZ developed a strong relationship during the COVID pandemic, and the two organisations are closely aligned within the wider visitor economy.

“I am looking forward to our working relationship continuing and the collaboration opportunities that will bring for both organisations.”

Following its major trade event MEETINGS in three weeks’ time, BEIA will look for a new chair, with a view to filling the position by the association’s annual conference in September.

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