ORGANISERS say that MEETINGS 2012, New Zealand’s multi-million dollar business tourism industry showcase to the world, which concluded last Thursday, has led to some promising new connections being made.
For two days suppliers and operators promoted themselves to 665 professional conference organisers and decision makers from around the Pacific and South East Asia.
Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) chief executive Alan Trotter says it is too early to put a dollar value on the business procured during the course of the event but it has generated some significant new business leads and a sizeable number of firm bookings.
As a guide, last year’s MEETINGS, held in Rotorua, resulted in $32m worth of new business leads.
“Most conventions and events have a long lead-in time so the connections made here over the past two days may not bear fruit for some years, but what we’re hearing is that buyers have been impressed with what they’ve seen and are keen to do business with us in the future,’’ Trotter said.
“Some have already booked and many others have indicated they will seriously consider bringing their business here in the future.
“Our challenge now is to translate that intent into firm bookings.’’
Mandy Slovitt, from Sydney-based CiEvents, says her company will definitely be looking to bring more business New Zealand’s way as a result of what they have seen this week at MEETINGS.
“I’ve really appreciated being here and it’s been a really well run week with an awful lot packed into it,’’ she said.
Next year Auckland will once again play host to MEETINGS on 26-27 June and again at Sky City Convention Centre.
Pictured At MEETING’S ‘Mild to Wild’ party at The Cloud, Warren Bingham, Given Imaging, can’t believe the prize he just won while Karen Hamilton of 360 degrees Events, NZ has spotted the camera man.
Leanne Constantino, The Forum Group & Roger Buckley, SSSi – farewell dinner at Euro Restaurant
Andrea Werner, Aust bdm for Wellington and Wellington Convention Bureau Manager, Martin Boland winners of Best Regional Stand
The paparazzi discover Carolyn Leatherby, MAS get cosy with Roger Buckley, SSSi at The Cloud
Delighted to find Richard Froggatt (far right) alive and well and living in Auckland are L-R Peter Gray, Motivating People & BEN columnist, Mercedes Trautwein EVT Incentive Marketing, Anne Blucher, Impact Organisation, enjoying a celebratory drink in St Matthews-in-the-City at the Millennium Hotels lunch.
Maxine Walsh, SKYCITY Auckland Convention Centre & Ian Walsh G1 Group enjoy a few jars at MEETINGS 2012 welcome function at the Hilton Auckland.
CINZs media guru Anabel Darby shares Adventure Bay’s cruise on Auckland Harbour with a NZ buyer buyer.