by Meetings & Conventions Asia | December 04, 2018
Comedian Rhys Darby features in Tourism New Zealand's #getNZonthemap campaign video. (Photo Credit: Tourism New Zealand)
Delegates attending the PCO Association Conference in Melbourne from December 10-11 can look forward a host of lighthearted and exclusive activities hosted by New Zealand at its 100% Pure New Zealand hub.

Expected to cause gaffes, delegates will be asked to work together to help #getNZonthemap, a reference to the country's latest destination marketing campaign that aims to raise awareness by "investigating a conspiracy to keep New Zealand off world maps".

"Delegates can help complete a fun quiz to connect the dots on a giant map. Once New Zealand is on the map and all the dots are connected, we will be serving New Zealand's Cloudy Bay Pelorus bubbles to celebrate," revealed Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) Australia Manager Sharon Auld.

CINZ will also be launching its MEETINGS 2019 hosted buyer programme with express applications available throughout the conference.

Delegates can attend the two-day MEETINGS trade show in Auckland as well as apply to join one of four pre-FAMs visiting Northland, Rotorua, Wellington or Queenstown. A select group of Australian hosted buyers will also have the chance take part in a special trip down south for the Christchurch Uncovered programme post-MEETINGS.
Special meet-and-greet activities at the booth include a booking signing on December 10 by futurist and keynote speaker Rohit Talwar of his book, The Future of Business. The first 50 delegates to visit the 100% Pure New Zealand stand at morning tea will receive a free book.

On both conference days during lunch break, delegates can participate in an annual Cloudy Bay wine event, now a PCOA conference ritual. Kiwi beers and Antipodes water will also be on offer.
This year, 19 venues, hotels, convention bureaus and activity operators from across the country are exhibiting at the PCOA Association Conference with CINZ and Tourism New Zealand in Melbourne.