Business events in New Zealand get lifeline

Industry leaders welcome government move to extend support scheme to help businesses impacted by Covid-19 restrictions.

New Zealand's business events industry to receive support through the latest Events Transition Support Payment Scheme.
New Zealand's business events industry to receive support through the latest Events Transition Support Payment Scheme. Photo Credit: Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre

Business events in New Zealand see positive light with recent announcement of government support scheme to help the industry. This comes amid calls by events industry leaders to accelerate the reopening of international borders and suspension of self-quarantine measures, which are critical for business delegates.

 

Economic and Regional Development Minister Stuart Nash announced the launch of the Events Transition Support Payment Scheme (ETSP) for business events with over 200 attendees on 12 February. He acknowledged business events as a key source of revenue for convention centres and other venues that are not typically used for large-scale events.

 

Business Events Industry Aotearoa Chief Executive Lisa Hopkins said, “When a business event is held, it not only brings much-needed contribution to the tourism and hospitality sectors, but also impacts positively on the community. It supports a highly skilled and dedicated supply chain, who have really felt the impact of restrictions over the past couple of years.”

Under the ETSP scheme, organisers of an eligible event can claim 90 percent of unrecoverable costs if it can’t go ahead due to public health measures for events. It will be valid for events scheduled from 4 April to 31 January 2023.

 

The ETSP scheme announced in November last year supported event organisers of large-scale events such as festivals but did not include business events.

 

Business events must have been publicly announced or have been active in the market before 23 January 2022 for events scheduled to begin before 1 July 2022; or at least four months prior to the event date for events scheduled to begin on or after 1 July 2022.



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