There's more to New Zealand than meets the eye

Movers and shakers of Australasia's business events sector converge in Christchurch as MEETINGS 2022 kicks off 15th June.

The skies are clear for New Zealand's business events sector to soar once again, as MEETINGS 2022 takes place in Christchurch.
The skies are clear for New Zealand's business events sector to soar once again, as MEETINGS 2022 takes place in Christchurch. Photo Credit: Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA)

Ōtautahi Christchurch is playing host to Australasia’s business events industry as MEETINGS 2022 kicks off 15 June at Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre.

MEETINGS is New Zealand’s only national tradeshow for business events. The two-day annual event, which connects qualified buyers with exhibitors, is being held in Christchurch for the first time in 14 years.

Over 100 hosted buyers from Australia arrived in New Zealand over the weekend and participated in tours of five different regions - Auckland, Wellington, Marlborough, Queenstown, and host city Christchurch. They are set to join over 300 New Zealand buyers for pre-scheduled appointments with exhibitors from 18 regions on 211 different stands.

According to Lisa Hopkins, chief executive of Business Events Industry Aotearoa, this year's MEETINGS will see a record number of buyers and exhibitors.

Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) chief executive Lisa Hopkins says MEETINGS 2022 is the "single most important event in the industry’s calendar."
Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) chief executive Lisa Hopkins says MEETINGS 2022 is the "single most important event in the industry’s calendar." Photo Credit: Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA)

“This two-day event alone generates millions of dollars of business for an industry previously worth NZ$1.5 billion (US$940 million) each year," she says.

In 2019 in New Zealand, prior to the pandemic, the business events industry was valued at NZ$1.45 billion per annum, with over 3.6 million attendees both domestic and international, employing 22,000 people.

According to Hopkins, sustainability goals will be top of mind for MEETINGS organisers, exhibitors, and buyers this year.

Megan Crum, head of ChristchurchNZ Business Events says, as host city, Christchurch is leading the way in sustainability initiatives.

“Christchurch is aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and has a goal of net zero emissions by 2045. The city is walkable making for a smaller delegate carbon footprint, and transport options include electric car shares, e-scooters and e-bikes, and electric public buses to and from the airport. The city’s key venues have sustainability at their core,” she says.



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