MEETINGS 2020 will have over 190 exhibitors from New Zealand. Credit: CINZ
The 24th annual MEETINGS 2020 returns to its host city, Auckland, from April 22-23 and will showcase over 190 exhibitors from New Zealand and more than 550 New Zealand, Australian and international buyers.
More than 220 qualified hosted buyers are expected to attend, including 90 hosted buyers and media from Australia, over 30 from international markets, and 120 hosted buyers and media from around New Zealand. Some 300-day buyers are expected to attend.
Exhibitors include a diverse range of venues, theming companies, hotels, regional convention bureaux, attractions and activities. Last year more than NZ$62 million (US$40 million) worth of business was transacted at the event.
Conventions & Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) owns and manages the event. CINZ's CEO, Ms Lisa Hopkins, said "Our exhibition is now in its 24th year, and each year we evolve and grow to meet the changing needs of our visitors, and to reflect the expanding range of experiences on offer throughout the country. We do this because of the enthusiastic support we receive from our industry partners. They are at the heart of the journey, and make MEETINGS the important event it is today."
This year's event is at ASB Showgrounds. There will be a new Education Series, networking programme and more than a dozen new exhibitors.
These include two new Auckland hotels - Scenic Airedale Suites and the new Park Hyatt, and hotels from national operators, including Sudima's new properties. Brewbus which offers minivan tours of craft breweries will be present.
The All Blacks Experience is opening in Auckland mid-2020, and Touchpoint, an onsite ticketing solutions will debut also. The All Blacks Experience is a partnership between New Zealand Rugby and Ngāi Tahu Tourism to showcase the All Blacks and all of New Zealand's national teams. Through the use of innovation and technology, it will provide a full sensory, interactive, and immersive experience. It is the only rugby attraction of its kind in New Zealand.