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CINZ’s annual conference focuses on sustainability

For third straight year, conference will be a carbon-neutral event

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Delegates have to walk to the CINZ conference venue from their various hotels.

QUEENSTOWN - Sustainability is the main focus for delegates and organisers at the Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) Annual Conference, which opened in Queenstown on Oct 30.

For the third year in a row, the two-day CINZ Conference will be a carbon-neutral event, said the organisation's CEO Sue Sullivan.

"CINZ will again be working with local environmental consultancy Ahika to offset any carbon emissions produced as a result of the conference," Ms Sullivan was reported as saying.

"For the 2017 conference in Dunedin, for example, CINZ sponsored native tree planting to help restore the Otago Peninsula forests."

This year's carbon-neutral initiatives include having delegates walk to the conference venue Skyline Queenstown from their various hotels. Also, waste food at the various venues is recycled, and the fabric lanyards and their plastic pouches are recycled from one event to the next.

"As advocates for the business events sector, we are also looking at sustainability in its broadest sense, encompassing environmental, economic and social impacts. We want to demonstrate and lead practical change," added Ms Sullivan.

The CINZ Conference will give New Zealand business event professionals the latest thinking from expert speakers, plus panel discussions, and practical initiatives designed to create awareness.

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