BEIA launches Future of Business Events Virtual Summit

Invitation for event professionals to 'Rally, Rebuild and Restart'.

According to the association, more than 250 registrations have already been received. Pictured: Meetings 21 in June
According to the association, more than 250 registrations have already been received. Pictured: Meetings 21 in June Photo Credit:Business Events Industry Aotearoa

Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) is inviting event professionals to its Future of Business Events Virtual Summit on 9 December, in a call to 'Rally, Rebuild and Restart' as a sector.

BEIA Chief Executive, Lisa Hopkins said that the event would serve to prepare "for what is to come in 2022".

"As an industry we need to rally and consider future-forward solutions, to rebuild our industry with sustainability in mind, and restart the sector after the crippling impact of the last two years.

“This summit will help kickstart important and meaningful conversations, so we can move forward optimistically into next year and beyond.”

The association has already received more than 250 registrations in the first days of launch, "a sign that the industry is looking for this type of engagement," said Hopkins.

Attendees can expect to hear from Lisa Hopkins and Bjoern Spreitzer, General Manager Domestic and Business Events at Tourism New Zealand, who will share the most up-to-date, practical information on the current environment, and what they anticipate for business events in 2022.

Streamed live from a media studio at Auckland’s Aotea Centre, Lisa Hopkins and Bjoern Spreitzer, General Manager Domestic and Business Events at Tourism New Zealand, will share practical information on the current environment, while event facilitator, innovator, and author Joe Davis, will share research into what has worked well for resilient businesses through Covid-19.

A panel of representatives from international, Australian, and domestic markets will also share their expectations and views on what 2022 will deliver.

Giving a practical perspective on business events travel, in particular New Zealand's managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) approach, is Sir Ian Taylor, who will share his own MIQ experience and offer advice for the business events sector as New Zealand starts reconnecting with the world.

“From this pool of experts, we will learn more about the environment and the probable landscape for business events over the next 12 months. We aim to leave the industry inspired and ready with a tool kit of practical skills and innovative solutions,” said Hopkins.

The two-hour virtual summit will run on 9 December from NZT 2 pm to 4.15 pm, and is free for BEIA Members, while non-members can join the event at NZD$30 (US$21).



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