The Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) has announced its decision to postpone the BEIA 45th Annual Conference to 2022, after previously delaying the event from October to November.
BEIA Chief Executive, Lisa Hopkins, and Hamish Saxton, Chief Executive of Tourism Hawke’s Bay released a combined statement, pointing to the risks associated with the current Covid-19 outbreak in New Zealand, as well as uncertainties regarding travel restrictions, as reasons behind this decision.
As of 9 October, New Zealand, except for Northland, Auckland and parts of Waikato, was at Alert Level 2. This means there are no restrictions on the number of people who can attend an event — as long as everyone can safely stay one metre apart — but domestic travel remains dubious given continued lockdowns in Auckland and Waikato.
“It was important to both organisations that we delivered on several key objectives. Firstly, to provide an opportunity for our business events community to come together after what has been a torrid two years. Secondly, to enable Hawke’s Bay Tourism to showcase their wonderful region. And finally, it was to provide thought-provoking content, which supported our theme of BEing Bold, Brave and Ready,” Hopkins said.
As with the first postponement, all delegates who have registered and paid for the conference will receive a full refund.
“We look forward to returning to the Hawke’s Bay region in 2022. The teams are working on new dates right now and these will be announced soon,” she added.
BEIA’s Annual General Meeting will still go ahead online, and a date for this will be confirmed shortly.