Full diaries and a big welcome: the New Zealand AIME 2020 team. Credit: Conventions and Incentives New Zealand
AUCKLAND - New Zealand is marking a larger presence at AIME 2020 in response to greater interest from international groups. A team of 28 industry experts will make up the 100% Pure New Zealand stand, seeking to inspire delegates on NZ's latest business events updates and offerings. AIME 2020 takes place this week from Feb 17 to 19 in Melbourne.
Auckland Convention Bureau, the New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC), and Te Pae Christchurch have increased their booth spaces at AIME 2020, while other vendors include Christchurch NZ, Business Events Wellington, Auckland Conventions Venues and Events (ACVE), The Cordis Auckland, Millennium Hotels and Sudima.
Led by Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) and Tourism New Zealand, delegates can expect to learn more about NZ's leading venues, including three new convention centres in key cities, and an extensive range of international hotels.
The Wellington Conference and Exhibition Centre (WCEC) will be completed by end 2022, and will host up to 1,400 delegates in its main plenary space, re-configurable to house two concurrent conferences across two levels.
"New Zealand is an incentive planner's paradise with our ability to host distinctive, large scale events through to boutique, high-end, high-touch experiences. Coupled with our global connectivity, first-class infrastructure and manaakitanga (warm welcome), we can't wait to meet with buyers at AIME to share our stories and places," said CINZ chief executive Ms Lisa Hopkins.
Speaking of the ongoing virus affecting global events and meets, Ms Hopkins said: "New Zealand, as do all markets, looks forward to welcoming our friends from China when the time is right.
"[In the meantime], feedback from our partners indicate full diaries across the two days, so we are thrilled by the continued interest in New Zealand as a business events destination."
Tourism New Zealand and partners will host a networking breakfast for 145 select hosted buyers from across the globe. Ideas will be shared on how to make events more sustainable and how business events have been enhanced.
Invited guests will start the networking session with a breakfast by Kiwi celebrity chef Justin North, then listen in at Hosted Buyer Breakfasts which talk about sustainability such as 'For The Better Good', where founder Mr Jayden Klinac will explain how the company has been tackling waste by taking a regenerative approach to traditional plastic products.
"From a CINZ perspective, our message will be on our connectivity, innovation and our ability to host large scale conferences through to high touch incentives. But most importantly, we want visitors to the 100% Pure New Zealand stand to get a taste of our manaakitanga (warm welcome and generous hospitality) as a precursor to what they themselves will experience when they bring their groups to Aotearoa," said Ms Hopkins.