AUCKLAND - Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) has announced the postponement of New Zealand's annual business events industry tradeshow MEETINGS, which was due to take place in Auckland next month.
MEETINGS is New Zealand's largest business events trade exhibition. CINZ owns and manages the event, which has been run annually since 1997. It is a platform for connecting domestic, Australian and international buyers with regional players.
CINZ chief executive, Ms Lisa Hopkins said they were following Government announcements on measures to prevent the risk of further coronavirus infection, so the event would not go ahead as planned.
CINZ CEO, Lisa Hopkins: working to deliver other options. Credit: CINZ
"It is with huge regret we must postpone this year's MEETINGS which was scheduled for 22 and 23 April at the ASB Showgrounds. We have sought the advice of our industry and clients - and have been heartened by the huge level of support for MEETINGS, which last year secured over $62 million (NZD) in new business. However, we have been given a clear mandate to postpone this year's event.
"The CINZ team and our partners are now working to evaluate other options for MEETINGS, and we will announce these plans as soon as we can."
"As the official voice of the business events sector in New Zealand, the CINZ role is now to advocate for the power of business events to aid economic recovery. We have set up direct dialogue with the Government regarding the specific impacts of COVID-19 on the business events sector," she said.