MEETINGS 2021 opens for buyer sign ups

Speaking in person at the previous MEETINGS 2019

Hosted buyer applications have opened for New Zealand’s business events showcase MEETINGS 2021 in Auckland, scheduled for June 2 and 3.

Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) chief executive, Lisa Hopkins said in a press statement: “We believe MEETINGS is the first event for the sector globally in 2021, after other key events have unfortunately had to cancel. Our timing will enable New Zealand’s business events industry to connect early with buyers who are focused on 2022 and beyond.

Buyers and suppliers speaking in person at the previous MEETINGS 2019

“With the roll-out of the vaccine programme, confidence will be streaming back. Now is the time for business to be secured and to provide certainty for the future.”

MEETINGS is New Zealand’s largest business events trade show and this year it includes a two-day programme, plus eight regional fam tours.

Business event organisers can attend MEETINGS in a number of different ways this year.

They can choose to be fully hosted for two days in Auckland, attend fully-hosted for a day, or visit for a few hours as a local day buyer. There will also be a virtual Hosted Buyer programme to ensure Australian and international buyers will be able to get in touch with New Zealand suppliers at MEETINGS 2021.

Pre-fams will take place from May 30 to June 1 in Auckland, Northland, Rotorua, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin-Central Otago. After MEETINGS, from June 4-6, hosted buyers can choose to visit either Waikato or Queenstown.

“Following the huge success of BE Reconnected, supporting the industry to connect consistently is vital. The interest we have for MEETINGS is really exciting. Some of the comments from Australian-based buyers are giving us insight into the pent-up demand for New Zealand, which is seen as a low-risk international destination,” Hopkins said.

Hosted buyer applications for MEETINGS 2021 close on April 9, and pre-scheduled appointment requests will begin online from April 19.

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