Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) and Hawkeâ€™s Bay Tourism have announced the postponement of BEIAâ€™s 45th Annual Conference in Hawkeâ€™s Bay until 2022.
The conference was initially slated for November 1 to 3, 2021. All delegates who have registered and paid for the conference will receive a full refund.
BEIA chief executive, Lisa Hopkins, and Hamish Saxton, chief executive of Tourism Hawkeâ€™s Bay shared that the postponement was due to the risks associated with the current Covid-19 outbreak, as well as the continued lockdowns in Auckland and Waikato. There is also uncertainty around travel restrictions that have necessitated this difficult decision.
â€śIt 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 Hawkeâ€™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,â€ť Hopkins said.
Currently, the new dates for the show have not been announced. Meanwhile, BEIAâ€™s Annual General Meeting will still go ahead online, and a date for this will be confirmed soon.