BEIA postpones November conference to 2022

The BEIA conference was supposed to happen next month in Hawke's Bay; Napier town pictured

Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) and Hawke’s Bay Tourism have announced the postponement of BEIA’s 45th Annual Conference in Hawke’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.

The BEIA conference was supposed to happen next month in Hawke’s Bay; Napier town pictured

BEIA chief executive, Lisa Hopkins, and Hamish Saxton, chief executive of Tourism Hawke’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.

“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.

Currently, the new dates for the show have not been announced. Meanwhile, BEIA’s Annual General Meeting will still go ahead online, and a date for this will be confirmed soon.

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