New Zealand goes big at AIME

The New Zealand stand at a previous AIME

The largest-ever contingent for New Zealand will be travelling across the Tasman for next week’s Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) in Melbourne, Australia.

Tourism New Zealand’s business events team is joined by 27 partners, with nearly 60 members of the industry present to be present at AIME, shared Tourism New Zealand’s general manager NZ & business events Bjoern Spreitzer.

The New Zealand stand at a previous AIME

Present at the stand will be destinations Auckland Convention Bureau, Business Events Wellington, ChristchurchNZ, Destination Queenstown, Dunedin Business Events, Hamilton & Waikato Tourism, Business Events Southland, and RotoruaNZ, as well as flagship airline Air New Zealand, and industry association BEIA (Business Events Industry Aotearoa).

Venue representatives at the show will cover the New Zealand International Convention Centre in Auckland; Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre; Tākina Events, Rotorua Energy Events Centre; Auckland Conventions, Venues & Events; Venues Ōtautahi; Venues Wellington, and Rotorua Venues.

Accommodation and events providers include Cordis Auckland, Heritage Hotels, Millennium Hotels and Resorts, Scenic Hotel Group and Fable Hotels & Resorts, plus Alpine Luxury Tours, Te Puia NZMACI, Oxbow Adventure Co, Great Journeys New Zealand, RealNZ, and DMO Lime & Soda.

Guests to the stand will receive a unique welcome, with the chance to create their own printed version of their pepeha, a traditional structured introduction in Māori culture that connects people to place.

“We’re extending an invitation to event organisers who seek more through extraordinary travel. New Zealand has world-class venues, aspirational activities, and innovative research and content to ensure a successful business event. But New Zealand also rewards those who come looking for deeper, more meaningful connections.

“We’ve seen an increase in business events that encompass a broader Australasian and Asia Pacific regional approach. There’s a move to grow and develop the knowledge and networks in our region, which business events can facilitate.

“We’re in a growth phase, with three new convention centres open or opening in our major cities. We want to showcase our new venues and attractions, and the team approach that makes holding an event in New Zealand so appealing and so easy,” Spreitzer added.

AIME 2023 will be held at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre from February 13-15.

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