Aotearoa New Zealand’s annual business events exhibition, MEETINGS broke records this year for the projected value of business it generated.
Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) post-MEETINGS buyer survey shows NZ$157 million (US$93 million) will be placed over the next five years following the two-day event in Wellington earlier in June – a significant increase on 2022’s results.
With the opening of the New Zealand International Convention Centre in 2025, and two new convention centres in Christchurch and Wellington already open, business is being booked well into the future.
BEIA’s MEETINGS 2023, held in Wellington, was the largest in its 27-year history, with 224 exhibition stands representing 19 regions, and over 400 buyers, including 100 from Australia and 10 from international markets.
BEIA chief executive, Lisa Hopkins, added: “In a month’s time, BEIA will be hosting New Zealand’s inaugural Business Events Week, starting with BEIA’s annual conference in Marlborough on September 18.”
Business Events Week takes place from September 18-22, starting with the BEIA Conference in Marlborough, followed by a Policy Forum in Wellington, the Tourism New Zealand Business Events National Awards, and a Business Forum in Auckland.