CINZ MEETINGS 2020 goes live for Hosted Buyers

11th Sep, 2019

Online registration is now live for Hosted Buyers ready to sign up for New Zealand's business events showcase, MEETINGS 2020 in Auckland next April.
Run by Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ), the annual MEETINGS exhibition is home to more than 190 exhibitors from 20 regions of New Zealand, who come together on one easy-to-navigate show floor.
CINZ Chief Executive, Sue Sullivan says MEETINGS is eagerly anticipated by everyone responsible for planning, researching and organising conferences, events or incentive travel business in New Zealand. This year 98 per cent of Hosted Buyers said MEETINGS either met or exceeded their expectations.
"We are inviting business event organisers to apply now to attend MEETINGS, from 21 to 23 April, as a fully hosted buyer. With support from Air New Zealand and Auckland hotel operators, we organise all return flights and accommodation in Auckland, and create a personalised appointment schedule," she says.
"Before the event we work closely with our Hosted Buyers and exhibitors to produce a bespoke diary of meetings across the two days, based on each company's focus and their upcoming business.
"After 24 years we have a reputation for delivering to meet the changing needs of the industry with a dynamic exhibitor showcase, topped with a series of unmissable networking events.
"Our Hosted Buyers all tell us they love the seamless process, and having everything organised in advance for them. All they need to do is apply and we do the rest."
Australian Hosted Buyers can also take advantage of the chance to familiarise themselves with the regions, on pre or post MEETINGS weekend tours designed specifically to meet their business needs. Australian buyers can choose from Northland, Rotorua, Wellington and Christchurch in the weekend prior to MEETINGS. Post-MEETINGS Queenstown and Waikato will be hosting special experiences for Australian Hosted Buyers wanting to bring their clients to these regions. On 21 April, Auckland Convention Bureau is showcasing a day out exploring the diverse options in host city, Auckland.
For New Zealand Hosted Buyers who are unable to commit to the two full days of appointments, a one-day programme is available. Local buyers are also invited to come to ASB Showgrounds on either 22 or 23 April for a free day programme.
The MEETINGS 2020 Hosted Buyer Brochure is available to read and download online here.
Hosted Buyer applications close on 21 February and the pre-scheduled appointment process begins on 16 March 2020.

Background Information

  • CINZ MEETINGS 2020 is New Zealand's largest business events trade exhibition, now in its 24th year.
  • Auckland is host city, and the event takes place at ASB Showgrounds from 21 to 23 April.
  • Conventions & Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) owns and manages the event, which has been run annually since 1997.
  • MEETINGS is New Zealand's leading platform for connecting influential domestic, Australian and international buyers with key regions, meeting facilities, accommodation, off-site venues and activities.
  • The event generated over $62 million of signed business during its two days in 2019.
  • Air New Zealand is Principal Sponsor for CINZ MEETINGS 2020, renewing its ongoing commitment to the sector and to the hosted buyer and media programmes. 
  • Other major sponsors include ASB Showgrounds, Peek Exhibition, EventsAIR, and Auckland Convention Bureau.
  • The 2020 event will showcase over 190 exhibitors from 20 regions across New Zealand to more than 700 New Zealand, Australian and international buyers. Exhibitors include venues, theming companies, hotels, AV companies, regional bureaux, attractions and activities.
  • More than 220 qualified Hosted Buyers are expected to attend, including 90 hosted buyers and media from Australia, over 30 from international markets, 120 hosted buyers and media from around New Zealand. As well, more than 300 day buyers are set to attend.
  • Tourism New Zealand and Air New Zealand are bringing influential buyers and media from China, Asian markets and North America.

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