The countdown for MEETINGS 2021 in Christchurch (Ōtautahi) has begun with the announcement of new dates for New Zealand’s premier business events exhibition run by Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ). MEETINGS 2021 will be held this time next year, on June 30 and July 1, 2021, at Te Pae Christchurch, the city’s new convention center.
“Working together with ChristchurchNZ, Te Pae Christchurch, Vbase, Tourism New Zealand, Air New Zealand and Christchurch International Airport, we will be bringing influential buyers into the heart of the South Island for an unforgettable experience," said CINZ chief executive Lisa Hopkins, in an official release.
“We are anticipating more than 180 exhibitors and over 300 domestic buyers from all over New Zealand, plus 115 from Australia and Asia Pacific regions once our borders reopen. There is so much interest globally for what New Zealand has to offer, and this will give buyers the opportunity to meet all of New Zealand under one roof in a stunning location."
ChristchurchNZ general manager of destination and attraction, Loren Heaphy says the city is excited to be hosting MEETINGS 2021. “With the opening of Te Pae next year, and exceptional venues and accommodation already in place, Christchurch is set to be at the forefront of business events in New Zealand."
She adds, “At MEETINGS, we will be highlighting the region’s epic incentive and pre- and post-touring options. Canterbury is home to New Zealand’s highest mountain and largest glacier, stunning high-country and coastal scenery, with urban, outdoor and adventure experiences all on the city doorstep.”
Te Pae Christchurch general manager Ross Steele says, “We’re looking forward to working with CINZ and ChristchurchNZ in showcasing the very best of the Canterbury region to the business events community, and revealing New Zealand’s newest world class convention venue as the hub of MEETINGS 2021.”
MEETINGS was last held in Christchurch in 2008. The most recent MEETINGS, held in 2019, generated over $62 million during its two days. In the same year, the business events industry contributed $477 million to the New Zealand economy and it is seen as a significant economic driver in New Zealand’s post-COVID recovery.