Organisers of events for over 200 delegates were attracted by Tourism New Zealand’s Conference Assistance Programme at the recent Professional Conference Organisers Association (PCOA) conference, billed as the 100% Pure New Zealand hub.
“Industry technology expert, Corbin Ball, sponsored by Tourism New Zealand, spoke about the three main technology disruptors to expect in our industry, creating plenty of conversation and debate,” said Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) Australia Manager Sharon Auld.
She said the popular CINZ MEETINGS smoothie bike helped power a surge in applications for the May 2018 event. “Applications will remain open until early April, and we are recommending everyone apply as soon as possible.”
“Seventeen suppliers were available to answer delegates’ many questions about New Zealand for their clients’ conferences,” concluded Auld. “We saw particular interest in Christchurch, and its progress in transforming from one of New Zealand’s oldest cities to the newest.”
Julie Burton of Southern Cross Conference and Event Management took away a case of New Zealand’s celebrated Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc, as winner of the Kiwi prize draw.