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MEETINGS: Association leaders meet face to face in Rotorua

MEETINGS 2024
L-R Back Chris Sperring, Backpacker Youth and Adventure Tourism Association (BYATA); David Perks, Regional Tourism New Zealand (RTNZ); Cath O'Brien, Board of Airline Representatives of New Zealand (BARNZ); James Doolan, Hotel Council Aotearoa (HCA); Sam McKinnon, Hospitality New Zealand (HNZ); Billie Moore, New Zealand Airports Association (NZAA) L-R Front Jacqui Lloyd, New Zealand Cruise Association (NZCA); Lynda Keene, Tourism Export Council New Zealand (TECNZ); Elaine Linnell, New Zealand Event Association (NZEA); Lisa Hopkins Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA); Greg Thomas, Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA).

Leaders from 11 New Zealand tourism, hospitality, and event associations convened in Rotorua during MEETINGS 2024 to discuss industry priorities, highlighting collaboration and unified advocacy for the sector.

Leaders from 11 New Zealand tourism, hospitality, and event associations gathered in Rotorua last week for a face-to-face meeting to discuss industry issues and priorities, during MEETINGS 2024.

The Backpacker Youth and Adventure Tourism Association (BYATA), Regional Tourism New Zealand (RTNZ), the Board of Airline Representatives of New Zealand (BARNZ), Hotel Council Aotearoa (HCA); Hospitality New Zealand (HNZ); the New Zealand Airports Association (NZAA), the New Zealand Cruise Association (NZCA), Tourism Export Council New Zealand (TECNZ), the New Zealand Event Association (NZEA); Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA), and Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA) all came together at MEETINGS on 19 June.

BEIA Chief Executive, Lisa Hopkins says this was a pivotal time for leaders to meet for meaningful discussions.

There is a lot going on in the industry at the moment, so the opportunity to have counterparts from other associations come together at MEETINGS was an opportunity too good to miss,” she says.

“It was also a great opportunity for the sector leaders to experience MEETINGS itself, and to feel the manaakitanga of the destination with such a warm welcome in Rotorua.

“It’s important our members understand there is collaboration, conversation and discussion across the associations on issues which matter to us all. Together we offer a singular, aligned voice to communicate our joint priorities,” she says.

More than 1,200 people attended the two day event at Rotorua’s Energy Events Centre. Exhibitors from across 16 regions of New Zealand record 246 stands including 35 first-time exhibitors showcased their business events’ products to over 400 buyers from New Zealand, Australia, South East Asia, Hong Kong and North America.

MEETINGS is Aotearoa New Zealand’s only national tradeshow for the business events industry. It is the leading platform for connecting influential domestic, Australian and international buyers with key regions, meeting facilities, accommodation, off-site venues and activities.

MEETINGS, now in its 28th year, is owned and managed by Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA).

Vicky Karantzavelou
Co-Founder & Chief Editor - TravelDailyNews Media Network

Vicky is the co-founder of TravelDailyNews Media Network where she is the Editor-in Chief. She is also responsible for the daily operation and the financial policy. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Tourism Business Administration from the Technical University of Athens and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Wales. She has many years of both academic and industrial experience within the travel industry. She has written/edited numerous articles in various tourism magazines.

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