Following the announcement of the cancellation of IMEX Frankfurt last week, another international MICE industry show, Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ), has announced it will not take place as planned. Organisers said they would now put their efforts into advocating for the power of business events to aid the economic recovery when it comes.
New Zealand’s annual business events industry tradeshow MEETINGS, due to take place in Auckland in April, has been postponed.
CINZ Chief Executive Lisa Hopkins explained that government announcements on measures to prevent the risk of further coronavirus infection meant the event would not now go ahead as planned.
“It is with huge regret we must postpone this year’s MEETINGS which was scheduled for 22 and 23 April at the ASB Showgrounds,” she said.
“We have sought the advice of our industry and clients and have been heartened by the huge level of support for MEETINGS, which last year secured over NZD$62m in new business. However, we have been given a clear mandate to postpone this year’s event.
“The CINZ team and our partners are now working to evaluate other options for MEETINGS, and we will announce these plans as soon as we can.
“As the official voice of the business events sector in New Zealand, the CINZ role is now to advocate for the power of business events to aid economic recovery. We have set up direct dialogue with the government regarding the specific impacts of Covid-19 on the business events sector.”