Tuesday, 02 July 2024 00:20


Showponi's Tania Stranks and Gordy Bayne Showponi's Tania Stranks and Gordy Bayne

The business events sector has had its days in the sun and its nights in the stars (Matariki) this week with the MEETINGS exhibition held at Energy Events Centre Rotorua.

The annual event attracts corporate agents / travel management companies, professional conference and incentive organisers and meeting planners from the association and corporate sectors.

This year’s event included 100 hosted buyers from Australia and another 18 from markets further afield – southeast Asia, Hong Kong and North America. There were 300 buyers from New Zealand – about half of them on a hosted programme.

The programme included an announcement that New Zealand will celebrate its first national business events awards in 2025, with a bi-annual event to be held in conjunction with Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) conference.

The National Business Events Awards will recognise and reward outstanding achievements in the industry and promote excellence and innovation, collaboration and congeniality across the sector. (Details to come.)

Social highlights included a Matariki celebration complete with drone show at Rotorua Airport, a welcome function at the Sir Howard Morrison Centre, and a closing event at Skyline Rotorua. There were also a number of educational famils around Rotorua.

Pre MEETINGS Showponi soiree

Marketing and events agency Showponi tooked the opportunity to host suppliers to a waterfront soiree on Tuesday before MEETINGS got under way.

CEO and founder, Gordy Bayne says it was the perfect opportunity to thank industry partners for their support.

Bayne says Showponi is already locking in business for 2025 and 2026 for events ranging from intimate dinners, to incentives, to large scale conferences and trade shows around New Zealand, Australia, the Pacific, Asia and beyond.