Meetings 2018 ends with a party at Pullman Auckland
Over 650 business event planners let their hair down after attending around 6000 meetings with exhibitors over two days.
“Event organisers are always looking for something truly different, and we have shown them New Zealand is a stunning learning and networking environment,” said Conventions and Incentives New Zealand chief executive Sue Sullivan.
“The quality of our exhibitors and their innovation stands has resulted in overwhelmingly positive feedback and have collectively held over 6000 meetings with potential clients and will be leaving Meetings with strong business leads to follow up.”
The gala dinner also saw awards handed out for the best exhibitors, judged by a team of four Australian hosted buyers.
Rotorua was named Best Regional Stand, Naumi Hotel Auckland (Airport) won Best Individual Stand and Lux Productions scooped Best new exhibitor.
“We keep raising the bar every year, and the standard of exhibitions in 2018 has been exceptional,” Sullivan said.
Buyer Renee Bennett, director of Encanta Event Management from Western Australia, says she aimed to book all next year’s events in one hit at Meetings.
“There’s a real sense of coming together as a country and as regions at Meetings,” she said. “Rather than competing, they are collaborating. It was exciting to meet local organisers, and to see innovative start-ups like Table Hub launching at Meetings.”
First time buyer Ashlin Fisher, from Hardware and Building Traders in NSW, said it was beneficial to find a broad range of suppliers together under one roof.
“Before Meetings, the Auckland Convention Bureau famil was fantastic chance to walk the city and experience everything from beat-boxing to ballerinas and lunch on stage at the historic Civic theatre,” she said.