Conventions & Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) chief executive Lisa Hopkins has praised the New Zealand government’s decision to move Auckland to Alert Level 1 restrictions.
Auckland joined the rest of New Zealand on COVID-19 Alert Level 1 on Wednesday 7, with Hopkins saying the move dispels all confusion about who can meet and where.
“We have been given the green light to meet, with the country fully opened up to domestic groups, and Aucklanders again welcome to any region,” Hopkins said.
“Now is the time to rebuild the industry, and deliver confidence back to organisers who have been holding off planning and booking their events.
“Our message is it is safe to hold a conference, seminar, workshop, or team recognition event. We want people to understand that business events are the safest type of event that can be held, backed up by the World Health Organization itself.”
CINZ has opened registrations for BE Reconnected, a free industry exhibition and networking day in Auckland on 1 December aimed at the throwing the spotlight on this $5 billion sector and rekindling vital industry relationships.
“BE Reconnected will be an essential platform to support the sector now and beyond. It is imperative for the good of the country and for the industry that we now move forward safely, and with assurance,” Hopkins said.
Featured image source: iStock/georgeclerk