CINZ celebrates New Zealand’s lifting of restrictions with free event

Auckland is set to host a one-day business events extravaganza courtesy of the crafty folk at Conventions & Incentives New Zealand (CINZ).

Pencilled in for 1 December, BE Reconnected celebrates the lift of restrictions on gatherings in the city, and hopes to kickstart business recovery.

Originally planned to take place across two days, it will now be a one-day event focused on rekindling vital industry relationships.

CINZ chief executive Lisa Hopkins said BE Reconnected promises to be a day of networking, knowledge and engagement.

“Anyone responsible for organising business events, or for those who want to find out more about business events, should save the date for  Tuesday 1 December and join us at Te Pokapū Aotea Centre,” she said.

“Our speaker line-up will feature a diverse range of keynote speakers ready to educate and inspire, and all available for future events.”

BE Reconnected is free to attend for anyone responsible for organising business events and those not sure where to start in this new age of gatherings.

Hopkins also commented on the New Zealand government’s $50 million Regional Events Package, which will be allocated to nine major regional groups across the country.

“It is good to see the sector has been recognised as an important driver of the domestic visitor industry, and business events have been acknowledged as a high-value contributor to regional visitation,” she said.

“This longer-term investment in events will support the rebuilding of the visitor economy and provide valuable assistance for the people who work within it.

“The fund will be a major boost for existing events, as well as the chance to develop new ones, building capability across the country. It gives the industry some funding opportunity across the next two to four years and will be especially helpful for 2021 and beyond.”

In other CINZ news, Ani Santos has joined the organisation as a communications and projects coordinator.

Santos moved to New Zealand from the Philippines in 2015 and took a graduate diploma in event communications, and has worked at the Conference Company for the past three years.

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