CINZ UPDATE: new Platinum board members elected, 2020 conference destination revealed

Two members have been elected in the Platinum category of the Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) board following its annual general meeting in Queenstown last week.

Georgina Grey from Accor was elected for a two-year term, and Alison Smith from Millennium Hotels and Resorts re-elected for another two-year term. Megan Sweeney of Auckland War Memorial Museum was also re-elected as a Gold board member.

The AGM was part of CINZ’s annual conference, which saw more than 150 delegates from the business events industry in attendance, including suppliers, professional conference organisers, and managers and sales teams of venues and regional convention bureaux, plus international speakers.

CINZ also revealed at the conference that Napier and the Hawke’s Bay region will host next year’s shindig in October 2020.

“This region holds many unique highlights and new venues, and we look forward to showcasing these to our delegates,” CINZ event and marketing director Heather Cornish said.

Hamish Saxton, CEO of Hawke’s Bay Tourism, said: “Our region has clear aspirations to grow our share of the business events market, and we see the hosting of the conference and its delegates as a critically important component of showcasing all that Hawke’s Bay has to offer.

“From the recent investment in the Napier Conference Centre to the imminent launch of Toitoi – Hawke’s Bay Arts and Events Centre in Hastings, the region has much to show New Zealand’s business event leaders and planners.

“Of course, no visit to Hawke’s Bay is complete without exploring the region further and sampling our hospitality in the form of our many stunning wine, food and cultural experiences.”