Conferences stack up in Queenstown


Queenstown’s appeal as a business tourism destination continues to grow after securing four major visitor industry events for next year. 

Destination Queenstown has won the right to host the prestigious Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) conference – considered to be New Zealand’s premier business tourism event. 

Others booked for 2012 are the Australia New Zealand Agent Workshop, which brings together educators and education agents in February, New Zealand’s largest travel trade event TRENZ in May, and the Holiday Parks Association of NZ Conference and Trade Exhibition in June. 

DQ’s convention bureau manager Kylie Brittain, who bid for the CINZ conference on Queenstown’s behalf, was delighted with the result. 

“Hosting this conference will give us a fantastic opportunity to showcase Queenstown as a business tourism destination to key people in New Zealand’s conference and incentive industry. 

“While the conference will be the main focus over the three days, there’s also plenty of time for delegates to get out and enjoy the scenery, activities, and cafes, bars and restaurants.” 

The CINZ conference will be held at the Millennium Hotel from November 7-9 next year and up to 180 industry representatives from around the country are expected to attend. Queenstown last hosted CINZ in 2005. 

CINZ CEO Allan Trotter said the bid’s success reflected the strength of Queenstown’s offering. 

“Queenstown ticks all the boxes as an inspirational and motivational destination with stunning scenery, easy international flight access, high quality accommodation and conference venues, destination management experts, exciting group and adventure activities, and award-winning food and wine.” 

Earlier this year Queenstown received global recognition for its business tourism after being voted ‘Best Incentive Destination’ at the Micenet AUSTRALIA publication awards in Melbourne.