Let’s get TRENZ-Y

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Time to get your game face on, Queenstown. 

Tony Everitt, the boss of local tourism body Destination Queens-town, says the resort has a big responsibility as it prepares to host the annual Tourism Rendezvous New Zealand (TRENZ) event for the first time. 

“The purpose of TRENZ is to showcase NZ to the world and we’re lucky to have the thing in Queenstown,” Everitt says. 

“And it’s also a great opportunity to profile Queenstown and the whole Southern Lakes region to the most important people in the world for NZ tourism.” 

More than 900 attendees including international media and representatives spanning the entire NZ tourism market are expected for the industry’s premier pow-wow from Sunday. It’ll see about 280 operators hustling a similar number of international travel and tourism buyers from 31 countries. 

The conference website says the show will be a valuable opportunity for Queenstown operators, with a half-day allocated for free tryouts of some of the region’s iconic tourism attractions”. 

Exhibitors will be getting bargain-priced booths this year. 

TRENZ has been shrunk to fit Queenstown’s Events Centre at Frankton – so booth costs have been cut 20 per cent, the conference website says. 

“The Queenstown Events Centre does not offer the same floor space as traditional TRENZ locations – as a result exhibitors’ booths will be a reduced size.” 

The big trade show runs till Wednesday, culminating with an invite-only knees-up down The Mall showcasing the best in Kiwi cuisine and entertainment.