More than 1000 pack in for TRENZ

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New Zealand’s most important tourism soiree has kicked off in Queenstown.

More than 1000 people packed out Queenstown Airport last night for the opening of Tourism Rendezvous NZ (TRENZ) before going full-swing into scheduled meetings between exhibitors and buyers today (Tuesday).

The four-day event, at Queenstown Events Centre, is a hugely important networking opportunity, where tourism providers from around the country do business with international buyers and travel agents.

The Events Centre is abuzz with activity - there are 308 international travel buyers, 270 NZ exhibitors, plus international and domestic media.

At the first press conference this morning, Tourism NZ chief executive Kevin Bowler spoke about challenges the industry faces, such as a decline in the average length of stay by international visitors, and how to maximise opportunities available – like gaining visitors from films like Sir Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit.