‘Overwhelming interest’ for tourism expo TRENZ

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Christchurch’s devastating earthquake hasn’t affected buyers attending the first Queenstown-hosted tourism showcase TRENZ. 

Exhibitor numbers have reached their 280 display capacity for the May 22-25 event – managed by the Tourism Industry Association – at the Queenstown Events Centre. 

TIA board chairman Norm Thompson says there has been “overwhelming interest” from New Zealand tourism operators wanting to exhibit their products and services. 

“They will meet about 280 high quality, targeted international travel buyers from about 30 countries. The buyers are from NZ’s most important visitor markets, both established and emerging, including Australia, China, Japan, UK and USA. 

“We couldn’t hope for better buyer numbers,” added Thompson. “They have also exceeded TIA’s pre-earthquake targets.” 

Thompson says holding TRENZ in the resort had helped attract many high calibre buyers. 

In total, more than 900 delegates will attend TRENZ. 

Thompson adds it’s been a challenging start to the year for the tourism sector, but TRENZ marks the start of six months’ positive action. 

“Shortly after TRENZ delegates depart Queenstown, the skiers will flock in and in September Rugby World Cup 2011 kicks off, the biggest international event ever held in NZ.”