Trenz is open for business in Queenstown

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New Zealand’s biggest tourism spectacle has landed in Queenstown.

Trenz – or Tourism Rendezvous New Zealand – opened in the resort today (Monday) and for the next three days, about 300 international travel buyers will be doing business with 280 of the country’s tourism providers.

Exhibitors are squeezed into the Events Centre and the invited buyers – from about 30 markets including Australia, United States, United Kingdom, China and India – move from stall to stall on a 10-minute basis for networking and business deals.

Hosted in Queenstown for the first time, the annual event is a huge deal for the tourism industry, which is NZ’s largest foreign exchange earner, worth $9.5 billion each year.

Over the next three days, key speakers at Trenz include Tourism NZ boss Kevin Bowler, Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism boss Tim Hunter, airline executives, Rugby World Cup boss Martin Snedden and Prime Minister John Key.