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Mice Net : June 2009
new zealand australia’s number one A survey conducted on behalf of mice.net has new Zealand on top. STORY BY Brad Foster of questions asked (see pages 45-7), but the one that should have New Zealand venue operators and product suppliers jumping up and down asked where they were considering holding an international event. New Zealand was a clear winner, with 19 per cent of respondents naming New Zealand as their top pick. The next closest international destinations were Singapore and Thailand (both on 17 per cent), Fiji (16 per cent), and Hong Kong (13 per cent). CEO of Conventions & Incentives New Zealand, Alan Trotter, continues to be a champion of the Australian business events market, citing that Australia remains New Zealand’s main source market. And the Micromex survey appears to back up his call for greater activity in the trans-Tasman space. The upcoming MEETINGS 2009 exhibition, this year being held at the SKYCITY Auckland Convention Centre from July 21 to 23, is a T he study by Micromex Research was a questionnaire which was completed by just over 1200 corporate meeting and event planners from around the country. There were a range SKYCITY great opportunity for Australian planners to get to know the length, breadth and variety available in the New Zealand convention space, with exhibitors from all corners of the country participating. Regrettably, applications for hosted buyer status for Australian participants closed in May, but that doesn’t mean you can’t attend. With airfares at historic lows right now, attending as a day delegate is still possible. To learn more visit www.meetings.co.nz. Deals aplenty Like Australia, New Zealand’s general tourism business is struggling right now. Which of course makes it a great time to visit with plenty of deals on offer. Air New Zealand presently has some great flight deals, as does Qantas and Emirates. And hoteliers are also rolling out the welcome mat, with some spectacular deals available anywhere in New Zealand. Over the following pages we give readers a snapshot of the very latest and greatest available in some of the most popular destinations. FANTASTIC DISCOUNTS OFF YOUR HERITAGE OR CITYLIFE CONFERENCE! Simply book any conference that includes a minimum of 10 room nights and receive great savings off your next conference. With 10 great locations throughout New Zealand from the far North to the deep South, our properties offer a variety of unique settings, prime locations and historic buildings. From art deco ballrooms and stylish boardrooms to penthouse suites for business feats, events to remember begin at Heritage and CityLife Hotels. For more information phone (09) 979 7525, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.heritagehotels.co.nz NORTHLAND • AUCKLAND • MANGATAWHIRI VALLEY • ROTORUA • WELLINGTON NELSON • HANMER SPRINGS • CHRISTCHURCH • QUEENSTOWN mice.net 49 P29/14704 MN