Auckland Convention Bureau (ACB) has helped piece together the diversity Auckland offers as a business events destination for 100 New Zealand and Australian buyers who are in town for CINZ MEETINGS 2016 this week. The buyers spent the day with the team from ACB – which is part of Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development, an Auckland Council-controlled organisation – discovering a range of experiences, venues, dining and accommodation options.
The day culminated in the big reveal of a team building exercise conducted earlier in the morning, where the group painted canvases that pieced together like a jigsaw to create a giant image of Auckland. ACB Manager Anna Hayward says the familiarisation tour is an annual feature of the MEETINGS calendar and gives people the chance to experience Auckland first-hand ahead of the two-day show at ASB Showgrounds.
Thirteen Auckland suppliers hosted the guests, who were whisked away by Pavlovich coaches and welcomed to the Auckland War Memorial Museum for a Maori cultural performance. They enjoyed a progressive-style lunch at three of the Viaduct Harbour’s restaurants finishing with a themed high tea dessert at the Heritage Hotel.
A team building exercise created by Team Up Events called The Big Picture delivered the biggest surprise of the day. Each guest painted a piece of jigsaw creating an enormous interconnected multi-canvas artwork reflecting Auckland’s tourism destinations. Masterpieces of Waiheke Island, Sky Tower and the Auckland Harbour Bridge were just some of the artistic highlights.
Auckland is the host city for CINZ MEETINGS 2016. Auckland Convention Bureau ran a one-day familiarisation tour for hosted buyers and media on 14 June, showcasing the city’s diverse range of venues, attractions and service providers.