Australian hosted buyer manager, Sharon Auld, says the success of MEETINGS is reflected in the demand for hosted buyer positions. “This is our 22nd consecutive year and the event never fails to surprise with the quality and diversity of what New Zealand has to offer for business events.
“This unique event lets business event decision-makers meet personally with their choice of more than 190 exhibitors. Over two days, hosted buyers connect and meet face-to-face with a wide range of relevant suppliers from right across New Zealand,” she says.
Vanessa Baranovsky from Event Mafia, who was a MEETINGS hosted buyer last year, sums up the overwhelming feedback. “New Zealand’s top suppliers are all under one roof and everyone is super friendly. I would come every year, get what I need and take it back, with everything managed for me. I appreciate the fresh creative ideas too – the welcome function was cool and gave me lots of inspiration.”
New Zealand’s mix of spectacular scenery, fascinating culture, myriad activities and modern cities makes it the ideal location for conferences and incentives with a difference, Auld says.
“Our hosted buyers say they love the hospitality and feel the spirit of the manaakitanga – the unique New Zealand way of giving and making people feel welcome.”
The popular pre-MEETINGS familiarisation program gives selected hosted buyers the opportunity to experience their choice of eight destinations across New Zealand: Auckland, Rotorua, Lake Taupo, Wellington, Marlborough, Christchurch and Canterbury, Dunedin and Queenstown.
MEETINGS’ hosted buyers receive fully funded Air New Zealand trans-Tasman flights, a familiarisation day with host city Auckland, four nights’ accommodation in one of the city’s top hotels, tickets to the welcome, gala and networking social events, and all transfers.
Australian Hosted Buyers also have the option to experience the Waikato region and Hobbiton on an exclusive one-day program post-MEETINGS.
Applications for hosted buyer positions and pre-familiarisation tours close on 2 April 2018. Australian event organisers can register online or contact Sharon Auld directly for more information about becoming a hosted buyer.