Plans to showcase New Zealand’s tourism industry to influential international travel buyers in 2022 and 2023 have been revealed today by Tourism Industry Aotearoa.
TIA says arrangements to hold TRENZ for the next two years are underway, with the May 2022 event to be held in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, and returning to Ōtautahi Christchurch in May 2023.
“Given the uncertainty over when and how New Zealand’s borders will reopen, we do not yet know whether any international travel and tourism buyers will be able to physically attend TRENZ in May 2022,” TIA Chief Executive Chris Roberts says.
“So we are planning another event like the successful TRENZ Hui we held in Christchurch in May 2021, updating international market-ready New Zealand tourism operators on how they can prepare for the return of international visitors. If international Buyers can attend, we will add additional elements to the TRENZ programme.”
TIA plans to host TRENZ in Auckland on 17-19 May 2022. Further details about the event will be announced in due course.
Auckland Unlimited’s Director – Investment and Industry, Pam Ford says: “We can’t wait to welcome our industry whanau from across Aotearoa for this important tourism event.
As our region is the first taste of New Zealand for most international travellers, as well as an increasingly popular standalone destination, it is fitting to have the industry come together here in Tāmaki Makaurau as we prepare for the restart of international tourism.
In 2023, TRENZ will move to the new Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre on 9-11 May.
Loren Heaphy, ChristchurchNZ General Manager of Destination and Attraction, says the city is thrilled to be hosting TRENZ 2023.
“We hope that at TRENZ 2023 we can host tourism operators from around New Zealand as well as our travel partners from countries around the world. We can’t wait to show off the progress that’s been made in Ōtautahi Christchurch in the past decade, and host delegates in the stunning, purpose-built Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre.”
The announcements about future TRENZ physical events come just ahead of the launch next week of the new TRENZ Connect digital platform, where qualified international market-ready New Zealand tourism operators will be able to connect virtually with the international travel trade.
TRENZ Connect is designed to be a ‘legacy platform’, keeping New Zealand tourism operators connected with international Buyers throughout the year, and supporting future physical TRENZ events.
TRENZ Connect has been developed with funding support from the New Zealand Government’s Regional Events Fund.
Traditionally, TRENZ brings together New Zealand tourism operators (Sellers) with targeted international travel and tourism Buyers, and media from New Zealand’s key established and emerging tourism markets. The event directly helps to grow New Zealand’s tourism industry.
Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA) manages TRENZ on behalf of the Tourism Industry New Zealand Trust. TRENZ is supported by Tourism New Zealand, Air New Zealand and its host regions.