New Zealand to come alive at AIME 2018

The New Zealand story is set to come alive at AIME 2018 this month with a bold new stand in the premium zone, mixing digital innovation and distinctive cultural elements.

Conventions & Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) Australia Manager, Sharon Auld says New Zealand will have prime position at the Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME), the region’s leading exhibition for the business events industry in Melbourne on 20 and 21 February.

CINZ and Tourism New Zealand are teaming up on the 100% Pure New Zealand stand with 11 partners from key regions and venues. They are joined by the country’s national carrier Air New Zealand, named 2018 Airline of the Year by for the fifth year in a row.

“Together we are making the most of this prime spot to create a real sense of our place and our people. It will be an engaging slice of Aotearoa New Zealand in Melbourne,” she says.

The collaborative approach will see the two main stand partners Auckland Convention Bureau and New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC) expand their presence.

“As New Zealand’s largest city, with exciting new infrastructure and events planned, Auckland is really amping up its position on the world stage,” she says.

ChristchurchNZ Convention Bureau and the Christchurch Convention Centre are also partnering to showcase New Zealand’s newest city in the heart of the South Island, ahead of the convention centre opening in 2020.

The new 100% Pure New Zealand stand features a live plant wall and digital totem displays.

“Each of our partners have their own streamlined interactive displays, and tailored layouts to maximise their new space.

“We look forward to hosting our legendary Cloudy Bay networking event on the Tuesday afternoon, and can’t wait to show off our new home at AIME.”

Exhibiting with CINZ and Tourism New Zealand on stand #2910 at AIME 2018 are:
Accor Hotels New Zealand
Air New Zealand
Auckland Convention Bureau
Auckland Conventions Venues and Events
ChristchurchNZ Convention Bureau and Christchurch Convention Centre
Cordis Auckland
Heritage Hotels and Resorts
Millennium and Copthorne Hotels New Zealand
New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC)
Queenstown Convention Bureau
Real Journeys / International Antarctic Centre

Click here to download image of the 100% Pure New Zealand stand at AIME 2017. Expect a whole new look in 2018

For information on Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) click here

For further information and images, please contact:
Anabel Darby
Tel: +64 21 668 090

Tourism NZ are a PCO Association business partner

Village Roadshow Theme Parks – announces first Australian Topgolf venue

Village roadshowVillage Roadshow Theme Parks is excited to announce that construction on Australia’s first Topgolf venue has started, with the attraction set to open adjacent to Warner Bros. Movie World in mid-2018.

Through the premium experience of play, food and music, Topgolf is inspiring people of all ages and skill levels – even non-golfers – to come together for playful competition. Guests can enjoy point-scoring golf games using microchipped balls that instantly score themselves, showing players the accuracy and distance of their shots instantly on a TV screen in their hitting bay.

village road show2Topgolf also features an outstanding chef-driven menu, top-shelf drinks, big screen TVs and music in climate-controlled hitting bays for year-round comfort. Year-round programming includes events for kids and families, social leagues, golf tournaments, golf instruction and more.

In Australia, the business will be a joint-venture between Village Roadshow and Topgolf with Village Roadshow Theme Parks managing day-to-day operations and utilising Topgolf’s state-of-the-art technology and operating systems.

“Bringing Topgolf to Australia is a key component of our growth strategy going forward and it will offer guests an extraordinary leisure experience,” Village Roadshow Theme Parks CEO, Clark Kirby said.

village raodshow 3“Topgolf is an exciting sports entertainment experience and our research indicates that while the concept is hugely appealing to golfers, the majority of guests will be non-golfers who enjoy the social and interactive ambience and we can’t wait to welcome them to the facility when it opens next year.

“Topgolf will also employ approximately 400-500 people with recruitment commencing from early next year and we hope people will see this as an exciting career opportunity to join our team.”

“As we enter this new market, the Village Roadshow team will offer invaluable expertise so that we can enhance the signature Topgolf experience with local character,” Topgolf International COO, Zach Shor said.

“This deal is a major step forward in executing our wide-reaching international expansion strategy as we grow our global community of Topgolf fans,” said Shor.

To learn more and view exclusive digital content, follow @Topgolf or visit

Sea World Resort & Water Theme Park are an PCO Association Business Partner

PCO ASSOCIATION – Apply for Membership

3 combination logosIndividual membership of the PCO Association is available to conference and event managers, coordinators, producers and encompassing corporate in-house event managers.

Who can join?
Eligibility for Membership shall be determined by the Management Committee as follows:

Directors/Owners of Independent Conference & Event Management Companies
Employees of Independent Conference & Event Management Companies
Corporate In-house Conference & Event Managers & Coordinators
Association In-house Conference & Event Managers & Coordinators
In-house Government Conference & Event Managers & Coordinators
Conference & Event Management Educators
Any person whose core responsibility is the coordinator and/or management of conferences, meetings and events

Member Benefits
Use of PCOA member logo
Online learning – join our 30 minute knowledge sharing webinars
Accreditation program for individuals and companies
Connect on our social media platforms
Sign up for our blogs sharing the latest on industry trends
Regular e-newsletters and member offers
Discounted registration fees at our annual industry Conference
Opportunity to have a voice on issues that affect your business, position or career
Collaborate with event planners in Special Industry Groups
Networking opportunity with other industry professionals
Conference & exhibition insurance rebate with H2 Insurance Solutions
Access to a request for proposal (RFP) document developed by PCOA accommodation subcommittee with the support of our accommodation business partners.
Opportunity to advertise a position vacant on the PCO website at a discount rate (Job must be within the Meeting & Events Industry)
Providing a voice for Members on the (BECA) Business Events Council of Australia board

Membership Fees
The annual membership fee is AUD $120.00 (inc GST), and is valid from 1st January to 31st December.

Industry Association membership is tax deductible.

Apply online to join the PCO Association here