Christchurch will host New Zealand’s biggest tourism trade show from 18-21 May, 2020, at Horncastle Arena.
The dates and venue for TRENZ 2020 were announced on the final day of the 2019 show, which wrapped up in Rotorua on Thursday 16 May.
TRENZ brings together hundreds of international travel buyers, sellers, and media to meet with New Zealand’s leading tourism operators, as well as Regional Tourism Organisations (RTOs). The event is managed and produced by Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA).
Attendees are hosted for four days and given the chance to organise business meetings with operators and RTOs, as well as take part in a range of activities and events to experience the best tourism offerings in the host region.
“Promoting our city and our region, and attracting visitors to Christchurch, is one of ChristchurchNZ’s main focuses, and we can’t wait for the opportunities associated with having TRENZ 2020 in Christchurch,” said Loren Heaphy, ChristchurchNZ General Manager of Destination and Attraction.
Christchurch hosted TRENZ in 2000, 2005, and 2006, and Heaphy said the city was excited to be welcoming the world back to the city of exploration.
“New retail and hospitality offerings, as well as a raft of new tourism ventures, have meant Christchurch is no doubt the country’s newest city. Kiwis love to play host, and here in Christchurch we are no different.”
The event will create significant economic benefits for Christchurch. More than 1500 people will be in the city for the event, staying in local accommodation, experiencing local tourism attractions, and often staying in the area before and after the event.
“We have little doubt they won’t be able to resist adding a few nights in Christchurch onto their South Island itineraries after getting a taste of our region,” Heaphy said.
Chris Roberts, TIA Chief Executive, said they were “especially pleased to be taking TRENZ back to Christchurch for 2020”.
“TRENZ will put a spotlight on a region that needs New Zealand’s support as it continues to grow, and the event’s economic benefits will provide a huge boost to accommodation, food and beverage, and entertainment providers in the city,” Roberts said.
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