Quake moves MEETINGS out of Christchurch

first_imgThe earthquake in Christchurch has forced organisers of MEETINGS 2011 to relocate the upcoming business expo out of the city. With the business event originally arranged to be held in Christchurch in June this year, Christchurch & Canterbury Convention Bureau manager Leonie Ashford said the city has a lot of post-quake rebuilding ahead and it was logical to find an alternative city to host the expo.”We pride ourselves on being a stand-out destination and the perfect hosts, but sadly this year we can’t deliver on that,” Ms Ashford said. “Our focus needs to be on rebuilding our city and our industry so that’s why we’ve decided that we can’t host MEETINGS as planned this year.”Conventions and Incentives New Zealand chief executive Alan Trotter said despite relocating the event, the organisation would continue to assist Christchurch and its business tourism industry. “Christchurch is a vital cog in our business tourism industry and it is in all our interests that it gets back on its feet as quickly as possible and re-opens for business,” Mr Trotter said. Rotorua Energy Events Centre has been selected as the alternative hosting city for MEETINGS 2011 to be held on 22 and 23 June. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more