Source = CINZ 40th CINZ Conference heading to HamiltonThe Hamilton Waikato region is on show in October when the Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) 40th annual conference comes to town.CINZ Chief Executive Sue Sullivan says the 40th conference promises a jam-packed programme of education and networking. The theme is the Art of Collaboration and includes presentations from several international speakers.“As an industry we need to understand what is happening overseas, and learn how we can continue to grow. Workshops from our keynote speakers will provide CINZ members with the opportunity to dive deeply into relevant topics, and take real learnings back to their businesses,” she says.Claudelands is the host venue for the conference on Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 October, with social functions planned for some of the region’s key attractions.Delegates can select from a range of workshop options for practical educational sessions on a series of trending topics. They include everything from the latest on international competitive advantage, to crisis management and social media engagement.Keynote speaker Gary Grimmer, CEO of international consultancy Gaining Edge will be discussing how New Zealand can deliver competitive advantage in the convention space. He will be focusing on the key trends and challenges emerging in the Asian market, and how New Zealand can respond.Issue and crisis management specialist, Dr Tony Jaques will run a participative workshop on how to create a crisis management plan.Closer to home, delegates will have the chance to hear from the driving force behind the New Zealand Story, Rebecca Smith. She will focus on the competitive advantage gained by sharing a strong, consistent story about what New Zealand has to offer beyond its natural beauty.The conference will include key industry updates from Hamilton City Council, Tourism New Zealand, CINZ and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).Sue Sullivan says the social programme is always a highlight of the CINZ conference.“This year promises to be very special for our 40th CINZ conference, with a Lord of the Rings themed gala dinner at Hobbiton Movie Set on 13 October.”The conference starts with a welcome cocktail event at the Zealong Tea Estate, a chance to check out their new conference facility. A casual evening at Novotel Tainui follows day one.The 40th CINZ Annual General Meeting and CINZ board member voting will also take place at Claudelands on Thursday 13 October.Click here for the full conference programme and register here.About Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ)CINZ www.conventionsnz.co.nz is the official, membership based association of New Zealand’s conference and business travel industry with more than 380 members across a broad range of sectors.CINZ takes a leadership role in increasing meetings, incentives, conference and events business for the benefit of its members, principal stakeholders and the New Zealand economy.CINZ works to actively promote the sector, providing advocacy with central government, and offering assistance, information, professional development and real business opportunities to its members.CINZ manages New Zealand’s only national annual trade show MEETINGS.Multi-day convention/conference delegates spent an estimated $472 million in the New Zealand economy during 2015 (MBIE CDS Dec 2015).Domestic delegates accounted for $246 million (52 per cent of the total amount),Local delegates spent $96 million (20 per cent) inside their regionsInternational visitors spent a total of $130 million (28 per cent). Of the international spend;$77 million was generated from Australian visitors$53 million from other international visitors.