12.00 - 2.30pm

New Zealand Convention Bureau Meeting

2.45 - 4.15pm BEIA Annual Conference First Timers Event
Proudly sponsored by Team Up Events

5.30 - 7.30pm

BEIA Welcome Function
Wither Hills Winery
Return coach transport provided


8.00am Registration Desk Open

8.45 - 9.10am

Conference Opening
MC: David Downs

9.10 - 9.25am Wellbeing at Conference
Sarah O'Connell - DirectorSoul Works

9.25 - 10.25am

Ignore the Recession Narrative
Cameron Bagrie - Managing Director, Bagrie Economics
How close are we to getting out of this inflation mess? And is inflation the mess we should be worried about?
Cameron is proudly sponsored by Celebrity Speakers NZ

10.25 - 10.50am Morning Tea

10.50 - 11.45am

Business Events: A Global, Australian and New Zealand View
Senthil Gopinath - CEO, International Congress and Convention Association
Ross Steele - General Manager, Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre
Lisa Hopkins - CEO, Business Events Industry Aotearoa

Concluding with a panel discussion facilitated by David Downs

11.45am - 12.00pm Small Town, Big Social License
Rob Burn
Rob talks about the impact of the visitor economy on a small town like Picton and what they had to do to accommodate increased cruise activity, ferry cancellations and record visitor numbers.
12.00 - 1.00pm Lunch

1.00 - 5.00pm

Experience Extraordinary Marlborough Activity Programme
This afternoon gives you an opportunity to experience more about this unique region, and the industries it relies on, including ecotourism, food and wine, and kai moana for jobs and development. Delegates can select from a number of activities to participate in.


At leisure


8.00am Registration Desk Open
8.30 - 9.00am Membership Feedback Sessions
9:00 - 9:15am Welcome to Day 2
MC: Hamish Saxton
9.15 - 9.25am Wellbeing at Conference
Sarah O'Connell - Director, Soul Works
9.25 - 9.50am Business Events: National Strategy
Lisa Hopkins - CEO, Business Events Industry Aotearoa
9.50 - 10.00am Conference Beverage Resolution
Hamish Saxton - CEO, Hawke's Bay Tourism
10.00 - 10.30am Morning Tea
10.30 - 10.40am Wellbeing at Conference
Sarah O'Connell - Director, Soul Works
10.40 - 11.10am Business Events: Fresh Insight into Data
Shane Vuletich - Founder, Fresh Info
11.10 - 11.40am How to Partner with Immigration
Fiona White - ​Engagement Partner, Immigration New Zealand
11.40am -12.30pm Industry Leaders Panel Session
Steve Armitage - CEO, Hospitality New Zealand
Elaine Linnell - General Manager, New Zealand Events Association
Rebecca Ingram - CEO, Tourism Industry Aotearoa
James Doolan - Strategic Director, Hotel Council Aotearoa
Kylee Daniel - Director of Partnerships, New Zealand Māori Tourism
12.30 - 2.00pm Lunch
2.00 - 2.15pm Wellbeing at Conference
Sarah O'Connell - Director, Soul Works
2.15 - 4.15pm Moving Meetings from Mundane to Magnificent
Martin Sirk - Founder, Sirk Serendipity
Susan Sawbridge - Managing Partner, Daylight Ltd
This session includes a grab and go afternoon 

4.15 - 4.45pm

Conference Closing Remarks


BEIA Conference Dinner
Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre
Return coach transport provided

*Please note the Conference programme and times may be subject to change.