11.00am - 5.00pm Registration Desk opens at Napier War Memorial Centre
11.00am - 12.00pm A view from Asia Pacific (Optional)
presented by Wai Kin Wong, Regional Director
International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA)

12.30pm – 2.30pm New Zealand Convention Bureau Meeting

3.00pm – 5.00pm

First Timers Welcome Programme
Proudly sponsored by Team Up Events
Return coach transport provided

5.30pm – 7.30pm

BEIA Welcome Function
Welcome to Hawke’s Bay at The Old Church
Return coach transport provided



Registration Desk opens at Napier War Memorial Centre

8.15am Welcome Coffee and Networking


Conference Welcome
David Downs, Master of Ceremonies


Opening Address
Minister of Tourism, Hon. Stuart Nash


BEIA Strategy Presentation
Lisa Hopkins, Chief Executive, BEIA

10.15am Introducing ICCA Skills
TNZ in conjunction with ICCA introduce ICCA Skills, the only globally recognized professional accreditation for every sector of the Business Events industry.
Wai Kin Wong, Regional Director – Asia Pacific for International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA)


Morning Tea


The Big Issues
Hear from industry experts on some of the big issues affecting us now and what we need to do to create a positive and sustainable future.

This will be a rotating session running over two hours. Aimed to get you thinking about actions you can take to positive impacts to ignite the future.
Big Issue 1:
People Development
Big Issue 2: The BEIA Sustainability Project
Big Issue 3: Customers expect what now?
Big Issue 4: Is BEIA hitting the mark?


Lunch at Napier Conference Centre


Experience Hawke’s Bay

You asked, and we delivered. Immerse yourself into the Hawke's Bay.
Prepare yourself to be wowed as you savour the very best of Hawke’s Bay. Choose one option and enjoy time with industry friends whilst experiencing this magnificent region.

  • Cape Coast E-Bike tour and Wine Tasting with Takaro (FULL)
  • Art Deco Vintage, Gin & Wine exploration (FULL)
  • Iconic Wineries Experience
  • Smith & Sheth – Heretaunga Wine Studio (FULL)
  • Gannet Safari Overland
  • Outfoxed in the countryside


Return for an end of day hosted drink together and a Post Event “Debrief” at Market St, 8 Market St, Napier


Free evening at leisure



Welcome Coffee and Networking

8.15am Voting for BEIA Platinum Members


BEIA 46th Annual General Meeting
(for BEIA Members Only)


Morning Tea

10.15am  The Ultimate Storyteller
Hilary Barry
One of the most popular faces on television, Hilary Barry has been our guide during some of New Zealand’s toughest times; the Christchurch earthquake, the Mosque shooting and, of course, COVID-19. But she has also celebrated our success as one of the country’s greatest cheerleaders. Throughout it all, she has shared her humanity, humour, and the recipe for Hummingbird Cake with the nation. Always keeping it real and keeping it authentic, Hilary is the ultimate teller of great New Zealand stories.
Proudly sponsored by Celebrity Speakers NZ
11.00am Igniting our Future:
Oscar Cerezales, Chief Strategy Officer at MCI Group
A workshop designed by Oscar Cerezales and facilitated by Susan Sawbridge from Daylight Ltd.
Setting the scene before a deep dive afternoon session


Lunch at Napier Conference Centre


Lighting the fire together!
The art and science of planning for the future
Oscar Cerezales, Chief Strategy Officer at MCI Group
Susan Sawbridge, Director of Daylight Ltd

We are facing a new normal. A different market and a redesigned ecosystem. New roles, new players, and new rules of engagement require a deep analysis on this new reality. This deep dive workshop session will walk us through the different challenges, opportunities and required business models to ignite our future.

3.00pm Working afternoon tea


Conference Close and announcement of BEIA Conference 2023 Destination


Transfer to Conference Dinner


BEIA Conference Dinner
Deco, Diamonds and Decadence

ToiToi - Hawke’s Bay Arts & Event Centre
Return coach transport provided

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