Rugby World Cup 2011 offers fantastic conferencing opportunities for companies and organisations wanting to combine business with pleasure, says the chief executive of Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ), Alan Trotter.
“It is not very often we get a sporting event this prestigious and this large in our part of the world so it’s a major drawcard for us,” says Alan Trotter.
“What we’re hoping is that lots of companies and organisations will see the merits of holding their next conference or incentive event in New Zealand next Spring, around the time of Rugby World Cup 2011 so that delegates can enjoy being part of a global sporting event.
“It’s going to be a great time to be in New Zealand because the whole country is going to have this carnival atmosphere. Even if you’re not a passionate follower of the game, you’re going to get caught up in the buzz and excitement. It’s team-building on a big scale,” Mr Trotter predicts.
Despite the huge influx of international visitors expected in New Zealand for Rugby World Cup 2011, there was still capacity to host conferences and incentive events.
“Provided conference organisers chose dates that fit around major fixtures there should not be any issues around securing accommodation at reasonable prices,” Mr Trotter says.
“For the conference and incentive industry it will business as usual throughout Rugby World Cup 2011 and they will have the welcome mat out for any organisations wanting to seize this unique opportunity to be part of something special.”
Rugby World Cup 2011 kicks off on Friday 9 September for six weeks, with the final in Auckland on Sunday 23 October. Many of the key games are at weekends, allowing availability for meetings on weekdays throughout the country. Christchurch is home to the Australian rugby team during Rugby World Cup 2011.
For special offers during the Rugby World Cup event, match schedules and more, visit the Conventions & Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) website