Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA) and the Tourism Industry New Zealand Trust (TINZT) have announced the cancellation of TRENZ 2020.

“Only a short time ago we remained optimistic that May was far enough away to confidently proceed with TRENZ 2020. However, the New Zealand Government has made the call that all large public events and gatherings should be cancelled as part of New Zealand’s national response to COVID-19,” said TIA chief executive Chris Roberts.

“We have been working through the details with the host region and our insurers and can now confirm that TRENZ 2020 is cancelled. We are aware of the forward impact cancelling TRENZ 2020 will have on tourism operators,” added Roberts. “We are investigating ways to support the industry through this challenging time.”

Roberts acknowledged the uncertainty that the travel restrictions have had on TRENZ international buyers, saying that the team greatly appreciated their patience and understanding and were looking forward to hosting them at TRENZ in New Zealand in 2021.

TIA will be updating the TRENZ website regularly with more information.