CINZDiveplanit TravelmeetingsNew ZealandSolomon IslandsTreasures of South Pacific This week’s MICE news has been wrapped up in a quick snapshot of the news. From across the South Pacific and beyond, this is the latest news on Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events from the travel industry.Solomon Islands hosts 2019 SPUMS Annual Scientific Meeting & ConferenceThe Solomon Islands has welcomed more than 100 members of the South Pacific Underwater Medical Society (SPUMS) for the organisation’s Annual Scientific Meeting and Conference.A major win for the dive industry and tourism, the main event is being held from 20 – 26 May 2019 at the Solomon Kitano Mendana Hotel in Honiara. Delegates are also staying at the Heritage Park Hotel and the Coral Sea Resort & Casino.SPUMS is acknowledged around the world as the peak body for doctors specialising in hyperbaric medicine – the medicine used in SCUBA diving and also accelerated healing and plastic surgery. As part of the conference schedule, morning sessions will see delegates visiting the best dive sites in Honiara and Tulagi while afternoons will be spent attending the Annual Scientific Meeting sessions.Diving at the conference is being coordinated by Australian dive travel specialist-Diveplanit Travel with the assistance and resources of Tulagi Dive, Raiders Hotel & Dive, Dive Munda, Dive Gizo and Bilikiki Cruises, each of which is providing dive guides, additional SCUBA tanks and other logistical support required for such a large group.Diveplanit Travel has also reached out to a host of local organisations, all of which have been happy to provide additional resources, including Tourism Solomons, Solomon Airlines, Travel Solomons, Our Telekom and the Heritage Park Hotel.The huge logistical effort required to ensure the event passes successfully is being managed directly by the Diveplanit Travel team’s Simon Mallender and Deborah Dickson-Smith. Describing the planning behind the event as a “mammoth task”, Mr Mallender acknowledged the tremendous support received from the Minister for Tourism & Culture and Tourism Solomons.“All in all this is an excellent opportunity for the Solomon Islands to showcase just how a small Pacific nation can host a conference of 100-plus people and offer great diving at the same time,” he said.“Local dive operators will benefit directly from income generated by the conference, and indirectly from the continued efforts of Tourism Solomons and Diveplanit Travel to promote the Solomon Islands as having the best diving in the Pacific and, in the process, help local dive operators slowly but surely grow their operations.”Treasures of the South Pacific returns for 2019Treasures of the South Pacific will return in 2019 giving travel agents the chance to improve their product knowledge by attending informative seminars and networking with tourism office representatives, airlines and hoteliers to gain insights into the type of traveller that best suits each destination.Proudly sponsored by Fiji Airways and Pacific Trade Invest, Australia, the event will include representatives from the tourism offices of Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands, Cook Islands, Tahiti, Samoa, Norfolk Island, Fiji and some Hidden Treasures of the area.The events are a great opportunity for agents to learn more about Australia’s closest neighbours, providing them with the tools to generate more interest and bookings for the South Pacific.Registrations for the Melbourne and Adelaide events are now open. For more information or to register visit www.tosp.com.au/mel and www.tosp.com.au/adl. For more information travel agents can refer to www.tosp.com.au or contact Greg Maloney on email@example.comCINZ announces new MEETINGS’ dates for 2020New Zealand’s largest annual business events trade exhibition MEETINGS, run by Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) will be moving to an earlier date in April next year. Chief Executive, Sue Sullivan says CINZ wanted to announce the new dates before MEETINGS 2019, so everyone could diary them well in advance.“With a busy Auckland venue scene for May and June, MEETINGS 2020 will be held a month earlier on 22 and 23 April 2020 at ASB Showgrounds, prior to the ANZAC Day long weekend,” she says.“Our annual MEETINGS showcase is not to be missed. It is the stand-out event on New Zealand’s business events calendar. We are ensuring everyone has the 2020 dates locked in, and we are focused on delivering another world class event to all buyers and exhibitors.”This year’s CINZ MEETINGS kicks off with a welcome function at Auckland’s new Aotea Centre on Tuesday 28 May. The two-day event at ASB Showgrounds on 29 and 30 May will showcase over 190 exhibitors from 17 regions across New Zealand to more than 700 New Zealand, Australian and international buyers. Exhibitors include venues, theming companies, hotels, AV companies, regional bureaux, attractions and activities.Online registration is now open, and free for Day Buyers attending CINZ MEETINGS 2019.