The history of TRENZ
TRENZ is a vital part of the New Zealand tourism industry. Originally known as Tourism Rendezvous New Zealand, TRENZ started in the 1960s as an annual travel trade show based in Auckland. The earliest iterations of TRENZ hosted about 30 Sellers and Buyers.
Today, the TRENZ trade show is a hundred times its original size and boasts an international reputation as a supreme business event.
TRENZ continues to evolve, innovate and elevate the industry. While borders were closed throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, TRENZ Hui online and national events were held to help New Zealand Sellers prepare for the challenges and opportunities ahead.
TRENZ Talks, a series of fast-paced and lively speaker sessions featuring cutting-edge content, was launched at TRENZ Hui and continues to evolve.
The digital platform TRENZ Connect was created to enhance the resilience of our world-leading industry. The platform allows Sellers and Buyers to connect year-round, regardless of time zone or location.
For those that qualify for the in-person trade show, the platform is also their digital gateway for registrations, pre-event planning and information.
In 2023, the in-person trade show returned to ensure New Zealand is well positioned on a world stage. The event is expected to have generated $174 of economic impact a minute over four days, with ongoing benefits to the city and New Zealand’s tourism industry.