Detectives and private investigators from around the world will
be converging on Auckland in 2014 for the first time ever, after
another Conference Assistance Programme (CAP) bid win.
The New Zealand Association of Detectives, supported by Tourism
New Zealand, Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development
(ATEED) and the Auckland tourism industry, have won the rights to
host the World Association of Detectives 89th Annual
It is expected to attract around 400 delegates plus partners,
with a significant number from the United States, and will be held
in October 2014.
The bid was won with the support of the Conference Assistance
Programme (CAP) managed by Tourism New Zealand on behalf of the
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).
Daniel Torenson, a member of the World Association of Detectives
for more than 10 years, said the win is an overwhelming victory and
exciting news for New Zealand private investigators.
"For the first time ever the World Association of Detectives
will hold their conference in Auckland in 2014," said Mr
The bid was presented by Mr Torenson at this week's 2012 World
Conference in Boston, with Auckland winning out over New Delhi to
secure the conference.
Tourism New Zealand's General Manager Marketing Communications
Justin Watson said they had met the International President from
the World Association of Detectives Siti Subaidah Naidui, at IMEX
Frankfurt and first discussed there the option of New Zealand
preparing a bid.
"This is a great example of the opportunities available on the
global stage for New Zealand as an international conference
destination. IMEX Frankfurt attracts a wide range of international
buyers and it's great to see the presence of the New Zealand
delegation is contributing to the sector's growth."
Anna Hayward, Manager at the Auckland Convention Bureau, a
division of ATEED, said the win is great for Auckland.
"As always with a conference of this size the benefits will
extend to many of our operators which is fantastic. It also
highlights the importance to Auckland of attending and continuing
to invest in international tradeshows such as IMEX Frankfurt."
Since 1 July 2012, nine international bid applications have been
accepted by Tourism New Zealand for CAP funding, with an estimated
economic value of $17 million. Two bids from the last financial
year were finalised at the end of August for distribution to their
international executive committees and one will be presented in
Vienna during October.
The bids in progress cover a wide range of business sectors
including health, education and transport and before the end of the
year, bids for New Zealand conferences will be presented in places
as far afield as India, Greece, Austria and the Netherlands.
CAP is available to any association or organisation that is in a
position to formally bid for an international conference of over
200 delegates to be held here in New Zealand.
For more information on the
Conference Assistance Programme or to read
more about hosing a conference in NZ.