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Rotorua to host volcanology conference

Rotorua will welcome 1000 delegates to the region when it hosts the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth’s Interior (IAVCEI) Conference in 2021.

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Tourism New Zealand supported Destination Rotorua in the bidding process to win the conference, which will inject an estimated $2million dollars into the New Zealand economy.

“This win is yet another example of what can be achieved by working together to build New Zealand’s reputation as a world-class conference destination. Conferences such as this one also help support our strategy to spread visitation across the regions,” says Lisa Gardiner, Tourism New Zealand’s Manager of Business Events and Premium.

The event will take place over four days at the Rotorua Energy Events Centre (EEC) where the delegates will attend workshops and lectures.

Destination Rotorua Chief Executive Michelle Templer says that Rotorua winning the bid to host this conference is a major coup for the region.

“Promoting Rotorua as a business event destination is key to supporting growth in valued visitors.

“While we are well known for our visitor activities, attractions and natural environment, we also have excellent conferencing facilities and a large portfolio of accommodation options. Because of this conference organisers continue to realise that Rotorua is the ideal place for their event.”

Tourism New Zealand provided expertise and support to Rotorua during the bid process through the Conference Assistance Programme (CAP).

The programme 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. It helped secure 33 international conferences worth almost $45million in the last financial year.