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Friday, September 22, 2023

Tourism New Zealand recognises conference champions

Tourism New Zealand has recognised the experts who successfully secured international conferences – and all their benefits – for New Zealand over the past year. The conferences New Zealand won in the last financial year are estimated to deliver $63.8m to the economy.

The event recognised the contribution of 45 conference champions from across New Zealand who have successfully bid for and won international conferences.

Tourism New Zealand Chief Executive René de Monchy said, “Tourism is one of New Zealand’s biggest export earners and will be a significant contributor as we face tough global economic conditions.  Business events attract high-quality visitors who enrich our visitor economy and beyond. Conferences provide an opportunity to share knowledge, forge business relationships, and showcase local research, innovation, and our unique culture. 

“In the last financial year alone, New Zealand won 54 international conferences, estimated to be worth $63.8m to our local economy. A lot of that success comes down to the hard work of talented individuals whose knowledge, influence and passion attract events to our shores.

“Working in sectors ranging from indigenous education to green infrastructure, virtual reality to public health, these New Zealand industry leaders and academics worked alongside Tourism New Zealand and its convention bureau partners to bid for and secure high-profile conference wins for the country.”

This year, the event has been incorporated into the inaugural New Zealand Business Events Week, spearheaded by peak industry body Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) to elevate the importance of business events to New Zealand.