Conference bids result in twin win for Christchurch

Two new international conference wins will bring 900 biology and engineering experts and an estimated economic benefit of over $1.9 million to New Zealand.

It was announced recently that Christchurch will host the both the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) International Biology Symposium in 2021 and the International Association of Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE) Congress in September 2020.

The events, to be held at the new Convention Centre were the result of Tourism New Zealand working with Christchurch and Canterbury Convention Bureau (CCCB) and specialists in the biology and engineering fields to put together the successful bids.

“Winning the right to host conferences like these, contributes millions to the economy and allows New Zealand the opportunity to showcase our world class offerings, says Lisa Gardiner, Manager Business Events and Premium, Tourism New Zealand.

“They also provide a chance to highlight the vast range of expertise New Zealand can share with the world, in this case Antarctic biology and engineering.

“Targeting the international business events sector is an important part of Tourism New Zealand’s strategy to grow the value of international visitors to New Zealand. 

“In this instance, with the events being held in September, they will provide a boost for accommodation, hospitality and attraction providers throughout the South Island in the shoulder season.”

CCCB Manager Caroline Blanchfield says: “Our modern central city facilities including the new Convention Centre, accommodation and hospitality venues and our location in the heart of the South Island make Christchurch an enticing destination for conferences.”
“This is another example of Christchurch playing to its strengths. We know the city will deliver world-class expertise and knowledge, and an amazing destination experience for these international delegates.”

“Our collaboration with Tourism New Zealand’s Business Events team was of great value in securing the winning bid. Working with Tourism New Zealand and our local business partners helped us to attract this group of experts to Christchurch.”

As well as the high-value spend the events will bring to the city it is expected that many delegates will spend more and stay longer in the region with their partners and families before and after the event.