Global rankings show New Zealand’s conference hosting star is on the rise

New Zealand has risen up the ranks as a global conference destination according to the latest International Congress & Convention Association’s (ICCA) annual data.

New Zealand rose four places in the world listings, taking out the 12th spot in Asia Pacific and the 47th spot in the world.

“This result reflects the huge amount of work New Zealand’s business events industry has put in over the last few years to promote the country as a global conference destination,” says Lisa Gardiner, Manager Business Events and Premium, Tourism New Zealand.

“International event organisers who have held major conferences in New Zealand are spreading the word that our industry is unique in the collaborative way we deliver memorable events. This is another way that helps differentiate us as an attractive destination.”

New Zealand has secured some high profile events and is set to welcome a wide range of association meetings over the coming years including the International Association for the History of Religion, the World Congress of Herpetology and World Congress of the International Sociology of Sport Association.

New Zealand's business event offering is continuing to expand and with two new convention centres being built in Auckland and Christchurch further growth is expected.

Tracey Thomas, Director Conference Innovators says “It’s fantastic to see New Zealand’s hard work paying off! The results are a reflection of the strong relationships within the business events sector and our work ethic as New Zealanders – we don’t rest on our laurels or take anything for granted.  

“Feedback from our international clients shows they consistently rate their New Zealand meetings as ‘the best ever’ – it comes down to Manaakitanga (our unique hospitality of delegates) and who we are as Kiwis.

“The rankings bode well for the future and there’s no doubt that New Zealand will go from strength to strength as a leading international meetings destination.”

The ICCA rankings capture international association meetings taking place across the globe.   It is one of the very few reports which compares destinations’ meetings-related performance on a global scale, the annual ICCA rankings are one of the most eagerly anticipated industry publications.

New Zealand’s ranking over the last three years.

  • 2016 47th hosting 67 conferences
  • 2015 51st hosting 50 conferences
  • 2014 52nd hosting 45 Conferences