Tourism New Zealand Chief Executive Stephen England Hall says: "Conferences are a catalyst for social change. The information shared and decisions taken can profoundly change communities, impacting areas from policy and legislation change, to public health initiatives, environmental action, economic growth, or the creation of new jobs.
The three conferences that are part of the pilot are the INTECOL International Wetlands Conference 2020 in Christchurch, World Leisure Congress 2022 in Dunedin, International Working Group on Women and Sport 2022 in Auckland.
“We are excited to see how we can maximise and harness the benefits these conferences will bring to New Zealand and our people long term and then apply these learnings to other conferences that come here.
Tourism New Zealand partnered with Canada-based non-profit organisation #Meet4Impact on the Enrich New Zealand - Conference Impact project.
#Meet4Impact ran workshops with Tourism New Zealand, conference organisers, and local stakeholders to develop a framework for generating, managing and measuring the positive societal impacts across three pilot conferences.
#Meet4Impact Co-Founder and CEO Genevieve Le Clerc says: “Social impact requires event organisers to hold a conscious initial intention of social change and a reliable structure for measuring its results. We’re proud to be partnering with New Zealand on their Enrich New Zealand - Conference Impact project as they work to create maximum value out of their conferences
Tourism New Zealand works with convention bureaus, the conferences industry across the country and New Zealand experts to bring international conferences to New Zealand. With more than 76,855 international visitors arriving each year to attend business events and an economic contribution of over $500 million over the past five years, conferences in New Zealand are big business.
Business events deliver beyond the economic, the expert knowledge conference delegates contribute to our local industries help them grow and improve. Through this project, Tourism New Zealand will identify conferences with the ability to provide long term benefits such as those that could advance research opportunities and work with conference organisers and delegates to make this happen.