Tourism New Zealand endorses New Zealand International Convention Centre

Tourism New Zealand (TNZ) says that today's application for resource consent for the New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC) is great news for the tourism industry.

TNZ Chief Executive Kevin Bowler says, "New convention centres, such as the NZICC, will enable New Zealand to be more competitive on the global scale - bidding for larger scale conventions which bring more delegates and more value to the New Zealand economy."

The NZICC will allow New Zealand to bid for conferences of up to 3,500 - opening up a significant number of potential conferences the country can bid for.

"Business events provide significant value to the tourism industry, and to the country, and are a key focus for TNZ."

TNZ now has a dedicated team of 14 based across New Zealand and the world, working to raise New Zealand's profile as an international business events destination.

"This activity is going from strength to strength. The last year has seen a steady stream of international conference bids with a total of 19 wins since July 2014 - worth up to $25.8 million to the New Zealand economy.

Recent wins include the International Conference on Computers in Education for Christchurch, the World Congress On Genetics Applied to Livestock Production coming to Auckland, and Dunedin has been confirmed as the host for Screenwriting Research Network (SRN) International Conference in 2016 

"The business events sector has made great progress in New Zealand and with new conference facilities on the horizon I am confident that there are some exciting times ahead for the sector," says Kevin.  

Contact Georgina Maguire, Communications Advisor, Tourism New Zealand | phone +64 21 478 659