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5 Sep 2016
Wellington has scored a trio of large international conferences in the last two months, through successful collaboration between the Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency (WREDA) , Tourism New Zealand and hosting organisations.
Business Events teams at the two agencies have secured the conferences, which are expected to bring up to 1,500 delegates to Wellington combined, for a total economic impact of nearly $3 million.
WREDA General Manager, Events & Partnerships Warrick Dent said landing three major conferences in quick succession was cause for celebration.
“Our teams help Wellington win conferences all year round, but a big hat-trick like this is a great reward. International conference delegates deliver the highest average daily spend of all visitors, making them an valuable contributors to our visitor economy.”
Dr Murray Early, Principal Research Scientist at the Measurement Standards Laboratory of Callaghan Innovation, who are hosting one of the three events (Conference on Precision Electromagnetic Measurements) says it’s a fantastic opportunity to showcase Wellington’s high-quality research sector.
“Wellington is home to many of the top scientists in New Zealand, who are working at a world-class level across a number of fields. Kiwi scientists publish and present internationally, but hosting the world’s experts in your field says a great deal about Wellington’s research science credentials.
Dr Early says the support of WREDA’s Business Events team was key to securing this opportunity.
“We know the field, and have connections with the scientific community, but they have the expertise when it comes to putting together a successful bid for a major conference. It’s been a winning partnership.”
In the past 12 months, WREDA’s Business Events team were involved in 76 successful event bids and opportunities, with a total value in excess of $12.8 million.
Mr Dent said the collaboration with Tourism New Zealand’s Business Events team was of great value in securing these latest large conferences for the capital.
“Bidding for international conferences is highly competitive and working with Tourism New Zealand helps to attract them to Wellington. Like WREDA, they recognise the huge growth potential in the market, and are putting resources behind getting these events here.”
Two of the three conferences are scheduled for 2018, with the third in 2022. Mr Dent confirmed that the Wellington Movie Museum & Convention Centre was under consideration as a venue for the third conference.
“There’s a a great deal of interest across the market in the new facility, and it will certainly be in the frame as we work with all parties on conference logistics in the coming years.”
Tourism New Zealand’s Conference Assistance Programme provides funding and support to organisations and associations wishing to host an international conference in New Zealand.