Chch to host new conference

Chch to host new conference

Christchurch has won the bid to host the International Wetlands Conference, expected to attract 1000 delegates from around the world when it comes to the city in 2020.

Local ecologist and wetland expert, Dr Philippe Gerbeaux from the Department of Conservation’s Freshwater team was one of driving forces behind bringing the event to Christchurch, after being asked by the co-chairs of the Intecol Wetlands Working Group whether New

Zealand would be interested to host the 2020 conference.

ChristchurchNZ and Tourism New Zealand Business Events supported Dr Gerbeaux to produce the winning bid to host the 11th Intecol International Wetlands Conference.

‘In addition to the economic benefits international conferences deliver to New Zealand, they also showcase our expert sector knowledge to a global audience and help spread visitation across the year by attracting visitors outside of peak season,’ explains Tourism New Zealand business events and premium manager Lisa Gardiner.