Auckland's edu conference win

Auckland's edu conference win

Auckland has won the bid to host a major international education conference.

The three-day Asia-Pacific Association for International Education (APAIE) Annual Conference and Exhibition will be held at the New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC) in 2021.

It is expected to attract more than 1,700 delegates and 200 exhibitors, who will stay a total of  8,700 visitor nights and contribute an estimated spend of $3.3 million while they are here.

Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development’s Auckland Convention Bureau (ACB) helped secure the winning bid for New Zealand, working in partnership with Education New Zealand, Tourism New Zealand and a consortium of the country’s leading universities, led by Auckland University.

Head of ACB Anna Hayward says 2021 is shaping up to be an exciting year for Auckland, with a number of major convention wins along with the city hosting the America’s Cup and APEC throughout the course of the year.

‘This is a fantastic result for Auckland and New Zealand and is another example of how Auckland is able to compete for events like APAIE at this larger scale with the additional capacity that the NZICC brings,’ she says.