The announcement was made at this year’s conference in Napier and is good news for the city and region, giving suppliers of tourism product an opportunity to showcase their products and services to those attending.
ChristchurchNZ general manager destination and attraction Loren Heaphy says getting the conference to Christchurch for the first time in 20 years demonstrated strong confidence in the city and region and all it has to offer.
'This shows how attractive we are as a conference and visitor destination. Christchurch has great connectivity to the rest of New Zealand, is an easy city to get around and has a myriad of accommodation choices and vibrant experiences for visitors to explore and enjoy.
'Tour operators will get to experience first-hand the fantastic tourism product on offer in Christchurch and Canterbury, putting us at the forefront of their minds when they are looking for products to put into their itineraries for future international visitors.'
TECNZ chief executive Judy Chen says the conference always aims to inspire, educate and provide opportunities for the more than 300 attendees to network with one another.
'We are excited to be bringing the conference to Christchurch in 2019. This is one of the most influential tourism conferences to be held nationally and there is a strong desire to see Christchurch continue growing its reputation as a key destination for visitors, who choose to stay in the city and region for longer.'
The conference will be held in Christchurch on the 14th and 15th of August 2019. Local tourism product familiarisations will be held prior to and after the event.