Waikato will welcome around 800 international indigenous studies experts in June 2019. The event will put the region on the world stage as a cultural hub and is expected to deliver more than $1.7 million to the economy.
Tourism New Zealand worked with the University of Waikato and Hamilton and Waikato Tourism to secure the annual Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) conference.
‘Waikato’s strong cultural links, activities and the University’s indigenous studies expertise was a winning combo and convinced the event organisers to bring the conference to New Zealand for the first time,’ says Lisa Gardiner business events and premium manager, Tourism New Zealand.
Seven business events exhibitors from around New Zealand will join CINZ and Tourism New Zealand on the 100% Pure New Zealand stand at the Associations Forum National Conference taking place in Sydney next month.
CINZ Australia manager Sharon Auld says the range of exhibitors heading along is designed to showcase New Zealand’s diversity as a destination. This year, three new exhibitors will join the group - Queen’s Wharf Auckland, Skyline Queenstown, and Auckland Museum - Tamaki Paenga Hira.
SKYCITY Auckland Convention Centre will host the Global Speaking Summit in 2018.
Auckland Convention Bureau (ACB) – a division of Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development (ATEED) – with support from Tourism New Zealand and the National Speakers Association, compiled the winning bid for Auckland.
ACB manager Anna Hayward says securing another bid win this year highlights the strong momentum of the Auckland sector.
New Zealand business events will deliver $311 million to the New Zealand economy, according to new figures released by Tourism New Zealand.
The events were secured by Tourism New Zealand and industry over the last four years and will bring nearly 100,000 people to the country, the organisation says.
In Budget 2013 the government invested $34 million with Tourism New Zealand for the purpose of attracting meetings, incentives and conferences.
‘We are really pleased with the significant return on investment we have made with the support of the New Zealand business events industry,” says René de Monchy, director trade, PR and major events.
The next iMean (Interaction and Meaning) conference is going to be held out of the United Kingdom for the first time ever.
Wellington will be the new location for the linguistics event in 2019, bringing around 250 delegates to the capital with an expected boost of around $700k to the economy.
Behind the conference win is Victoria University, with funding support from Tourism New Zealand and the Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency (WREDA).
Tourism New Zealand is currently hosting Taste of New Zealand events in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and Brisbane as Australian associations look to learn more abut the range of venues, accommodation, activities and cuisine on offer.
'Association event organisers are always on the lookout for a unique and memorable experience for their delegates,” says Lisa Gardiner, manager for Business Events and Premium, Tourism New Zealand.