Welly shoots, economy scores

Welly shoots, economy scores

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).

Lisa Gardiner is the business events manager for Tourism New Zealand, she sang the group's praises on promoting Wellington as the ideal destination.

‘Wellington is an excellent business events location.  It has good conference facilities and is vibrant, diverse and inclusive. I have no doubt the delegates will have a fantastic time,’ she says.

‘New Zealand is performing extremely well internationally as an attractive and unique business events destination. The estimated value from all conferences bid for and won in last financial year is an impressive $39.7 million.’

The ball for the event actually started rolling a while ago. Meredith Marra, head of the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies at Victoria University started talking to the iMean organisers in 2015.

‘The conference will bring enormous research benefits to New Zealand, giving us national exposure and recognition for our work in the linguistics field,’ she says.

‘It also secures New Zealand’s position within the field internationally and highlights the leading role we play.’

The conference will fall just before Easter 2019 so attendees will have the opportunity to bring their families with them and make a holiday out of the trip over.

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