Photo of the day: Conference winners congratulated for bringing events to New Zealand

New Zealand’s tourism minister has recognised 27 experts, who have secured large-scale international conferences for New Zealand, at an event in Auckland last week.

They included university academics, industry professionals and medical specialists who have championed their field of expertise such as health sciences, agriculture, earth sciences, IT, aerospace and advanced engineering.

Conference wins include the International Symposium on Microbial Ecology, which is expected to bring 1,800 experts to Auckland in 2022; the World Leisure Congress, which will attract some 1,500 delegates to Dunedin in 2022; and the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth’s Interior (IAVCEI) Conference in 2021 that will bring around 1,000 of the world’s leading volcanologists to Rotorua.

The conference wins celebrated at the event represent an estimated 14,420 delegates and nearly NZ$29 million (US$18.2 million) in economic impact for New Zealand.

Speaking at the event, René de Monchy, Tourism New Zealand’s director of commercial, said: “In the last financial year New Zealand has won 32 events that will contribute an estimated NZ$40.5 million to the economy over the coming years and involve over 19,000 delegates.”

Monchy added that these conferences will “create long-lasting, positive social change in our communities”, and help grow the country’s industry sectors while bettering the lives of New Zealanders.

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