Auckland chalks up two conference wins

The New Zealand government has allowed business events of no more than a 100 to start; Auckland skyline pictured

The city of Auckland has won the hosting rights for two conferences – the International Association of Women in Police (IAWP) Annual Conference, and the International Conference of Women Engineers and Scientists (ICWES) – both scheduled for 2023.

This will be the first time IAWP will be held in New Zealand. The five-day conference will happen in September, and is set to attract more than 600 senior police, researchers and policymakers from around the world – all dedicated to strengthening the profile and inclusion of women in the Police.

These two wins are a boon for the economy after a challenging year; Auckland skyline pictured

Auckland Convention Bureau (ACB), a division of Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development (ATEED) with support from Tourism New Zealand, worked alongside the Australasian Council of Women and Policing and the New Zealand Police joined forces to bring the conference to the country. It is worth an estimated NZ$1.3 million (US$920,205) to the local economy.

Auckland will also have the chance to showcase its expertise in science and engineering in the same year at ICWES.

It will be the first time the flagship event has been held in New Zealand in its 56-year history.

Over 450 delegates from across the world are expected to attend the five-day conference to discuss the importance of diversity and growth of women within the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

The conference will deliver an NZ$881,000 economic contribution to Auckland and almost 2,600 visitor nights.

Tourism New Zealand’s global manager business events, Lisa Gardiner says securing these. conferences is a hugely positive signal for the sector.

“It will give a much-needed boost to our business events sector just knowing that we’ve got great events like this down the pipeline. The sector contributes so much to New Zealand, not just in economic terms. With a number of key conferences choosing New Zealand that focus on women, it is a huge opportunity to share knowledge that will bring long-lasting benefits to Kiwis.”

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