Auckland has been picked as the host city for the Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology Conference (CAA) in 2024.
The conference is expected to attract 350 delegates and deliver approximately NZ$378,000 (US$258,000) to Auckland’s economy. This is the first time the conference will be held in New Zealand and it will take place at the University of Auckland.
The CAA conference is an annual event where international scholars, professionals and researchers showcase current and innovative computer technologies in the field of archaeology, history and cultural heritage. A proposed focus of the 2024 conference is indigenous archaeology from around the world.
Auckland Convention Bureau (ACB) – a division of Auckland Unlimited – with support from Tourism New Zealand, worked with Joshua Emmitt from the University of Auckland to secure the conference in Auckland.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for New Zealand archaeologists to improve and expand their own methods, with exposure and discussion about techniques seldom seen in the country, and to build relationships with a global network,” he said.
ACB manager Ken Pereira said that securing another bid win highlights the momentum of the Auckland business events sector, which has attracted major academic conferences starting from next year.
“As borders begin to reopen, attracting international conferences to our shores is an important part of growing our visitor economy. Delegates have the potential to help spread visitors across the off-peak season, support employment and bring economic benefit to the region.”