With New Zealand’s borders now open, the capital city Wellington is preparing for a busy calendar of in-person events in 2022.
Business Events Wellington’s manager Irette Ferreira said: “These range from domestic events, which have sustained the city’s conference market since borders closed in 2020, to international conferences secured over the past several years which are now able to welcome delegates and speakers from around the world with no event restrictions.”
Upcoming events include the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works’ IIC Biennial Congress, which will now go ahead in a hybrid format in September at the National Library.
In October the city’s health sector will welcome both the 4th Feeding the Future conference of the Infant Nutrition Council of Australia and New Zealand, and the Combined Scientific Congress of the New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists and the Australian Society of Anaesthetists.
The city’s high-tech strengths will come to the fore when it hosts both the ACM Interactive Surfaces and Spaces Conference, and the International Telecommunication Networks and Applications Conference in November.
Looking ahead, Ferreira predicts that 2023 is set to be a bumper year for Wellington. Major conferences scheduled to take place next year include the 10th International Crustacean Congress, the Island Biology Conference, and the International Zoo Educators Conference.
Tākina, the new Wellington Convention and Exhibition Centre, is also on track to open mid-2023, with more than 60 conferences already pencilled in.
Tākina will be able to accommodate a plenary of up to 1,600 delegates, with two divisible plenary halls on separate levels which can be combined. It will also offer a 1,800m2 exhibition hall with adjacent space to boost capacity, stand-alone meeting rooms, and fully integrated best-in-class AV and ICT systems.