The Tourism New Zealand Business Events National Awards, held at the national museum Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington on September 27, recognised the contribution of 61 key New Zealand industry leaders and academics.
Working in sectors ranging from robotics to pest management, cybersecurity to autism research, these experts in their field worked alongside Tourism New Zealand and its convention bureau partners to secure high-profile conference wins for the country.
Tourism New Zealand’s chief executive René de Monchy said: “The hard work of these influential and talented individuals plays an integral part in attracting these events to our shores. In the last financial year alone, New Zealand won 34 conferences, estimated to be worth NZ$41.6 million (US$23.3 million) to our local economy.
“Business events are extremely important to New Zealand’s tourism industry – attracting high-quality visitors to New Zealand. Conferences provide an opportunity to share knowledge, forge business relationships, and showcase local talent, tourism experiences and our unique culture.”
Tourism New Zealand will also plant a native tree in honour of each of the National Awards recipients through environmental charity Project Crimson’s Trees That Count programme.
Tourism New Zealand’s Conference Assistance Programme is available to any association or organisation, including universities, that wants to bid to host an international conference in New Zealand with a minimum of 200 international delegates.