Wellington boasts positive pipeline of international conferences as NZ reopens

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Wellington boasts positive pipeline of international conferences as NZ reopens

With New Zealand’s borders now reopening to international travellers, the capital city Wellington is preparing for a busy roster of in-person events in 2022. People from 60 countries are now able to enter the country if they’re vaccinated and Covid-negative.

Citizens have been able to travel in and out since March, while Australians have been let in since April.

The government has been lauded and criticised for its isolation strategy, which has been credited with keeping Covid deaths to below 1,000.

However, there has been increasing anger over the lengthy period that citizens overseas were effectively blocked from entering the country.

Now Business Events Wellington manager Irette Ferreira says: “We’re looking forward to hosting an exciting calendar of conferences. 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.”

Business Events Wellington has partnered with Tourism New Zealand, universities based in the city, locally based government agencies, and a variety of national associations to target events focussing on the city’s specialist sectors and research areas. These include digital technologies, from software to telecommunications; professional services; creative industries including screen and gaming, and world-leading education and scientific research in fields from biotech to advanced materials.

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.

And the city’s high-tech strengths will be evident when it hosts both the ACM Interactive Surfaces and Spaces Conference, and the International Telecommunication Networks and Applications Conference in November.

Ferreira adds that 2023 is set to be a bumper year for Wellington. Major conferences scheduled to take place include the 10th International Crustacean Congress, the Island Biology Conference, and the International Zoo Educators Conference.

Meanwhile, Tākina, the new Wellington Convention and Exhibition Centre, is on track to open mid-2023, with more than 60 conferences already pencilled in at the central city venue.

Tākina will be able to accommodate a plenary of up to 1,600 delegates and offers a 1,800sqm exhibition hall.


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