June 24, 2021 | By Bronwen Largier

Auckland will host the 17th Congress of the Intestinal Rehabilitation & Transplant Association (CIRTA) next week at Cordis Hotel as a hybrid event.

The bid to secure the event was a collaboration between Auckland Unlimited – through the Auckland Convention Bureau – and New Zealand doctor Helen Evans who set up a world-first National Intestinal Failure and Rehabilitation Service in New Zealand in 2015. The service treats people of all ages across New Zealand who suffer from intestinal failure. The bid was also supported by Tourism New Zealand.

The event has almost 400 registered attendees for its first iteration in New Zealand.

“We are very excited to be bringing this congress to Auckland and putting New Zealand on the world stage,” said Evans.

Auckland Unlimited’s Head of Major and Business Events Richard Clarke outlined some of the benefits of hosting the event for New Zealand.

“Attracting and hosting medical congresses of this calibre shows Auckland is an innovative city. It provides us with another opportunity to showcase Auckland and what it has to offer visitors.

“At the same time, bringing together world-leading experts who will share the latest research to help improve the lives of New Zealanders, and others, living with this condition.”

Tourism New Zealand’s Global Manager of Business Events, Bjoern Spritzer, echoed those comments and added, “This is a real boost for Auckland and through the hybrid/virtual environment we can showcase New Zealand’s medical expertise on the world stage”.