Wellington will host the 7th International Symposium on Submarine Mass Movements and their Consequence in November 2015, set to bring an estimated $500,000 to the New Zealand economy.

A consortium of researchers led by the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) won the rights to host the symposium, which will attract up to 150 international delegates and speakers from universities, research organisations and industry, focused on all aspects of submarine landslides.

The bid was made with the support of Tourism New Zealand (TNZ), Positively Wellington Tourism (PWT) and the Conference Assistance Programme (CAP).

PWT chief executive David Perks said hosting an international conference of this scale is a real vote of confidence for the city.

“Targeting sectors where the capital excels helped the city succeed in winning this bid.

“Our capital is compact, cultural and cutting edge – perfect for business meetings and the smart choice when it comes to hosting domestic and international business events.”

TNZ’s international business events manager, Bjoern Spreitzer, said international events such as this provide a huge opportunity to grow the value of visitors to New Zealand.

“An important part of our work in the sectors is attracting people to New Zealand for business purposes who previously might not have visited and encouraging them to explore further and make a holiday of it.”

TNZ’s management of the Conference Assistance Programme has seen New Zealand bid for 39 events over the last financial year, securing nine international events to date.

“TNZ has significantly increased its activity in the business events sector in the last few years, and this result is a great example of our focus to work collaboratively with industry to grow delegate numbers and value,” Mr Spreitzer said.

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