Close to 800 medical specialists will converge on Auckland in March 2018 after a successful joint bid to host the Asia Pacific Congress of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology (APCCVIR).

Auckland Convention Bureau (ACB) worked with the Interventional Radiology Department at Auckland City Hospital to secure the hosting rights, with support from Tourism New Zealand’s Conference Assistance Programme (CAP) bid fund.

ACB manager Anna Hayward said the four day congress is the radiology industry’s premier conference in the Asia Pacific region and will create substantial economic benefits for Auckland.

“The estimated contribution to regional GDP is $1.36 million. With these high value delegates and their families enjoying pre and post-conference activities, there is an additional projected tourism spend of $1.34 million.

“The ACB team will continue to work with the local host committee to ensure a successful conference and help overseas delegates enjoy the world of possibilities that Auckland has on offer,” Ms Hayward said.

Tourism New Zealand international business events manager Bjoern Spreitzer said the win is a great example of how the local industry works cooperatively to secure international business.

“Tourism New Zealand has significantly increased its work in the business events sector, including the management of the CAP bid fund, with the goal of attracting more high-value international delegates to New Zealand.

“Working alongside Auckland City Hospital and ACB to secure a conference of this prestige is exactly the result we are seeking from our new activity,” Mr Spreitzer said.

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