Bid wins and good things
New Zealand continues to punch above its weight with new events and activities being secured and just around the corner.
New Zealand’s leading destination for the meetings sector, Auckland, is on a roll, with the latest conference win announcement music to the ears of local operators.
The Auckland Convention Bureau (ACB) helped secure the 86th Union Internationale Motonautique General Assembly, with the bid led by the New Zealand Poweboat Federation and secured with funding under Tourism New Zealand’s Conference Assistance Program.
The conference will be held in October and is expected to inject more than $800,000 into the Auckland economy.
ACB manager Anna Hayward said that attracting international conferences to Auckland not only contributes financially to the tourism industry but also drives strategic business opportunities.
“Auckland’s marine industry is internationally recognised for its skilled professionals and innovation,” she said.
“With 200 of the leading global players in the powerboat sector here for the conference, there is huge opportunity to not only share knowledge, but for potential investment and business ventures.
“It was a fantastic opportunity to support the bid for the conference knowing that the resulting business collaboration will help to drive economic growth in what is a key sector for Auckland.”
President of the New Zealand Powerboat Federation Denise Moughan was equally thrilled that delegates will be heading to Auckland.
“These are some of the foremost figures in the powerboat industry and they hold a great deal of influence on the world stage. We are held in high regard by the UIM members and the international connections and business and investment opportunities are very exciting.”
The conference bid was presented to delegates in Corfu, Greece in October 2012, with Auckland beating out competition from Sweden.