Wellington’s newest venue, Shed 6, is attracting a new market of large‐scale conferences and events never before held in the capital – resulting in millions of dollars of delegate spending for the city.

Positively Wellington Venues (PWV), which manages the waterfront venue, recently confirmed three major business wins – the New Zealand Aged Care Association Conference in 2014; the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) 2015 Congress, with 800 delegates attending from around Australia and New Zealand; and the joint New Zealand Institute of Medical Radiation Technology and Australian Institute of Radiography Conference for 2015.

According to average spend figures from Positively Wellington Tourism, the new events will bring in an estimated $2.65million in delegate spending to the city – with some 925 New Zealand out‐of‐town delegates and 700 international delegates staying in the capital.

“This is just the tip of a large and very valuable iceberg,” PWV CEO Glenys Coughlan said.

“These new business wins are really positive for Wellington and we have other ‘first time’ wins sitting in the wings whose organisers have also said that our new venue offering has made all the difference to bringing their business to Wellington.

“More than 150 events have been booked across the next two years for Shed 6 and the TSB Bank Arena. With the Town Hall out of service for seismic strengthening, we would have been at a significant disadvantage but Shed 6 has given us new opportunities to grow this high value market.”