October 18, 2022 | Produced in partnership with Business Events Wellington | Image credit: Neoru, Jayati Saraf, Pearl Academy, India

Wellington is back strutting its stuff on the events scene, with the World of WearableArt® Awards Show back for the first time since 2019, and the city shining as it showcases a range of new accommodation and entertainment options in New Zealand’s capital.

More than 60,000 people pre-booked to attend the WOW® Awards Show, with two-thirds from outside the Wellington area. Its 18-day run (29 Sep – 16 Oct) is expected to inject $28 million in economic impact into the city, surpassing previous records.

While the show itself takes place at TSB Arena, Wellington’s largest indoor venue operated by Venues Wellington, the event brings vibrancy to the whole inner city. WOW® aligns strongly with Wellington’s strong creative and arts sector and city-wide activity includes a retail competition and themed menus at local restaurants.

“It’s great to see the WOW® back and revitalising the city. It’s a real highlight of the events calendar and a fabulous opportunity for visitors to witness Wellington’s events capability, hospitality and city support in full force,” said Business Events Wellington Manager Irette Ferreira.

Visitors to the city can also enjoy new and improved accommodation offerings. The Grand Mercure has rebranded to become a five-star Mövenpick property, complete with flexible meeting spaces and signature 24-hour sundae service. The new Mictrotel by Wyndham features conferencing facilities and accommodation in the heart of the city, while a new Quest property, the city’s eighth, offers four-star stays on Lambton Quay.

Exciting new additions to the hospitality scene include Wellington’s first champagne bar, The Champagneria, in central Courtenay Place, Indian street food at Chaat Street, and a city centre home for craft beer favourite Boneface Tavern, plus new artisan cookie, bakery and chocolate offerings for visiting gourmands.

The new developments will also be welcomed by attendees to the city’s busy calendar of business events. In the next few weeks Wellington will host the Combined Scientific Conference for anaesthetists from both sides of the Tasman, the conference for applied linguists from the Asia Pacific region, the 2022 ACM Interactive Surfaces and Spaces Conference and the Conference on Precision Electromagnetic Measurements (CPEM), which takes place in New Zealand for the first time.

Find out more about business events in Wellington at WellingtonNZ.com/meet.