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Wellington’s $25 million conference boost

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Wellington’s $25 million conference boost
After the FIFA Women’s World Cup saw more than Wellington’s entire population attend matches in New Zealand’s capital, the city is preparing to host over 40 conferences in the coming months.

With Wellington’s new purpose-built convention centre, Tākina, providing a huge boost to the city’s hosting capabilities, more than 18,000 delegates are expected to attend multi-day conferences in Wellington, and spend over NZ$25 million.

Tākina will host the 36th International Symposium on Superconductivity in November, becoming the first non-Japanese city to host the event.  

The venue will also host the Water New Zealand Conference & Expo in October, with more than 1,000 delegates expected alongside a significant exhibition footprint. Wellington has never been able to host the event before now, because the city did not have a large enough.

“The opening of Tākina has enabled us to bring multi-streamed programmes and exhibition events to Te Whanganui a Tara Wellington,” said the chief executive of Water New Zealand,  Gillian Blythe.

“I am delighted to be inviting delegates and exhibitors to Tākina for the Water New Zealand Conference & Expo 2023 in October, and Stormwater 2024 in May 2024.”

Tākina has also just held the New Zealand Dental Conference, while the New Zealand Game Developers Conference will kick off at the venue on Thursday this week.

As well as being a key force for bringing the international semiconductivity conference to New Zealand this year, Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington will host the Asia Pacific Society for Physical Activity Conference in November, while InterContinental Wellington will host the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians, also in November.

Wellington Zoo will host the International Zoo Educators Conference in October this year, after the pandemic caused a two-delay in the event coming to New Zealand.

“It has been a busy and brilliant month in Wellington and now we’re looking forward to business events bringing a broad range of experts to our city across a range of sectors,” said Business Events Wellington manager Irette Ferreira.

“Hosting these events kickstarts opportunities for knowledge sharing and wider positive social impacts that will benefit Wellington and New Zealand.”

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