ICMS Australasia expands to New Zealand with new Christchurch office

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ICSMA director for New Zealand, Karen Hamilton.

ICMS Australasia (ICMSA) has expanded its footprint to New Zealand with a new office in Christchurch, headed by Karen Hamilton in the new role of director New Zealand.

ICMSA managing director Emma Bowyer said it had been a long-held goal for the company to move beyond Australia and with confirmed future business in New Zealand now was the right time.

“In recent years we have been approached by our clients, particularly associations, to manage their events in New Zealand,” she said.

“With a dedicated New Zealand office that now becomes more realistic.

“The opening of Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre, the Tākina Wellington Convention & Exhibition Centre coming online this year, and excitement building for SkyCity’s New Zealand International Convention Centre bodes well for a strong business pipeline.”

ICMSA has already been confirmed as PCO for the Australasian Polymer Conference in New Zealand in 2024 and the 62nd Annual Meeting of the International Forensic Toxicologists in Auckland in 2025.

ChristchurchNZ Head of Business Events Megan Crum said she was thrilled ICMS Australasia had selected Christchurch as its New Zealand base.

“ICMSA has recognised the significant advantages in infrastructure and natural assets this region offers for international events, and we are excited to have them join our dynamic and collaborative business events community,” Crum said.

“The arrival of ICMSA here brings a new level of high-profile event opportunities and boosts Christchurch’s reputation as a fantastic place not only to host business events but also to do business.”

Hamilton said she had a long association with ICMSA.

“I am looking forward to embarking on this new chapter,” she said.