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New Zealand to host ICCASkills Hub in 2024

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(L-R): ICCA CEO Senthil Gopinath and Tourism New Zealand Business Events Bid Manager Leonie Ashford celebrate the renewal of the ICCASkills partnership.

New Zealand will host an ICCASkills Training Hub in 2024 with applications open for all business events professionals to take part in the three-day intensive in-person event.

Under a hybrid model, participants could then complete the training certification online.

Tourism New Zealand will also continue its ICCASkills scholarship programme, offering New Zealand business events professionals the chance to undertake the certification, sharing costs with the scholarship recipient’s employer.

Tourism New Zealand General Manager NZ & Business Events Bjoern Spreitzer said New Zealand’s business events industry is maturing.

“We want to support the sustainable growth of our industry and help educate and develop the best business events professionals in our region,” he said.

“Encouraging professional development ensures the expertise of our people is recognised at a global level and helps to elevate New Zealand’s event standards.”

The announcement follows Tourism New Zealand’s inaugural scholarship with ICCASkills, which saw seven New Zealand business events professionals undertaking ICCASkills certification online this year including Jessica Carlson, director of meetings & events, Accor New Zealand, Fiji & French Polynesia.

“ICCASkills has been a highlight for me and my professional development in recent years,” Carlson said.

“The opportunity to learn from the high calibre of instructors along with the networking and insights shared between the other students was invaluable. It allowed me to gain understanding and knowledge from across the entire ecosystem of business events, outside of my day-to-day role and experience. It has opened my eyes to exactly the size, scale and value of the industry we work in.”

ICCA CEO Senthil Gopinath says there is tangible value in attending courses “designed for our industry, by our industry”.

“When we first announced the collaboration between ICCASkills and Tourism New Zealand last year, both parties shared every confidence that it would prove successful,” he said.

“Our renewal agreement confirms this and is evidence of how innovative and impactful ICCASkills has been in New Zealand.

“We salute TNZ for their foresight and ongoing commitment to a programme that will grow and grow.”

To register your interest or for more information on Tourism New Zealand’s ICCASkills Training Hub 2024 email leonie.ashford@tnz.govt.nz.

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