New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC) international sales manager Alana Bicknell has been awarded a Tourism New Zealand scholarship to participate in the International Congress and Convention Association ICCASkills programme.
Alana was one of seven successful Kiwis to be accepted into the competitive programme, and one of four at the executive level certification.
Alana has recently begun the ICCASkills programme, saying she “loves that is has been designed for our industry, by our industry”
“I’m connecting and learning from professionals from all around the world, and I hope to share my learnings with my colleagues and partners so that we can collectively be more successful in securing new business for New Zealand,” she said.
Upon completion of the ICCASkills programme, Alana will graduate as a Certified International Convention Executive, a certification tailored to higher-level executives and management with a focus on new strategies and business models.
Tourism New Zealand’s general manager NZ & Business Events Bjoern Spreitzer said it was great to see such a high standard of applicants securing scholarships for the programme.
“It’s a privilege to support the development of business events professionals in New Zealand and we are thrilled to be partnering with ICCA to offer a truly global perspective to our growing sector,” he said.