Wellington targets larger association conferences

Tākina Wellington Convention & Exhibition Centre. (Smoke Photography)

Wellington is set to welcome more than 40 multi-day conferences over the next few months attracting more than 18,000 delegates and boosting the local economy by over NZ$25 million in delegate spend.

Among the conferences is the 36th International Symposium on Superconductivity taking place at Tākina in November, marking the first time the event will take place outside of Japan.

Victoria University of Wellington’s international reputation in superconductivity research helped secure the bid.

The university also played an integral role in bringing in the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians and the Asia Pacific Society for Physical Activity Conference to the city in the same month.

The International Zoo Educators Conference, hosted by Wellington Zoo, was originally due to come to the city in 2021 but was postponed due to the pandemic and will now take place this October.

Wellington is also playing host to some of New Zealand’s largest national conferences including the Water New Zealand Conference & Expo, expected to attract more than 1,000 delegates along with a large trade exhibition. This conference has never taken place in Wellington before as there was no venue large enough to accommodate it.

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

Other major national conferences include the New Zealand Dental Conference and New Zealand Game Developers Conference, expected to attract more than 800 delegates.

“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.