Wellington to host ‘exciting calendar’ of international conferences with borders now open

With New Zealand’s borders now reopened, Wellington is preparing for a busy roster of in-person events in 2022.

Upcoming events include the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works’ IIC Biennial Congress, which will now go ahead in a hybrid format in September at the National Library.

In October the city’s health sector will welcome both the 4th Feeding the Future conference of the Infant Nutrition Council of Australia and New Zealand, and the Combined Scientific Congress of the New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists and the Australian Society of Anaesthetists.

Both the ACM Interactive Surfaces and Spaces Conference, and the International Telecommunication Networks and Applications Conference will be held in November.

“We’re looking forward to hosting an exciting calendar of conferences,” said Business Events Wellington manager Irette Ferreira.

“These range from domestic events, which have sustained the city’s conference market since borders closed in 2020, to international conferences secured over the past several years which are now able to welcome delegates and speakers from around the world with no event restrictions.”

Looking ahead, Ferreira says 2023 is set to be a bumper year for Wellington. Major conferences scheduled to take place include the 10th International Crustacean Congress, the Island Biology Conference, and the International Zoo Educators Conference.

Meanwhile, Tākina, the new Wellington Convention and Exhibition Centre, is on track to open mid-2023, with more than 60 conferences already pencilled in at the central city venue.

“Tākina will add purpose-built conferencing capability and capacity to our already excellent suite of venues, from the intimate and unique to our big, blank canvas options,” said Ferreira.