Christchurch has won the rights to host two major international conferences in 2017 and 2018.
The 2017 International Conference on Computers in Education and the 2018 Asia-Oceania Conference of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine are expected to attract 1200 delegates to the city, injecting NZD$3 million into the local economy.
Christchurch and Canterbury Convention Bureau (CCCB) manager Caroline Blanchfield said, “These are two high-profile conference wins for Christchurch, putting our city back on the world stage as an international conference destination.
“Our strategy, to work in partnership with the Tourism New Zealand Business Events team to attract world-class events in our fields of knowledge and expertise, is really starting to payoff.
“Looking to the future and targeting sectors where our region excels and has enthusiastic conference champions has helped the city succeed in winning these bids,” said Blanchfield.
The 2017 International Conference on Computers in Education (ICCE) will see Christchurch hosting more than 400 IT and education experts from all over the world for five days of plenary meetings in November 2017, worth an estimated $900,000 for the local economy.
The Asia-Oceania Conference of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (AOCPRM) will be held in Christchurch in November 2018. It will bring 800 delegates and an estimated economic contribution of $2.1 million.