Wellington to welcome more than 18,000 delegates over coming months

The city transitions from football frenzy to conference capital as it prepares for more than 40 multi-day conferences.

Following the football frenzy that drew more than 230,000 fans, Wellington is now preparing to welcome over 18,000 delegates across more than 40 notable multi-day national and international conferences.

Taking place in New Zealand’s capital city over the next few months, the conferences are expected to deliver more than NZD$25 million in delegate spend.

“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,” Business Events Wellington manager, Irette Ferreira, said.

“Hosting these events kickstarts opportunities for knowledge sharing and wider positive social impacts that will benefit Wellington and New Zealand.”

The line up includes the 36th International Symposium on Superconductivity, taking place at Tākina in November. Drawn to the city by Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington’s international reputation in superconductivity research, it is the first time the event will take place outside of Japan. 

Bid champions at 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.

With the recent opening of Tākina, 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 Te Whanganui a Tara Wellington,” Water New Zealand chief executive, Gillian Blythe, said. 

“I am delighted to be inviting delegates and exhibitors to Tākina for the Water New Zealand Conference & Expo 2023 in October, and Stormwater 2024 in May 2024.”

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

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