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resh from the AIME exhibition held
in Melbourne in February, Auckland
Conventions Venues & Events
director, Mohamed Mansour, says
New Zealand is continuing to attract an
increasing number of events and conventions
“It was fantastic to see how many leading
kiwi tourism, hospitality and events
organisations were present at AIME – the New
Zealand stand boasted some great brands
including Air NZ, Tourism NZ and leading
conference venues,” Mr Mansour said.
“Based on the conversations and feedback
we had it was evident that our country has
much to offer the market. Increasingly, New
Zealand’s unique landscape, strong events
experience and expertise, and fantastic
infrastructure is becoming a big drawcard for
The Auckland Conventions Venues &
Events team attended the expo to promote
its unique portfolio of landmark Auckland
venues, while also taking the opportunity to
network and gain valuable industry insight.
Mr Mansour said the Auckland
Conventions Venues & Events team had a
strong enquiry rate about hosting events and
conventions in Auckland.
“I believe Auckland is now able to compete
One dedicated team
Auckland Conventions Venues & Events manages a selection of the city’s most iconic and dynamic
venues. Our world-class spaces are brought to life by an experienced team of industry leading
professionals dedicated to creating your most memorable event ever.
From intimate cocktail parties to grand banquets, small meetings to large multi-day conferences,
whether your event involves 20 or 2000 people, Auckland Conventions has a space to suit.
Visit aucklandconventions.co.nz to discover the perfect space for your next event in Auckland.
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NEW ZEALAND LEADS THE CHARGE
ON GLOBAL EVENTS STAGE
New Zealand’s strong presence at AIME represents significant
opportunities for the local business events market.
with business events destinations such as Melbourne. It is increasingly becoming recognised as
one of the world’s most vibrant cities.”
Mr Mansour says Auckland’s infrastructure, which is a key consideration when planning
international events, has significantly improved following the Rugby World Cup 2011.
“This massive event firmly positioned Auckland on the international stage as a world-class
destination. We proved we have the infrastructure and systems in place to support large-scale
events. We not only demonstrated efficiency, but also creativity through a broad variety of
promotional and innovative events. Our whole country got behind the event.
“Right now, Auckland is buzzing! We have just hosted the Cricket World Cup and now have
the Volvo yachts on our shores. In 2015, Auckland Conventions will be playing host to a range
of international events at our venues, including the 2015 Amazon Web Summit for Asia-Pacific.”
The growth in the number of conferences in New Zealand saw a rise from 4900 conferences
in 2013 compared to 5200 for the year ended September 2014. Of these, 31 per cent of one-
day conferences were held in Auckland (reference: CAS Survey Year to Sept 2014 report).
The business year is officially in full swing and to start things off with a bang, Wellington has
been giving Australian event organisers a taste of what they can expect for their upcoming
Helloworld’s retail network support and events manager, Sandy Osborne, and conference
and events coordinator, Melissa Cue, arrived in Wellington from Sydney in early February to
make final arrangements for the upcoming helloworld’s Owners Managers Conference (OMC),
which will take place in the TSB Bank Arena and Shed 6 in November.
“Our famil really gave us a feel for the way the city works, and the way the Wellington
operators collaborate with one another. This has really assured us that we’ve made the right
decision to bring helloworld’s OMC to Wellington,” Ms Osborne said.
Also here to scope out the capital were the organisers of The 47th Royal Australian and New
Zealand College of Ophthalmologists Scientific Congress (RANZCO). RANZCO is also set to
take place in the TSB Bank Arena and Shed 6 in November. Together, the two conferences are
forecast to bring over 1200 delegates to the city.
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