MICE success in Christchurch
Two major international conferences will be going to Christchurch in 2017 and 2018. The Christchurch and Canterbury Convention Bureau partnered with Tourism New Zealand (TNZ) and placed the winning bids for the for the 2017 International Conference on Computers in Education and the 2018 Asia-Oceania Conference of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine.
These conferences will bring a combined 1200 delegates and over NZ$3 million to the economy.
Christchurch and Canterbury Convention Bureau manager, Caroline Blanchfield, was confident the win meant good things for the MICE industry in New Zealand.
“These are two high-profile conference wins for Christchurch, putting our city back on the world stage as an international conference destination,” said Ms Blanchfield. “Looking to the future and targeting sectors where region excels and has enthusiastic conference champions has helped the city succeed in winning these bids.”
Approximately 800 delegates are expected to attend the Asia-Oceania Conference of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (AOCPRM) in November 2018. The 2017 International Conference on Computers in Education (ICCE) will see more than 400 IT and education experts from all over the world arrive in Christchurch in November 2017.
“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 pay off,” said Ms Blanchfield.