New Zealand recognises conference champions who 'never stopped working'

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New Zealand's conference champions New Zealand's conference champions Photo Credit: Image supplied by Tourism New Zealand

New Zealand has acknowledged the efforts of dozens of academics and industry leaders who played a key role in bringing international conferences to the country.

The Tourism New Zealand Business Events National Awards, held at national museum Te Papa Tongarewa, in Wellington, paid tribute to 61 ‘conference champions’ who bid for - and won - international conferences.

Working in sectors ranging from robotics to pest management, cyber security to autism research, these experts in their field worked alongside Tourism New Zealand and its convention bureau partners to secure high-profile conference wins for the country. 

Tourism New Zealand CEO René de Monchy said: “The hard work of these influential and talented individuals plays an integral part in attracting these events to our shores. While the pandemic stopped the last two Awards ceremonies, the substantial number of ambassadors celebrated this year is testament to the fact that our conference champions never stopped working. Bidding activity continued, and Tourism New Zealand is proud to support this.”

Tourism New Zealand said it would plant a native tree in honour of each of the National Awards recipients through environmental charity Project Crimson’s Trees That Count programme.

In the last financial year, New Zealand won 34 conferences, estimated to be worth NZD41.6m.

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