Pictured: Artist's rendering of the New Zealand International Convention Centre
The New Zealand International Convention Centre in Auckland has secured two major medical conferences worth NZ$11 million ahead of it's opening in 2019.
The Royal Australian
and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) in conjunction with the
Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) and the International Agency for
the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) will hold back-to-back conferences at the
NZICC spanning five days.
The 35th APAO Congress will be the biggest medical meeting to ever
be held in New Zealand, with an estimated 4,000 medical professionals and
researchers from around the world coming to Auckland to discuss the study and
treatment of disorders and diseases of the eye.
This will be followed
by the IAPB 11th General Assembly, where 2,000 eye care providers,
International Non-Governmental Organisations, UN bodies and others involved in
the fight against avoidable blindness and visual impairment will meet in
Auckland to share information and exchange ideas.
The events will deliver significant
economic benefit to the country including an estimated 15,000 room nights and
some NZ$11 million in economic benefit to the city.
Auckland Convention Bureau – a division of
Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) – worked with RANZCO, APAO and IAPB, along with NZICC and
Tourism New Zealand, to win the conferences.
Brett O’Riley, chief executive of ATEED
says securing international conferences of this scale and prestige demonstrates
that Auckland is a world-class business events destination.
“The development of NZICC has meant
Auckland is now able to compete internationally for these larger scale
conference and association meetings.”
O'Riley added: “The benefits of hosting conferences of
this calibre are far-reaching. Beyond the obvious economic value, they bring
people together to exchange ideas, build new relationships, and over the longer
term can attract investment and talent flows.”