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First major bookings for New Zealand Convention Centre unveiled

Medical conferences will bring in an estimated NZ$11m in economic benefits

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.”

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