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NZICC key as Auckland secures another international congress

The New Zealand city will host the 36th World Veterinary Association Congress in 2020

Auckland’s decision to invest in its meetings infrastructure continued to pay dividends after the city secured another international meeting – this time the 36th World Veterinary Association Congress.

The event will take place in 2020 at the New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC), which is scheduled to open a year earlier, and should be worth AUSD 6.2m to the regional economy.

The congress will bring together 3,000 veterinarians to explore the challenges that face animal health and welfare, to find solutions where possible, and to demonstrate the value of the profession.

New Zealand Veterinary Head of Continuing Education and Events Leanne Fecser said: “We are very excited to be bringing this conference to this part of the world and putting New Zealand on the world stage. New Zealand’s long, history of world-class veterinarian education and research along with Auckland’s attributes and capabilities as a world-class business events destination provided the perfect combination to secure the bid.”

Auckland Convention Bureau (ACB) – a division of Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development (ATEED) – with support from Tourism New Zealand, worked with international PCO, ICS Ltd, and NZICC to secure the winning bid for the city.

ACB manager Anna Hayward said: “The 36th WVAC, joins the previous three events secured for the NZICC, including the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO), the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) and International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST) 20th World Congress of Food Science and Technology.

“These four business events alone will deliver more than $21 million to Auckland in 2020 and that’s just the economic impact. We know the value extends well beyond this, and includes growing Auckland’s knowledge economy, increased relationships and collaboration, positive educational outcomes, raising awareness, as well as showcasing the destination.”


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