Wellington lures linguistics event out of United Kingdom
The win was the result of years of work by Victoria University with funding and support from Tourism New Zealand and the Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency.
“The group did a fantastic job promoting Wellington as the ideal destination and gained the confidence of the conference organisers to hold it outside the UK for the first time,” said Tourism New Zealand business events manager Lisa Gardiner.
“Wellington is an excellent business events location. It has good conference facilities and is vibrant, diverse and inclusive. I have no doubt the delegates will have a fantastic time.”
The event will bring around 250 delegates to the New Zealand capital and is expected to deliver over $700k to the economy plus individual delegate spend.
Jessica Beyeler from Business Events Wellington said the conference will have major benefits for Victoria University.
“Securing an international conference boosts the profile of the professors and the rankings of the university, which in turn attracts international PhD students and showcases Wellington’s intellectual capital,” she said.
“iMean organisers tell us that potential delegates are excited that Wellington, New Zealand is the first international destination for the conference. They are already asking about Wellington’s many attractions including Weta Workshop, Te Papa, Cuba Street and Wellington’s vibrant cafe culture, as well as planning pre and post conference itineraries.”