New Zealand surges in ICCA global rankings

New Zealand has surged five places on the global association meetings list, ranking 46th in the world as a conference destination and 12th in the Asia Pacific region, according to the latest data from the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA).

New Zealand hosted 64 international conferences in 2018, up 33 per cent since Tourism New Zealand’s Business Events team was established in 2013.

“New Zealand is punching above its weight as a conference destination, winning more conference business than ever before,” said Tourism New Zealand business events global manager, Anna Fennessy.

“Alongside sophisticated conference venues and stunning scenery, New Zealand is seen as having one of the warmest welcomes in the world. We’re outperforming much larger, more easily accessible destinations through our manaakitanga and hospitality.”

Fennessy said with two new dedicated conference centres opening in 2020 – Te Pae in Christchurch and the New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC) in Auckland – New Zealand’s conference capacity and ability to target larger events was set to grow further.

“The future outlook is very positive. Business events deliver significant economic benefits to our communities, they also allow for knowledge share between global and Kiwi experts and get New Zealand expertise on the world stage,” she said.