The 10th World Avocado Congress was successfully held earlier this spring in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland.
1160 from 33 countries from across the globe gathered in the city for two days of hands-on agritech tours around the region and three days of academic programming at Auckland city centre venue Aotea Centre – Te Pokapū.
The programme featured eight keynote speakers, panel discussions, and more than 130 presentations from speakers representing 16 countries, on topics from science in avocados to consumer marketing, to climate change, technology and sustainability initiatives from around the world.
Under the theme theme “respectful; respect for people, respect for the environment, respect for our future”, the conference used environmentally friendly strategies throughout all operations.
Tourism New Zealand Chief Executive Renéde Monchy said: “World Avocado Congress is a great example of the multiple benefits an international conference brings to New Zealand. The international visitors explored New Zealand, delivering economic value to our tourism sector. They also explored commercial opportunities and research and collaboration possibilities which will have long-term positive effects for our horticulture and agritech sectors.”