Big Business Events and New Facilities

Wellington business events are going from strength to strength. During the 2019 calendar year, WellingtonNZ’s Business Events team had 34 bid wins for conferences across a broad range of industries including computational engineering, medical science, environmental studies and public law. 

Key conferences won include Conference of the International Society of Critical Health Psychology (to be held in 2021), Interactive Surfaces and Spaces (ACM ISS) 2021, International Society of Public Law (ICON – S) 2021, Island Biology (2022), and the Pacific Association of Chemical Ecologists – APACE (2025). 

WellingtonNZ Regional Development Destination General Manager David Perks says: “Wellington has a super compact heart which means delegates’ accommodation is within walking distance of our venues, as well as the city’s cafes and restaurants, famed nightlife, and its vivacious offering of concerts and theatre performances.”

Mr Perks says Wellington share of business events will take a giant leap forward when the new, purpose-built Wellington Conference and Exhibition Centre is completed by the end of 2022. The 18,000-square-metre WCEC features 10,000sqm of dedicated convention space spread across its top two floors. It will have seating capacity for up to 1,400 delegates in its main plenary space. The space can also be configured to accommodate two medium-sized conferences concurrently across the two levels.
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