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Following high interest from visiting Australian and international event organisers at New Zealand’s top business tourism trade exhibition MEETINGS 2014 last week, Christchurch is back on the list as a serious conference destination.

Karryon_ChChFamil-tram_625MEETINGS 2014 delivered a positive response from buyers, conference organisers and event managers, according to Christchurch & Canterbury Convention Bureau (CCCB) Manager, Caroline Blanchfield.

CCCB was exhibiting with nine of its partner venues and suppliers at the country’s key annual business events expo in Auckland last week, and prior to this CCCB and its partner’s hosted eight influential Australian event organisers plus a key industry journalist on a familiarisation tour to Christchurch and Hanmer Springs.

“They were impressed by what they saw and heard from us. There is a positive attitude from the Australians we saw emerging last year. This year it has stepped up a gear and there is real business to secure,” Ms Blanchfield said.

Selected for their potential to bring conferences to Christchurch, the familiarisation tour participants clients included urban design, health, agriculture and education conferences and this was a chance to update them on all the conferencing and touring options the region had to offer, according to Ms Blanchfield.

Last week Christchurch won a bid to host the 20th Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors (PAQS) Congress, which will bring 400 delegates to Christchurch in May 2016 with an estimated $1.2 million direct spend. To secure the rights to host the conference, the Bureau partnered with Tourism New Zealand Business Events and the New Zealand Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NZIQS).

“We will work closely with Tourism New Zealand Business Events to ensure all the business leads from MEETINGS are converted into conferences for Christchurch,” Ms Blanchfield concluded.

Christchurch and Canterbury achieved runner up for best regional stand at MEETINGS 2014, presented by Promag, publishers of Meeting Newz magazine and judges praised Christchurch and Canterbury for its design and its people.

What would make you consider Christchurch for your next meeting or conference?

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