Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Stop Press – Auckland’s on a winning streak

Stop Press – Auckland’s on a winning streak

Auckland has successfully bid to host the 4th World Journalism Education Congress, which will be held at Auckland University of Technology’s (AUT) central city campus in 2016.

The congress is expected to attract 300 delegates from thirty two academic organisations worldwide making an estimated contribution to Auckland’s regional GDP of more than $350,000.

Auckland Convention Bureau (ACB) – part of Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) – worked with AUT to secure hosting rights, with support from Tourism New Zealand’s Conference Assistance Programme (CAP) bid fund.

ACB Manager Anna Hayward says this win has contributed to a strong start to the financial year for business events in Auckland. The ACB has won five conferences since July 1, 2014 with an estimated return of more than $2.5 million for Auckland’s economy.

"This win comes only days after the launch of Auckland’s first ever Business Events Plan which outlines a significant step-change in Auckland’s business events programme, growing the value of the sector from $236 million in 2013 to $430 million annually by 2023,” says Ms Hayward.

“Business events already play an important role in reducing tourism seasonality, and the aim is to build on this by growing the number of international business event delegates who arrive outside Auckland’s peak tourism period from 70 per cent in 2013 to 75 percent in 2023.”

Associate Professor Verica Rupar, Curriculum Leader in Journalism, AUT School of Communication Studies, says AUT was selected to host the congress because its bid clearly outlined what it saw as the key themes in journalism education today.

“Journalism education worldwide is at a crossroads. Meeting those challenges and adapting the curriculum to enrich the wider university environment are critical,” says Dr Rupar.

Tourism New Zealand International Business Events Manager Bjoern Spreitzer says it is exciting to see ATEED further commit to growing the value of the business events sector with the launch of the new Business Events Plan.

“This is another great win for the region and we look forward to continuing to work with ATEED to bring more international events to the country,” says Mr Spreitzer.

Auckland Convention Bureau markets Auckland as a destination for meetings, incentives, conventions and events. Find out more at aucklandnz.com/conventions or email conventions@aucklandnz.com.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Parliament Today:

Werewolf: The Defence Pretence

Last year, the world began spending more money on weapons again, for the first time since 2011... New Zealand belongs to a region – Asia and Oceania – where military spending rose sharply in 2015, by 5.4 per cent. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Not Crying Foul, Argentina

So a couple of guys found to be criminally liable of environmental pollution in Argentina lodge an application with the Overseas Investment Office… in order to buy some prime New Zealand rural land. Seems that their factory back home had carelessly and/or intentionally discharged toxic waste into the Lujan river. Bummer... More>>

ALSO:

Urban & Rural: $303m To Merge And Modernise New Zealand’s Fire Services

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne today announced funding of $303 million over five years to combine urban and rural fire services into one organisation from mid-2017. More>>

ALSO:

High Trust Regime: What Did The PM Tell His Lawyer About Foreign Trusts?

The Government stopped the IRD from reviewing New Zealand foreign trusts shortly after the Prime Minister’s lawyer wrote to the Revenue Minister claiming John Key had promised him the regime would not be changed. More>>

ALSO:

Road Crime: Wicked Campers Vans Classified As Objectionable

The definition of publication includes any "thing that has printed or impressed upon it, or otherwise shown upon it, 1 or more (or a combination of 1 or more) images, representations, signs, statements, or words", The Classification Office has previously classified such 'things' as billboards, t-shirts, and even a drink can. This is the first time the Classification Office has classified a vehicle. More>>

ALSO:

'When New' Repairs: Landmark EQC Settlement

The Earthquake Commission has cut a deal with 98 Canterbury homeowners that affirms the government entity's responsibility to repair earthquake-damaged property to a 'when new' state, as well as covering repairs for undamaged parts of a property and clarifying its position on cash settlement calculations. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Kiwirail’s Latest Stint In The Dogbox

The denigration of Kiwirail continues. The latest review (based on a 2014 assessment) of the options facing the company have enabled Kiwirail to be hung out to dry once again as a liability and burden on the taxpayer. More>>

ALSO:

Royal Society Report: Good Opportunities To Act Now On Climate Change

There are many actions New Zealand can and should take now to reduce the threat of climate change and transition to a low-carbon economy, a report released today by the Royal Society of New Zealand finds... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news