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First major bookings for International Convention Centre

The first bookings have been secured at the New Zealand International Convention Centre, with Auckland winning the bids to host two large-scale international medical conferences in 2020.

16 February 2017



ATEED says the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists in conjunction with the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness will hold back-to-back conferences at the NZICC spanning five days.

The 35th APAO Congress will be the biggest medical meeting to ever be held in New Zealand, with an estimated 4000 medical professionals and researchers from around the world coming to Auckland to discuss the study and treatment of disorders and diseases of the eye.

This will be followed by the IAPB 11th General Assembly, where 2000 eye care providers, International Non-Governmental Organisations, UN bodies and others involved in the fight against avoidable blindness and visual impairment will meet in Auckland to share information and exchange ideas.

The events will deliver significant economic benefit to the country, says ATEED, including an estimated 15,000 room nights and some $11 million in economic benefit to Auckland.

Auckland Convention Bureau – a division of Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) – worked with the conference organisers and Tourism New Zealand, to win the conferences.

Key facts on NZICC:

  • Sits on a 1.4 hectare CBD site, and will have 32,500sqm of floor space
  • Five times larger than the current largest convention facilities in New Zealand
  • Can host conferences and one off events of approximately 4000 people
  • Will have New Zealand’s largest theatre, with seating for 2850 people
  • 35 meeting spaces of various sizes
  • Open for business mid 2019


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