Marlborough secures 400-delegate conference


Marlborough has won another significant event for next year securing the New Zealand Aquaculture Conference, which will bring up to 400 delegates to the region and generate $344,400.

Delegates from New Zealand and around the world are expected at the event in September.

The win follows Marlborough’s recent securing of the Apiculture New Zealand Conference and Trade Exhibition, which will see around 600 apiarists converge on the region next July, and the New Zealand Cruise Association Conference, which is expected to bring 250 delegates in August 2018.

Destination Marlborough said Business Events Marlborough led the latest regional conference bid, working with local venues, accommodation providers and transport operators.

“Bringing key domestic and international leaders from the Aquaculture industry to Marlborough allows the region to truly showcase its strengths,” said Jacqui Lloyd, general manager of Destination Marlborough.

The conference win was in line with Business Events Marlborough’s strategy to attract conferences and incentives that align with Marlborough’s industry priorities.

“It creates opportunity to foster business relationships, allows for global knowledge transfer and creates a legacy for our industry and our region,” said Lloyd.

The annual New Zealand Aquaculture Conference will celebrate the world’s finest farmed seafood grown in Marlborough and in other parts of the country. New Zealand’s farmed mussels, salmon and oysters are exported to over 80 markets.

“We’re delighted that the Aquaculture New Zealand conference will be hosted in Marlborough in 2018,’ said Gary Hooper, chief executive of Aquaculture New Zealand.

“It was fantastic to have the mayor of the Marlborough District Council, John Leggett, make this announcement and issue a warm personal invitation to the audience at this year’s conference audience. Aquaculture is at the very heart of regional communities providing over 3,000 ‘green’ jobs.”

The scheduled conferences for Marlborough in 2018 with their estimated attendance numbers are:

  • Medical Conference, April 2018 – 150 delegates**
  • Lawlink Conference – May 2018 – 150 delegates
  • Apiculture NZ Conference and Trade Exhibition, July 2018 – 600 delegates
  • New Zealand Cruise Association Conference, August 2018 – 250 delegates
  • New Zealand Aquaculture Conference, September 2018 – 400 delegates
  • National Conference, October 2018 – 250 delegates**

** Exact names of conferences to be announced later in 2017 when organisations inform their delegates.

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