More than 300 delegates from 20 countries will converge on Waitangi today for the World Indigenous Tourism Summit 2018.
It is the first time the event has been held in New Zealand since its inaugural meeting in Darwin in 2012.
NZ Māori Tourism is hosting the event, which will be held at the Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands.
Speakers include the minister for Māori Development and Local Government, Nanaia Mahuta, tourism minister Kelvin Davis, the eldest son of Tenzing Norgay, Norbu Tenzing, and Whale Watch’s Kauahi Ngapora.
Representatives from the United States, Rapa Nui/Easter Island, Chile, Australia, and Taiwan, will also be speaking at the three-day conference.
The theme of the event is ‘Whatungarongaro te tangata, toitū te whenua – Man comes and goes, but the land remains’.
The event is on from Monday 16 April until Wednesday 18 April.