Auckland named leading meetings and conference destination
Auckland has been named the top meetings and conference destination in Australasia at the 2017 World Travel Awards.
This is the first time Auckland has received this award, which in recent years has been won exclusively by Melbourne.
Dubbed the 'Oscars of travel', the annual awards are voted on by senior members of the international travel industry as well as high-end consumers.
Manager of the Auckland Convention Bureau, Anna Hayward, is thrilled to see Auckland being recognised internationally as a business events destination in the coveted awards.
“With a wealth of intellectual capital, centralised event facilities serviced by a professional industry, a reputation for superior hospitality, and strong air links with the rest of the world, Auckland is at the forefront of hosting international events in New Zealand,” says Mrs Hayward.
“It’s fantastic to see this recognised through this award.”
ACB, which is a division within Auckland’s economic growth agency, Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development, is responsible for marketing Auckland as a premium business events destination and takes the lead role for sales opportunities for Auckland.
ACB also works in collaboration with the likes of Tourism New Zealand and their Conference Assistance Programme to bid for international business events.
Also at the awards, Auckland Airport was named Australasia’s Leading Airport 2017, and SkyCity Auckland Casino was named Australasia’s Leading Casino Resort 2017.