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June 12, 2015

New Zealand: Auckland Goes to the Top of the Class

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Auckland will host the next Higher Education Technology Agenda (THETA) conference in 2017.

The joint bid win was spearheaded by one of the advocates involved with the Auckland Business Events Advocate Programme.

University of Auckland’s ITS Director Liz Coulter championed on behalf of Auckland University of Technology, University of Auckland, Auckland Convention Bureau (ACB) and Tourism New Zealand’s Conference Assistance Programme (CAP) to secure hosting rights.

The conference is expected to attract around 600 delegates from Australia and New Zealand and is worth an estimated NZ$826,000 to Auckland’s regional GDP.

“Liz’s contribution to winning this bid really demonstrates the benefits of working closely with some of Auckland’s top thought leaders to promote our world class business events sector,” said ACB manager Anna Hayward.

Tourism New Zealand acting international business events Manager Anna Fennessy said the win "is a great example of the value of advocates putting their hands up to champion their field of expertise to attract key conventions to our shores”.

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