Have you ever attended an international convention and wanted to bring that convention to New Zealand? Have you thought of the value you could derive from doing so?

The benefits of hosting in New Zealand

  • Opportunities for attendees to network
  • Knowledge sharing and educational opportunities
  • Increased recognition for your organisation
  • Financial gain from a well-attended and successful event

Watch our video about hosting your next conference in New Zealand

When Tourism New Zealand can help

TNZ's Conference Assistance Programme (CAP) is available to any internationally-affiliated association or organisation that wants to bid to host an international conference in New Zealand. Any organisation's bid must include  a minimum of 200 international delegates to be eligible for this programme.

The Conference Assistance Programme can assist with:

  • Fund and coordinate site visits including venues, hotels, social activities and attractions.
  • Funding a New Zealand Professional Conference Organiser to prepare a financial feasibility study, based on your city and venue choice. 
  • Professional documents and presentations to set your bid apart. 
  • The costs of presenting your bid, including international travel.
  • Marketing materials, destination brochures, fact sheets, pre and post itineraries, imagery and moving footage to attract delegates.
  • Conference Assistance Programme application form

    If your association could benefit from the Conference Assistance Programme, please contact Alexa Bennett or get started by completing the online CAP application form.

    View CAP Application Form

    • The entire experience, from the initial plan to make the bid through to securing this international creative event, has been seamless. TNZ was proactive at each stage; their financial and logistical support allowed me to concentrate my energy on securing the bid.

      Davinia Thornley, Screenwriting Research Network Conference, Dunedin 2017
    • When bidding for the conference, we were up against tough competition from Japan and Canada- one of the reasons we prevailed was because of the professionalism lent to our bid through our collaboration with Tourism New Zealand.

      Professor Lloyd Spencer Davis, The PCST Conference, Dunedin 2018
    • The conference has certainly put Dunedin on the international map in terms of natural science collections and bioinformatics and the benefits for the New Zealand community, attracting as it did specialists from around the world, was huge.

      Robert Morris, The 33rd Annual SPNHC Meeting, Dunedin 2018