Rotorua attracts large conference away from the big cities

A three-day national symposium, expected to attract more than 600 delegates and bring up to $900,000 in spending, is the latest event secured for Rotorua, which has seen an ongoing increase in conference delegate days to the city over the last year.

Latest figures show multi-day conferences to Rotorua grew by 2% to 79,324 delegate days, compared to a national downturn of 17%.

Infrastructure New Zealand has confirmed Rotorua’s Energy Events Centre as the venue for the 2019 Building Regions Symposium in August 2019.

It is the first time the conference has been held in the regions, reflecting Infrastructure New Zealand’s current focus on regional economic development. 

Infrastructure New Zealand Project Director Sarah Lang says she is impressed by the coordinated approach of all Rotorua providers and that played an important role in deciding the conference destination.

“The programme for the 2019 Symposium highlights the importance of provincial towns and cities in the future growth of our country. We are looking forward to bringing delegates into Rotorua to experience all it has to offer,” says Mrs Lang.

Mrs Lang has been working alongside the Rotorua Energy Events Centre business events team for the last three years to confirm the booking.

Rotorua Energy Events Centre Manager Joelene Elliott says the Infrastructure Symposium has grown over the years and there are very few venues that can comfortably host such a large conference.

“Conference organisers talked about the flexibility of the space, coupled with the great options for accommodation and activities around the city,” says Ms Elliott. “Our team has worked extremely hard to secure this conference, and they are elated,” she said

Destination Rotorua Chief Executive Michelle Templer says winning the bid to host the Building Regions Symposium is a major coup for the region.  

“Infrastructure is a critical component of economic development so it is great that Infrastructure New Zealand have brought the convention to a regional centre,” says Templer. 
Rotorua attracts large conference away from the big cities