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Auckland to host international police conference

October 31, 2013 Conferences No Comments Email Email

Two hundred police officers from around the world will come  to Auckland for a four day conference in 2016 – thanks to the support of the Auckland Convention Bureau.

International Police Association (IPA) President for New Zealand, Paul Visser, along with Vice President Ross Pinkham and Secretary General Coleen Meyers, travelled to this year’s conference in Denmark to bid for hosting rights for the 2016 world conference.

Up against Turkey and Bulgaria Paul says the team is still on a high after winning the judges’ votes unanimously.

“Our presentation went really well and we are all grateful for the support given by Auckland Convention Bureau,” says  Paul. “Interest has been amazing since winning the bid, with comments like ‘I’ve been waiting to come to New Zealand and now here is my excuse’.”

Auckland Convention Bureau Manager Anna Hayward says she is thrilled to secure this event, which is expected to contribute NZ$435,000 to the Auckland economy.

“Our aim is to ensure a smooth and successful conference and we will continue to provide assistance to the New Zealand IPA team to ensure they attract as many delegates as possible,” she says.

Auckland Convention Bureau provided the IPA with assistance with the bid strategy, financial feasibility and presentation materials including videos and powerpoints.

The IPA is an independent body made up of both active and retired members of the police service. Its purpose is to create bonds of friendship and to promote international co-operation.

Auckland Convention Bureau markets Auckland as a destination for meetings, incentives, conventions and events.

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