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Major radiology conference win for Auckland

July 4, 2014 Conferences No Comments Email Email

Eight hundred medical specialists will experience Auckland in March 2018 after a successful joint bid to host the Asia Pacific Congress of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology (APCCVIR).

Auckland Convention Bureau (ACB)  – part of Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) – worked with the Interventional Radiology Department at Auckland City Hospital to secure the hosting rights, with support from Tourism New Zealand’s Conference Assistance Programme (CAP) bid fund.

ACB Manager Anna Hayward says the four day congress is the radiology industry’s premier conference in the Asia Pacific region and  will create substantial economic benefits for Auckland.

“The estimated contribution to regional GDP is $1.36 million.  With these high value delegates and their families enjoying pre and post-conference activities, there is an additional projected tourism spend of $1.34 million.

“The ACB team will continue to work with the local host committee to ensure a successful conference and help overseas delegates enjoy the world of possibilities that Auckland has on offer,” says Ms Hayward.

Department of Interventional Radiology Director, Associate Professor Andrew Holden, says the APCCVIR is a fantastic opportunity for knowledge exchange and a legacy of research and investment.

“We are  looking forward to hosting doctors, nurses, radiographers and paramedical staff involved with interventional radiology here in Auckland. Interventional Radiology is a rapidly growing and developing specialty offering minimally invasive treatment to patients with many problems including vascular disease and cancer.

“There is already excitement and expectation amongst interventional radiologists around the world for experiencing all that Auckland and New Zealand can offer in 2018,” says Professor Holden.

Tourism New Zealand International Business Events Manager Bjoern Spreitzer says this is a great example of the New Zealand conference industry coming together to secure another international conference for  New Zealand.

“Tourism New Zealand has significantly increased its work in the business events sector, including the management of the CAP bid fund, with the goal of attracting more high-value international delegates to New Zealand.

“Working alongside Auckland City Hospital and ACB to secure a conference of this prestige is exactly the result we are seeking from our new activity,” says Mr Spreitzer.

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