New Plymouth Lands Major Events Conference

25 July 2017

New Zealand’s premier event industry conference will be held in New Plymouth this year, in what is a major coup for the district and region. 

Eventing the Future is the key national conference for event professionals across all sectors of the industry, from sports and arts, to festivals, not-for-profit organisations and government agencies.

The conference is traditionally held in the major centres, however, a high-quality bid put together by New Plymouth District Council and Venture Taranaki resulted in the region being awarded the event.

NPDC Venues Lead, Nelita Byrne, said more than 140 delegates would descend on the region from 
August 2-3 to experience first-hand what Taranaki has to offer and why it was named one of the top two places in the world to visit.

“This will provide a great opportunity for us to showcase the region as an event and visitor destination and highlight some of our unique events and the talented individuals behind them.

“Having all the major players here could also lead to wider opportunities for the region which we’re very excited about.”

Byrne said the conference would also provide an opportunity for those involved in the local events sector to grow, through providing access to seminars and workshops with some of the most successful event experts in the country.

“We really are a world class destination here in Taranaki and this conference is another string to our bow in terms of being recognised as a place with a great reputation when it comes to hosting, innovation within the industry, and also the facilities we have on offer.”

New Plymouth’s TSB Showplace will be the host venue for the conference, while those attending will also experience the award-winning Yarrow Stadium, and internationally renowned Govett Brewster Art Gallery Len Lye Centre.