On Wednesday 22 October, I had to forfeit my regular LCA committee meeting to attend a dinner being held by Tourism New Zealand. The dinner was to acknowledge the people who had created bids to bring international conferences into the country and encourage more of the same. It turned out that this was a first for them, as they had recognised that the international conferences being brought into NZ are great for the economy, and wanted to recognise the effort involved.
“Your convention raises New Zealand’s international profile, encourages knowledge transfer, and generates opportunities for trade and investment, all of which are invaluable for the future development of New Zealand.”
38 conference organisers were acknowledged in this way, with the awards presented by the Minister for Economic Development, Hon Steven Joyce. It really was a huge honour to be included in this group of people. University Professors, high-powered businessfolk, and me!
So now it’s back to work – on with the conference!