Smooth criminal: Auckland wins first forensic toxicology conference for the region

City on a winning streak, having secured four conferences in the prior month

The 61st Annual Meeting and Congress of the International Association of Forensic Toxicologists will come to New Zealand for the first time in 2023.

AUCKLAND - Some of the world's top forensic minds will be meeting in Auckland for the first time in 2023, when the 61st Annual Meeting and Congress of the International Association of Forensic Toxicologists takes place.

Held at the New Zealand International Convention Centre, the five-day meeting and congress is expected to attract 650 elegates, deliver NZ$1.28 million (US$0.8 million) in visitor spend and generate 3,140 visitor nights.

Auckland Convention Bureau (ACB), a division of Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) helped secure the winning bid for New Zealand, working in partnership with the Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR).

John Bone, ESR's general manager forensic said the help from ACB and Tourism New Zealand (TNZ) was integral in winning the right to host the prestigious conference."It's an honour to bring the conference to Auckland for the first time and to have the opportunity to host some of the world's greatest scientific minds.

Head of ACB Anna Hayward said, "This is a great outcome for New Zealand's scientific community to have this congress held in Auckland and further supports our reputation as a leading business events destination."

The win comes after a successful month for ACB, having secured four conferences for 2021 with a combined estimated tourism spend of NZ$2.4 million.

Added Ms Hayward, "The benefits of Auckland being successful in attracting these international conferences are far-reaching. In addition to the economic value that comes with them, they bring people together to exchange ideas, build new relationships, and can build legacies that benefit our community."

Global manager business events at TNZ, Anna Fennessy said, "Conferences like this deliver long-term benefits to New Zealand and our people. The knowledge sharing that occurs at conferences like this contributes to the growth of local sectors and this benefits all New Zealanders for years to come."

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