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Mice Net : August 2008
new zealand LEFT: Willis Street at night, Wellington. BELOW: The Dowse Museum, Wellington. Images courtesy of WellingtonNZ.com. It is typical of the offerings available in Wellington. The city’s meetings facilities cater to all occasions – from large seated conference venues through to boutique boardrooms. Beside Te Papa, the other large-scale venue is the impressive Wellington Convention Centre. The convention centre offers 22 meeting spaces, and comprises the Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington Town Hall, TSB Bank Arena and Civic Square. A range of venues and accommodation options make up Wellington’s complete conference offering. There are numerous venues to choose from, but if you want something different, the collaborative Wellington industry will work it out for you. Strong track record Earlier this year the city successfully hosted one of the country’s largest conferences, the 7th International Diabetes Federation Western Pacific Region Congress. Approximately 2000 people participated in the event, which saw the city’s venues, accommodation and service providers working together to ensure the event’s success. Beating Hong Kong for the right to host the meeting, Wellington certainly didn’t disappoint. The multi-day congress was opened with a welcome ceremony and cocktails for 900 delegates in the Wellington Town Hall followed by plenary sessions and concurrent meetings over the next four days. Because of the subject matter of the conference nutrition was extremely important to delegates and organisers. To this end, the venue’s chefs worked alongside nutritionists to design healthy, yet tasty meals that fit a balanced dietary criteria. Taking this one step further, the Wellington Convention Centre launched its environmentally friendly lunch bags where not only the food but most of the packaging could be composted. Every available piece of space was utilised for the conference, and 122 mice.net the centre created additional space by erecting a 1495 square metre marquee on the carpark adjacent to the venue to house sponsor displays. Chair of the 7th IDF Congress organising committee, Russell Finnerty, said the Wellington Convention Centre staff performed at an exemplary level, “providing typical “can do” solutions to every challenge presented, making all delegates feel welcome and transforming the many rooms of the complex to meet specific requirements on an hour by hour basis.” “No venue is perfect but it is the willingness of staff to work with the client to find solutions that makes for a successful congress,” he said. “In this area the Wellington Convention Centre and its staff were faultless.” A café culture In addition to traditional conference venues, many of Wellington’s business meetings take place in altogether different venues – the city’s cafés. Coffee is big business in the city, with many cafés roasting their own beans on-site. After a coffee break, and in-between meetings, delegates are advised to hit the shops, with Wellington a real shopper’s paradise. Then, after a spot of retail therapy, why not take time out and enjoy the local scenery. Wellington’s crowning glory is its waterfront, which offers adventure activity, leisure experiences and awe-inspiring views. Sampling fine cuisine is another popular activity. Visitors can dine alfresco on the harbourside and watch the world go by, or merge with the locals in a quirky café. After a busy day in the capital, good accommodation is a must. Wellington offers a wide range and high standard of accommodation, including three to five-star hotels, boutique hotels, serviced apartments, motels and stylish backpackers.