02 November 2017

2,000 medical doctors to be hosted at the NZICC in 2020

Auckland has won the bid to host the World Organisation of Family Doctors (WONCA) Asia Pacific Region Conference in 2020.

This is the fourth large-scale medical conference to be secured for Auckland in 2020, and to be held at the New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC).

An estimated 2,000 family doctors from throughout the Asia-Pacific region are expected to attend the event in 2020, staying the equivalent of 12,000 visitor nights, and contributing $4.1 million to the economy.

This follows on Auckland winning the hosting rights to the 35th APAO Congress, the largest medical meeting to ever be held in New Zealand, with an estimated 4,000 medical professionals from around the world, and the IAPB 11th General Assembly, where another 2,000 delegates are also coming in 2020. The Tripartite Colorectal Annual Meeting will also be held in February 2020, with 1,200 delegates.

Auckland Convention Bureau (ACB) – a division of Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development (ATEED) – with support from Tourism New Zealand, worked with The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners to secure the conference in Auckland.

College President Dr Tim Malloy says the winning bid highlighted New Zealand’s multi-cultural GP workforce and the diverse population it cares for, emphasised the country’s agility introducing new technologies and new models of care, and its mix of urban and rural communities.

“We are delighted our bid was successful and are very excited to bring such a large delegation of family doctors to New Zealand,” says Dr Malloy.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to highlight the achievements of our primary care sector to our international peers. And it also provides a valuable opportunity for New Zealand GPs to connect with a group they wouldn’t typically have the opportunity to meet.”

Head of ACB, Anna Hayward, says it’s great to see Auckland securing another international conference.

“This is a fantastic result for Auckland, and New Zealand’s medical profession, and it further highlights how Auckland is now able to compete at this larger scale to attract events of this size as a result of the development of the NZICC,” she says.

“With a wealth of intellectual capital, centralised event facilities serviced by a professional industry, a reputation for superior hospitality, and strong air links with the rest of the world, Auckland is fast moving to the forefront of hosting international events.”

Lisa Gardiner, Manager Business Events and Premium at Tourism New Zealand says: “Conferences such as this one support Tourism New Zealand’s strategy to grow the value of international tourism to New Zealand. The knowledge these doctors will bring to the country has the potential to help grow New Zealand’s health science sector and create more jobs in this area.”

Callum Mallett, General Manager NZICC Operations, says: “It’s great to see the excitement that is building globally around New Zealand’s ability to host large conferences, and securing WONCA 2020 in the NZICC will give us the opportunity to showcase what great hosts New Zealanders are for these 2,000 delegates.”

If you are looking to bring a conference to the NZICC, get in touch with our Director of Sales – Prue Rogers


  • The World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA) is a not-for-profit organization and was founded in 1972 by member organizations in 18 countries. WONCA now has 118 Member Organizations in 131 countries and territories with membership of about 500,000 family doctors and more than 90 per cent of the world’s population.
  • WONCA has seven regions across the globe, with the Asia Pacific region being one of the largest. This region’s member organisations are from Australia, China (mainland), Fiji, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea (Republic of), Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam. We are still missing seven countries where no member organisations exist. (Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Laos, North Korea, Pacific Islands, Papua New Guinea).

Quick Facts

  • Auckland Convention Bureau is part of Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development (ATEED) – Auckland’s economic growth agency, and an Auckland Council Controlled Organisation.
  • The Auckland Business Events Plan was launched in August 2014. The plan’s target is to grow the value of the sector from $236 million in 2013 to $430 million annually by 2023.
  • Tourism New Zealand manages the Conference Assistance Programme (CAP) which provides support for anyone considering hosting an international conference in New Zealand.
  • The NZICC will be opening 2020 and provides New Zealand with the largest purpose built convention space – with 32,500sqm across 4 levels and the ability to host 4,000 people.

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