Queenstown, New Zealand has won a bid to host
the 2020 International Adventure Conference.
The event, which traditionally
attracts delegates mainly from Europe and North America, will take place
for the first tine in the southern hemisphere in December 2020.
The International Adventure Conference has previously been held in
Scotland on a few occasions as well as in Norway, England, Ireland
The winning bid was
presented by Dr Susan Houge Mackenzie on behalf of her team from
the University of Otago, Queenstown Resort College, and the Otago
Polytechnic Institute of Sport and Adventure. Dr Houge Mackenzie
is a lecturer in the Department of Tourism at the University of Otago and a member of the World Tourism Forum.
“Queenstown is an ideal place for adventure tourism
researchers, operators and policy makers to engage,” said Dr Susan Houge
Mackenzie. “The conference
will focus on bringing academics and practitioners together to
share their challenges and innovations, foster connections, and
identify synergies. Our aim is to ensure symbiotic benefits for
the local community and international delegates. We hope local
practitioners and policy makers will benefit from international
perspectives and expertise, and our international delegates in
turn want to learn about Queenstown’s unique approaches to
Co-founder of Adventure Tourism Research
Professor Peter Varley based in Sogndal, Norway said, “It’s
a tremendous opportunity for the adventure tourism community to
have this conference in the Southern Hemisphere for the first
time. Queenstown has a rightful claim to be the premier adventure
tourism destination globally. It is a very fitting setting for our
conference, which routinely attracts a diverse international
audience to discover and debate the burning issues which shape the
Securing the 9th annual International Adventure
Conference for Queenstown was the result of a successful
collaboration with Queenstown Convention Bureau and Tourism New
Zealand Business Events, who helped produce the bid.
“Thanks to the generous support of Tourism New Zealand’s
Conference Assistance Programme, we have been able to attract an
international tourism research event to New Zealand. International
researchers are excited to meet in this globally-recognised
adventure tourism destination and Tourism New Zealand have
provided excellent support throughout this process,” Dr Houge
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