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Christchurch shows flexibility

With the imminent opening of Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre and over 100 events already booked for that venue alone through 2022 and beyond, there is a real sense of optimism in the city and the Canterbury region as a whole.
Even in the challenging circumstances of the past few months, Christchurch was able to show its ability to adapt and offer a flexible solution to business events organisers.
Probably the most significant example was the 11th INTECOL International Wetlands Conference (IWC) in October. Originally scheduled to be the first conference at Te Pae Christchurch, it transitioned from a hybrid to fully virtual event.
Approximately 500 delegates from 30 countries attended the four‐day virtual conference to explore a modern city that has evolved around a wetland, and the re‐creation and/or restoration of wetlands in Canterbury. A film premiere, virtual wetland field trip and virtual exhibition and displays inspired them to visit in-person in the future.
The conference achieved its aim of increasing awareness and appreciation of the importance of wetlands for sustaining New Zealand landscapes and their people.
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