Auckland has been picked as the host city for the Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology Conference in 2024.
The conference is expected to attract 350 delegates and deliver approximately $378,000 into Auckland’s economy. This is the first time the conference will be held in New Zealand and it will take place at the University of Auckland.
The CAA conference is an annual event where international scholars, professionals and researchers showcase current and innovative computer technologies in the field of archaeology, history and cultural heritage. A proposed focus of the 2024 conference is indigenous archaeology from around the world.
Auckland Convention Bureau (ACB) – a division of Auckland Unlimited – with support from Tourism New Zealand, worked with Joshua Emmitt from the University of Auckland to secure the conference in Auckland.
Joshua Emmitt says the bid highlighted New Zealand’s and Australia’s unique archaeology.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for New Zealand archaeologists to improve and expand their own methods, with exposure and discussion about techniques seldom seen in the country, and to build relationships with a global network.
“We are delighted our bid was successful and are very excited to be bringing the conference to New Zealand,” he says.
ACB Manager Ken Pereira says securing another bid win highlights the momentum of the Auckland business events sector, which has attracted major academic conferences starting from next year.
“As borders begin to re-open, attracting international conferences to our shores is an important part of growing our visitor economy. Delegates have the potential to help spread visitors across the off-peak season, support employment and bring economic benefit to the region.”
Tourism New Zealand General Manager Domestic & Business Events Bjoern Spreitzer says: “This conference win is testament to the innovative work being done in New Zealand in this field. It provides a platform to share this expertise with the world, while helping secure a future pipeline of high-value visitors that will enrich New Zealand’s specialist knowledge and economy.”