My Dunedin Itinerary

Dunedin wins International Screenwriters Research Conference

28 January 2015

Dunedin and the University of Otago have been confirmed as the hosts of the Screenwriting Research Network (SRN) Conference in 2017. The conference will see over 300 international conference delegates visiting the city and will bring in an estimated $850,000 to the economy.

The Screenwriting Research Network Conference will be hosted by the University of Otago’s Media, Film and Communication Department, highlighting the Humanities Division’s strong research culture and the city’s strength in the arts and literary community.

The conference bid was made by the University’s Senior Lecturer Dr Davinia Thornley, with the support of Enterprise Dunedin, Tourism New Zealand (TNZ) and the Conference Assistance Programme (CAP). Dr. Thornley, who will be leading the organisation of the conference in 2017 says “The entire experience, from the initial plan to make the bid through to securing this international creative event, has been seamless. Support was made available at each stage, as the university, local government, and industry partners worked together to realise the larger vision of bolstering the arts in our city. TNZ was particularly proactive; their financial and logistical support allowed me to concentrate my energy on securing the bid.”

Tourism New Zealand's International Business Events Manager Bjoern Spreitzer says international events such as this provide a huge opportunity to grow the value of visitors to New Zealand. “This result is a great example of our focus to work collaboratively with industry to grow delegate numbers and value in the regions.”

Dunedin was recently awarded UNESCO City of Literature status, which is creating opportunities in the Business Events market. Enterprise Dunedin’s Business Event’s Tourism Advisor Bree Jones is delighted with the conference win. “Dunedin continues to gain momentum as an international business events destination. We are starting to see a rich and diverse range of conference wins, influenced by the range of specialist areas within the University and the Screenwriting Research Network Conference highlights this.”

Enterprise Dunedin is continuing to put focus on the International Business Event market, in collaboration with Tourism New Zealand’s Conference Assistance Programme.

For further information contact

Bree Jones

+64 21 865 111