NZ conference in 'Hobbiton'

The BCA is expecting a large turn-out for the New Zealand conference in Hamilton later this year

Delegates at the New Zealand conference this year will be able to take up some of the local culture with a visit to ‘Hobbiton’ and an appearance by a renowned kiwi comedian.

The annual Bus and Coach Association of New Zealand (BCA) 2015 Annual Conference will be held from October 8 to 10 in Hamilton.

About 350 delegates with are expected over the two day event, with almost 50 buses to be on display at Claudelands Arena.

Chief executive officer Barry Kidd says the show is a great chance for the New Zealand bus industry to meet and discuss important issues.

He is encouraging all those in industry to get along to the event.

"I think it is a great opportunity to see the trade show and the new buses that are involved," he says.

Kidd says there will be a large variety of public transport related goods and services on display.

"Absolutely everything you can think on that’s related to the industry will be there and be represented."

The conference will also have a range of guest speakers from a variety of organisations, including the Department of Education and the New Zealand Transport Agency.

The speakers will focus around the conference theme of: what the future will look like, from various perspectives.

Kidd says Hamilton is an "exciting" venue for the conference, allowing access to "Hobbiton" for the conference dinner in nearby Matamata.

MC of the event is comedian Jesse Mulligan, who Kidd says is a Waikato "local boy made good".

"I just hope he’s not too funny at my expense," he says.

Registrations for the conference delegates are still available on the BCA website.

The conference venue is alternated between the North and South Islands.

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