The countdown to the 2020 Sister Cities Conference is ticking down fast, and our excitement to host you all in the Ashburton District is growing more and more each day.
The high quality speakers, insights and networking opportunities on offer are sure to be a rewarding experience, made even better set against the beautiful backdrop of our part of Canterbury.
For those who have never had to chance to visit Mid Canterbury, we are an innovative agricultural community, home to amazing landscapes and adventure activities such as the world-class Mt Hutt ski fields, stunning lakes and braided rivers. We are conveniently placed only an hour's drive from Christchurch, with the Pacific Ocean on the front step and the Southern Alps at our back door.
We also take great pride in celebrating our cultural diversity, and are an accredited Welcoming Community.
One issue of growing interest to cities and regions across the country is how to enable communities to flourish in the global marketplace. We will explore this at the Sister Cities Conference through our theme, 'Growing Cultural Diversity in the Regions'. It will look at the ways cities, towns and regional centres can play their part in supporting international connectivity, trade business and innovation.
I'm sure you will gain invaluable experiences and insights at this year's conference, and I'm really looking forward to meeting you all. I hope you'll enjoy the amazing opportunities and sights our district has on offer.
See you all in Ashburton in April for the 2020 Sister Cities Conference.