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Christchurch eyes international conferences again

New Zealand city approves work for new convention centre precinct following demolition of former facility in 2012
30/06/2016

Pictured: how the new Christchurch Convention centre Precinct could look

New Zealand events hub Christchurch has approved plans for a new ‘convention centre precinct’.


The former Christchurch Convention Centre was demolished in 2012 following damage caused by the earthquakes which devastated much of the city and surrounding area in 2010 and 2011.


Now proposals are set to go ahead for a new Christchurch’s Convention Centre Precinct project, boasting a 1400-delegate capacity Convention and Exhibition Centre, after getting the green light from planners.


Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism CEO Vic Allen says the new facility will make international conferences a possibility once again in the city.


“Already we have significant interest in larger conferences wanting to come back to Christchurch,” Allen said. “Now we have certainty around the project we can ramp up our conference marketing activity again.”


The precinct will also include accommodation, retail and hospitality outlets.


Allen added: “Event organisers in Australia and around the world are ready and waiting to come back to Christchurch. Our strong working relationship with Conventions and Incentives New Zealand and Tourism New Zealand Business Events teams is helping drive conference and incentive business to the city and the wider Canterbury region.”


 


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