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New Zealand's new convention centre to 'help international appeal'

New Zealand International Convention Centre to boost dwarf country's biggest conference centre

Pictured: The forthcoming New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC) is expected to open in 2019

New Zealand's forthcoming New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC) will dwarf all other current conference centre offerings in the country when it opens in 2019.

The NZICC will be six times the size of the country's current largest convention centre, SkyCity Auckland, and able to host 4,000 people as opposed to SkyCity's 1,000. NZICC general manager Simon Jamieson said the new centre will help New Zealand become "more competitive on a global scale", by allowing Auckland to bid for major international business events.

Speaking at Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo (AIME) Jamieson said: "One of the NZICC's points of difference is the collaborative way in which it has been designed, with input from world-class industry experts and some of the Southern Hemisphere's best architects." 

The NZICC, located in Auckland's western district, will boast 32,000 sqm of space, capable of hosting up to 4,000 people for one-off events. Its convention capacity will be for 3,150 delegates.

The NZD $471 million centre (£223m) will have 4,500 hotel rooms located within 10 minutes' walking distance.

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