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New Zealand Tourism Industry Welcomes International Convention Centre Agreement

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New Zealand Tourism industry welcomes convention centre agreement

26 May 2015

The New Zealand tourism industry is looking forward to seeing progress on the Auckland International Convention Centre following the design agreement between SKYCITY and the Government.

SkyCity drawings of its planned new International Convention Centre and hotel

The new international-scale convention centre will create substantial economic benefits for the whole country, Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) Chief Executive Chris Roberts says.

“The lack of progress with building the convention centre was a hot topic at TRENZ 2015 in Rotorua last week. We are pleased to see progress is finally being made,” Mr Roberts says.

Business events were highlighted as a growth area for tourism in the industry’s Tourism 2025 growth framework, which aims to almost double total tourism revenue to $41 billion over the next decade.

“Cities all over the world are investing in convention centres because they can see the potential, but New Zealand has been lagging behind. The International Convention Centre will allow us to target a valuable new sector of the convention market that we have not previously been able to accommodate,” Mr Roberts says.

With many international conventions taking place during New Zealand’s off-peak season, the International Convention Centre will help increase visitor numbers at times when there is currently spare capacity, supporting jobs and businesses in the tourism industry.

Being able to host medium to large scale events will see accommodation bookings spread among Auckland hotels and provide flow-on benefits to a range of business sectors, including retail, hospitality and transport.

“TIA is also keen to see positive progress on convention centres in other parts of the country, particularly Christchurch,” Mr Roberts says.

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Background quick facts on the International Convention centre:

The proposed New Zealand International Convention Centre would be an iconic building bringing over 3,500 people right into the heart of Auckland.

It would be the biggest convention centre in New Zealand, capable of competing with centres in Australia and Asia. It would be able to host large international conferences, with thousands of delegates shopping and spending in the central city as well as networking with local business people and boosting business growth.

Millions of dollars would also be spent across the country in flow-on spending. The centre proposed by SkyCity would occupy the area between Nelson and Hobson Streets, in downtown Auckland.

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