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people on the beauty of our material culture.”
Other exhibitors sharing space with
Tourism New Zealand at IMEX was the New
Zealand International Convention Centre
(NZICC), Christchurch Convention Centre
(Õtãkaro Limited), Auckland Venues,
Auckland Convention Bureau, ID Tours and
More business wins
Still a year-and-a-half away from opening, the
NZICC is continuing to attract major
meetings. One of the most recent bid win
announcements was The Asia-Pacific
Association for International Education
(APAIE) 2021 conference.
The three-day conference and exhibition
will be held at the NZICC and is expected to
attract more than 1700 delegates and 200
exhibitors, who will stay a total of 8700 visitor
nights and contribute an estimated spend of
$3.3 million while they are there.
At the time of going to press, the NZICC
has now confirmed 14 major international
conferences seeing 27,000 delegates visit
Auckland between 2020 and 2022. Seven of
these conferences have been formally
announced and will bring an estimated
$31.75m economic impact, with 84,000
NZICC general manger of operations,
Callum Mallett, said the NZICC’s
demonstrated flexibility and capacity to
support this conference’s future growth was
a key factor in securing this business.
“The NZICC will be a world-class facility
and a beautiful venue in which to meet and
network in the heart of downtown Auckland,”
“The NZICC is going to generate a
significant amount of economic investment
and activity in Auckland and New Zealand,
with conferences on a large international scale,
as well as servicing the domestic market.”
Capable of hosting conferences of around
3150 people and one-off events of around
4000, the NZICC will have 33 meeting
spaces and a 2850 seat theatre. One of the hallmarks of the NZICC is its flexibility and
adaptability making it a versatile conference, exhibition and entertainment space.
Christchurch wooing back business
It appears as if it’s full steam ahead in Christchurch, with plenty happening in and around the
city. As a result, the Christchurch Convention Bureau says an increasing number of international
conferences are coming back to Christchurch thanks to the new excellent facilities available and
the breadth of experiences on offer to delegates.
One of the most recent event wins was the 9th International STESSA conference held in
More than 150 attendees from 20 different countries attended the event which focuses on
the behaviour of steel structures in seismic areas. This triennial conference was organised by
Steel Construction New Zealand Incorporated (SCNZ) in cooperation with the University of
Canterbury, University of Auckland and the University of Naples.
Delegates came to Christchurch to share and update their knowledge, with several keynote
presentations focused on learnings from the performance of structures following the Canterbury
earthquakes. Conference co-chair, Professor Greg MacRae from the University of Canterbury,
said the event had successfully showcased New Zealand’s designs and construction.
In other news, there’s been a change in the city’s skyline with the first of the steel being
placed to support the roof of the Christchurch Convention Centre. The longest of the roof
trusses will span 50 metres and sit over the 1400-person auditorium. The steel will give people
the first real opportunity to gain some appreciation of the scale of the facility, which occupies
two city blocks.
Õtãkaro Limited is now looking to partner with an experienced venue operator with world-class
venue and event management skills to run this outstanding facility. A Request for Proposals has
been issued and an operator is expected to be appointed before the end of the year.
Former Adelaide Convention Centre and Durban Convention Centre chief executive Alec
Gilbert has been seconded from GainingEdge, an Australia-based specialist in the
establishment of convention facilities, ahead of trade show marketing ramping up.
Also of note in Christchurch is that restoration of the Christchurch Town Hall is progressing
well, with work due to be completed on the Douglas Lilburn Auditorium by the end of July.
The main Christchurch Town Hall restoration project is expected to be completed at the end
of this year. Vbase has an outline plan in place for re-opening the Town Hall at the end of the
first quarter of 2019 and has been taking booking enquiries for events for some time. m
An impressive looking render of the
new Christchurch Convention Centre.
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