Home' micenet eMag : micenet AUSTRALIA December 2014 January 2015 Contents New Zealand has welcomed
the recent announcement of
yet another convention centre,
this time in Wellington.
And then there
From few dedicated convention centres to recent
announcements in Queenstown and Auckland, Wellington
has now followed suit, with the city council approving a
purpose-built five-star centre in the New Zealand capital, with an
opening date of 2017.
In a meeting in early November, Wellington City Council voted
13/2 to approve the deal, with the council leasing the facility
from developer Mark Dunajtschik, and the Hilton Corporation
named as the operator.
Mayor Celia Wade-Brown said the decision was a huge win
for the capital’s economic development, providing revenue and
jobs for at least the next 20 years under the terms of the lease.
“This decision makes it clear Wellington City Council is active
in the economic development of the capital,” she said.
“The council is enabling a project that will protect and
generate around $21 million a year net GDP. Construction will
begin within months and the Wellington Convention Centre will
open its doors in 2017. We’ll be well ahead of proposed
developments in Auckland and Christchurch.”
In her statement Ms Wade-Brown said the New Zealand
convention market was expanding with the support of Tourism NZ.
“A smart new building opposite Te Papa will be a huge
improvement to the current gap in the urban fabric.”
The state-of-the-art 4400 square-metre facility would be able
to host up to 1200 conference delegates and have a banqueting
capacity for up to 1450 people. In theatre-style seating, the
facility will be able to accommodate 2000 in the largest space.
The overall project will be financed by local developer Mark
Dunajtschik, who is building it along with the 165-room hotel on
the site in Cable Street. The council will lease the convention
centre at an average net cost to the city of about $2.1 million a
year over the lease term.
The council’s economic growth committee chair, Councillor Jo
Coughlan, says this investment will inject cash, jobs and
marketing opportunities into the capital’s economy, as well as
protect the benefits received from Wellington’s current share of
the country’s convention market. “The numbers confirm how
important this deal is to Wellington. Currently our convention
market generates $146 million per year and supports over 1000
full-time jobs,” she said.
“This new facility will grow jobs by over 200 full-time jobs
and add $28.6 million in new expenditure, and will drive
growth across associated areas like hospitality, tourism and
the service sector.”
The public consultation process prior to the council vote was
in favour with the overwhelming majority of submissions,
including the Wellington Employers Chamber of Commerce, the
Retailers Association and the Property Council voicing support
for the convention centre.
CINZ welcomes announcement
Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) chief executive
Sue Sullivan says the news is another boost for New Zealand’s
reputation as a growing and exciting business events destination.
“Having a state-of-the-art, purpose-built and professionally
run international facility in Wellington lifts the bar for the whole of
New Zealand,” Ms Sullivan said.
“We congratulate the council, the developers and people of
Wellington for recognising this opportunity and setting their
sights on a world-class facility.”
Ms Sullivan says Wellington has many advantages as a
convention destination, but has needed the infrastructure to take
it to the next level.
“Wellington is the geographic centre of New Zealand, the
base of a high number of associations, with a good range of
accommodation, easy access to government, and it’s a
walkable city. But it’s been lacking good sized, purpose-built
convention facilities configured to meet modern and future
needs and expectations.
“The new convention centre will certainly meet and exceed
those expectations and promises huge benefits for the city and
the country.” m
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