Monday, March 16, 2015
News this week: Convention and Incentive New Zealand (CINZ) announced plans to build two new convention centres – New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC) in Auckland and Christchurch Convention and Exhibition Centre (CCEC) in Christchurch.
NZICC can host events of up to 3,500 delegates, and will feature a 3,000-seat arena and exhibition space. The venue is scheduled to open in the second half of 2017. CCEC, meanwhile, will have 4,000 m2 of exhibition space, a tiered and divisible meeting space for up to 1,500 participants. CCEC is scheduled to be in operation by late 2017.
CINZ’s chief executive, Sue Sullivan, was quoted saying, “New Zealand is working to become a major player in the international convention business. A facility in Auckland catering for 3,000 delegates will allow New Zealand to host conferences of a size not seen here before. It will give us the ability to tan into market we’ve been shut out in the past because we simply haven’t had venues big enough to cater to their needs.”