The Council has consulted on and received strong support for a new convention centre for Wellington. We are currently re-assessing options for the delivery of a facility with capacity to host conferences of up to 1200 delegates and banquets of 1150.
Though Wellington is already New Zealand’s second largest convention destination, we do not have a purpose-built conference venue. With Auckland, Christchurch and Queenstown all planning new convention centres, competition is getting tougher.
The Wellington Convention Centre will allow the city to maintain and increase its market share in the lucrative conference market, creating jobs and bringing up to $21.4 million a year into the Wellington economy.
Increasing the number of conferences held in Wellington will also attract events, increase Wellington’s international profile, and encourage Wellington businesses and research organisations to strengthen connections with their counterparts overseas.
Without a dedicated convention centre, it is expected that Wellington will lose a share of the convention business to other cities.
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