Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) has welcomed confirmation Wellington will receive a new, purpose-built convention centre by 2017.

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,” she says.

The proposed 4400 square-metre facility will be able to host up to 1200 conference delegates and have a banqueting capacity for up to 1450 people. The centre will be built along with a five-star hotel in a prime central waterfront location.

“We congratulate the Council, the developers and people of Wellington for recognising this opportunity and setting their sights on a world-class facility.

“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.”