Expect to hear more from New Zealand at every business event tradeshow around the world in the coming 12 months following the announcement that SkyCity is to construct a 3500-seat convention centre in Auckland.

SkyCity this week reached agreement with the New Zealand government to build a new convention centre in Auckland in exchange for extending its casino licence and allowing it to increase gaming tables and poker machines.

SkyCity will contribute $315 million to build the new facility which is expected to generate in excess of $100 million for the city per annum.

Conventions & Incentives New Zealand chief executive, Alan Trotter said a new international-standard convention centre will have a positive impact that extends far beyond the boundaries of Auckland.

“Many of the delegates who will attend conferences and conventions at the international convention centre will also take the opportunity to travel to other parts of New Zealand so the spin-offs will be felt across the country,” he said.