Destination Queenstown and the Queenstown Chamber of Commerce are today urging Queenstown Lakes District councillors to vote in favour of a more centrally-located convention centre at a Lakeview site.

Representing a cross section of commercial and industry sectors, the two agencies support the resolution to develop a world-class convention centre at Lakeview in central Queenstown, and argue it will benefit the wider community.

The affirmative vote won’t be easily come by at tomorrow’s council meeting, with debate expected over the Lakeview proposal and a rival proposal put up by developer Alistair Porter for a convention centre at Remarkables Park, Frankton.

Announced at MEETINGS earlier this month, the multi-million-dollar Remarkables Park centre will cater for up to 900 delegates and is scheduled to open late 2016.

Destination Queenstown chairman, Mark Quickfall, believes a convention centre on the Lakeview site is fit for purpose development in the right location.

“If we fail to keep this project alive now then we will be stealing this opportunity from our future generations.

“Queenstown must strike now and complete full due diligence while central government and the industry are investing in growing the high value convention sector.”