Crying out for a convention centre for years, New Zealand’s Queenstown is now grappling with talk of two facilities, with public and private bodies at loggerheads over who has the best option.

At the recent MEETINGS NZ exhibition in Auckland there was an announcement that a private consortium had plans to build a convention and exhibition centre near Queenstown Airport. And after years of talk – just days after this announcement – the Queenstown Lakes District Council announced it would be taking the necessary steps to proceed with construction of a CBD-based venue.

Not everybody is happy with the council decision, particularly Remarkables Park Ltd (developer of the venue near the airport) CEO and director, Alastair Porter, who said the council decision was based on inaccurate, out-of-date and therefore misleading information to councillors.

The Queenstown Convention Centre at Remarkables Park is expected to be able to accommodate up to 900 delegates and be open by 2016.

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