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Moves to seek interest in a Queenstown Conference Centre

Moves to seek interest in a Queenstown Conference Centre

Potential developers and partners are being sought in a move by a working party to find interest in a proposed Queenstown conference centre.

A Request for Proposals (RFP) to construct, manage and operate a 750-800 delegate Convention Centre in Queenstown has been released and Conference Centre Working Party Chairperson and Mayor Vanessa van Uden is already expecting a lot of interest.

“We know from the work we’ve done so far that there are a number of parties locally who have the capability to come up with a world class proposition,” Mayor van Uden said.

”There will also be interest from companies and organisations outside the district.”

“If this project goes ahead, we want to ensure that we’re building a hi-tech, modern conference centre that will represent Queenstown Lakes, the South Island and New Zealand to an international audience and that will also make our ratepayers proud.”

While many ideas and potential sites had been placed in front of the Conference Centre working party during the investigation process, Mayor van Uden said what they were after now were full and complete proposals.

“We are seeking proposals that incorporate an identified location, an appropriate design, effective operational, management and governance arrangements and, importantly, creative and innovative funding solutions,” she said.

The RFP document would be available online at www.qldc.govt.nz/tenders and was also on the GETS site (Government Electronic Tender Service). Interested parties have until Friday 7 December to respond.

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