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CINZ welcomes NZICC go ahead

CINZ welcomes NZICC go ahead

News the New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC) has received resource consent approval is being welcomed by the industry.

Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) chief executive Sue Sullivan says the new convention centre can’t come soon enough to meet growing demand from international conference organisers.

“New Zealand can now compete on the world stage, challenging Australia and South East Asia for lucrative convention business,“ she says.

“We look forward to seeing this purpose-built facility get underway very soon. With space for more than 3,000 delegates it will allow New Zealand to stage conferences of a size not seen here before.”

Sue Sullivan says business event visitors spend more and stay longer than the average leisure visitor, and arrive in the off-peak months, at a time of year when other tourism tends to be quiet.

The Convention Delegate Survey for 2014 (MBIE) shows international delegates stayed an average of 6.5 nights in New Zealand, spending an estimated $304 per night., almost double the average spend per night for all international visitors. On average international delegates spent $1,991 during their stay in New Zealand.

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