InterContinental Wellington was named Australasia’s leading conference hotel at the annual World Travel Awards held last night in Hong Kong.
Thousands of science fiction fans will descend on Wellington in 2020 after the region won the rights to host the 78th World Science Fiction Convention.
Wellington’s James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor has confirmed a $10 million plus refurbishment of the hotel’s Lambton Wing, inclusive of 200 rooms and suites, plus the Executive Club Lounge.
Wellington City Council is forging ahead with its plans for a new convention centre for the region.
Te Papa Venues recently held its first open day at New Zealand’s Parliament, showcasing the venues within its buildings.
The recent influx of Lions fans to Wellington has shown the value of tourism to the capital’s economy, according to Tourism Industry Aotearoa Wellington hotel sector chairman Steve Martin.
‘[Tourists] are especially valuable during winter, which is normally a quiet time for the holiday market in Wellington,’ he says.
Commercial accommodation in Wellington was full, with many fans choosing to stay in the region all week.
Martin says the city has plenty of scope to attract more big events to Wellington at other times.