Christchurch Convention Centre on its way

Christchurch Convention Centre on its way

The first slab of concrete has officially been poured on the new Convention Centre in Christchurch, getting the garden city one step closer to a larger conferencing offering.

The Convention Centre will have a 2000-person capacity and the ability to host two 700-person events at the same time once completed, which is expected to be in the first quarter of 2020.

Caroline Blanchfield, ChristchurchNZ Convention Bureau and industry partnership manager says seeing work start on the Convention Centre was good news for the city and wider region.

‘Demand for top-quality conferencing venues continues to grow internationally. Having a modern, purpose-built Convention Centre in place again will bring millions of dollars of economic investment back into Christchurch and Canterbury and add to the high caliber venues and event services already available for conferencing locally,’ she says.

ChristchurchNZ calculates the lack of a suitable conference venue is costing the local economy more than $90million each year in direct economic investment.