Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) has given plans to build a convention centre in the nation's capital an enthusiastic thumb's up, saying it will contribute NZ$6.6 billion to the region's economy by 2021.
“Conventions and incentives delegates are high value visitors who deliver good economic returns,” says ATEED Chief Executive Brett O'Riley.
“They have a long length of stay, often visit during the tourism low season and have a higher spend per night.”
The New Zealand International Convention Centre will allow the city to attract events that it would otherwise lose out on.
“As well as being able to showcase Auckland as a preferred destination for conventions, we will also be looking to maximise opportunities for pre and post visitor itineraries that will bring even bigger economic benefits,” Brett says.
“And having the leaders of global companies in our city for their conventions opens an opportunity to present Auckland as a great place to invest and to support our aim of becoming an Asia Pacific innovation hub.”
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