Auckland, New Zealand, desperately needs an international convention centre, says Alan Trotter, Chief Executive of Conventions and Incentives New Zealand, which has signed a Head of Agreement with SkyCity to build one.
“This is great news for Auckland and for the country as a whole," Alan says.
“An international convention centre is something we’ve sorely needed for many years and it is fantastic that finally we’re making headway. What we need to do now is keep the foot on the accelerator and get this facility built as soon as possible."
It is estimated an international convention centre will boost New Zealand's economy by more than NZ$100 million a year.
“An international convention centre will have a positive economic impact that extends far beyond the boundaries of Auckland City,” Alan says.
“Many of the delegates who will attend conferences and conventions at the international convention centre will also take the opportunity to travel to other parts of New Zealand so the spin-offs will be felt across the country," Alan says.
“I really applaud the government for their innovative and pragmatic approach to the challenge of building an international convention centre in these tough economic times. It’s going to be great for our country and for our economy so the fact they have managed to do it without imposing any extra costs on either Auckland ratepayers or the New Zealand tax-payer is truly laudable," Mr Trotter says.
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