An international convention centre is to be
developed in Auckland, New Zealand.
The New Zealand International Convention
Centre will be designed, built and operated by SKYCITY
Entertainment Group. The NZ$315m development includes public
convention and exhibition space capable of accommodating 3,500
convention delegates at one time.
It is expected to open in mid/late 2017 and is
located in the heart of Auckland’s vibrant CBD,
within walking distance of more than 4,700 hotel rooms and
numerous shopping and restaurant precincts.
Tourism New Zealand’s Chief Executive Kevin
Bowler says with the development of the NZICC it’s time for
conference organisers to put Auckland and New Zealand firmly on
“Holding an event in New Zealand would exceed
all visitor expectations. Where else in the world do you find
world class conferencing facilities close to crystal-clear waters
or where you can be exploring a stunningly rugged rainforest one
hour and sailing on an America’s Cup yacht in a glorious harbour
setting the next?,” said Mr Bowler. “All of this natural beauty, unspoilt by the
country’s equally impressive cosmopolitan flavour makes New
Zealand the perfect place for business and pure leisure.”
ATEED (Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic
Development) Chief Executive Brett O’Riley said that with the
establishment of a world-class facility at SKYCITY, Auckland is now
open for business and poised to host large international
“Auckland has the people, places and
conferencing facilities to make your conference experience not
only magical, but memorable and we look forward to welcoming
delegates from around the globe to our world class city,” Mr O’Riley
Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city, with a
population of approximately 1.5 million people.
The city is easily accessible with direct
flights to 33 international and 22 domestic destinations. It is a
three-hour flight from the eastern seaboard of Australia, a direct
overnight flight from the west coast of North America and an
approximate ten-hour flight from most places on the Pacific Rim,
including Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tokyo.
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