The Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre,
scheduled to open in October 2020, has appointed Worldwide
Convention Specialists (WCS) as its representative in Europe.
Based in Germany, WCS supports convention centres around the world,
including Kuala Lumpur, Toronto, Cape Town, Stockholm, Basel and
Brussels, and now Christchurch.
Te Pae Christchurch General Manager, Ross
Steele, said, “Our research shows more than 53% of international
associations are headquartered in Europe, which is why this region
is a significant target market for Te Pae Christchurch. Winning a
convention is like bidding for the Olympics, with a planning cycle
that can be between 2-12 years in advance. So, we need to be in
front of every potential client to showcase Christchurch as a
future host city contender.”
AEG Ogden has had a long association with the WCS Director, Anette Palm, who understands the
importance of regular 'in-market' meetings with clients
“Our history shows that associations primarily
book events with destinations or venues with whom they have built
a mutually beneficial business relationship and when AEG Ogden are
involved it gives the client extra confidence during the selection
process,” Ms Palm said. “With Te Pae Christchurch opening next
year, it is an exciting proposition to share with our long-term
client base - many of whom organise more than two or three events
worldwide, and most importantly, seek venues within the Asia
New Zealand, and in particular Christchurch, has
a strong pool of global experts that are internationally renowned
as some of the world’s best practices in the fields of earth and health
sciences, building technology, ICT, agribusiness and international
“Based on the 2018 International Congress and
Convention Association (ICCA)
global meetings ranking, New Zealand is ranked 46th in the world
as a conference destination and 12th in the Asia Pacific region.
In collaboration with the country’s academic community leaders,
Tourism New Zealand
we will be working towards raising this position in the years
ahead with Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre being a lead
catalyst for this growth,” Mr Steele said.
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