Wellington City Councillors have approved the construction of a brand-new convention and exhibition centre, bringing New Zealand’s capital up to speed with Auckland and Christchurch’s current conference centre developments.
The convention centre is projected to cost 154 million NZD (148 million AUD), and boost the city’s GDP by 45 million NZD a year. When construction begins in August 2019, 864 construction jobs will need to be filled, and in three years time when the building is complete, 550 permanent jobs will be created.
The centre will boast 18,000 square metres of floor space, with enough room to host over 1500 people and major international conventions.
Councillor Simon Marsh, holder of the Economic Development Portfolio, says the centre will help keep Wellington’s business event market in competition with New Zealand’s other major cities and international destinations.
“It is anticipated that more than 100 new events will be attracted to the Wellington market each year, bringing almost 150,000 additional delegate days and the related economic benefits.”