The NZICC turned its first sod signalling the era of an exciting new phase for Business Events in NZ
New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key signalled the start of an exciting new era for business events in Auckland recently, turning the first sod on the New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC).
The NZD$471 million international convention centre will be a global hub of innovation and knowledge exchange in the heart of Auckland city. It boasts large flexible functional spaces for a wide range of events including intimate meeting spaces on all levels, a convention capacity for 3,150 and can cater for one-off events for up to 4,000 people.
Presenting at Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME) today in Melbourne, Simon Jamieson – General Manager of the New Zealand International Convention Centre says the Centre will see New Zealand becoming even more competitive on a global stage, with Auckland having the ability to bid for high-level, major international business events.
says Mr Jamieson.
Also presenting at AIME was Vivien Bridgwater, General Manager Destination and Marketing at Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED), who says the close alignment the NZICC has with the city’s new global brand strategy is crucial.
Auckland’s new global brand identity and story will illustrate what makes our region unique, and we welcome the smart and innovative NZICC convention centre that will support the future growth of the business events sector for Auckland,"
says Ms Bridgwater.
The NZICC’s central city location ensures close proximity to Auckland’s innovation ecosystem – universities, business headquarters and innovation hubs – allowing event organisers to tap into New Zealand’s leading knowledge centres and aligning with ATEED’s ambitions to attract more business events, investment and skilled visitors to New Zealand’s largest city.
Auckland provides an all-encompassing event experience for visitors to the NZICC, offering more than 4500 four and five star hotel rooms, several premium dining precincts including Federal Street, Britomart, Wynyard Quarter and City Works Depot, great shopping and entertainment including the SKYCITY precinct with the iconic Sky Tower, all within a few minutes’ walking distance of the new centre.
The NZICC’s glazed facade provides delegates with a connection to the vibrancy of the city, while allowing views of Auckland’s natural beauty across the Waitemata Harbour. An integrated atrium and public retail and hospitality laneway are designed to encourage networking and enhance the delegate experience.
says Mr Jamieson.