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Associations put faith in Christchurch ahead of centre opening

A raft of associations have signed up to hold their flagship meetings at the Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre – a year before the venue is scheduled to open.

Venue managers are ending 2019 on a high, with more than 50 events – worth an estimated NZ$30 million to the New Zealand city, already confirmed.

The conferences, which include the New Zealand Dental Association 2020 Conference,  2021 Australasian College for Emergency Medicine Annual Scientific Meeting and the Australasian Coasts & Ports 2021 Conference, have been secured in the months since ASM Global became venue operator.

General manager Ross Steele said the conferences would bring 28,000 people to the city, with around a third of international guests and one in 10 national guests bringing their partners.

He said: “Alongside the direct economic benefits to local and regional businesses across accommodation, dining, retail and transport – and the indirect benefits to their own suppliers – there are also social opportunities, which extend beyond the duration of each event. These include knowledge sharing and legacy impacts, which will benefit Christchurch well into the future.”

One of Te Pae Christchurch’s first events, will be the New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA) 2020 Conference, taking place from 6-8 November, which will attract up to 1,000 delegates.

“NZDA is excited to be one of the first few significant national conferences to be held in Te Pae Christchurch,” NZDA chief executive David Crum said. “In our view it is the only venue in the country which has the capacity and flexibility to host this conference without compromise. To be in the central city amongst the action and in a spectacular building like Te Pae Christchurch, is brilliant for delegates, speakers and suppliers alike.”