‘Here we are bringing together people from all over the world with interests in Christchurch’s specialist areas of expertise, including earth sciences, health sciences, agriculture, food science, international education, building and environmental technology,’ says Hector-Taylor.
She says with Christchurch’s proximity to the Canterbury region and as gateway to the South Island, Christchurch is investing in the conference sector by building a boutique convention centre of major architectural significance for up to 2000 delegates, on a prime riverfront CBD site, developed by the New Zealand Government.
Hector-Taylor says the rebirth of Christchurch doesn’t stop with the Convention Centre. The Crowne Plaza hotel has returned to Christchurch this July, in a new location right opposite the convention centre development. It is the largest upscale hotel in the CBD with 204 modern rooms, a café, bar and restaurants and four modern event spaces. Two more new hotels will add 400 rooms to Christchurch in the coming months, including Novotel Christchurch Airport, and Distinction Hotel Christchurch.
River-facing hospitality precincts and the major shopping areas are nearly complete and will be open this spring.