At the annual MEETINGS NZ, Tourism New Zealand, Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) and ChristchurchNZ Convention Bureau joined hands to showcase the city of Christchurch, as well as hype up its newest MICE venue, Te Pae Christchurch to an audience of past and potential clients.
The joint promotion efforts are showing signs of paying off, as Mike Pickford, executive director of ASN Events, who organises more than 60 conventions each year shares that he already has Christchurch in mind for around 1,000 delegates come November 2020.
"At ASN Events, we have worked with AEG Ogden for close to 20 years with numerous international conventions throughout Asia Pacific. It gives us, and our clients, enormous confidence in the delivery of service excellence that is critical within the first months of a new venue opening. On announcement of AEG Ogden as venue operator of Te Pae Christchurch earlier this year, we immediately started discussing future opportunities," he said.
As part of the MEETINGS NZ programme, 20 clients joined the 'Christchurch Uncovered' post tour to experience the revitalisation of the city firsthand and included an exclusive 'hard-hat' site tour of Te Pae Christchurch, which is currently under construction and is more than 50% complete.