Wellington, New Zealand, December: The Wellington City Council has approved plans for the construction of a new venue, the Wellington Conference and Exhibition Centre (WCEC).
According to the council, construction work will start in 2019. The venue will feature convention space spread across two upper floors adding 10,000 m2 of total space. The exhibition gallery on the ground floor will feature 1,650 m2.
The local government estimates that the convention space will host more than 100 new events annually, bringing 149,000 new delegate days to the city; while the exhibition space will welcome over 272,000 visitors every year generating an additional NZ$3.8 million (US$2.6 million) in direct visitor spend in Wellington.
David Perks, General Manager at the Wellington Regional Development Destination and Attraction (WREDA) department, commented, “Wellington has always been competitive with the conference venues available in the city but the WCEC will take things to a new level. It will enable the city to not only retain its current share of conferences but also put in bids for larger international conferences that would simply have been too big for existing venues. It will put us on an equal footing with Auckland and Christchurch who both have conference venues under construction, and the Australian market where all major cities have purpose-built convention facilities.”