Te Pae Christchurch, New Zealand’s second largest conference and exhibition facility, is set for completion in 2020. The new convention centre will have capacity to host up to 2,000 delegates for a variety of national and international events. It will feature purpose built facilities including a 1,400 seat auditorium, 3,600 square metres of exhibition space and 24 meeting rooms set on the banks of the Avon River. It will begin hosting events from October 2020.
Recently, Ōtākaro Limited Chief Executive, John Bridgman, announced that AEG Ogden, the venue management company in the Asia Pacific region, has been selected as the operator for Te Pae Christchurch. AEG Ogden Chairman and CEO, Harvey Lister, said: “We intend applying our global expertise to showcase Christchurch’s world-class innovation, techniques, research and best practices in the city’s key industry sectors of Earth Science, Health Science, International Education, Agriculture, ICT and Building Technology. Our aim is to attract major conventions which will not only provide a significant economic boost but showcase the exceptional world class talent and skills of the Christchurch and New Zealand communities.”
The announcement was followed by the news that Ross Steele has been promoted to manage Te Pae, Christchurch ahead of its opening next year. Mr. Steele has served as General Manager of the AEG Ogden managed Cairns Convention Centre for the past 12 years and brings an impressive industry record to his new role. Mr. Steele said: “Our priority will be to attract international conventions which will both benefit the economy and showcase Christchurch and New Zealand to the world.”
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