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June 1, 2017 Trade Events No Comments Email Email

The South Island’s Canterbury region will be out in force at CINZ MEETINGS 2017, when a record 12 partners join Christchurch and Canterbury Convention Bureau to showcase their latest products and services.

The Christchurch Centre, Vbase, The Commodore Hotel, The George hotel, Novotel Christchurch Airport, Multi-Media Systems, Red Travel, the International Antarctic Centre, Selwyn District Council, Heritage Hanmer Springs, and Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa will all be on show.

Anchoring the regional presence, Christchurch Airport’s spacious lounge areas promises to be an attractive friendly space to relax and meet, with coffee and conversation.

CCCB Manager, Caroline Blanchfield says many other Christchurch and Canterbury operators will be flying the flag at MEETINGS 2017, exhibiting as independents or on national stands.

As New Zealand’s newest city and with so much going on, we will have a lot to share at MEETINGS.

“Christchurch’s new city centre is all about pedestrian-friendly shopping, dining, arts and entertainment. Our famous Garden City charm extends to new green spaces framing the CBD, with the Ōtākaro/Avon River precinct as the city’s centrepiece,” she says.

“With a $40 billion rebuild happening in the city, there is always something new to discover.

Three new hotels will add 600 rooms to Christchurch in the coming year, including the 204-room Crowne Plaza Christchurch, Novotel Christchurch Airport, and Distinction Hotel Christchurch. And stunning designs have been revealed for our new convention centre, now underway in the heart of the city on a prime riverfront site.

In the heart of the CBD on a prime riverfront site, Christchurch’s convention centre will be a world-class boutique facility of major architectural significance for 200 to 2000 delegates, planned for completion in late 2019.

“The new convention centre will be a dream space for international event organisers, designed with a distinctive South Island flavour.

“This will be a landmark facility of outstanding architectural significance. Its central riverside location, cultural and heritage references, and flexible layout all make it attractive to event organisers and delegates,” she says.

The Christchurch Centre is designed to be flexible and responsive to a wide range of event requirements for up to 2000 delegates. The unique divisible auditorium for 1400 will allow two major events to run simultaneously, with plenty of break-out space in 1600 sqm of meeting rooms, and a large 3600 sqm space for exhibitions. A premium banqueting area will feature five-star service, and food and beverage selections from the world-renowned local produce of the South Island.

Images of Christchurch
CCT
27 January 2017
Photo CMG Studios
www.cmgstudios.co.nz

Our new waterfront promenade, the Terraces, winds its way along the river through the central city, and a swathe of new office, retail and hospitality precincts line the compact CBD, with highlights including the heritage neo-Gothic Arts Centre restoration, and The Piano – Centre for Music. Major banks and many government departments have all moved back into the city centre bringing thousands of their staff to smart new offices. International retail giants are coming into Christchurch too, creating sophisticated shopping along the Cashel Mall pedestrian area, with plenty of excellent laneway dining and cafes. This year and next will see completion of more new retail, office, health and hotel and apartment complexes, bringing a real buzz to the central city.

“Our regional offerings, right on the city’s doorstep, go from strength to strength with wildlife, wine and food, relaxation and adrenalin and stunning scenery all part of the diverse mix.”

MEETINGS delegates will be able to put faces to names and meet the team, including Manager Caroline Blanchfield, Conference Bid Manager Claire Hector-Taylor and new Bureau co-ordinator, Jessie Ross who serves as the Bureau’s first point of contact for all enquiries.

News from the region:

Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa
The Tea Kiosk Café & Grill, located in Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa, now offers a unique activity for conference and incentive groups – pizza making.
www.hanmersprings.co.nz

Heritage Hanmer Springs
Heritage Hanmer Springs has a mid-week winter conference special on, day delegate package from $45 pp, plus enjoy special accommodation rates. Conditions apply.
www.heritagehotels.co.nz/hotels/heritage-hanmer-springs

Christchurch Centre
The Christchurch Centre, set for completion in late 2019, will be the premium boutique meetings and events venue in New Zealand’s South Island.

This world-class facility takes prime waterfront position beside the Ōtākaro Avon River at the centre of New Zealand’s newest city. Christchurch’s compact and dynamic CBD features modern retail, accommodation, dining, business, leisure and transport hubs, only 20 minutes from its international airport.

The Centre is designed to be flexible and responsive to a wide range of event requirements for up to 2000 delegates. The unique divisible auditorium for 1400 will allow two major events to run simultaneously, with plenty of break-out space in 1600 sqm of meeting rooms, and a large 3600 sqm space for exhibitions. A premium banqueting area will feature five-star service, and food and beverage selections from the world-renowned local produce of the South Island.

As a building of New Zealand architectural significance, the Centre will be a major landmark for Christchurch. Designed for its unique context, the Centre is surrounded by green spaces, parks and gardens fronting on to the river. Stories of the local Maori and their land, trade and craft are interwoven through every aspect of the design.

The Christchurch Centre is a New Zealand Government project and is managed by globally-experienced professionals Accor. www.centre.nz

Vbase – Christchurch Town Hall
The Town Hall is being restored to 100% of new building standards, with a significant upgrade of facilities including future proofing, with AV package in all rooms and strong wifi. When it opens in 2018, the Town Hall will be a central performing arts, conference and event facility, surrounded by hotels ensuring easy walking distance for all delegates.
Updates, including comprehensive floor plans, will be available at the Vbase website. http://vbase.co.nz/venues/christchurch-town-hall

The Commodore Hotel
The Commodore Hotel’s $5million refurbishment will be completed in Spring, with the final 24 rooms in the Kowhai Wing undergoing a complete transformation. The refurbishment will include state of the art climate control, bathroom and soft furnishing renewal, all new window furniture and an updated building façade.
www.commodorehotel.co.nz

International Antarctic Centre
Five Hagglunds at the attraction have been repainted, four with the colours of the Antarctic Programmes that work on Christchurch’s Antarctic campus (NZ, USA, Korea and Italy). The fifth, a special kiwi Hagglund, is black with the Silver Fern and the signature of Sir Edmund Hilary, representing his mission to the South Pole in 1958.
Blue penguins – conference groups can arrange to have a private “breakfast with the penguins”, where the group can dine and watch the penguins dive in and out of the pool for their breakfast in a unique way to start the day.
“Backstage passes” can also be arranged for small groups interested in learning more about the little blue penguins.
Huskies used to be the main form of transport in Antarctica, pulling sleds for the historic explorers right up until the late 1990s. The International Antarctic Centre has partnered with Husky Rescue NZ to bring these gorgeous animals t the attraction, so guests can get up close and personal with the dogs. Thousands of dollars have already been raised for Husky Rescue NZ.  www.iceberg.co.nz

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