Brilliant news for New Zealand, the South Island and our
That's the response from the Chief Executive of Christchurch
Airport to the announcement of the construction contract to build a
new convention centre in Christchurch.
Mr Johns says the convention centre is a key platform for the
city, its business, scientific, academic, Antarctic and
not-for-profit communities to connect with the nation and the
"The convention centre will allow us to again participate in and
host a wide range of special interest groups from around the
country and the world in our city.
"For example, we're one of only five Antarctic gateway cities on
the planet. The Antarctic activity brings around $100 million in
economic benefit to Christchurch each year, so being able to host
the world's Antarctic scientists here again is simply fantastic for
our city. The airport will naturally be a key supporter alongside
ChristchurchNZ in ensuring we make the most of this facility and
the opportunities it offers.
"The next three years are our "goldilocks" years, with the
physical construction of many of the key pieces we have been
missing. As a city we need to embrace the possibility this gives us
and build the future story of our city."