BEIA welcomes milestone opening of Te Pae Christchurch

Business Events Industry Aotearoa (BEIA) has welcomed the opening of Te Pae Christchurch, marking the first of three new international standard convention centres set to open in New Zealand.

Te Pae Christchurch features 24 meeting rooms, including a 1000-seat riverside banquet room, up to 3,300sqm of exhibition space and a 1,400-seat auditorium able to be configured into two completely autonomous spaces, and state-of-the-art technology throughout.

BEIA chief executive Lisa Hopkins and board chair Steve Armitage are attending the opening event today.

“Te Pae signals a promising future despite the current challenges, with strong domestic bookings in the first year, and bookings from international markets, particularly Australia,” Hopkins said.

“Te Pae Christchurch is a landmark building, purpose-built for the most modern city in New Zealand. It is a credit to the Crown who developed this magnificent space, and to ASM Global who are running it for the future with a long-term view.”

Te Pae Christchurch has a solid roster of events on its books, including over 50 multi-day conferences, and a number of other events ranging from exhibitions to live entertainment, banquets and smaller meetings and seminars.

Te Pae Christchurch general manager Ross Steele said while there was a strong contingent of domestic bookings in the first year, it had been pleasing to see the return of interest and bookings from international markets, particularly Australia.

“As the first new generation convention centre to open in New Zealand, we’re looking forward to playing our part in the regeneration of our city and country, but also in the regeneration of our industry post-covid,” he said.