Destination Queenstown invites convention centre offers as Remarkables Park’s plan remains in limbo

It’s been almost six years since Remarkables Park Ltd’s proposed conference centre for Queenstown was first announced but it is still no closer to being built.

Remarkables Park Ltd boss Alastair Porter announced his plans for a NZ$40 million, 2650 square metre centre in September 2013, with the hopes of having it up and running in 2015.

Despite council walking away from rival plans for a Lakeview centre, Porter’s conference centre is still nothing more than an artist’s impression.

Last June, Porter lodged plans to increase the size of the centre by about 20 per cent and move it around 200m further west closer to the shopping centre and his proposed gondola.

Destination Queenstown is meanwhile looking to encourage anyone to build a convention centre in the popular resort, with its “Convention Centre Advocacy Document” set to be launched soon.

Speaking to the Otago Daily Times, Destination Queenstown head Graham Budd says the document is for anyone “who might consider the potential to invest in a convention centre here”.

“Along the way we’ve been very closely kept up to speed by the Porter Group – we totally support that,” he said.

“But, it’s our role to take a destination-wide perspective … [and] the opportunity remains.”