New Zealand’s multi-billion dollar infrastructure investments on show at AIME

New Zealand’s venues, hotels and city infrastructure developments will be making a big showing at next week’s AIME in Melbourne.

Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) chief executive Sue Sullivan says billions of dollars are being pumped into two of the country’s largest cities and the results are now starting to show.

“Auckland and Christchurch are well underway with new convention centres putting us high on the consideration list for international conference organisers,” she said.

Key suppliers from across New Zealand will be joining CINZ and Tourism New Zealand on the stand at AIME. They include Auckland Convention Bureau, Auckland Conventions Venues and Events, Business Events Waikato, ChristchurchNZ, Claudelands Conference and Exhibition Centre, the Cordis Auckland, Heritage Hotels, Millennium Hotels, the New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC), Sudima Hotels, and Te Pae Christchurch.

Auckland Convention Bureau, the NZICC and Te Pae Christchurch have all expanded their stand spaces this year, to reflect their increased profiles on the international stage. Construction of the NZICC has reached another milestone, with the installation of the first of the glass art work covering the exterior top of the building.

Works by two New Zealand artists, Sara Hughes and Peata Larkin, will span a total of 5,760sqm once fully installed on the four external walls of the NZICC.

“The artwork reflects the experience of walking through the New Zealand bush and looking up through a canopy of trees to see the unique light and colour of the forest,’’ said Hughes.

“It’s really exciting and moving for me personally to see this work lifted into place and on public display for the first time.’’

Exhibiting for the first time at AIME, Sudima Hotels is doubling its New Zealand portfolio in the next 18 months to six hotels, including three new-build properties currently under construction in Christchurch City, Auckland City and Kaikōura.