Te Pae Christchurch kicks off third year with back to back conferences

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Te Pae Christchurch is celebrating its second year of operation which has seen the venue host 458 events over the two years, far exceeding expectations for its initial operating period.

More than two hundred thousand attendees have taken part in events at since the convention centre hosted its first conference on 2 May 2022, which included 146 multi day conferences (29 of which were international), 19 exhibitions, 131 banquets, 157 meetings and five live performances.

Te Pae Christchurch is also kicking off its third year with a packed events calendar this month including five international and 10 national conferences. These back to back conferences include the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Annual Scientific Congress 2024, Institute of Directors 2024 NZ Conference and MotorSport NZ Conference 2024.

Over 8,200 attendees are expected over the course of the month, including 2,650 attending from overseas and 3,135 from around New Zealand.

“The goal was to catalyse spending and social activity in the central city for decades to come with an international standard convention centre within walking distance of hotels, shops and restaurants,” said John O’Hagan, chief executive of Rau Paenga Limited, the Crown infrastructure delivery agency that built and owns the facility.

“We are delighted with the number and quality of events that our operator ASM Global has been able to attract in the first two years.”

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre general manager Ross Steele says the first two years of operation have “outstripped all expectations for our initial operating period”.

“That’s not only testament to how hard our team has worked to welcome so many people to our region,” he said.

“It also reflects the integral role the entire local events infrastructure, from the Council and ChristchurchNZ, to our local suppliers and the city’s hotel and hospitality sectors, has played in putting Christchurch and Canterbury back on the map for business events.”