Wellington Convention and Exhibition Centre on Track as Work Restarts

1st May, 2020

A bright light in COVID-19 world is the $179 million Wellington Convention and Exhibition Centre (WCEC). Despite the impact of COVID-19, work on the WCEC is slightly ahead of schedule. All 220 piles have been put in place and 60 per cent of the base layer concrete had been poured when the Alert Level 4 lockdown was imposed by the New Zealand Government. Work kicked off again on the 28 April as New Zealand entered Alert Level 3.

Not only is the 18,000 square metre WCEC the capital’s first premium conference and exhibition space, the merging of the two distinct functions marks it as unique to New Zealand. The conference facility is spread across two floors capable of hosting multiple smaller conferences simultaneously or a large convention of up to 1400 delegates.

Earlier in April the centre announced a virtual planning tool to help users create and develop their own event floor plans, whilst becoming more familiar with the rooms and flexibility of the centre throughout the construction period. Once an event has been created, it can then be sent to the user for reference, or straight to the sales team to receive pricing and an indication of availability.

WellingtonNZ Regional Development Destination and Attraction General Manager, David Perks, says whilst the events industry is currently severely impacted by Covid-19, we are hearing how the industry is preparing to organise conferences and events as soon as it’s safe to do so.

“We know clients have an interest in bringing events to Wellington, it’s New Zealand’s capital city and seat of parliament with access to Ministers and key government officials. It’s also home to multiple universities and research institutes, is easy to get around, has great access to cultural, retail, environmental and natural activities, and its people are fabulous hosts and ambassadors for New Zealand.”

For further information on the centre, pricing and availability from 2023 onwards, please contact the Business Events Wellington team at conventioncentre@wellingtonnz.com

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