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15 Nov 2016
Wellington’s conference and business events hosting capacity has been barely affected by the Kaikoura earthquake, in what the Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency (WREDA) is calling a testament to the sector’s resilience.
David Perks, GM Venues & Projects for WREDA says the city’s portfolio of conference and performance venues have all been inspected and assessed as safe to occupy, minor clean-up and cosmetic repairs undertaken and are once again fully in operation.
“We have multiday conferences coming in this week at the Michael Fowler Centre, TSB Bank Arena & Shed 6, plus scheduled performance events at St James Theatre and The Opera House.”
Mr Perks says the rest of the CBD (including other conference and business event facilities) is also open for business, meaning planners can have full confidence in Wellington’s capacity to deliver high-quality business event experiences, as usual.
“Our hotels are open, as are our tourist attractions, and the downtown hospitality sector is ready to host. A very small number of buildings in the CBD have had structural damage, and these are being managed, with minimal impact to normal business and leisure in the city.”
Mr Perks says the region’s international and domestic airport, roads, infrastructure, ferries, trains and buses are all operational.
“Delegates and organisers will have no issues getting to, staying in, and enjoying Wellington during their conferences. Wellington is open for business events, and we look forward to welcoming delegates from around New Zealand and the world.”
WREDA’s Business Event and Venue teams are on standby to answer any questions from event organisers.