SkyCity Entertainment will be the
preferred operator for Queenstown's proposed convention
centre in plans released today.
Queenstown Lakes Mayor Vanessa van Uden said in a statement
the project, yet to get approval, would be taken forward by a
consortium led by Ngai Tahu Property Limited and Morrison
Vanessa van Uden
She also announced the consortium had chosen SkyCity
Entertainment Group as its preferred operator. SkyCity took
full ownership of the Queenstown casino in December, buying the
other 40% previously held by co-owner Skyline Enterprises Ltd.
Ms van Uden, who has headed a group looking at the convention
centre plan, said several issues had to be resolved before
the council could formally commit to the project.
The next step would involve community consultation through
the QLDC Annual Plan process from April to June.
"The community will want to understand what this means for
them, and in particular issues such as site location, funding
and governance structures.
"Our preferred site at this stage is to use the Lakeview
site, which has long been earmarked for development. The site
offers world-class lake and mountain views, but is minutes
from Queenstown's heart."