The Tourism Industry Association (TIA) backs the proposed
convention centre in Queenstown as part of a network of
regional centres to support the planned national facility in
Such a network would further boost the important conference
and incentive market, association chief executive Martin
''As one of New Zealand's top visitor destinations,
Queenstown is a popular choice for meetings and
conferences,'' he said.
''A purpose-built convention centre would attract new
business to Queenstown, creating jobs and a range of
downstream business opportunities.
''The accommodation, transport, hospitality and retail
sectors would be among those to benefit.''
The association estimated a national convention centre would
boost New Zealand's economy by more than $90 million a year.
It was expected to create 1000 jobs during construction and
another 800 positions when it was operational.
Conference delegates were high-value visitors, spending an
average of $365 a night, compared with an international
leisure visitor, who spent around $200 a night, Mr Snedden
Conference travel could also created business for the wider
tourism industry, where delegates holidayed before or after
their conference, or returned to New Zealand for private
holidays at a later date, he said.
''However, it's important to take the time to create and
properly test the business case for a convention centre as an
acceptable return on investment is vital,'' Mr Snedden said.
''We look forward to a positive outcome of the current
process in Queenstown,'' he said.