The private developer of Queenstown's second proposed
convention centre, for Remarkables Park, in Frankton, says
plenty of hotels and restaurants will surround the centre.
Plans for the Remarkables Park centre were made public last
year while the Queenstown Lakes District Council was
considering whether to move forward with a council-led centre
for Lakeview, above the resort's central business district.
Tourism Industry Association policy and research manager
Simon Wallace said convention centres needed to have ''easy
access'' to accommodation options and entertainment
facilities, and when asked if this could be achieved at a
Frankton centre, Remarkables Park co-director Alastair Porter
Hotels, from different operators, were planned for the top
and bottom of a high street and ''we expect other hotels will
want to talk to us as well and we are perfectly open to
that'', Mr Porter said.
''One of the smartest high streets in New Zealand, if not
Australasia'' is planned.
''It will be what's called a shared living street,'' he said,
adding vehicles would have access but it could easily be
closed to traffic for events.
Restaurants and bars, which Mr Wallace used as examples of
entertainment facilities were also planned, Mr Porter said.
Mr Wallace said networking was ''an important element of any
business event and much of this happens outside the
Rather than saying which of the Remarkables Park or Lakeview
options was more appropriate for a convention centre, Mr
Wallace said that was a decision for the community to make as
it was best placed to decide.
Both the planned International Convention Centre for Auckland
and the Christchurch Convention Centre will be in central
On average, people travelling for business events spend $318
per night compared with international visitors who spend
• At the Queenstown Lakes District Council's meeting in
Wanaka on Thursday, the council agreed to put the proposed
council-led convention centre into the draft annual plan.
Yesterday, the Otago Daily Times reported the
council's chief executive said the council did not have
definitive facts and figures about the Remarkables Park
centre and therefore, could not consider the Frankton centre
ahead of its own.