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MICEBTN - May-JULY 2016 • Page 15 NEw zEALAND Jet Park now has 60 more rooms and MICE facilities Redesigned Queenstown Convention Centre also has an improved address PLANS for a redesigned Queens- town Convention Centre at Re- markables Park, New Zealand are aimed at improving the location and facility design. Remarkables Park Limited said the reason the revised application included a change of address was intended to significantly improve its location and position it across from the proposed Queenstown Gondola as well as to enhance the design of the Centre. The location - in a new precinct at Re- markables Park to be known as Remark- ables Place - is on prime land with water and Remarkables mountain views. “The revised Convention Centre design by architects Mason & Wales draws The Remarkables mountains into the facility through floor-to-ceiling glass panels, and from the outside the glass will provide a dramatic reflection of the mountains,” said Alastair Por- ter, Remarkables Park Limited’s chief executive. The facility is designed so it can be built in stages to match demand. Stage I, with a total area of 2,560m2 , will be able to accommodate as many as 700 plenary delegates and 500 banqueting in adjacent areas of the main hall, with- out the need to break down and re-set between day and night functions. When used for conferencing alone the main hall will have capacity for up to 1,400 delegates. The facility includes a separate foyer and exhibition spaces, both of which will be ideal for cocktail receptions or smaller functions. Stage II will enable all capacities to increase by more than 60 per cent, plus it will add more breakout spaces, but still leavie room on the site for further expansion in the future. The appeal and functionality of the Queenstown Convention Centre will be further enhanced by two adjacent ovals that will be wired for outside activities and could also be covered for very large events or performances. The first of the new hotels, the Ram- ada Hotel & Suites Remarkables Park, will open in June and there are more hotels to come. “We expect the Centre will appeal to conference organisers in terms of its iconic views, convenient location, close proximity to hotels and retail, and for its ability to leverage the Queenstown Gon- dola to access both Queenstown Park Station and the new large NZSki base building on The Remarkables, which will also be able to host conference activi- ties in late spring, summer and autumn,” Porter said. “At the same time as our resource consent application, we’re working on ownership and operating structures. This could be a private consortium includ- ing Remarkables Park, sponsors and hotels, but we would be open to it being a Public Private Partnership project. “We’re actively seeking interest from hotels interested in waterview locations in close proximity to the Queenstown Convention Centre and Gondola as part of the development of the Centre.” Consent will be ready for submission in a matter of weeks, with an answer possible by the third quarter of 2016. This means a consortium could poten- tially open the Centre in 2018. IN June, Jet Park Airport Hotel and Conference Centre - a Qualmark 4 1/2 star, Enviro-Gold-rated property a few minutes from Auckland Airport - will open a new multi-storey 250 person conference centre and add another 60 guest rooms, making it a 226 room hotel. With state of the art facilities, the complex boasts natural lighting in all the conference rooms, cutting-edge technology, team building activities, a large green space for guests and high-quality food and beverage options. A sister property- Jet Park Hotel Roto- rua - opened in November 2015. The family-owned group has 120 staff and recently gained the Excellence in Marketing award at the 2015 Westpac Auckland Business Awards South. The hotel also was a finalist in two other categories - Excellence in Custom- er Service and Excellence in Strategy and Planning. As well as being five minutes from Auckland Airport, the new Jet Park facility offers a free airport shuttle, complimen- tary wi-fi, free car parking, a gym, pool and kids’ play areas. An artist’s impression of a Queenstown convention centre.