Work on Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre is due to end by the middle of next year, with the first events planned for later in 2021.
Ōtākaro Limited Chief Executive John Bridgman says that an “exact opening date and first event will be confirmed closer to the time”.
“COVID-19 has had a major impact on our construction projects,” he says.
“We have a tight construction market and there is some uncertainty going forward but we are acutely aware business events take time to plan and we want to provide our clients with as much clarity as we can as the end of year draws near.
“The venue operator, ASM Global, continues to work with the organisers of proposed 2021 events to try to tailor events to their needs, where appropriate, to achieve economic benefits for the city.
“Unsurprisingly, any further COVID-19-related disruptions may change this timeline but I am optimistic that by this time next year we’ll see Te Pae Christchurch delegates wandering along the Promenade to one of the city’s great restaurants.”