8 May 2012

Plan B question over convention centre

9:18 pm on 8 May 2012

Tourism New Zealand has been asked whether there is a Plan B if the Government's agreement to build a national convention centre in Auckland with SkyCity falls through.

Chief executive Kevin Bowler was questioned at length at a tourism conference in Queenstown about political problems with the Government's deal with SkyCity for a national convention centre.

SkyCity wants to build the $350 million centre in exchange for more gaming machines at its Auckland casino.

When asked whether there was a Plan B if the deal falls through, Mr Bowler said there is, but he would not elaborate on what that plan might be.

He said the SkyCity deal is good for New Zealand and the priority is to make it work despite the political fallout.

Mr Bowler said he is confident the SkyCity plan will go ahead. because it is one of the country's most single most important tourism infrastructure projects at the current time.