TRENZ 2020 will be held at Horncastle Arena, Christchurch, from Monday 18 to Thursday 21 May next year.
TRENZ was held in Christchurch in 2000, 2005 and 2006, but damage from the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes took the Garden City out of the potential hosting role.
“We made a promise some years ago that we would be back in Christchurch when the city was ready to host us,” said Tourism Industry Aotearoa’s Chris Roberts.
“TRENZ will put a spotlight on a region that needs New Zealand’s support as it continues to grow, and the event’s economic benefits will provide a huge boost to accommodation, food and beverage and entertainment providers in the city.”
Loren Heaphy, general manager of destination and attraction at ChristchurchNZ, said that new developments in Christchurch meant it is more than capable of hosting such a large event as TRENZ.
“New retail and hospitality offerings, as well as a raft of new tourism ventures, have meant Christchurch is no doubt the country’s newest city. Kiwis love to play host, and here in Christchurch we are no different,” said Heaphy.
“Promoting our city and our region, and attracting visitors to Christchurch, is one of ChristchurchNZ’s main focuses, and we can’t wait for the opportunities associated with having TRENZ 2020 in Christchurch.”
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