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CINZ assures organisers after earthquake

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Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) has assured conference organisers that New Zealand remains a safe a place to visit following the recent earthquakes in the north of the South Island, with all airports and roads around key cities open and operational as usual.

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Conventions and Incentives New Zealand maintains that it’s business as usual after quake

new-zeal“Earthquakes are a part of life here and while unpredictable, we are well-equipped to deal with them,” said Sue Sullivan, CINZ’s chief executive.

Most damage is concentrated 180km north of Christchurch around rural North Canterbury and Kaikoura, where two people have died. Some roads are closed and power is out in places, however the alpine resort of Hanmer Springs has reopened today.

In many parts of the country, including Christchurch and New Zealand’s largest city Auckland, daily life is unaffected.

Wellington’s hotels, cafes, restaurants, conference and meeting venues, and the majority of tourism attractions are now open for business. Engineers have assessed much of Wellington’s inner city, with no major structural damage to any tourism-related businesses reported. Wellington Airport, Cook Strait ferries, trains, all hotels, Wellington Zoo, Zealandia, the Wellington Cable Car and Weta Cave are all open. Te Papa will reopen on Wednesday.

“Wellington city is busy with shows and events going ahead as planned. Roads and public transport are operating as normal,” she said.

It is business as usual for Christchurch city operators, Christchurch Airport, hotels and venues following November 14’s 7.5 magnitude quake and aftershocks.

Christchurch is hosting one of its largest-ever conference events, the SingularityU New Zealand Summit, which started yesterday at Horncastle Arena, attracting 1500 delegates from all over the world.

“Christchurch is now regarded as one of the safest cities in the world, following a five-year infrastructure rebuild and strengthening upgrades,” she added.

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