Christchurch rebuilds

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The blueprint for rebuilding Christchurch's quake-hit city centre is 'bold and innovative' and puts Christchurch on track to again become one of the greatest cities in Australasia.

 That is the view of Christchurch & Canterbury Tourism chief executive Tim Hunter.

"This blueprint sets out a very clear vision for the central city and really shapes Christchurch as a city of the 21st century - a place where everyone will want to come and stay," Mr Hunter says.

 "It keeps the best of the Garden City's urban layout our forefathers created, enhancing the 'city in a garden' image by adding more parks and by shrinking the size of the CBD into a more compact, people-friendly space.

"We will have a new state-of-the-art convention centre, new performing arts theatres, a new stadium, and a new sports and indoor swimming complex all within easy walking distance of shops, bars, restaurants and cafes. 

"Everything is going to be very accessible which will give us a real marketing edge when it comes to attracting national and international conferences to the city. Few other cities in the world would have as many top-class facilities within such a small geographical area."

Mr Hunter says the planned Maori cultural centre and welcome place for visitors in Victoria Square will become a significant community asset and will add further cultural depth to the wealth of visitor experiences on offer.

"We now have a serious business case for tourism investment in Christchurch. With this blueprint I'm confident we can attract the replacement hotel, hospitality and retail investment we urgently need.

"And now that we have certainty about the way the city will develop we can go out and promote the new and evolving Christchurch on the world stage," Mr Hunter says.

 

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