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Niue: Year round destination

The new Matavai Convention Centre Niue was opened yesterday by New Zealand Prime Minister, Bill English, and Sir Toke Talagi, Premier of Niue. It aims to bring a massive boost to tourism and the economy of Niue.

The multi-million dollar centre, with capacity for up to 168 conference delegates, sits in a spectacular cliff top location at the Scenic Matavai Resort Niue.

Brendan Taylor, Scenic Hotel Group managing director, says the opening of the conference centre will act as a ‘huge enabler’ for the island’s emerging tourism industry. ‘Flow-on benefits from this high yielding sector will likely filter throughout the island’s economy.’

‘Flow-on benefits from this high yielding sector will likely filter throughout the island’s economy.’

Brett Inkster, Scenic area manager Niue, told TRAVELinc Memo that Niue is ready to step up to the next level, from a seasonal tourism destination to a place that can host year-round tourism, conference, incentives and wedding business. 

‘This is something big for a small nation; the opportunity to enter the C&I market. It’s untapped here, with all the soft adventure; fishing, diving, snorkelling and the ability to get anywhere quickly. Niue is also a great place to bring a partner,’ he says. 

‘We have been promoting the new convention centre at trade shows for the past twelve months and there has been a significant response.’

Simon Jackson, general manager Scenic Matavai Resort, says there is a willingness among the island’s tourism operators to make it happen. ‘They are already hosting good numbers of leisure visitors during the tourist season and they are capable of and willing to take it to the next level.’

‘They are already hosting good numbers of leisure visitors during the tourist season and they are capable of and willing to take it to the next level.’

Development of the Matavai Convention Centre has been co-funded by the New Zealand Government and the Government of Niue. The project was undertaken by New Zealand companies Cequent Project Management, Arrow Construction and Jasmax

The project was undertaken by New Zealand companies Cequent Project Management, Arrow Construction and Jasmax architects. 

Meanwhile, Scenic Matavai Resort, already Niue’s largest resort, has also just opened 12 new deluxe clifftop rooms, bringing the total number of rooms and apartments to 56. 

Yesterday’s official opening was a high-level island affair; as well as the Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Gerry Brownlee, and representatives from all New Zealand political parties were in attendance.

- Kathy Ombler

ProMag Publishing