CDC has changed it’s name to ChristchurchNZ

ChristchurchNZ as a new entity brings together Canterbury Development Corporation (CDC), Christchurch & Canterbury Tourism (CCT) and the Convention Bureau, International Education, and the Christchurch City Council’s Major Events and City Promotion teams as of the 1st July 2017. You will notice shortly after this time new branding and website content aligned to ChristchurchNZ.
What does this new entity mean for you?

The great message for you as a CDC supported business, is that your business service team and client manager will continue to provide the support you’ve come to know and appreciate from CDC. As the new entity evolves, ChristchurchNZ will continue to develop its service offering for the benefit of its existing client base and networks and look to expand its support for businesses within the tourism industry.

Why is this happening?

Christchurch NZ will be working to optimise the economic opportunities that tourism, major events, city promotion and economic development can bring to Christchurch and Canterbury. This will be achieved by providing leadership on issues of economic development, visitor attraction and city promotion. It will ensure the business environment supports successful and sustainable enterprise and encourages creativity and innovation, develop a strong positive city profile and promoting the city to residents, national and international audiences, and attract visitors, migrants, students, new business and investment through integrated marketing, major events and conferences.
In summary, we continue to be committed to working with businesses and industry partners to increase the prosperity and economic success of Christchurch.

Where will ChristchurchNZ be located?

ChristchurchNZ will be located in the heart of the city in the new BNZ Centre, Cashel Mall (not far from where CDC is currently located).

Who will lead ChristchurchNZ?

The recruitment process for the role of ChristchurchNZ’s chief executive is underway.
CDC chief executive Tom Hooper, who has been leading the planning and organisation of the transition to ChristchurchNZ has advised he does not wish to be considered for the long term role of heading up the new organisation. He has agreed to stay on in the role of transitional chief executive and will lead ChristchurchNZ from 1 July until handover to the new chief executive later in the year. CCT’s current interim chief executive, Vic Allen, has completed his role and is handing over at the end of June.
Should you have any questions at any stage during this transition period, please feel free to contact your CDC representative directly.

Sam Bailey
Business Growth Manager
Canterbury Development Manager