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Christchurch faces 'challenging' wait for new convention centre still years away

Frustrated Christchurch developers are begging for some certainty around the long-awaited convention centre promised by the Government back in 2014.

With no shovel yet to hit the ground locals are finding more and more delay is holding back the city's recovery.

Bruce Garrett, the award winning director of the George Hotel overlooking Hagley Park says while bed numbers are back up at 2000 they're still down from the 3800 on offer pre-earthquake.

"It makes it hard to stack up for a hotel if you're only relying on a few months of the year so you need to be confident there's things happening in the winter, events and conventions is a big driver," he says.

Anthony Gough is one Christchurch developer trying to march on regardless of the lack of action.

He says "it's been really challenging", with his The Terrace development due to open, he hopes, in February next year.

Treasury's latest major projects update now has the convention centre on track for completion at the end of 2018 and operational in May 2019.

Locals are concerned that the delay is holding back other aspects of the city's recovery. Source: 1 NEWS