Hi ho, hi ho, it's off to con we go...
Once upon a time, the Icon committee decided to run a convention
in Wellington. After listening to potential attendees’ views
on what they wanted from the venue, we set about finding ones
fitting the bill.
We tried one posh hotel which seemed happy to host us with
great accommodation and venue hire rates but then they decided
the con would not “provide [the hotel] sufficient yield”.
We started to look for another hotel. Unfortunately there
aren’t too many hotels in Wellington which fit the requirements
our conventions have so our choices were limited. We thought
about separating the venue and the accommodation, but that
proved far too expensive—particularly since we knew people
want to attend conventions as cheaply as possible.
We were really impressed with another hotel. Great number
of rooms and accommodation rates were well priced. The only
sticking point was the venue hire price. They wouldn’t budge
from a number that was twice our hotel budget! We know there
is a limit to how much fans will pay for a convention fee,
so we started to look for another hotel.
With our limited choices we made the only decision available—to
go for a hotel which meets our requirements. It is relatively
cheap (therefore making accommodation prices for you as good
as we can get) and is centrally located. We have also been
to this hotel before so are aware of its potentials in terms
of programming space.
We felt it was important to indicate that we had tried other
options, but had decided on West Plaza Hotel because it meets
the requirements as both a convention venue and an accommodation
Lynelle, Convention Chair