Monday, October 23, 2017
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Accommodation

The George named in top ten Readers Choice Awards

The George, one of New Zealand’s most treasured boutique hotels and the only hotel in Christchurch with a one to one staff to guest ratio has been named in the top ten hotels in Australia and New Zealand by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine.

Crowne Plaza: Opening exceeds expectations

Crowne Plaza Christchurch has exceeded opening budgets for rooms, food and beverage and conferencing.

ComCom prepared to investigate Accor’s $1.3bn Mantra acquisition

The Commerce Commission could investigate French giant AccorHotel's proposed A$1.2bn (NZ$1.3bn) takeover of Australia's Mantra Group if the deal substantially reduces competition in the New Zealand hotel operator market.

Tainui plans 40 room expansion for Hamilton Novotel

The Novotel Tainui Hamilton hotel will undergo a 40-room expansion next year to serve the hotel’s growing customer base in the quality accommodation market.

Guest nights drop as domestic North Island stays fall

National guest nights dropped slightly in August driven by a fall in North Island stays by domestic travellers.

Crowne Plaza wins silver in national design awards

The design team behind the stunning new Crowne Plaza Christchurch has won a silver award in a national competition.

Accor in $1.3bn bid to create Australasia’s largest hotel group

Europe's largest hotel group, Accor, has made a US$930m (NZ$1.3bn) bid for Australia's Mantra Group, which could see a number of New Zealand assets change hands.

B&B Association NZ unveils new look

PRESS RELEASE: Bed & Breakfast Association NZ The biggest difference between bed and breakfast and other accommodation sectors is that Association bed and breakfast members are hosted accommodation. President, Rayma Jenkins, says “our members are the most important...

Supreme Court backs investors in dispute over $10m deposits

Investors in a failed Queenstown hotel and apartment development have won back $10m worth of deposits following a long-running dispute that has ended in the Supreme Court.

IHG appoints NZ sales and marketing director

IHG New Zealand has welcomed internationally-experienced Kelly Eichholtz to the position of Area Director of Sales and Marketing New Zealand.

Heritage Collection Lake Resort appoints GM

Jennifer Harper has been appointed the new general manager of the Heritage Collection Lake Resort, Cromwell.

Wellington welcomes back Sofitel

To both locals’ and travellers’ delight, Wellington’s decadent Sofitel will reopen its doors in October, following a temporary hiatus. 

“David and Goliath” battle to save Coromandel icon

Campaigners are desperately trying to rally support to prevent the closure of the iconic Opoutere Youth Hostel near Whangamata.

Luxury renovation revealed for Queenstown hospitality icon

The property unveiled its new-look rooms and suites, along with upgrades to public areas this week to coincide with the start of the resort’s vibrant summer season.

Research: NZ hotel rates cheap, could rise further

New Zealand hotel room rates are cheaper than comparable international destinations and could justifiably increase further, according to a Lincoln University study. 

The Rees Hotel asked 5000 guests what they wanted most – here’s what they...

Free wi-fi access to the internet is the number one amenity sought by hotel guests, according to survey conducted by The Rees Hotel Queenstown.

Hotel Grand Chancellor appoints sales & marketing director

Sarah Croskery has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing (DOSM) for the James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor and Hotel Grand Chancellor Auckland City.

Carrington Estate rises out to stand independent and proud

Karikari Peninsula, Northland September 1st, 2017 marked an exciting day for Carrington Estate as they became independent of the Peppers Brand.

The Rees Hotel Queenstown scoops the pool

The Rees Hotel Queenstown was joint winner of ‘Best NZ Hotel’ and 'Best Hotel Chef' in Friday night's prestigious 2017 HM Awards for Accommodation and Hotel Excellence held in Sydney.

Stay in style at The Heads Omapere, a new luxury offering

Guests at Omapere’s favourite seaside resort can enjoy a lap of luxury this summer with the launch of The Heads.

Art hotel, gallery proposed for $73m Waikato theatre

A lifestyle art hotel and a public gallery have been proposed as part of the $73m, 1,100-seat Waikato Regional Theatre development in Hamilton.

Ruapehu accommodation providers benefit from tourism growth

Ruapehu accommodation providers have had a good year according to the latest guest night statistics from the Commercial Accommodation Monitor.

Colliers: Tourism drives unprecedented NZ hotel boom

New Zealand’s ongoing tourism boom has led to the highest levels of hotel development activity on record, according to Colliers International.

Hapuku Lodge, Pullman, Edgewater among hospo awards finalists

Hapuku Lodge + Tree Houses, Pullman Auckland and Wanaka's Edgewater are among the 54 finalists announced for the 2017 Hospitality New Zealand Awards for Excellence. 

Big Auckland CBD site has hotel development potential

Hotel developers are being targeted in the sale of a substantial Auckland CBD corner site. 

Kiwi Holiday Parks rebrands to reflect “evolution”

Kiwi Holiday Parks is getting a new name to reflect the evolution of their parks and the wider range of accommodation types on offer.

New freedom camping bylaw to be developed

Auckland Council is to develop a new region-wide bylaw to manage the demands caused by the growth of freedom camping across Auckland.

Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort wins big

Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort has walked away with two major awards including the top award at the ServiceIQ Great Lake Taupo Business Awards 2017.

Holiday parks biggest beneficiaries as June guest nights jump

New Zealand national guest nights rose by 6.7% to 2.3m in June compared to the same month last year, boosted by visitors in New Zealand for the Lions rugby tour.

Remarkables Park launches worker accommodation for up to 600

Remarkables Park Ltd and investment company New Ground Capital have announced a new housing project which will help address a number of Queenstown’s most pressing issues.

Auckland, Wellington get Lions’ share of accommodation

The effect of the Lions tour on accommodation was most obvious in the Auckland and Wellington regions.

An Operator’s View: The Rees’ Mark Rose

Mark Rose, general manager of The Rees Hotel and Luxury Apartments, calls for better staff pay for industry workers, why more effort should be made to promote our 'New Zealandness', and why he's pushing the expansion of the hotel out if its Queenstown base.

Camp Estate at Larnach Castle awarded 5 Star, Qualmark Gold

Camp Estate Country House, the luxury accommodation option offered by Larnach Castle Ltd has been the first property in Dunedin to have been awarded the 5 Star – and a Gold Sustainable Tourism Business Criteria.

Hotel, motel consents surge 216% to $490m

The value of consents for hotels, motels, and other short-term accommodation shot up to $490m in the yer to June.

CPG Hotels to manage first two MGallery by Sofitel hotels

CPG Hotels has entered into franchise agreements with AccorHotels for its refurbished Hotel Grand Windsor on Queen Street and its new Eden Crescent Hotel.

Hostel group establishes niche in backpacker industry

With over 150 hostels throughout the country and backpackers currently making up 11% of all holiday visitors into NZ and growing - the hostel market is going from strength to strength.

Wednesday Letter: A taxing question for hotels

The Ticker‘s Bridget O’Connell attends the NZ Hotel Industry Conference and asks if a possible legal fight against Auckland's accommodation targeted rate is going to run smack into tourism industry recommendations for a national bed tax.

Project Palace swells to seven cities

Project Palace is to be expanded to take in seven capacity-constrained cities with the addition of Taupo and Dunedin.

Record numbers for 2017 NZ Hotel Industry Conference

A record 360 delegates are set to attend the 2017 New Zealand Hotel Industry Conference in Auckland today.

Kiwis struggle to leave work at the office

New research commissioned by Choice Hotels Asia-Pacific, one of New Zealand’s largest hotel franchise groups, has revealed Kiwis are failing at the ‘life’ component of work/life balance.

Langham wins sustainability award

Auckland’s Langham Hotel has become he first company in NZ to be awarded a prestigious EarthCheck platinum certification for its sustainability efforts.

Two international wine awards for The Rees

The Rees Hotel Queenstown has yet again scooped up two major international wine awards for its True South Wine List Dining Room.

Third Ramada Suites for Auckland

Wyndham Hotel Group has announced its third Ramada Suites in Auckland – Ramada Suites Victoria Street West, Auckland

Established ‘holiday highway’ motel for sale

A busy motel on the main route between Blenheim and Christchurch has been placed on the market for sale.

Alexandra Park rolls out the red carpet

Alexandra Park will again be a popular choice for Lions fans as an official pop-up campervan site for the third All Blacks vs The British & Irish Lions Test.

New venues will add to Capital vibrancy

In a week when visitors to Wellington were painting the town red, the city’s hoteliers threw their support behind plans to attract more travellers to the Capital.

Crowne Plaza makes its return to Christchurch

Crowne Plaza Christchurch is returning to the city – a new, contemporary space for visitors and locals to connect with a revitalised city centre.

NZ Hotel Industry Awards – 33 finalists named

The finalists in the New Zealand Hotel Industry Awards have been revealed and five regions dominate the line-up – Auckland, Rotorua, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown.

Major refurb for Auckland Airport Holiday Inn

Holiday Inn Auckland Airport today announced a full refurbishment of all public spaces, starting next month.

An Operator’s View: Haka Tourism Group’s Ryan Sanders

In the week his Haka Tourism Group celebrates its 10th birthday, founder Ryan Sanders tells us about the group's move upmarket, building a brand around New Zealand as a tourist destination and his expansion plans for the next decade.

Lions lift for holiday park jobs

Expectations of a roaring trade during the Lions Tour have contributed to more jobs in holiday parks this winter, Holiday Parks New Zealand (HAPNZ) says.

Haka Tours goes premium with Haka Black

Ryan Sanders’ Haka Tours is moving upmarket with the launch of a new Black Label premium product.

“Desperate need” for new Queenstown accommodation

Queenstown is in desperate need of new visitor accommodation and the response to date is well short of demand, according to Colliers International.

April Easter boosts holiday parks

April Easter helped boost guest nights for the month with holiday parks the biggest beneficiaries.  

Government to buy Marlborough motel

The Government plans to buy a 17-unit motel near Blenheim and convert it to emergency housing.

Community’s views to be sought on freedom camping

The Dunedin City Council will seek the community’s views on issues related to freedom camping.

Luxury lodge comes to market

The luxury Lake Karapiro Lodge and hospitality venue in Waikato is for sale.

IHG NZ strikes gold at World Travel Awards

Two InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) New Zealand properties have struck gold at the prestigious World Travel Awards.

Choice Hotels’ launches new domestic marketing campaign

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWMcv7eEeZY PRESS RELEASE: Choice Hotels Asia-Pac Choice Hotels Asia-Pac, one of New Zealand’s largest hotel franchise groups, has today launched its new marketing campaign, ‘Need A Break’, aimed at inspiring everyday Kiwis to head out and explore...

The Nation: Auckland Mayor Phil Goff

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff talks to Lisa Owen on The Nation about the prospect of facing a legal challenge to his targeted accommodation rate.

Targeted accommodation rate will backfire on Auckland

Waikato-Tainui warns that Auckland Council’s rate increase targeting commercial accommodation operators will put new hotel developments and jobs at risk.

An Operator’s View: Crowne Plaza Queenstown’s Anna Edie

Crowne Plaza Queenstown’s General Manager Anna Edie on adapting to her first general manager role in New Zealand, hiring great talent and operating with a point of difference.

Legal threat looms as Auckland moves to adopt targeted rate

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff says the accommodation targeted rate will ease overall rates burden for residents. Credit: Radio New Zealand The hotel industry is considering a legal challenge after Auckland Council's finance committee voted 11-8...

Celebrating life, diversity and the city’s urban rebirth

Following an extensive $22 million refurbishment, AccorHotels New Zealand are delighted to announce the rebranding of Mercure Auckland to Grand Mercure Auckland.

Metro sells iconic Ohtel to Village Accommodation Group

Village Accommodation Group continues its growth with the acquisition of the unique and boutique Ohtel on Oriental Parade.

Eichardt’s Private Hotel in symphony with budding violinists

Queenstown’s Imperium Collection of luxury hotels is set to enter the winter months on a high note.

TIA: Auckland accommodation targeted rate “illegal”

Auckland mayor Phil Goff’s proposed accommodation targeted rate surcharge has been declared “illegal” by the Tourism Industry Aotearoa.

Net zero energy camp manager appointed

Peter Kerr has been appointed Manager of Camp Glenorchy, a new residential tourist destination for meetings and retreats, school trips, family celebrations, and friends who share a love of the great outdoors.

Colliers: Regional demand drives record hotel deals

Demand for regional hotels is helping drive a record number of hotel sales in New Zealand's main tourism markets.

Replacing the targeted rate

The Auckland Mayor’s office is offering to replace the controversial targeted rate on commercial accommodation providers, but wants the sector to wear the substantial cost for a year.

An Operator’s View: The Timber Trail Lodge’s Bruce Maunsell

Timber Trail Lodge director Bruce Maunsell on its first five weeks of operation, the repercussions of the Tourism Growth Partnership being scrapped and the pressing infrastructure needs in the King Country and beyond.

Alexandra the great new option for Lions campervanners

Auckland’s ability to host an army of camper van-driving British and Irish Lions rugby fans at temporary campgrounds next month has just been boosted with at least 200 new sites now available at the region’s famed trotting venue Alexandra Park.

Snedden slams hoteliers for price gouging

Martin Snedden has criticised Auckland hoteliers for engaging in price gouging during the World Masters Games risking the ire of councillors preparing to vote on targeted rates.

Revised targeted rate proposal comes under fire

Auckland mayor Phil Goff's revised targeted rate proposal has come under fire as "even more unfair" and an "illogical mess" by industry leaders. The mayor's new proposal, announced without industry consultation, sees different rates applied to different...

IHG Winter Campaign: Escape to your favourite destinations

It’s time to change the season, change the story, and hotels in New Zealand’s favourite destinations are celebrating with a special reward on a winter escape.

B&B NZ elects new President

Bed & Breakfast Association New Zealand has elected a new President, Rayma Jenkins.

Queenstown, Auckland lead Q1 hotel performance

Hotels in tourism gateways Queenstown and Auckland turned in a strong performance in the first quarter despite occupancy plateauing. In the year to March, Queenstown saw occupancy of 90% at an average daily rate (ADR)...

Bright future for South Brighton Motor Camp

The Christchurch City Council has signed an 11-year land lease agreement, securing a bright future for the earthquake-damaged South Brighton Motor Camp.

Wyndham introduces Ramada Encore brand to NZ

Wyndham Hotel Group today announced the introduction of a new brand – Ramada ENCORE – to New Zealand, reflecting the hospitality giant’s intent to broaden its portfolio in the country.

B&B Conference: “Rolls-Royce” service not feasible without change

The New Zealand tourism industry is trying to run a Rolls-Royce service on a Baby Austin carriage, according to Lincoln University’s Professor David Simmons. Speaking at the B&B Association’s annual conference in Wanaka, the Professor...

An Operator’s View: NZ Fine Touring Group’s David Kettle

NZ Fine Touring Group co-founder David Kettle on the Wanaka-based company's expansion plans, preparing to enter a new market segment, and why the inbounder is considering entering the hotel sector.

Banks: Capacity constraints putting tourism growth at risk

Short-term visitor arrivals were flat in March compared to the same month last year marking the first period since 2014 when a new monthly record was not set.

New chef to showcase local Christchurch produce

The new Crowne Plaza Christchurch is promising to showcase the best fresh local produce the city and region have to offer in its brand-new café, bar and restaurant.

Tourism catalyst for $40m Invercargill hotel scheme

A booming tourism market is the catalyst for a new $40m hotel in Invercargill.

Inbounders must move with the times – adapt, innovate, invest

Tourism Industry Aotearoa's chief executive, Chris Roberts, calls on the inbound and hotel sectors to work together to optimise tourism opportunities.

Fragmentation drives 3-way split at TOP 10 Holiday Parks

A fragmenting tourist market and increased complexity has driven a three-way branding split of TOP 10 Holiday Parks.

Whanganui February tourism numbers buck the trend

Whanganui’s number of guest nights for February 2016 increased by 16.7% compared to the previous year – an increase of 3,000 people and likely to be the result of hosting the NZ Masters Games.

Crowne Plaza Christchurch launches event and conference spaces

The new Crowne Plaza Christchurch is setting itself up for business success with the launch of four modern and versatile event and conferencing spaces.

Mixed reaction to major hotel schemes

Proposals for major hotel developments have met a mixed response as resource consents were lodged for two major schemes in Dunedin and Auckland. In Dunedin, a $75m proposal to build the city’s first five-star hotel...

Targeted accommodation rate compromise – still flawed

Talk of a compromise targeted accommodation rate that excludes camping grounds, backpackers and motels on the fringe of the city is underway at Council but not in a way that includes the tourism industry and business and may result in a response that is flawed and potentially illegal.

NZ hotels voted “most-loved” by guests around the world

Twenty-two New Zealand hotels have been revealed as the country’s ultimate hotel hotspots.

Holiday parks plough $1bn into economy

Total annual spend by holiday park visitors has broken through the $1bn mark despite a drop in daily expenditure. Visitors staying at New Zealand holiday parks contributed a total of $1.07bn annually, split between $490m...

Colliers: NZ hotel deals top $500m

The New Zealand hotel market has seen its most buoyant period of activity in a decade with over $500m of hotel assets changing hands in past two years.

Auckland next for HIE following $60m NZ debut in Queenstown

Holiday Inn Express is expanding to Auckland following its New Zealand debut with a $60m Queenstown development.

CINZ opposes Auckland accommodation targeted rate proposal

Conventions and Incentives New Zealand is adding its voice in opposition to Auckland’s proposed targeted rate hike for commercial accommodation providers.

Is Auckland’s proposed targeted rate losing council support?

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff's proposed targeted accommodation rate is losing council support.

“Disaster, unfair, unaffordable” – submissions slam targeted rate

Auckland’s “poorly designed” targeted rate has been slammed as a “disaster” with “massive unintended consequences” in a raft of industry submissions.

Auckland Council needs to accept facts

Auckland Council’s proposed $28 million targeted rate on commercial accommodation would have massive unintended consequences for the city and must be dropped.

ITOs, suppliers losing business due to shortages, high prices

New Zealand is losing 20% of new business due to lack of hotel accommodation and high room prices, says the Tourism Export Council .

Four Points by Sheraton to debut in Auckland

The 255-room hotel will be located in the heart of the city at 396 Queen Street, Auckland's main retail and dining strip.
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