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New GM takes the helm at the Pullman Auckland

Veronique Delattre has taken the helm of the Pullman Auckland as the hotel’s new general manager.

NZ’s first Wyndham Garden hotel opens in Queenstown

Wyndham Garden Remarkables Park, Queenstown brings Wyndham Hotel Group’s NZ portfolio to nine hotels.

Peppers on the Point hires new lodge manager

Peppers on the Point - Lake Rotorua are pleased to announce the appointment of Ann Gregor – Greene to the role of Lodge Manager.

Hotel conference focusing on regional growth

How to better share the benefits of New Zealand’s tourism boom with the regions will be a big focus of this year’s New Zealand Hotel Industry Conference.

Stats NZ: Feb international guest nights beat domestic for first time in 8 years

Southern regions drove international guests nights over the top of domestic in February for the first time in eight years.

178-unit Waldorf Stadium Apartment Hotel up for sale

The Waldorf Stadium Apartment Hotel in the heart of Auckland CBD is on the market for sale through Colliers International Hotels and CBRE Hotels.

Hotel Industry Awards 2018 open for entries

The hotel sector is gearing up for a big July, with the annual New Zealand Hotel Industry Conference on in Auckland 4-5 July, culminating with a gala Awards dinner.

TIA: Extended Auckland accommodation rate still unfair

The new version of the targeted rate on accommodation providers proposed in the Auckland Council’s draft Long-Term Plan is still inefficient and ill-conceived, says TIA.

Senior appointment marks new direction for Scenic

Following an international search, Scenic Hotel Group has appointed Bharath Satyavolu to the newly created position of Group Director of Commercial.

Submissions urged before online accommodation providers hit by targeted rate

Bookabach is urging its users to make submissions on the Auckland Council's plans to implement a targeted rate on non-commercial accommodation providers.

Scenic rolls out major refurb programme

New Zealand’s Scenic Hotel Group has embarked on a further refurbishment programme of four of its key hotels.

Hotel manager for in-development Sudima appointed

Sudima Hotels and Resorts has appointed Maree Welgus as Hotel Manager for the in-development Sudima Christchurch City.

Dunedin sets sights on Airbnb with new rates increase proposal

Dunedin residents who let out their homes on platforms like Airbnb and BookaBach could be slapped with a rates increase of up to 145%.

Stats NZ: Airbnb data capture proving difficult

Stats NZ says there is no clear path to collecting data from the country's growing non-commercial accommodation providers such as Airbnb despite increasing calls for insight into the subsector.

The Brainerds behind Camp Glenorchy’s vision of sustainable tourism

The Ticker's Bridget O'Connell went along to the opening of Camp Glenorchy yesterday and met the American couple behind the innovative eco-friendly accommodation.on. 

Hotels, holiday parks lead Jan growth as guest nights near 5m

Hotels and holiday parks reported the biggest growth in January as guest nights in short term accommodation across the country reached a record 4.97 million, up 1.4% on the same month last year.

$1.3bn takeover to create Australasia’s largest hotel group gets go ahead

French giant AccorHotels’ proposed A$1.2bn (NZ$1.3bn) takeover of Australia’s Mantra Group looks set to go ahead creating a 50,000 room behemoth in the Asia Pacific room.

Stats NZ: Hospitality, accommodation card spending flat

Spending was subdued across most of the six retail industries including hospitality.

Deluge traps guests at Blue Duck Lodge

Around 120 people are needing to spend the night at the Blue Duck Lodge, Whakahoro, on the Retaruke River following last night’s heavy rain.

Paymark: Tourists help drive spending growth over summer

International visitor spending growth over summer helped boost the coffers of New Zealand's tourism industry with the accommodation, retail, activities and transport sectors all benefiting.    

Airbnb NZ guests, listings surge

Airbnb guest numbers in New Zealand surged to 1.46 million in 2017, up 112% on 2016, while the number of listings jumped 61% to 37,600.

Hotel occupancy lifts 2% but ADR, RevPAR both jump 11% in 2017

Hotel occupancy rates across New Zealand rose by 2% last year but average daily rates and revenue per available room both jumped 11% during the same period.

Edgewater appoints new GM

Edgewater resort at Lake Wanaka has promoted its financial controller, Jon Brown, to the position of general manager.

M&C boosts RevPAR, reports hotel income up 12% to $106m

Millennium & Copthorne Hotels said revenue per available room at its NZ assets grew by 8.2% in 2017, helping to drive hotel income up by 11.6% to $105.6m for the year to December.

Hotel industry to initiate targeted rate judicial review

The hotel industry is hitting back at the introduction of Auckland council's controversial accommodation targeted rate by initiating a judicial review.

Digital hotel opens for business

The evening of Thursday 8 February will see Dunedin’s heritage listed Penthouse on Stafford street, staging the launch of the world’s first completely digital hotel.

Abel Tasman Lodge scoops multiple Trip Advisor awards

Family-owned Abel Tasman Lodge scoops multiple top 5 rankings in Trip Advisor 2018 Travellers’ Choice Awards

M&C buys New Plymouth’s The Waterfront Hotel

Millennium & Copthorne Hotels has bought New Plymouth's The Waterfront Hotel.

‘Highest hotel in New Zealand’ offered for sale

One of New Zealand's most iconic alpine resorts is being offered for sale through Colliers International.

Wyndham to build $25m Ramada Suites

Hospitality giant Wyndham Hotel Group and New Zealand developer Safari Group have announced plans to open an 85-room Ramada Suites in Manukau

Intercontinental, Weta launch new partnership

InterContinental Wellington and Weta Studio Tours are excited to launch an exciting partnership.

Ski, sun and school holidays boost guest nights

School holidays, good weather and a longer ski season saw total guest nights from across New Zealand rise to 3.15 million in October, up 4.8% on the same month last year.

All abuzz with bees for The Rees

Neighbours within a 3km radius of award-winning Queenstown property, The Rees Hotel, Luxury Apartments & Lakeside Residences will come eye to eye with its new little community ambassadors this summer.

Haka launches $25m K’Road hotel

Haka Tourism Group launched its Haka Hotel - K'Road product last night to top a notable year for the 10-year-old company.

Aspen Hotel fills newly created role

Aspen Hotel Queenstown has appointed Mario Sandulescu to the newly created role of Executive Assistant Manager.

Heritage Christchurch wins two World Luxury Hotel awards….

Heritage Christchurch has secured two awards in the World Luxury Hotel Awards 2017 which were announced over the weekend at a gala event in Zurich honouring the world’s top luxury properties.

…and so does The Spire Hotel at Queenstown

Luxury Queenstown accommodation quarters, The Spire Hotel, has been named ‘New Zealand’s Best Luxury Romantic Hotel’ and ‘New Zealand’s Best Luxury Small Hotel’ at the 2017 World Luxury Hotel Awards held in Switzerland over the weekend.

Fu Wah: Luxury train a vehicle to invest in NZ tourism

Chinese developer Fu Wah International says its investment in the proposed length-of-New Zealand luxury train service is a strategic move to push into the regions and invest in the country's booming tourism sector.

Airbnb jumps to a fifth of all Christchurch accommodation

The rise of Airbnb’s popularity in Christchurch has seen guest nights in the city bounce back to near pre-earthquake levels.

Sofitel Wellington appoints new GM

Melissa Shaw has joined Sofitel Wellington as General Manager, bringing decades of experience in the luxury accommodation industry.

South Island demand lifts September guest nights

Total New Zealand guest nights rose by 1.4% in September driven by South Island hotels and backpackers while North Island guest nights dipped, said Stats NZ.

QLDC clarifies visitor accommodation rules

Queenstown Lakes District Council unanimously voted to proceed with public notification of revised rules for Residential Visitor Accommodation, at its extraordinary meeting on Wednesday.

Queenstown votes to curb short-term lets

Queenstown Lakes District Council has continued to crack down on residential ratepayers renting out their homes by voting for stricter short-term visitor accommodation rules.

Jet Park Hotel, Snowplanet reign supreme

Jet Park Hotel and Snowplanet both won the supreme prize at the Westpac Auckland Business Awards 2017 for the southern and northern regions respectively.

QLDC: Visitor accommodation rules to be reconsidered

Queenstown Lakes District Council will consider proposed new rules on Residential Visitor Accommodation at an extraordinary meeting today.

New hotel, rooftop park, and upgraded cruise berths planned for Auckland

Ports of Auckland wants to build a new hotel, a rooftop public park and upgrade its cruise berths on its waterfront site, according to a draft 30-year master plan released today.

Agents converge on Sofitel Wellington for La Nuit

More than 50 travel agents and travel industry representatives from around the country will head to Wellington for the premiere of La Nuit by Sofitel - the brand's signature event.

Operators join forces to maximise Rotorua’s visitor experience

Key Rotorua tourism operators have come together to create a first of its kind training and networking event for Rotorua accommodation partners.

Hotel Grand Windsor MGallery by Sofitel launches

The Queen City is about to get a grander Windsor, with innovative, quality dining to match in a setting dear to Auckland’s heritage.

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.
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