Monday, October 23, 2017
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Hotels & Motels

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.

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.

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. 

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.

James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor supports ‘NZ’s Worth Loving’

The James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor is proud to support ‘New Zealand’s Worth Loving’ (NZWL) Wellington Pollution Awareness Mural and Clean-up Day.

Earl Hagaman recognised for outstanding contribution to tourism

Scenic Hotel Group founder, the late Earl Hagaman has been recognised posthumously with the prestigious Crowe Horwath International Sir Jack Newman ‘Outstanding Industry Leader’ Award at the 2017 New Zealand Tourism Awards.

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.

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.

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. 

Paul Gallop appointed GM Four Points by Sheraton Auckland

Marriott International is pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Gallop as General Manager of Four Points by Sheraton Auckland.

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.

CBRE: Strong demand pushes hotels to choking point

Hotel occupancy rates highest in 10 years but flattening as revenue growth slows outside of

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.

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.

Littlewood: Use it or risk losing $102m TIF

The hotel industry has been urged to play their part in accessing the $102m Tourism Infrastructure Fund in what has been framed as a ‘use it or lose it’ situation.

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.

Fast-track options on the table for hotel investment

The government is discussing ways it can speed up investment into the hotel sector according to Tourism Minister Paula Bennett.

Women dominate NZ Hotel Industry Awards

Women have dominated this year’s New Zealand Hotel Industry Awards, winning seven of the 10 individual awards.

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.

The Rees targets Auckland, Christchurch with new luxury offerings

Queenstown’s The Rees Hotel has launched a luxury motor yacht in Auckland and is on the cusp of starting development of a new five-star hotel in Christchurch.

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.

Opening a runaway success for new Crowne Plaza

The opening of the new Crowne Plaza Christchurch last weekend has been deemed a runaway success – as hundreds of visitors and locals poured through the doors.

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

Lions inject $12m into hospo for June

The Lions tour added significantly to spending in June amongst the hospitality and entertainment merchants using the Paymark network.

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.

TIA: Hotel conference explores the future

From collaborative cooking areas to robotic concierges and living hotels that look different every time you visit, the latest in hotel design and service trends will feature at next month’s New Zealand Hotel Industry Conference.  

Government to buy Marlborough motel

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Introducing Grand Mercure Wellington

AccorHotels New Zealand is proud to announce Mercure Wellington’s rebrand to the Grand Mercure Wellington, following a $12 million transformation, elevating the hotel to a flagship property in the region.

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.

New head chef at Crowne Plaza Queenstown

More than a decade of travel and culinary adventures has come full circle with the appointment of Robin Lilley to the position of head chef at Crowne PlazaQueenstown.

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)...

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.

Iconic hotel to undergo multi-million dollar refurb

Wellington’s Amora Hotel will temporarily close its doors on 27 May 2017 to undergo a multi-million dollar refurbishment of all rooms and public areas.

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.

Hotel sector gears up for big July – conference and awards

A valuable contributor to the country’s $35 billion tourism industry, the hotel sector is gearing up for a big July, with the annual New Zealand Hotel Industry Conference on in Auckland 19-20 July, culminating with a gala Awards dinner.

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.

New marketing manager for Brook Serene hotels

Georgina Torrington has been appointed Marketing Manager for the Brook Serene collection of boutique hotels, based at The George in Christchurch.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Rewards on every room as Air NZ and Expedia team up

Air New Zealand is expanding its digital travel retail experience with a new Expedia partnership

Luxury hotel planned for Auckland waterfront

A new 165-bed luxury hotel is planned for the last remaining waterfront site in downtown Auckland.

Hotel occupancy falls across NZ over summer

Hotel occupancy dropped by 2.5% over summer as the average room rate across New Zealand grew by 12.7% to $199.99.

Colliers: Looming hotel crisis and how to avert it

New Zealand is heading for an 'accommodation crunch' that will put its tourism industry at risk - here's how to avert it, says Colliers.

Booming hotel market doesn’t deter record tourist numbers

Our trans-Tasman rivals and international travellers visited Godzone in droves in 2016, despite the fact they had to pay more to stay here.

Auckland’s appalling targeted accommodation rate

The Tourism Industry Association's Chris Roberts questions the fairness of Auckland mayor Phil Goff's proposed targeted accommodation rate, which could see some operators hit with rate increases of 250% or more.

Industry rallies against Auckland’s accommodation targeted rate

A month-long consultation period on Auckland Mayor Phil Goff’s proposal for an accommodation targeted rate opened this week.

Auckland’s accommodation targeted rate won’t help the city

Hotels currently under refurbishment and new hotels are faced with massive cost increases long-term because of mayor Phil Goff’s accommodation targeted rate.

Edie starts GM role at Crowne Plaza

Crowne Plaza Queenstown this week welcomes internationally-experienced hotelier Anna Edie to the position of general manager.

New 5-star hotel to meet growing demand at Auckland Airport

Auckland Airport and Tainui Group Holdings have announced an agreement to develop a new 5-star hotel adjacent to Auckland Airport’s international terminal and the existing 4-star Novotel hotel.

Millennium & Copthorne Hotels NZ reports increased profit to $40.4m

PRESS RELEASE: Millennium & Copthorne Hotels New Zealand Limited Millennium & Copthorne Hotels New Zealand Limited (NZX: MCK) today reported its preliminary results for the year ended 31 December 2016 and announced a profit after...

Wellington chamber welcomes Hilton brand

Wellington’s image will be enhanced by the arrival of a 4½-star Hilton-brand hotel in the centre city, says Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive John Milford.

QT Hotels reveal first international property: QT Museum Wellington

A quirky New Zealand hospitality icon has emerged with a fresh new creative edge under the banner of a leading Australian design hotel collection.

Crowne Plaza Queenstown undergoes $500k refurb

Award-winning hotel Crowne Plaza Queenstown has a fresh new look for guests to enjoy following upgrades to public areas, rooms and conference spaces.

Crowne Plaza Queenstown welcomes new F&B Manager

Premier lakefront hotel, Crowne Plaza Queenstown, has welcomed Catherine Bodnar to the position of Food and Beverage Services Manager.

TripAdvisor: Rotorua hotel best reviewed in NZ

Two Rotorua accommodation providers have taken out their categories in the 2017 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards.

TIA: Auckland visitor levy unfair

A proposed new visitor levy for Auckland unfairly targets accommodation providers and fails to take account of the economic benefits tourism brings.
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