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Chan Laiwa break ground on the site of the Park Hyatt Auckland
NEW PARK HYATT
Construction of a NZD$200 million five-star hotel
at a landmark site in downtown Auckland will soon
commence, with New Zealand's Prime Minister
John Key turning the first sod in early March.
Key was joined onsite by Beijing-based property
developers Fu Wah International Group, whose
NZD$200 million investment in the project
represents one of the largest foreign investments
in New Zealand tourism infrastructure.
The day started with a dawn blessing, where
local Maori blessed the sod and then placed it
into a waka huia which was then presented to
Madam Chan Laiwa, Fu Wah founder and this was
followed by a traditional Chinese blessing.
Fu Wah won development rights for the hotel
after a global investor search process in 2013 led
by the landowner, Council organisation Panuku
Panuku Development Auckland CEO John
Dalzell says Fu Wah stood out as a development
partner with its commitment to a long-term
sustainable investment proposal, respect for the
history of the site and its significance to Aucklanders.
"For many years this signature site has been
known as the home of our America's Cup sailing
team, Emirates Team New Zealand, but being
blessed with some of the best views of the
Waitemata Harbour and Auckland City it was
always destined for so much more," he said.
"We're delighted with the standard of building
Fu Wah and its design team have come up with,
and the respect shown to the retention of public
waterfront access as part of the project."
The ceremony was attended by the Chinese
Ambassador, Hon Wang Lutong and Consul
General, Madam Xu Erwen, Mayor Len Brown,
Lim Wong, Fu Wah Board Director and
Overseas Investment General Manager and
Hyatt Group President Asia Pacific, David Udell.
Wong says a further $2.5 million will be spent by
Fu Wah to go towards a public promenade, walkway
and art display in the area surrounding the hotel.
"It is important that the building is able to be
enjoyed by the public as well as creating a public
space for everyone to enjoy."
The 195-room hotel -- to be managed by Hyatt --
will complement Wynyard Quarter's award-winning
buildings and public spaces and deliver significant
economic benefits for the CBD and wider region.
Hyatt's Group President, David Udell, said it was
important to select the right brand to introduce to
the new destination.
"Park Hyatt Auckland will be a landmark hotel,
delivering a new level of luxury and sophistication
to our guests," he said. "These elements are
increasingly being sought by a growing number
of discerning and a uent business and leisure
travellers visiting this beautiful harbour city."
This will be the first Park Hyatt hotel in
New Zealand, and one of only 37 worldwide.
Fu Wah also recently acquired the Park
"The growing inbound tourist sector together
with New Zealand's reputation of being one of
the best places in the world to do business made
Auckland the ideal location for our newest Park
Hyatt," Udell said.
Park Hyatt Auckland will be a joint venture
between Chinese and New Zealand based
construction companies, with details of the
partnership to be announced this month (April).
New Zealand-based Fu Wah General
Manager, Richard Aitken, said the hotel is
expected to be a drawcard for local and
international tourists, as well as Aucklanders.
"The hotel will complement the other
restaurants in the area and reflect the diversity of
both local and international visitors," Aitken said.
Fu Wah's investment in New Zealand comes as the
company looks to expand its growth outside China.
Quest starts building two more hotels in Perth
Quest Apartment Hotels has commenced
construction on two greenfield developments
in Perth, totalling AUD$50 million -- Quest
Innaloo at 222 Stirling Cross, Innaloo and Quest
Midland at 3 The Crescent, Midland.
Quest Apartment Hotels CEO, Zed
Sanjana, said he was thrilled to announce the
new developments, rea rming the leading
accommodation operator's confidence in
"WA is experiencing a huge second wave of
tourism, as the focus shifts away from the mining
sector," he said. "As highlighted by Deloitte's
latest half-yearly Tourism and Hotel Market
Outlook, surging tourist numbers are requiring
all major centres to up their accommodation
o ering, with Perth at the forefront.
"We are confident in the prospects for
Tourism WA in continuing to position Perth
as a tourist destination, especially in the
context of its proximity to the rest of the
world, and in particular the Asian market.
"The market has responded strongly to
Quest's accommodation o ering, after su ering
a significant lack of good quality accommodation
supply with the majority of products on o er
being very dated.
"Our brand new properties are significantly
raising the bar for premium quality
accommodation across the state.
"We are thrilled to o cially announce the
development of two new properties in Perth --
Quest Innaloo and Quest Midland -- taking our
total footprint in the capital to 14 properties.
"We are committed to building our presence
in this state, proving our confidence in its future
prosperity," Sanjana said.
An artist's impression of Park Hyatt Auckland
Pictured at the site of Quest Innaloo: James
Shields, Cr Giovanni Italiano and Adrian Fini
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