Home' Hotel Management : HM AUGUST 2016 Contents Queenstown's Remarkables Park has revealed the next new hotel for its
growing master planned development will be branded as a Wyndham.
Work on the multi-million dollar hotel, another addition to the Wyndham
portfolio in New Zealand, is expected to start in March 2017 with opening
scheduled for early to mid-2018.
The property is Queenstown's second new hotel in five years and will be
located on Market Street to the south of the new Ramada Hotel and Suites
Remarkables Park, which opened in the first weeks of June 2016.
Currently in the early stages of design, the new Wyndham hotel will comprise
81 serviced hotel apartments with 98 beds and nine ground floor retail units.
Both the new Wyndham property at Remarkables Park and the Ramada
Hotel and Suites are being developed by experienced developer Robert Neil's
Safari Group will also develop 55 residential apartments -- a combination of
one bedroom, two bedroom and two bedroom with study units -- in a separate
building immediately adjacent to the new hotel.
Total project value for the development, including the hotel, residential and
retail units, is estimated at NZD$58 million.
Remarkables Park Limited CEO, Alastair Porter, said news of the next hotel
within the master planned development was indicative of where hotel growth
would be strongest in New Zealand's most popular visitor resort.
Plans for a future scenic gondola and future Queenstown Convention
Centre were important further elements of the Remarkables Park master plan.
"We're all acutely aware of the current shortage of visitor accommodation
in Queenstown at peak times in particular, and both hotels will help address
that need," he said. "Remarkables Park is the largest greenfield site zoned
for hotels in the region, so it's long been envisaged by Council and by
Remarkables Park Limited's development company that a lot of tourism
growth would be centred at Remarkables Park."
According to independent research released recently by New Zealand
Trade and Enterprise 26 additional hotels, above and beyond what
is currently planned, will be needed over the next ten years to meet
expected tourism demand in New Zealand's major tourist centres, of which
Queenstown is one.
"The new hotel is great news for the immediate future, and it won't stop
here. We're still deep in talks with other hotel brands keen to potentially bring
more mid-range and high-end properties to the resort," Porter said.
Safari Group is one of the largest and most successful mid-size hotel
developers in New Zealand and the new Remarkables Park hotel will be the
Group's 12th guest accommodation property since 2004.
Safari Group Director, Robert Neil, said the decision to move forward with
the Wyndham property at Remarkables Park on the eve of the Ramada hotel
opening had been an "easy" one to make.
"You know you've got a winning formula of easy to develop sunny
sites complemented by stunning views and e cient access to everything
Queenstown has to o er when the Ramada suites sold so quickly," he said.
"Demand is still extremely high and Queenstown's continued tourism
growth as well as solid commercial investment and development outside of the
hotel industry are all great indicators that it's not slowing down any time soon."
Sofitel rebrands Sheraton Noosa
AccorHotels has signed a management
agreement with owners of Noosa Pacific
Hotel Pty Ltd, to take over operations of the
Sheraton Noosa Resort and Spa and rebrand
the property under its luxury Sofitel Hotels
and Resorts brand.
The 176-suite resort o cially changed to
Accor on Monday June 13 and is now known
as Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort.
Noosa Pacific Hotel Ltd. undertook an
extensive, multi-million dollar renovation in
2013, which reinforced the hotel's position
as one of Australia's leading leisure and
Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort is the first Sofitel resort in Australia
and complements the existing Sofitel luxury hotels located in Sydney,
Melbourne, Gold Coast and Brisbane, as well as the new-build Sofitel
Sydney Darling Harbour and Sofitel Adelaide expected to open in 2017
and 2018 respectively.
AccorHotels Chief Operating Officer -- Pacific, Simon McGrath,
said: "The signing of Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort is a strategic addition
to our luxury portfolio, with Noosa a prized international and domestic
"The resort has been a fixture of Noosa's tourism scene for many years
and the combination of its prime location and new Sofitel branding will see
it attract even greater numbers from both a
leisure and conference business perspective.
"We are confident the resort will benefit
from the strong presence of the Sofitel brand
in many of Australia's feeder destinations,
including Auckland, Bangkok, Beijing,
Macau, Mumbai, Singapore, Shanghai,
London and Paris," he said.
Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort will be the
second hotel that AccorHotels manages
for the owners, joining Novotel Sydney
Resort co-owner, speaking on behalf of
the Karedis/Laundy Group, Greg Karedis,
said: "We are delighted to partner with AccorHotels on our 'Pacific vision'.
We now have two highly successful hotels on two of Australia's most
renowned beaches -- Manly and Noosa -- and we look forward to Sofitel
building on the Noosa hotel's already enviable reputation in the market.
"As hotel owners we are committed to Noosa as one of Australia's leading
tourism destinations and we look forward to taking the hotel to the next level
under the Sofitel banner.
"The Sofitel brand will facilitate our vision to establish Australia's most
iconic hotel resort in the most premier north facing beach on the East Coast,
and it is our intention to invest in further enhancements for the property in
the near future," Karedis said.
The view from Queenstown's Remarkables Park
The 'new' Sofitel Noosa
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