Home' Hotel Management : HM OCTOBER 2016 Contents New Zealand's Prime Minister, John Key, o cially
opened the new Sofitel Wellington hotel on
August 17, the first luxury hotel to open in the
capital in over 15 years.
Key joined local owners and developers C.P.
Group, Chief Operating O cer AccorHotels
Pacific, Simon McGrath, AccorHotels Senior Vice
President New Zealand, Fiji and French Polynesia,
Chris Sedgwick, and over 70 invited guests from the
travel and tourism industry to mark the occasion.
In a toast to Sofitel's French heritage, the hotel
was o cially opened by a ceremonial 'Sabrage' ritual
whereby a bottle of Champagne was opened with
a single, elegant swipe of a sabre -- a tradition made
famous by Napoleon in the French Revolution.
"Sofitel Wellington is a strategic addition to our
New Zealand hotel network and will play a key
role in further elevating Wellington's international
profile and attractiveness as a key leisure and
business destination," McGrath said.
"We are confident that Sofitel's strong
branding in the luxury market will appeal and
cater to a range of domestic and international
travellers seeking personalised and high-end
hospitality in the capital.
"It's been over a decade since a hotel of this
quality and status has opened in Wellington
and we are delighted that the Prime Minister
could lend his time to o cially launch the hotel,"
The NZD$51 million Sofitel Wellington features
129 luxuriously-appointed rooms and suites in
botanical inspired décor featuring vintage gold
and bronze tones with indulgent rain showers,
complimentary WiFi internet for multiple devices
and Smart TVs with Bluetooth.
The hotel also houses The Green Room
lounge and bar, Jardin Grill restaurant, alfresco
courtyard with fire pit, a So Fit gymnasium and
state of the art technology across three meeting
and event venues.
Sofitel Wellington is the third luxury Sofitel
hotel in New Zealand, joining its award-winning
sister hotels Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour and
Sofitel Queenstown Hotel and Spa.
IHG ADDS HOLIDAY INN HOTELS ACROSS NEW ZEALAND
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is set add its first Holiday Inn hotel in
Queenstown later this year following the conversion of the former Goldridge
Resort, as the company also signed a deal for a new build 120-room Holiday
Inn Express hotel in Christchurch city centre set to open in 2018.
The new hotels will operate under franchise agreements in partnership
with USAR Queenstown Ltd and USAR Christchurch Limited, backed by
well-known New Zealand hoteliers, the Sarin family.
"With international tourism numbers on the rise it was important to partner
with an established global brand," said Raman Sarin, Head of Sarin Investments.
"Both Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express have a huge presence in all
of our key source markets and we are confident of the success of these two
new hotels in Queenstown and Christchurch."
The rebrand of the Goldridge Resort to Holiday Inn Queenstown
will o cially take place in December 2016 following a NZD$3.5million
refurbishment of rooms and public areas. A 50-room extension to the
property is also planned for the near future adding to the hotel's existing 75
rooms. The property overlooks the Frankton Arm inlet of Lake Wakatipu,
with easy access to The Remarkables and Coronet Peak ski fields.
The hotel will join IHG's Crowne Plaza Queenstown to o er two
internationally branded hotels in one of New Zealand's key tourism destinations.
The new Holiday Inn Express Christchurch hotel, set to open late 2018,
will sit conveniently in the Christchurch CBD and a mere 100 metres from
the new convention centre due to open in 2019.
The property will also be within reach of 'The Frame', a large green space
featuring cafes and restaurants, cycle paths, walkways and large landscaped
areas for festivals and events. IHG also has a Crowne Plaza hotel currently
under construction in Christchurch due to open mid-2017.
"There is high demand for hotels in key destinations across New Zealand
-- including both Queenstown and Christchurch -- as the result of a thriving
tourism economy," said Karin Sheppard, COO Australasia and Japan, IHG.
"Tourism is a growing NZD$32 billion industry for New Zealand with hotel
room nights on a steady increase over the last two years, both from domestic
travellers (9.2% increase) and international travellers (13% increase).
"We are therefore delighted to announce the signing of these two new
hotels as a further extension of our midscale brand expansion in the region,"
Upon completion of the refurbishment, Holiday Inn Queenstown will
o er guests a great selection of amenities including a fully-furnished
deck with BBQ facilities; a bar and restaurant featuring exquisite lake and
mountain views; access to the sauna to unwind after a long day at the slopes
and tennis courts for the summer months.
Sofitel Wellington makes a luxurious debut
Now open: Sofitel Wellington
An artist's impression of Holiday
Inn Express Christchurch
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