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Encore brand to debut
in New Zealand
Wyndham Hotel Group is set to introduce its Ramada Encore brand to New Zealand as
the global chain continues to broaden its portfolio in the country.
Revealed at AHICE, the soon-to-be Ramada Encore Christchurch Colombo Street is
being developed under a franchise agreement with Lepdon Holdings and is slated to be
completed in late-2017.
Once finished, it will bring Wyndham’s portfolio in New Zealand to nine hotels and
resorts spanning 446 rooms.
Located in the Christchurch CBD, the NZD$15 million development is ideally located
near heritage attractions, the historic Canterbury Museum and the Arts Centre. Tourism hot
spots like the Cardboard Cathedral, Re:START (the temporary shopping mall built from
shipping containers), the Town Hall, funky restaurants and bars are all within walking distance.
Christchurch is the nation’s heritage heart and the gateway to the South Island. A
range of unforgettable experiences are available inside a two-hour drive, including hiking,
mountain bike riding, rafting, surfing, golfing, bungee jumping, skiing and whale, dolphin
and seal watching.
The city’s tourism revenue grew five per cent to NZD$2.2 billion in the year ending
January 2017 and the result made Christchurch the nation’s second largest tourism market,
even ahead of booming Queenstown.
Wyndham Hotel Group South East Asia and Pacific Rim President and Managing
Director, Barry Robinson, said this development signifies the company’s desire to have a
diverse presence in all New Zealand’s major cities.
“ Wyndham Hotel Group has achieved outstanding portfolio growth in New Zealand
in the past two years, going from five hotels and resorts to nine existing or planned
properties, with more on the way,” he said.
“Ramada Encore is a unique brand, different from any other lifestyle brand in New Zealand.
“It appeals to international and savvy domestic travellers alike through its modern features
such as vibrant social spaces, contemporary bathrooms, wooden floors and bright colours.
“Ramada Encore will be the perfect fit for this trendy part of the city,” he said.
The hotel’s facilities include meeting rooms, a gym and a restaurant. Managing Director
of franchisee Lepdon Holdings, Erin Hindmarsh, said the hotel will have a positive impact
on Christchurch, including the employment of at least 12 staff once operational.
“This will be a significant development for Christchurch that will not just benefit
travellers, but also those working in the food and beverage industry,” she said.
“This announcement – and the involvement of a global hospitality giant like Wyndham
is a sign of confidence in the long-term future of tourism in Christchurch.”
Throughout South East Asia and the Pacific Rim, Wyndham Hotel Group currently has
more than 100 hotels operating under its Ramada, Ramada Encore, Wyndham Hotels and
Resorts, Wyndham Grand, Wyndham Garden, Days Inn, Tryp by Wyndham and Microtel
Inn and Suites by Wyndham brands.
An artist’s impression of Ramada Encore Christchurch Colombo Street
IHG TO EXPAND
INDIGO BRAND TO
IHG and Salta Properties have signed a management agreement
to build a Hotel Indigo in Melbourne’s Docklands precinct.
Revealed to almost 800 delegates at the eighth annual
Australasian Hotel Industry Conference and Exhibition
(AHICE) in Melbourne, the 170-room hotel is the second
Hotel Indigo signing for Australia and New Zealand and is
due to open in 2019, following the signing of Hotel Indigo
Brisbane Fortitude Valley in late 2016.
“The Hotel Indigo brand is extremely important to our
continued growth in Australia, as we know the appeal that
these ‘local’ hotels have for our guests,” said IHG’s Chief
Operating Officer Australasia and Japan, Karin Sheppard.
“ We expect Hotel Indigo Melbourne Docklands to become
a leading lifestyle hotel in Melbourne, differentiating itself
from other hotel offerings in the city thanks to the brand’s
entirely unique style.
“ While we know Melbourne is seen as the world’s most
liveable city, Docklands presents a Melbourne that is not just
liveable, but gritty, with an eclectic style.
“Our Hotel Indigo guests will undoubtedly love exploring
and being inspired by the area,” she said.
Hotel Indigo Melbourne Docklands will boast a large
resort-style pool and gym, a meeting and board room, as well
as an iconic, street-facing neighbourhood restaurant and bar,
split over 2 levels.
Salta Properties Executive Chairman, Sam Tarascio,
said choosing the Docklands location was a particularly
“In the 1950s I migrated to Australia, arriving at Victoria
Dock on a ship from Italy,” he said.
“That bleak port has been transformed over the years
to become Melbourne’s vibrant Docklands waterfront,
so it means so much to me to give back to the place that
welcomed me 67 years ago.”
“The Hotel Indigo brand is the perfect fit for a place that
oozes local neighbourhood character with expansive water
views and open spaces.
“ With some 20 million visitors expected to visit the
Docklands each year, it’s great timing to be developing
this striking hotel in Melbourne’s new and contemporary
neighbourhood,” he said.
Hotel Indigo launched in Asia Pacific in January 2015
with the opening of Hotel Indigo Bangkok Wireless Road,
Thailand, followed by the opening of Hotel Indigo Singapore
Katong, Singapore in July 2016. Mid 2017, Hotel Indigo Bali
Seminyak Beach will open. There are currently 63 Hotel
Indigo properties (9,000 rooms) in the pipeline.
brand is heading
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