Home' Hotel Management : HM AUGUST 2017 Contents Crowne Plaza Christchurch has re-opened,
marking the brand’s return to the city.
The largest upscale hotel in the Christchurch
CBD, the property features 204 modern rooms,
a new café, bar and restaurant and four modern
The return of the brand to the city is a significant
milestone for the current owners of the former
office building, InterContinental Hotels Group
(IHG), and Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism.
Building co-owner Shane Le Compte of
local investment and development company
MC Christchurch Holdings said the former
Crowne Plaza Christchurch had a loyal following
“That was one of the main reasons for us wanting
to bring the brand back to the city,” he said.
“ We’ve worked closely with IHG and our design
team to develop an international hotel with a local
feel, and we feel we’ve achieved that.
“It has been fantastic to welcome everyone
through since we have been open and we have
started to make the hotel once again like an iconic
destination in Christchurch.”
The hotel location radiates history. In fact
one of Christchurch’s first hotels, The Golden
Fleece, opened on the same site in 1851 after the
legendary ‘First Four Ships’ arrived with the city’s
This is reflected in Crowne Plaza Christchurch’s
dining and meeting spaces: ‘Market Place’
restaurant and bar echoes the original name of
nearby Victoria Square, ‘Café 1851’ reflects the
notable date for the hotel site, and the ‘Ellis,
Gartner and Oram’ meeting rooms are named
after the original Golden Fleece owners.
The new Crowne Plaza Christchurch is located
on the corner of Colombo and Armagh streets
opposite Victoria Square.
returns to Christchurch
The new Crowne Plaza
Christchurch has opened
UOL acquires Hilton
Melbourne South Wharf
Singapore-listed UOL Group has acquired Hilton Melbourne South Wharf
and is set to re-flag the property under the company’s Pan Pacific brand.
The property debuted as Pan Pacific Melbourne on July 28, 2017 and
existing General Manager, Craig Bonnor, has stayed on to manage the hotel.
“ We warmly welcome Craig and his team to Pan Pacific Hotels Group,”
said Lothar Nessmann, Chief Executive Officer, Pan Pacific Hotels Group.
“ We’re delighted that he will continue to lead the hotel as its General
Manager, where he has had a great track record for more than two years.
“Craig has excellent credentials, having amassed extensive experience
in both operations and business development with international hotel
brands in Oceania and Asia.
“Given the importance of Australia as one of our strategic growth markets,
we are confident that Craig and his highly experienced team will ensure Pan
Pacific Melbourne’s standing as one of the top hotels in the city,” he said.
Located along the Yarra River, Pan Pacific Melbourne has direct access
to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
With 396 contemporary rooms offering panoramic views of the city,
Port Phillip Bay or the Yarra River, as well as 400 square metres of flexible
meeting and events space, two dining outlets, and refreshing leisure
facilities including a 24-hour fitness centre, the hotel appeals to both
business and leisure travellers.
With the addition of Pan Pacific Melbourne, Pan Pacific Hotels Group
will now operate five properties in Australia, including two Pan Pacific
properties and three under its Parkroyal Hotels and Resorts brand in
Melbourne, Sydney and Parramatta.
MANTRA ADDS NEW
MELBOURNE HOTEL IN EPPING
Mantra has signed a deal to manage a AUD$70 million, 214-room hotel
development that will service the rapid increase of activity in Melbourne’s
booming northern suburbs.
Epping will be the site of the 214-room hotel that is being designed to
capitalise on both the history of the northern suburbs and the unique attributes
of Epping today.
The hotel is being developed by Too Build and operating as Mantra Epping
Hotel, it will feature both hotel rooms and apartments, a café/restaurant,
brewhouse, conference and meeting facilities, gymnasium, and an open car
park containing 143 marked bays and secure bicycle storage.
Mantra Group Chief Executive Officer, Bob East, said the Group is thrilled
to operate this new-build hotel under a hotel management agreement.
“This acquisition comes at an opportune time in the Australian hotel market,
with hotels in Melbourne and surrounds experiencing substantial uplift in
demand in recent years,” East said.
“This strong performance is set to continue with further domestic and
international visitation uplift forecasted for the greater Melbourne market.
“The Mantra Epping hotel will complement our extensive Melbourne
portfolio and reaffirms our strategy of securing desirable new properties in
Australian capital city metropolitan markets.
“ With its strong and varied accommodation demand drivers, we’re confident
this hotel will provide a market-leading hotel offering, well positioned to
become the region’s premier corporate, meetings and leisure hotel,” he said.
Too Build Chief Executive Officer, Ian Wilson, said the project is perfectly
timed to accommodate the next stage of growth for Epping and the Mantra
hotel “will become a proud part of the local community”.
An artist’s impression of Mantra Epping
Hilton Melbourne South Wharf is
re-branding as a Pan Pacific hotel
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