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Hotel and Venue News

QT Takes two

Monday, 01 August 2022 02:46

QT Hotels & Resorts are celebrating two new accolades from Hospitality New Zealand’s Awards for Excellence 2022, held in Auckland.

The Mayfair opens in Christchurch

Tuesday, 26 July 2022 01:52

The Mayfair has opened its doors in central Christchurch.

Pullman Auckland reopens after extensive makeover

Sunday, 24 July 2022 23:42

Pullman Auckland Hotel & Apartments has reopened with a renewed forecourt, reception area and lobby. 

Viaduct Events Centre to reopen in 2023

Thursday, 07 July 2022 02:16

The Viaduct Events Centre is set to reopen for business and events in early 2023.

Novotel Auckland Airport welcomes guests

Monday, 04 July 2022 10:04

As international travel begins its return journey, the Novotel Auckland Airport hotel has opened its doors on 01 July 2022 to visitors, both local and international.

Crowne Plazas reopen

Monday, 27 June 2022 23:53

Crowne Plaza Auckland and Crowne Plaza Christchurch, have reopened their doors to guests and visitors this month with increased commitment to sustainability.

Sudima sets opening date for Kaikoura

Wednesday, 15 June 2022 21:00

Sudima Kaikoura will officially open on 17 October, it was announced at MEETINGS yesterday.

Castaways set to raise profile in business events

Tuesday, 07 June 2022 04:30

The business events sector can expect to hear more from Castaways Resort, about 50 minutes’ drive from Auckland’s CBD, as it sets its sights on building a new events centre to cater for larger numbers.

Cordis Auckland receives 2022 Forbes Recommended Rating

Monday, 30 May 2022 01:51

Cordis Auckland have earned the Forbes Travel Guide Recommended Rating for 2022, signifying that the property is one of the very best in its destination. 

Auckland's newest hotel opens

Wednesday, 25 May 2022 23:06

New Zealand has officially welcomed its second Holiday Inn Express Hotel with the opening of the Holiday Inn Express Auckland City Centre,  in Auckland’s CBD. 

Mövenpick Hotel Auckland opens today

Monday, 16 May 2022 02:28

Mövenpick Hotel Auckland opens today and chocolate lovers will be pleased with a chocolate Hour’, 24-hour Sundae Service, and signature restaurant and bar.

Fable Terrace Downs to join MGallery

Monday, 16 May 2022 02:14

Canterbury’s 5-star Fable Terrace Downs Resort has been announced today as the newest addition to the MGallery suite of luxury properties in New Zealand.

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts new brand debuts in NZ.

Sunday, 15 May 2022 23:55

Microtel by Wyndham Wellington Central will be situated on Vivian Street and is set to open today!

New hotel operator chosen for iconic Rotorua property

Tuesday, 03 May 2022 01:07

NZ Hotel Holdings has chosen a new operator for its Rotorua property, which will see Holiday Inn Rotorua become a Rydges Hotel from July, 2022.

Observatory Hotel to open in Christchurch

Tuesday, 26 April 2022 21:16

Eleven years after Te Matatiki Toi Ora The Arts Centre was damaged extensively by the Canterbury earthquakes, next month’s opening (7 May) of the boutique 33-room Observatory Hotel marks a significant milestone in central Christchurch’s regeneration.

DoubleTree by Hilton Opens New Property in Karaka, Auckland

Monday, 18 April 2022 08:53

DoubleTree by Hilton Karaka, Hilton's  fourth DoubleTree by Hilton  in New Zealand, opened its doors in late March.

New partner for Hotel conference 2022

Monday, 11 April 2022 01:35

The Accommodation Association is partnering with Fastrack Digital to deliver the Maximum Occupancy conference later this year.

Scenic Hotel Group acquires Mitchell Corp

Thursday, 31 March 2022 22:14

Scenic Hotel Group has completed the purchase of Mitchell Corp effective , Friday 01 April 2022 by its wholly-owned subsidiary, Scenic Hospitality Services Ltd.

Copthorne Hotel Greymouth ready for influx

Monday, 28 March 2022 21:29

The refurbishment of the Copthorne Hotel Greymouth (formerly Kingsgate Hotel) has been completed and the hotel is open for business. With the attractions of the West Coast, and Greymouth in particular, increasing in popularity for visitors, the hotel’s upgrade and rebrand is key for the region. 

Rydges Auckland set to re-open following refurbishment

Monday, 14 March 2022 05:37

EVENT Hospitality and Entertainment will once again welcome public guests to Rydges Auckland from 1 May following a stylish refurbishment.

Terrace Downs is the latest Fable Hotels & Resorts

Monday, 07 March 2022 22:35

Fable Hotels & Resorts has added another property to its 5-star portfolio with the addition of Canterbury’s iconic Terrace Downs Resort, set to officially open as Fable Terrace Downs Resort from Tuesday 8 March.

QT Hotels & Resorts win at Prestigious food awards

Tuesday, 15 February 2022 00:29

QT Hotels & Resorts had two of its New Zealand hotels recognized at the 2021/2022 Cuisine Good Food Awards. QT Wellington’s iconic Hippopotamus Restaurant has retained its two Hats under the guidance of executive chef Jiwon Do.

Fable Hotels & Resorts expands into Auckland

Tuesday, 21 December 2021 01:13

Fable Hotels & Resorts continues to expand its boutique portfolio with the addition of Fable Auckland - MGallery, previously known as Hotel Grand Windsor.

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre Open

Tuesday, 21 December 2021 00:50

New Zealand’s first international-standard convention centre, Te Pae Christchurch, is preparing for its first events, with Associate Finance Minister, Dr Megan Woods, opening the facility last week.

Sudima cautious but sees promise in business events

Tuesday, 07 December 2021 01:15

Corporate groups could be provide a ray of light in what looks likely to remain a challenging trading environment next year, says Sudima chief operating officer Les Morgan.

Edgewater goes 100% Vaccinated

Tuesday, 30 November 2021 22:29

Lake Wanaka’s Edgewater Hotel will be accepting only fully vaccinated guests from Friday 3 December, to coincide with the introduction of the new Covid-19 Protection Framework.  

Cordis Auckland Pinnacle Tower set to open

Monday, 22 November 2021 22:43

Cordis Auckland’s Pinnacle Tower is set to open and receive fully vaccinated guests from 3 December 2021, dependant on The COVID-19 Protection Framework.

Fable Hotels wins eight awards.

Monday, 15 November 2021 04:11

Boutique luxury hotelier, Fable Hotels and Resorts, has taken home eight excellence awards across two 5-star properties – Fable Dunedin and Hotel Fitzroy curated by Fable.

11,000-Piece Artwork to Welcome Te Pae Christchurch Visitors

Tuesday, 09 November 2021 01:27

Hana - a new artwork by Lonnie Hutchinson - will soon be installed in the foyer of Te Pae Christchurch, ahead of the Convention Centre’s opening later this year.

New Wellington Partnership - Tākina Events

Thursday, 28 October 2021 23:08

Wellington City Council has announced the operator and operating arrangements for Tākina, its new convention centre opening mid-2023.

Big Win for Tākina, Wellington

Tuesday, 26 October 2021 01:43

New Zealand has built upon its earth science strengths to win the 22nd International Sedimentological Congress (ISC) in 2026.

The Residence at The George tops in Oceania

Tuesday, 19 October 2021 22:03

The Residence at The George hotel, has once again won Oceania's Leading Luxury Hotel Villa 2021.

Changes at Scenic Hotel Group

Tuesday, 19 October 2021 21:50

Following a strategic review of New Zealand’s largest independently owned and operated hotel group, Scenic Hotel Group is well poised to lead its people, properties and guests into a ‘re-envisioned future.’

New GM for Woodhouse Mountain Lodge

Sunday, 17 October 2021 21:48

Capstone Hotels and Resorts, has integrated the Woodhouse Mountain Lodge in Warkworth, north of Auckland, to its management portfolio and Joshua Thomas has taken up the role of general manager.

CPG Hotels secure key Christchurch hotel for Fable brand

Wednesday, 13 October 2021 23:41

CPG Hotels, one of New Zealand’s largest privately-owned and operated hotel groups, is adding Fable  Christchurch Hotel to its impressive portfolio, and is set to open its doors next month with a major refurbishment on the near horizon.

Wyndham Garden Christchurch City opens

Tuesday, 05 October 2021 02:38

The newly constructed Wyndham Garden Christchurch City is open for business adding to the already vibrant inner city mix. The eight-storey development features 96 apartment style rooms, 30 apartments, a conference room, gym and onsite cafe.

Worlds Best Convention Centre

Tuesday, 14 September 2021 23:18

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC), managed by ASM Global and named World’s Best Convention Centre.

Te Pae Christchurch targeting pre-Christmas opening

Tuesday, 31 August 2021 04:05

Due to the latest COVID-19 disruption, Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre is now aiming to hold its first events in the lead up to Christmas. The building was on track to hold its first events in October but will now be delayed as many of the specialists necessary to complete the facility are unable to travel down from the North Island.

Dunedin launches Sustainable Incentive Scheme

Monday, 09 August 2021 23:28

The Dunedin City Council’s Enterprise Dunedin has launched a new carbon measurement incentive scheme.

Tower set to open at Cordis Auckland

Tuesday, 03 August 2021 00:04

The Pinnacle Tower is set to open its doors at Cordis Auckland on October 1st, 2021. 

Located right in the heart of the city, the 17-storey tower houses 244 new premium rooms and signature Cordis suites, making Cordis Auckland the largest hotel in terms of room count in New Zealand with 640 rooms. 

Chris Roberts is one of the keynote speakers at the Maximum Occupancy Conference 2021

Wednesday, 21 July 2021 05:38

Chief executive of Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA), Chris Roberts will be the keynote  speaker at the Maximum Occupancy accommodation industry conference in Auckland on 18 and 19 August 2021.

Imagine Beach Road to open early August 21

Thursday, 08 July 2021 02:05

Imagine Hotels & Resorts Beach Road hotel is the first New Zealand property to joining three others in Australia.

Te Pae Christchurch open for business in October

Tuesday, 08 June 2021 23:20

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre will open for business in late October with a solid roster of domestic and Australasian events planned for its opening months.

Park Hyatt opens specialty suites

Tuesday, 18 May 2021 01:34

The Park Hyatt Auckland, is launching a brand new collection of luxury suites.

QT Auckland wins hotel design award

Tuesday, 18 May 2021 00:16

QT Hotels & Resorts’ newest property, QT Auckland, has won the 2021 Paul Davis Hotel Design Award for the Best Refurbishment in Australasia. QT Auckland opened its doors in November 2020, transforming a former office building into a design-led luxury QT Hotel.  

The Paul Davis Design Awards recognise the best-of-the-best in design and architecture in the hotel, tourism and hospitality fields in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific and celebrate exceptional projects that demonstrate design innovation, a commitment to sustainability design practices and deliver exceptional guest experience.

QT Auckland was selected from dozens of entries assessed by an esteemed panel of industry leaders in interior design, led by GHDWoodhead National Practice Leader, Leone Lorrimer; Design Assembly Principal, Paul Wiste and Scott Carver Director, Angela Biddle.

A metaphor for the inner-city building conversion, the oyster-inspired design flows through 150 rooms and suites, public spaces and meeting rooms, signature restaurant Esther and sixth-floor bar Rooftop at QT. 

No detail was spared with the oyster’s influence seen throughout the design – the weathered, rough, raw and natural textures of the shell’s exterior juxtaposed with the smooth, colourful and luxurious nature of the inside.

As a conversion project, design was expertly coordinated around the structure’s existing elements. Far from conventional, QT Auckland’s guest rooms have over 35 unique floorplans, featuring unexpected elements like curved walls, exposed concrete and asymmetrical layouts.

According to the judges, “This project certainly is proof that it is what is on the inside that counts. Taking a former commercial building and repurposing it into a hotel with 35 unique guestroom types is no easy feat. From the reception to the restaurant, to the rooftop bar, this project is so much more than what it could have been if not designed with such thoughtful consideration.”

A true collaboration, every element of the hotel was part of a detailed design process - working with Dean Duckworth, EVENT Hospitality and Entertainment Director of Project Management and Design; QT’s longstanding design collaborator Nic Graham; direction on restaurant spaces by Chef Sean Connolly; and QT Auckland’s owners Russell Property Group and Lockwood Property Group. 

“Receiving this esteemed design award is a testament to the entire team behind QT Auckland. We’re grateful to have such talented collaborators and partners, whose shared ambition, creativity and commitment resulted in this incredible achievement, making the newest QT Hotel truly best in class,” said Simon White, Event Hospitality and Entertainment General Manager Hotel Operations, NZ. 

QT Auckland was announced as the winner of the Paul Davis Hotel Design Award’s Best Refurbishment in Australasia category at Design Inn Symposium on Tuesday 4 May 2021. 

For more information about the Paul Davis Design Awards 2021, visit designinnsymposium.com/paul-davis-hotel-design-award.

For more information about QT Auckland, visit qthotels.com/auckland.

Aussie Bubble enables West Coast Hotel out of hibernation

Tuesday, 13 April 2021 00:15

The recent announcement of an Aussie travel bubble has shown immediate results and a significant spike in online activity for New Zealand’s largest Kiwi owned and operated hotel group. 

Terrace Downs Resort reopens

Monday, 15 March 2021 03:34

CPG Hotels, one of New Zealand’s largest privately-owned and operated hotel groups, has announced the acquisition and reopening of the iconic Canterbury resort, Terrace Downs.

Rydges Formosa Golf Resort officially open

Monday, 01 March 2021 20:57

Event Hospitality & Entertainment (EVENT) has announced that Rydges Formosa Golf Resort has officially opened its doors following multi-million dollar renovations of the accommodation villas, public spaces and golf course.

Scenic Hotel Te Pania reopens

Monday, 01 March 2021 01:39

Hotel general manager, Kerryann Gibbs says, “We are on time, ready to go and just cannot wait to welcome our wonderfully loyal guests back.”

EVENT launches Atura Wellington

Monday, 15 February 2021 05:39

EVENT has announced the opening of Atura Wellington, previously The Thorndon Hotel Wellington by Rydges, an invigorating new brand in New Zealand. 

Tākina secures its first business event

Wednesday, 10 February 2021 01:46

Festival for the Future – a multi-day conference with more than 1200 delegates has been confirmed for Takina, Wellington Conference and Exhibition Centre.

The 'HIPPO' returns to QT Wellington

Tuesday, 09 February 2021 01:00

QT Wellington’s award-winning Hippopotamus restaurant and cocktail bar will reopen its doors on Thursday. 

New branding for hotel world leader

Monday, 08 February 2021 19:17

With nearly 6000 hotels across 100 countries and brands like InterContinental, Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza and Kimpton, IHG Hotels & Resorts has been a big player in world hospitality, meetings, events and travel.