The Heritage Auckland now has a new executive chef at its helm, Gerard O’Keefe.
A plethora of experience under his belt, O’Keefe is also quite familiar with the hotel’s kitchen as he was previously working as the executive sous chef.
Growing up in as the son of a former Navy chef, O’Keefe was introduced to his culinary journey at quite a young age.
One of the largest hotel trade expos to happen in New Zealand will take place late May, when the Marriott International Global Sales Mission is held at the Maritime Room in Auckland.
Conference and incentive organisers, wholesalers and corporate travel agents/travel management companies are among the invitees.
The Mission is the first time Marriott has brought its showcase to these shores and encompasses what used to be known as the Starwood Expo. It is significantly larger than the Starwood event – with at least 24 hotels expected rather than the previous 15.
The exterior of the new Mantra Hotel at Sydney Airport has now been completed, with a June opening in sight.
Standing tall at nine levels high, the hotel has officially moved into its fit-out phase, on track to open towards the end of June this year.
The hotel features 136 contemporary guest rooms, a restaurant and bar, car parking, and an integrated lobby and reception space.
Neil McDonald is the Mantra Group Area Manager for Sydney, he says it’s been a hive of activity onsite over the past few months and it was an exciting moment to see the structure of the hotel completed.
Wyndham Hotel Group has opened the Ramada Suites Albany, located on the North Shore in Auckland. The move further expands Wyndham’s presence in New Zealand.
The Ramada Suites Albany is Wyndham’s second Auckland property. It will have 66 rooms.
The development is the fourth joint venture between Wyndham Hotel Group and local developer Safari Group, after the 42-room Ramada Suites Auckland, Federal Street and the 44-apartment Ramada Suites Christchurch City, both opened in 2015; and the 54-room Ramada Hotel & Suites Queenstown Remarkables Park, opened in 2016.
The Hotel Grand Windsor in Auckland is set to relaunch as a boutique five-star hotel come June 2017, and Convene attendees have the chance to experience its glamour for themselves.
The glamour of the Art Deco era has inspired the revamp, which has seen $9 million invested on the refurbishment.
Hotel Grand Windsor general manager Renato Gualberto says he and his team want to exceed customers’ expectations by providing the level of service seen in the great London hotels of last century, with a modern twist.
The new Sebel Hotel being built in Lakewood Court, Manukau is a welcome addition to the area, according to MP for Papakura Judith Collins.
Collins says hotels benefit local residents by providing job opportunities and ore potential customers for conference centres, retail shops and restaurants. Tourism is now a $14.5 billion export earner for New Zealand, with 188,000 people working in the industry.
‘Visitors are incredibly important to our economy and a quality hotel facility near Auckland Airport and south Auckland’s many attractions in Manukau and beyond will ensure south Auckland gets its share of income from them,’ Collins says.
The new Park Hyatt Auckland being built in the city’s Wynyard Quarter was a hot topic at the AsiaPacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME) mid February.
Due to open towards the middle of next year, the waterfront property will have 199 all-balcony rooms.
Area director of sales and marketing, Pacific at Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Kate Atkinson, says the lead-in rooms are large – 45sqm – and a welcoming thoroughfare in the middle of the looby will be inviting for the public.
‘There’ll be a restaurant and bar but obviously the hotel is located in a dining precinct so there will be plenty of choice for guests. The event space will include an open air roof top garden with retractable roof.’
Atkinson says New Zealand is a big focus for Hyatt – Auckland especially.
‘We know what the demand is. Auckland is an international destinaton and we are looking at the high-end visitor.
‘Hyatt has been actively looking at another New Zealand location but whether that is in Auckland or elsewhere, we are waiting for the right sport.’
Metro Aspire Hotel Sydney has completed a full-scale multi-million dollar refurbishment, designed to capitalise on the growing demand for quality accommodation with the opening of ICC Sydney, the new convention, exhibition and entertainment precinct.
To mark the launch of the newly refurbished hotel, Metro Aspire Hotel Sydney is offering a package deal from $119 per night for two people in a premium room, with buffet breakfast for two and a late checkout at noon.
Valid for travel until 15 March 2017.
Senior Hotel Executive of the Year has gone to Hotel Grand Chancellor’s Judy Chen, director of sales & marketing for Wellington and Auckland.
The New Zealand Hotel Awards took place last week, and saw 320 hotel professionals celebrate the industry.
Chen, who has been with Hotel Grand Chancellor for 12 years, took out the acclaimed award, and says the win was a ‘career highlight’.
Heritage Hanmer Springs has unveiled its Spring Deal, for company retreats or conferences booked between 1 September to 30 November.
The deal includes single accommodation in a superior room, full cooked breakfast, a Hanmer Springs Thermal Pool Pass and a choice of one of the following activities – Quadricycling, Archery, Paintball or Clay bird shooting, priced at $175 GST incl. a night. The rate is $225 GST incl. for a two person room occupancy.
Heritage Hanmer Springs specialises in conferences and special events for up to 150 people. In the main building is a large ballroom and historic dining room with an open fire in winter and large windows opening out onto a sunny terrace, tennis and petanque courts in summer.
Heritage Hanmer Springs is set in the Hurunui region with an array of recreational and gourmet opportunities from artisan foods, craft shopping, award-winning wineries and spa indulgences. For outdoor enthusiasts there are a myriad of activities including golf, jet boating, quad biking, horse riding and cycle trails.
The deal is based on a minimum of 10 and a maximum 30 delegates, available Sunday to Thursday inclusive and subject to availability. Conference facilities and other meals are additional. Offer is valid for new bookings only.