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Hotel and Venue News

Setting the standard at Te Pae Christchurch

Thursday, 13 June 2024 01:02

Te Pae Christchurch has achieved ISO certifications in quality management and food safety.

New property in new brand for Marsden

Wednesday, 12 June 2024 04:45

Marsden Hotel Group has added a new property in Rotorua to its portfolio of properties around NZ.

Inaugural Drifter opens in Christchurch

Monday, 10 June 2024 09:31

Drifter Christchurch has welcomed its first guests, marking the first Drifter location opened by new Australian lifestyle accommodation venture Leisure Accommodation Collective (LA Co).

Te Pae Christchurch celebrates two event-filled years

Sunday, 05 May 2024 23:24

More than two hundred thousand attendees have taken part in events at Te Pae Christchurch since the convention centre hosted its first conference on 2nd May 2022 – far exceeding expectations for its initial operating period.

MCK enters into conditional agreement to purchase land in Whangarei

Sunday, 05 May 2024 23:11

Millennium & Copthorne Hotels New Zealand Limited (NZX:MCK) advises that it has reached conditional agreement with the Whangarei District Council for the purchase of land in Whangarei’s CBD for the development of a hotel. The purchase price is $2.24 million and is conditional on due diligence.

Talking Business Events with Club Med

Wednesday, 24 April 2024 03:12

Meeting Newz took some time to talk Business Events Club Med style with Michelle Davies, General Manager for Club Med Pacific on her recent visit to NZ.

New Director of Golf at Fable Terrace Downs

Sunday, 21 April 2024 23:21

Neil van Vliet joins Fable Terrace Downs Resort as the newly appointed Director of Golf!

Real connection key to success

Monday, 15 April 2024 21:57

The need to connect personally with existing and potential business events customers post Covid and the challenges associated with that were a major focus of a recent TMS.Workshop programme.

Fable Auckland’s new spaces for biz events

Monday, 08 April 2024 22:32

Professional conference organisers (PCOs) joined corporate travel agents and inbound operators in checking out the new meeting and function spaces at Fable Auckland last week.

Hussain has a new role at Sudima Hotels

Tuesday, 02 April 2024 23:59

Ifti Hussain has been appointed to the newly created role of Country Manager for Sudima Hotels, effective 1 April.

Grand Millennium Auckland Showcase

Monday, 25 March 2024 23:36

Grand Miillennium Auckland showcased its recently refurbished Grand Ballroom last Wednesday to over 130 clients.

Introducing EMBER Restaurant and The AVIARY Lobby Bar

Tuesday, 12 March 2024 02:36

Grand Millennium Auckland opens two new dining venues - Ember and The Aviary.

Dynamic Duo to Drive Hilton Hotels NZ

Monday, 04 March 2024 23:00

Hilton Hotels has announced the appointment of Seema Goundar as commercial director and Mudra Joshi as commercial manager for its three properties; Hilton Auckland, Hilton Lake Taupo, and DoubleTree by Hilton Karaka.

Milestone celebrated for Waka Pacific Trust

Monday, 26 February 2024 22:21

Around 70 guests, guests including dignitaries Sir Noel Robinson and Honourable Andrew Bayly, Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, were invited to celebrate a significant milestone for Waka Pacific Trust this week. 

Te Pae achieves Toitu net carbonzero status

Friday, 23 February 2024 02:33

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre has been recognised as Toitū net carbonzero certified, reflecting the organisation’s ongoing commitment to leading the industry in world class sustainable operations.

Accor aims for Gold

Friday, 23 February 2024 02:02

Accor has entered into a strategic partnership with Qualmark to work towards certifying Accor hotels, resorts and apartments across New Zealand as Gold Standard Sustainable Tourism Businesses.

Pre and post travel sorted for your event

Tuesday, 20 February 2024 09:33

The New Zealand Business Events industry is known for curating inspiring and exciting international level conference programs and events, using world class venues such as Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre, Tākina Exhibition Centre in Wellington, or Auckland’s New Zealand International Convention Centre slated to open by the end of 2025, attracting delegates on a globally scale.

Regent of Rotorua unveils new wing

Tuesday, 20 February 2024 09:16

Luxury boutique hotel, Regent of Rotorua, has unveiled a brand-new wing, adding 12 sophisticated Superior Rooms and expanding its total capacity by 35%. This development caters to the rising demand for premium accommodation in the vibrant tourist destination, offering guests even more choice and enhanced comfort.

The first five-star hotel opens at Auckland Airport

Wednesday, 14 February 2024 02:22

Te Arikinui Pullman Auckland Airport Hotel is the first five-star hotel to open at the Auckland Airport precinct, being only 100m from the front entrance of the international terminal.

Royal Davui Island Resort announces extensive refurbishment plans

Tuesday, 13 February 2024 02:08

Royal Davui Island Resort has announced it is undertaking an extensive refurbishment set to redefine luxury and exclusivity in the South Pacific. 

InterContinental Auckland to open late Jan

Sunday, 14 January 2024 23:06

InterContinental Auckland is set to open on the city’s waterfront at One Queen Street on 30 January 2024.

Scenic Hotel Group commits to reducing CO2 from hotels

Sunday, 17 December 2023 20:28

Scenic Hotel Group, a respected leader in New Zealand's hospitality industry for over four decades, have received Toitū carbonreduce certification.

One on one with Tākina Events’ Andrew Dorrington

Tuesday, 12 December 2023 21:38

Tākina Wellington Exhibition and Convention Centre officially opened its doors six months ago, signalling a new chapter for business events in the capital city. 

PullmanAuckland Airport Hotel officially opened

Tuesday, 12 December 2023 19:29

After four years in construction, Te Arikinui Pullman Auckland Airport Hotel, one of New Zealand’s most architecturally striking hotels was officially opened yesterday offering travellers a stunning fusion of cultural and superior design just 100 metres from the international terminal at Auckland Airport.

New luxury resort and events centre to open in McLaren Vale

Wednesday, 11 October 2023 01:39

South Australia’s McLaren Vale wine region will see the opening of a new five-star resort and 250 guest event centre in 2026.

McLaren Vale Resort & Spa, to be operated by boutique hotel brand Lancemore, will offer 124 luxury rooms and suites and a 100-seat fine dining restaurant with vineyard views.

The hotel’s plan also features a pool, sauna, wellness centre and gym. The hotel will be located in the heart of the McLaren Vale region, which is 45 minutes from Adelaide/Tarntanya and home to acclaimed wineries - including three from the Ultimate Winery Experiences Australia collective.

Three awards for Brook Serene

Wednesday, 06 September 2023 00:07

Brook Serene properties have been recognised at the 30th Anniversary World Travel Awards.

Pullman Hotel Auckland unveils refurbishment

Tuesday, 05 September 2023 23:43

Pullman Hotel Auckland has unveiled its recent renovation, which includes a complete transformation of its forecourt and reception area and a soft refurbishment of all accommodation rooms.

Capstone Hotel management secures Portage Resort

Monday, 28 August 2023 04:53

New Zealand owned Capstone Hotel Management have  been appointed as the new management company for Portage Resort (most recently The Portage Hotel) as of 1st August 2023.

Huka Lodge Renovation Plans

Sunday, 20 August 2023 23:27

Huka Lodge at Taupō is set to be significantly renovated by new owner Baillie Lodges.

Cordis Auckland receives sustainability accolade

Tuesday, 08 August 2023 03:29

The luxury 5-star hotel has just achieved the prestigious Qualmark Sustainable Tourism Business Gold Award of approval for an exceptional commitment to sustainable tourism while also providing an unforgettable and genuinely Kiwi heartfelt experience for its guests.

The George Christchurch re-open

Wednesday, 02 August 2023 23:15

The George, Christchurch reopens to the public and guests on Friday 4 August after an intensive 6-week renovation period.

Reopening date for Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

Tuesday, 18 July 2023 03:58

Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour will reopens on 1 September after an extensive refurbishment of its ground floor. 

Te Karaka Lodge set to open in rural Waikato

Tuesday, 18 July 2023 03:31

Te Karaka Lodge in Waikaretu in Waikato is a brand new architecturally designed boutique 10 room Lodge opening in September 2023.

JetPark Hotel Auckland celebrate 25 years

Monday, 10 July 2023 02:54

The 26 June 2023 marks a significant milestone for JetPark Hotel Auckland as the team celebrates 25 years of memories, achievements, and countless stories shared – and not shared - within its hotel walls.

Quest and Toitoi - Hawke's Bay Arts & Events Centre

Thursday, 06 July 2023 01:42

Quest Hastings is located just behind Toitoi - Hawke's Bay Arts & Events Centre, in Eastbourne Street.  

Sweet Transformation for Scenic Suites Queenstown

Monday, 26 June 2023 23:50

Guests at Scenic Suites Queenstown are in for a 'sweet' new experience at the popular 84 room property in the heart of the tourist Mecca.  

Accor New Zealand announces partnership with Tandem Travel

Tuesday, 06 June 2023 01:00

New Zealand’s largest hotel operator, Accor, has been selected by Tandem Travel to be a preferred hotel supplier across Aotearoa for their corporate, SME, Sport, Entertainment and Group travel.

Tākina officially opens in Wellington

Thursday, 01 June 2023 00:04

Wellington has officially opened its new conference and exhibition centre, Tākina, with more than 50 multi-day conferences already booked at New Zealand’s newest meeting place in the first year.

Novotel Christchurch Open Day

Friday, 12 May 2023 01:03

Hind Management and Novotel Christchurch Airport Hotel are holding an Open Day on Thursday 1 June

Te Pae Christchurch Reaches New Milestone

Monday, 08 May 2023 02:03

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre has hit a major operational milestone, notching up one year since its first conference.

New apartment hotel for Wellington

Monday, 08 May 2023 01:52

New Zealand-owned family business Sarin Hotels has opened a 72-room apartment hotel on Thorndon Quay – the eponymously named Proximity Apartments, located near Sky Stadium and The Beehive.

New events space and hotel planned for Geelong

Monday, 01 May 2023 21:48

The Geelong waterfront will soon be home to a new $250 million tower, which includes 5000sqm conference facility with 650‐seat auditorium and a 168‐room luxury hotel.

Castaways at eXplore

Thursday, 27 April 2023 02:46

Business events organisers, inbound tour operators and travel wholesalers returned in force to the Central North Island's eXplore expo at Eden Park today.

Returning after a three-year hiatus, the expo had 100 stands, 30 first-time exhibitors and more than 24 new trade-ready products from Coromandel, Waikato, Rotorua, Taupo, Ruapehu, Hawke's Bay, Gisborne, and Bay of Plenty. Buyer registrations numbered 200.

Castaways Resort at Karioitahi Beach joined the Waikato region and sales manager Chris Foubister says the property continues to be popular for corporate events. 

"Castaways offers a private dining / meeting venue as well as archery, skeet shooting and paint ball with arrows," he says. "It can accommodate 80 people across two-bedroom, two-bathroom chalets and villas set on a dramatic coastline.

"And there's development happening here all the time. The spa location and offering is just 'out of this world'," he adds.

West Coast property joins Scenic Hotel Group

Tuesday, 25 April 2023 21:10

The Scenic Hotel Group have announced the addition of 4-star Scenic Hotel Punakaiki to the Scenic family.

GPO restaurant to open at Intercontinental this week

Monday, 17 April 2023 23:08

InterContinental Wellington has announced the launch of GPO, their new restaurant that pays homage to the iconic General Post Office that once occupied the same site. The restaurant is set to open 21 April, with bookings open now.

Edgewater starts major refurbishment today

Monday, 10 April 2023 22:46

A major refurbishment project is now underway at Edgewater with construction contractors today commencing work focused on one-third of the hotel’s guest rooms. 

Hulbert House returns to Brook Serene Boutique Hotel Management

Monday, 10 April 2023 03:33

Brook Serene Boutique Hotels have announced the return of Hulbert House to its luxury hotel portfolio. Brook Serene Boutique Hotels opened and managed the Qualmark-rated 5-star Enviro Gold luxury hotel from 2016 to 2020 and has resumed management of the property from 1 April 2023.

Te Pae serves up a taste of the Garden City

Tuesday, 04 April 2023 00:10

From breath-centred yoga to breath-taking helicopter rides, punting on the Avon to cycling the city, and from master chef to master perfume maker, a group of business events planners enjoyed a comprehensive taste of the Garden City when they were hosted on a Taste of Te Pae famil recently.

New event space for Fable Auckland

Monday, 03 April 2023 04:32

Hotel Fable Auckland, has today revealed its new conference and event space. 

Marsden Viaduct Hotel to re open 27th March.

Friday, 24 March 2023 01:29

Marsden Hotel Group has announced that the Marsden Viaduct Hotel will be re-opening on March 27th 2023 after a recent closure from flooding.

Keys to Tākina, handed over to Wellington City Council

Thursday, 09 March 2023 00:46

Wellington City Council has received the keys to its new convention centre,  Tākina this week. The venue will officially open end of May, with the test events taking place earlier in May.  

Quiz nights at Cordis

Monday, 06 March 2023 23:45

Cordis Auckland in conjunction with Believe it or Not Quiz Events have launched Quiz Nights at Cordis!

The Secret at Sofitel Queenstown

Thursday, 02 March 2023 02:00

Le Salon Rouge - at Sofitel Queenstown Hotel and Spa is open for business, if you can find it.

Cordis Auckland receives Highest EarthCheck Accolade

Sunday, 19 February 2023 23:11

The saying ‘many hands make light work’ couldn’t be more relevant for Cordis Auckland on their sustainability journey, as they recently received EarthCheck Master status, one of 15 hotels globally to do so.