Hotel and Venue News

Lower Hutt Events Centre is open and ready

Monday, 25 May 2020 02:50

The Lower Hutt Events Centre is open for business and promises a safe and secure alternative for meetings in Wellington.

Village Safe Place Programme

Friday, 22 May 2020 01:26

Village Accommodation Group’s ‘Village Safe Place’ programme, has been rolled out at all 5 Wellington apartment properties, including the flagship 5-star Boulcott Suites and AREA Events conference centre.

Exclusive conservation experience

Wednesday, 20 May 2020 03:05

The George has partnered with Christchurch Helicopters and the Department of Conservation to sponsor Flight Path – a fundraising programme, and experience, that supports the critically-endangered orange-fronted kākāriki karaka.

Scenic Hotel Group Plans for restart

Tuesday, 12 May 2020 23:52

New Zealand’s largest independently owned and operated hotel group, Scenic Hotel Group welcomes a return to Level 2 in what it hopes will signal a restart to its tourism and hospitality business.

Millennium Hotels & Resorts open for travel 

Thursday, 07 May 2020 23:20

Millennium Hotels & Resorts are open and committed to playing their part for New Zealand providing the same service and support that they have for over 30 years. Their commitment to guests and staff health and safety continues to be top priority and have flexible cancellation policies for bookings. Stay Safe. Be Kind. And we look forward to seeing you soon! #StayMCK

 

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Work starts on WCEC

Friday, 01 May 2020 02:17

Despite the impact of COVID-19, work on the WCEC is slightly ahead of schedule. All 220 piles have been put in place and 60 per cent of the base layer concrete had been poured when the Alert Level 4 lockdown was imposed by the New Zealand Government. Work kicked off again on the 28 April as New Zealand entered Alert Level 3.

Spark Arena becomes food bank

Tuesday, 07 April 2020 21:51

As reported by Stuff.co.nz New Zealand's largest indoor stadium has been transformed into a food bank to help feed thousands of households going hungry during the lockdown.

Wellington Convention & Exhibition Centre's new online room configurator.

Monday, 30 March 2020 22:40

The Wellington Convention & Exhibition Centre’s online room configurator tool has been designed to help business events planners create and develop their own event floor plans, whilst becoming more familiar with the rooms and flexibility of the centre throughout the construction period. 

Electric vehicles for guests at Crowne Plaza Auckland

Thursday, 12 March 2020 00:13


In the search for modern and sustainable travel experiences, Crowne Plaza Auckland and Cityhop have formed an exciting new partnership – creating exclusive benefits to guests booking via Crowne Plaza’s website or concierge desk.

Pullman Rotorua officially opened

Sunday, 08 March 2020 20:29

International hotel brand Pullman Rotorua was officially opened last Wednesday.

Veterinarians flock to Aotea Centre

Monday, 02 March 2020 22:56

Fifteen-hundred veterinary professionals from around the world will be in Auckland for the 36th World Veterinary Association Congress (WVAC) on 6-8 April 2020 at Aotea Centre and the Auckland Town Hall.

Sudima Hotels plans for Queenstown

Wednesday, 12 February 2020 23:24

The 4.5-star hotel at Queenstown’s popular Five Mile precinct, set to open in the 2021-22 summer season, will operate as Sudima Queenstown and add to Sudima Hotels’ current portfolio of four hotels (Auckland Airport, Rotorua, Christchurch City and Christchurch Airport) and two more due to open in 2020-21, Auckland City and Kaikōura.

Multi-million dollar makeover for Scenic Dunedin City Hotel

Sunday, 02 February 2020 23:59

Scenic Hotel Group, together with joint venture partner, Lindsay Clarke, have embarked on a multi-million dollar makeover of Scenic Hotel Dunedin City that will see several significant enhancements both to the building and guest offering.

New Direction for Waitakere Estate

Sunday, 02 February 2020 23:52

Heritage Collection Waitakere Estate has rebranded to Waitakere Resort & Spa with the appointment of Capstone Hotels & Resorts as its management company.

Scenic Hotel Group legacy for Auckland hotel

Wednesday, 29 January 2020 22:01

It’s back to the future for Scenic Hotel Auckland as it nears the completion of an ambitious two-year transformation to reveal itself as the new, premium brand, Airedale Boutique Suites.

Pullman Rotorua launches in the heart of the city

Monday, 20 January 2020 01:00

International hotel brand Pullman Hotels will add style and sophistication to the city of Rotorua with the recent opening of the premium Pullman Rotorua in January.

Festive-Themed dinner delights guests

Wednesday, 11 December 2019 00:02

Christmas came early for a group of business event organisers, who were treated to an intimate festive-themed dinner inside Hamilton’s Claudelands Arena last week.

Hippopotamus takes two hats in cuisine awards

Tuesday, 26 November 2019 21:30

QT Wellington is delighted to announce that its signature French fine dining restaurant Hippopotamus has earned Two Hats in the Cuisine Good Food Awards.  After securing a coveted spot on Cuisine’s Top New Zealand Restaurants for 2019, Hippopotamus Restaurant was hatted for tallying a score of 17 – or “excellent: up there with the best” – by the industry experts behind the awards assessment team.

Date set for opening of Novotel Airport Christchurch

Monday, 18 November 2019 05:11

More than 120 newly-employed Novotel Christchurch Airport staff are days away from welcoming the first guests to the $80-million hotel.  The 4.5 star hotel will open on Monday, 25 November 2019 – two years later than expected.

Millennium Hotels & Resorts and Air New Zealand create the perfect partnership for Northland 

Monday, 11 November 2019 01:50

Millennium Hotels & Resorts and Air New Zealand have collaborated to create a unique offer for the Australian Conference and Incentive market to propel business into the Northland region of New Zealand.

Scenic Hotel Group Launches Legacy Collection

Tuesday, 05 November 2019 02:37

Leaving a positive mark on people and place is at the heart of Scenic Hotel Group’s new Legacy Collection; a collection of unique, premium properties, each with their own story to share and own legacy to leave on the people and places they touch. The first property to join the Legacy Collection is the award-winning, eco-luxe Te Waonui Forest Retreat at Franz Josef Glacier on the South Island’s West Coast.

Sudima Hotel group wins Supreme Tourism Award

Monday, 28 October 2019 18:59

A New Zealand hotel group that is excelling as an employer and in environmental sustainability is the winner of the tourism industry’s highest accolade, the Air New Zealand Supreme Tourism Award.

Hilton welcomes Scott Thomson

Monday, 28 October 2019 05:19

Scott Thomson joins Hilton Auckland & Hilton Lake Taupo with a breadth of international experience spanning 25 years across multiple markets.

Most recently, as the general manager of Hilton Taipei, Scott oversaw the opening of the 400-room property and conversion of a 3,100sqm meetings and event centre which proved to be an integral component of the hotel’s continued success.

Seven Awards for Hotel Grand Windsor

Tuesday, 22 October 2019 23:30

Auckland’s premier boutique accommodation property, Hotel Grand Windsor, has towered above the competition in the annual Haute Grandeur Awards, scooping the New Zealand record of seven Excellence Awards, amongst a field of 172 countries and 90 categories.

One year to go for Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre

Wednesday, 16 October 2019 23:55

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre is set to open the doors on its first conference in just 12 months with the locally-based New Zealand College of Midwives hosting its 16th Biennial National Conference at the venue from 15-17 October 2020 – the first time it has hosted a national conference in the South Island for more than 10 years.

InterContinental Wellington named Oceania’s Leading Conference Hotel 2019 at World Travel Awards.

Monday, 14 October 2019 18:49

On Saturday October 12th InterContinental Wellington was named Oceania’s Leading Conference Hotel 2019 at the World Travel Awards in Phu Quoc, Vietnam.  InterContinental Wellington was previously voted Australasia’s Leading Conference Hotel in 2015, 2017 and 2018.

Hotel Grand Windsor wins Boutique Hotel of the Year 2019

Thursday, 03 October 2019 21:37

Auckland’s Hotel Grand Windsor has scooped up yet another prestigious international accolade, winning the ‘Boutique Hotel of the Year 2019’ in the LUXLife Magazine Hotel & Spa Awards.

Wild on Waiheke transformation

Monday, 30 September 2019 06:11

Wild on Waiheke has undergone a moody transformation, growing up into Wild Estate. Simon and Keryn Matthews are taking their business into it’s 7th season, and have finally realised their dream of turning their busy event space into an upmarket vineyard restaurant, including 250m of covered space to hold their popular team building activities all-weather, plus it’s a fantastic option for product launches, conferencing and weddings.

Country lodge sees meetings growth

Tuesday, 10 September 2019 22:14

A debut at MEETINGS this year and working with Tourism Waikato has led to an increase in enquiries for luxury Karapiro property Lakeview Lodge.

The Red Barn delights with Taste of Waikato

Monday, 02 September 2019 22:21

Local food and wine producers joined regional business leaders recently at a launch event celebrating Waikato’s latest foodie experience. 

Ground Broken for Wellington's Convention Centre

Tuesday, 27 August 2019 02:28

The ground has been broken for the Wellington Convention and Exhibition Centre, a first-of-its-kind building for the country which will lead the way for resilience and sustainability.

Auckland Honors Dame Kiri Te Kanawa

Wednesday, 21 August 2019 21:25

One of the world’s greatest sopranos is being celebrated in a grand theatre tradition, with a permanent tribute to be unveiled at Auckland’s Aotea Centre on 20 November.

Multi-Million Refurbishment at James Cook Hotel

Thursday, 15 August 2019 01:39

The first stage of a multi-million dollar refurbishment has been completed at Wellington’s James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor, bringing both heightened luxury for guests and a Workplace Safety Award for the careful way in which the work was carried out.The hotel is also celebrating a new partnership with Zealandia, Wellington city’s  world-leading eco-sanctuary which is located just five minutes’ drive from the CBD.

Te Pae Christchurch Executive Team

Wednesday, 14 August 2019 23:11

Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre announced the appointment of an array of local and international talent for its executive leadership team today.

Hilton Auckland unveils exclusive suites designed for the luxury traveller

Monday, 12 August 2019 01:48

Hilton Auckland proudly announces its newly renovated, upscale Level 8 rooms, two months on from its 100thyear anniversary. The refurbished Level 8 floor offers stunning views of the surrounding harbour and cityscape, with 21 rooms and suites featuring modern furnishings and new-look interiors suited to today’s travellers, along with some of the largest balconies the hotel has to offer. 

Creativity Captures The Crowd

Thursday, 08 August 2019 22:17

Auckland’s raceway, Alexandra Park, is finding exotic new ways to capture the crowds for its legendary ‘Friday Night Trots’ now more commonly known as ‘Friday Night at the Races’.

Auckland Airport and Tainui Group Holdings Break Ground on Te Arikinui Pullman Hotel

Tuesday, 23 July 2019 21:54

Auckland Airport and Tainui Group Holdings (TGH) have unveiled a stunning, uniquely New Zealand design for the new luxury Te Arikinui Pullman Auckland Airport Hotel, as part of a karakia service to celebrate the start of construction.

Luxury Day Spa of the year goes to Chaun Spa at Cordis

Wednesday, 17 July 2019 20:23

Chuan Spa at Cordis Auckland has been awarded the Luxury Day Spa of the Year Award  in New Zealand. Along with the director of Spa, Victoria Nathan being awarded Best Spa Manager Continent winner for Australia & Oceania. The awards showcase the pinnacle of service excellence for luxury spas around the world.

Accor scoops four hotel awards

Wednesday, 26 June 2019 07:55

From left, Edward Judd, Sarah Keenan accepting on behalf of Nicolette van Lieshout, Paul Columbus and Jeremy Healy

Top hoteliers recognised in 2019 NZ Hotel Industry Awards

Sunday, 23 June 2019 21:23

Leading hoteliers from Auckland and Queenstown have taken out the top titles in the 2019 New Zealand Hotel Industry Awards, while a Christchurch hotel has been recognised for its environmental efforts. 

New scholarship launched for hotel students

Thursday, 20 June 2019 02:30

A new scholarship for students studying towards a career in hotel management has been launched at the 2019 New Zealand Hotel Industry Conference today.

Gold keys at the George

Wednesday, 12 June 2019 03:12

Mark West is the newest member of Les Clefs d’Or and received his golden lapel keys in a special ceremony in June.  Mark has been part of The George Concierge team for 15 years and with colleague, Bryan Wilkinson who has been an active Les Clefs d’Or member for 13 years originally receiving his keys in London, makes history as the only hotel in the South Island of New Zealand to have two active members.

Finalists announced for 2019 NZ Hotel Industry Awards

Wednesday, 05 June 2019 00:16

Outstanding hotel personnel from Arrowtown to Auckland have been named as finalists in the 2019 New Zealand Hotel Industry Awards. 

Rydges Wellington Airport Opens

Wednesday, 29 May 2019 19:53

Rydges Wellington Airport Hotel was officially opened by Wellington mayor, Justin Lester, last night. More than 100 Wellington industry and community representatives attended to celebrate the first hotel in New Zealand to be fully connected and integrated with an airport terminal.

Half Way For Te Pae Christchurch

Wednesday, 22 May 2019 02:17

Asia Pacific’s newest world-class convention centre is now 50% complete and on track for opening in October 2020.With only 16 months until opening the doors for Te Pae Christchurch’s first event, venue operator, AEG Ogden is thrilled with the interest levels from international convention decision makers.

Crowne Plaza Auckland launches paperless check-in and check-out system

Sunday, 19 May 2019 21:01

Crowne Plaza Auckland has introduced a paperless check-in and check-out system as a sustainable movement to reduce the hotel's footprint.  

The 352-room hotel has launched the new technology which will change the traditional check-in and check-out process, allowing all information relating to guests' reservations to be displayed on a mounted iPad at the hotel front desk.

Guests check reservation details and sign on the tablet using a stylus, then receive billing statements and receipts electronically via their preferred e-mail address, a move which Crowne Plaza Auckland Operations Manager, Kahlia O’Shea says is a “no brainer.” 

Transformation underway at Dunedin's first 5-star hotel

Sunday, 12 May 2019 02:15

Construction is well underway at one of Dunedin’s most beloved heritage buildings, as the Wains Hotel prepares to become the southern city’s first 5-star boutique hotel by the end of 2019. 

The multi-million dollar refurbishment of the 157 year old hotel, owned by CP Group and operated by our management company CPG Hotels, will see the precious design elements of the building carefully preserved including solid stone and  intricate carvings. The hotel will remain open during the redevelopment and measures are being put in place to ensure disruption to guests is minimised. 

Christchurch Town Hall’s first business event a huge success

Monday, 06 May 2019 05:44

The reopening of the Christchurch Town Hall in February significantly bolstered the city’s capability to host large-scale business events.

Heritage Dunedin Leisure Lodge Launches

Wednesday, 01 May 2019 02:39
Heritage Hotels welcomes Dunedin Leisure Lodge into its group.

Close to CBD and within walking distance to the University of Otago and the Forsyth Barr, The hotel offers 76 rooms, restaurant, bar and two versatile conference facilities - the McGavin Room and the historic Oast House, once a former malting kiln developed as a venue for conference, meetings and events.  

Brook Serene delivers on Tiaki Promise

Monday, 04 March 2019 18:10

Tiaki in te reo Māori means to care for people and place. The Tiaki Promise is a commitment to care for New Zealand, for now and for future generations.

Heritage Collection Waitakere Estate opens South Wing

Monday, 25 February 2019 04:12
The new South Wing of the Heritage Collection Waitakere Estate officially opened last Friday, with a select gathering of industry and stake holders attending the unveiling officiated by the Honourable Paula Bennett.

Jet Park named for Hamilton Airport hotel

Monday, 18 February 2019 20:41

A multi-million dollar makeover of the Hamilton Airport Hotel will deliver a destination restaurant plus 4-star conference and accommodation facilities for the region.

Rydges Wellington Airport officially open

Wednesday, 13 February 2019 18:58

The first hotel in New Zealand fully connected and integrated with an airport terminal has opened at Wellington Airport.

New cultural centre for Christchurch

Monday, 11 February 2019 21:50

A new $3.5 million riverside cultural centre development has been announced for Christchurch.