Hotel and Venue News

New look for Hotel St Moritz

Monday, 25 September 2017 22:15

Queenstown’s Hotel St Moritz has unveiled new-look rooms and suites, along with upgrades to public areas to coincide with the start of the resort’s summer season.

The Queenstown property is a member of the global MGallery by Sofitel collection. The upgrades include new furniture in the lobby, Lombardi restaurant and boutique conference and incentive spaces The Library and The Den. New and enhanced cabling ensures high-speed internet, and new smart TVs have been installed.

Being boutique at Convene South

Monday, 18 September 2017 23:38

Unique Stays & Experiences had its first real push into the corporate meetings market at Convene South and managing director Louise Frend says she was heartened by the response.

New look Hilton Lake Taupo

Monday, 11 September 2017 22:11

Hilton Lake Taupo is undertaking a redesign of its conference and event facilities that are set to reopen in December 2017.

The refurbishment and extension to the hotel’s heritage wing will see the Victorian design of the original building, built in 1889, sit alongside state-of-the-art technology and contemporary furnishings to create a world-class event hub.

‘The development work will reinforce Hilton’s position as the clear choice for conferences, meetings, weddings, social functions and corporate events in the Central North Island region,’ says Adrian Teh, general manager, Hilton Auckland and Hilton Lake Taupo.

Pullman for Rotorua

Thursday, 17 August 2017 02:55

The announcement earlier this year of the Pullman coming to Rotorua is great news for the city, and reflects its transformation into a leading business events destination. Destination Rotorua’s business events manager Craig Murray says that while it is staying true to its roots, the city is adapting to fit with the changing world around it. ‘Rotorua is changing.

New hotels bringing in the $$

Monday, 07 August 2017 22:59

The value of consents for hotels, motels, and other short-term accommodation shot up to $490 million in the June 2017 year, according to new figures from Statistics NZ.New hotels in Auckland and Canterbury drove the 216% increase from the June 2016 year. The figures reveal the Auckland value for short-term accommodation buildings was boosted by consents for two substantial new hotels – Park Hyatt Auckland and SkyCity’s New Zealand International Convention Centre.

Three’s not a crowd for South American event

Friday, 04 August 2017 01:36

Three of New Zealand’s key wholesalers have joined forces to promote travel to South America. Adventure World, Viva Expeditions and World Journeys say the time has come to get more agents onboard with the huge potential they all believe exists to grow sales. ‘South America is one of the fastest growing destinations for NZ travellers and agents need to get upskilled to get their share’, the committee says.  

Hat trick for Ramada

Monday, 10 July 2017 03:49

Wyndham Hotel Group has announced its third Ramada Suites for Auckland – Ramada Suites Victoria Street West, Auckland – which will be the company’s 12th property in New Zealand.

Construction has begun and is slated to be completed late in 2018. With a mix of hotel and residential accommodation, the property will feature studios, executive suites and one-bedroom apartments, all with kitchen facilities and either harbour or city views featuring the Sky Tower.

Crowne Plaza returns to Christchurch

Monday, 03 July 2017 03:27

Crowne Plaza has made its return to Christchurch, promising to be the largest upscale hotel in the CBD with 204 modern rooms, a new café, bar and restaurant and four modern event spaces.

The return of the brand to the city is a significant milestone for the current owners of the former office building, InterContinental Hotels Group, and Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism.

Building co-owner Shane Le Compte of local investment and development company MC Christchurch Holdings says the former Crowne Plaza Christchurch had a loyal following amongst Cantabrians.

Dannevirke hotel and event space on the market

Tuesday, 27 June 2017 02:33

The Mangatera Hotel in the Manawatu township of Dannevirke is on the market.

The hotel offers conference, function and event facilities, a 60-seat restaurant and nine accommodation rooms.

It employs two full-time staff, with an additional pool of 12 part-time personnel working in all disciplines of the business during peak function and event periods.

The Mangatera Hotel land, buildings and business are being marketed for sale by Bayleys Napier. According to Bayleys’ Napier commercial salesperson Rodger Howie, the hotel’s buildings encompass a total floor area of approximately 1,033 square metres and is situated on some 4,433 square metres of freehold land. It

Mantra Sydney coming soon

Tuesday, 27 June 2017 02:29

Sydney Airport's newest hotel, the Mantra Hotel is set to welcome its first guests from July 19.

The hotel will feature 136 studio rooms, a restaurant and bar, and an integrated lobby and reception space.

The nine-level new-build hotel will feature a 24/7 atmosphere and service, express check-out, and internet kiosk.

Refurb for Holiday Inn AKL

Tuesday, 27 June 2017 02:18

Holiday Inn Auckland Airport will undergo a full refurbishment of all public spaces, starting next month.

The three-million-dollar redevelopment will transform the hotel’s public spaces, including the restaurant and bar, function rooms, hotel lobby, reception and swimming pool.

Building on the heritage, community and cultural significance of the hotel's location, creative design agency Designworks is tasked with drawing inspiration from New Zealand and Pacific to create a ‘welcoming heart’ for the hotel.

ibis Styles Hobart underway

Monday, 05 June 2017 23:51

A $50 million new-build ibis Styles Hobart is set to open in late July, after an agreement was reached between AccorHotels and Singapore developer Fragrance Group. It will be the first of three hotels opened by the group in Hobart.

Currently in final stages of construction, it will be the Tasmanian city’s largest hotel.

With 296-rooms spanning 10 floors, the hotel will be the largest in the Tasmanian capital city and bring much needed design-led affordable quality accommodation to Hobart. Ibis Styles Hobart will boast a rooftop indoor heated lap pool, two saunas, a gymnasium and free wifi throughout. A number of rooms will have views over the River Derwent.

Pullman coming to Rotorua

Monday, 22 May 2017 23:01


AccorHotels has announced a new 5-star Pullman hotel will open in Rotorua in late 2018/early 2019. It will be the first internationally branded 5-star hotel to open in the city.

Pullman Rotorua is currently being developed as a conversion of an existing nine-storey building once used as a government building in the central business district on Arawa Street.

The 130-room hotel will feature an executive lounge, business lounge, chill-out lounge, restaurant and bar, gymnasium, car parking as well as five meeting rooms catering for conference and events.

Element debuts in Melbourne

Monday, 15 May 2017 02:43

Marriott is debuting its Element brand in Australia in the Richmond area of Melbourne.

The new hotel will be a part of the Botanicca Corporate Park - a campus-style office park featuring modern commercial spaces and a variety of retail and lifestyle amenities.

There will be 168 guestrooms and a few of them will feature kitchenettes for guests that are after a longer stay.

Wyndham heads south, again

Thursday, 11 May 2017 22:38

Wyndham Hotel Group is bringing a second hotel to Queenstown, Wyndham Garden Remarkables Park.

The hotel will feature meeting space, a gym, onsite car parking, and a wide range of accommodation including studios, executive suites, and one-bedroom units complete with kitchen facilities.

It’s also within walking distance of Queenstown Airport and the shuttle to the Remarkables, as well as a short drive from Coronet Peak and The Remarkables snow fields.

Wyndham's new brand in Chch

Monday, 01 May 2017 22:42

Wyndham Hotel Group currently has more than 100 hotels operating under a range of brands and is now bringing a new one to New Zealand.

Ramada ENCORE’s first build will be in Christchurch’s CBD, near the Canterbury Museum and Arts Centre and other attractions. 

Christchurch has recently gone through a tourism boom, the city’s tourism revenue grew 5% NZD $2.2 billion in the year ending January 2017, making Christchurch the country’s second largest tourism market – an ideal spot for the new brand.

New exec chef at Heritage

Thursday, 27 April 2017 00:06

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.

Marriott on a mission in NZ

Monday, 17 April 2017 22:17

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.

Mantra Hotel at Sydney Airport one step closer to June opening

Wednesday, 12 April 2017 23:30

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 expands NZ footprint with Ramada Suites on Auckland’s North Shore

Sunday, 09 April 2017 23:20


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.

Art Deco glamour inspiration behind Grand Windsor makeover

Sunday, 09 April 2017 22:55

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.

New Sebel in Manukau

Monday, 03 April 2017 22:31

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.

Hyatt's a Hot Topic

Tuesday, 21 March 2017 01:03

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.

Sydney special available

Monday, 16 January 2017 19:35

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.

Deals Heritage Hanmer Springs

Friday, 30 November 2001 00:00

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.

Grand win for hotel exec

Monday, 30 November -0001 00:00

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’.