Mercure Auckland Queen Street, a 96-room hotel spanning eight storeys, is set to open in 2019. It will feature a restaurant, conference room and fitness centre and is being created within an existing commercial building retrofitted as a hotel at 500 Queen Street.
AccorHotels New Zealand has appointed Kerrie Hannaford as its new director of sales & marketing, New Zealand, Fiji and French Polynesia.
Based in Auckland, Hannaford will replace Sonya Rossiter who has recently relocated to AccorHotels Singapore office in a newly created role, joining the Accor Plus team.
Hannaford began her career in 2005 as director of sales & marketing at the Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa. She then moved to Australia in the role of national director of sales, distribution & revenue management.
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.