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2 Dec 2022   /

Weekly hotel results: Wellington shifts into summer in strongest shape

Of the country’s major hotel markets, Wellington appears to have come out of spring the strongest with average weekly occupancy mostly above 80% since mid-October, according to figures from STR.


Booking.com attracts 2.6k sustainable Kiwi accom providers
2 Dec 2022  

Booking.com attracts 2.6k sustainable Kiwi accom providers

More than 2,600 accommodation providers in New Zealand are participating in Booking.com’s Travel Sustainable programme.


QT celebrates excellence awards wins
2 Dec 2022   /

QT celebrates excellence awards wins

QT Hotels & Resorts’ Queenstown and Auckland properties have been internationally recognised at the Hotel and Accommodation Excellence awards ceremony, held last Friday.


Marsden targets resorts for national expansion
29 Nov 2022  

Marsden targets resorts for national expansion

The fast-growing operator has snapped up two resorts and is eyeing a third to help drive growth.


JW Marriott to launch at former Stamford Plaza
29 Nov 2022  

JW Marriott to launch at former Stamford Plaza

Marriott International will convert the former Stamford Plaza Auckland to the luxury JW Marriott brand by mid-2024, a refurbishment that will cost around $20m.


NZ winners at 2022 Hotel Management Awards
29 Nov 2022   /

NZ winners at 2022 Hotel Management Awards

Winners spanned the New Zealand Hotel, Department, People, and Major Awards categories.


ADP: Monthly hotel guest nights break through million mark
28 Nov 2022   /

ADP: Monthly hotel guest nights break through million mark

Hotel guest nights across New Zealand in October 2022 surpassed the million mark for the first time since the pandemic started.


Rydges appoints GM to Formosa Golf Resort
28 Nov 2022   /

Rydges appoints GM to Formosa Golf Resort

Rydges Hotels and Resorts has appointed Bjorn van Ginkel to general manager of the Rydges Formosa Golf Resort in Auckland.


Lights out for Jucy Snooze as EVT’s LyLo launches
25 Nov 2022   /

Lights out for Jucy Snooze as EVT’s LyLo launches

The operator says it is seeing “huge demand” for the lifestyle budget accommodation experience in Australia and expects New Zealand to follow.


We’re not the same as Airbnb – B&Bs highlight differences to avoid regulation
25 Nov 2022   /

We’re not the same as Airbnb – B&Bs highlight differences to avoid regulation

Hosted bed and breakfast operators are worried their industry could get caught up in council moves to regulate Airbnb.


Weekly hotel results: Spring revival points to strong summer
25 Nov 2022   /

Weekly hotel results: Spring revival points to strong summer

Almost all of New Zealand’s major hotel markets are finishing spring stronger than they started, according to figures from STR.


ADP: October guest nights at 93% of pre-Covid
25 Nov 2022   /

ADP: October guest nights at 93% of pre-Covid

Total guest nights reached 3.1 million in October 2022, or 93% of the level reported for the same month in pre-Covid 2018, according to the latest Accommodation Data Programme.


NZ ski resorts, hotels recognised in global awards
21 Nov 2022   /

NZ ski resorts, hotels recognised in global awards

Mt Hutt, The Rees, Matakauri Lodge, and Azur Luxury Lodge have all picked up awards at the World Ski Awards for 2022.


Hotel weekly results: Christchurch keeps on climbing
18 Nov 2022   /

Hotel weekly results: Christchurch keeps on climbing

A good October has turned into an even better November for Christchurch’s hotel market, according to figures from STR.


Hotel staff shortages forcing prices up but slowing recovery – Horwath HTL
17 Nov 2022   /

Hotel staff shortages forcing prices up but slowing recovery – Horwath HTL

Operators are being forced to cap room supply while demand and cost pressures rise.


New $20k per night Flockhill vote of confidence in NZ luxury
16 Nov 2022   /

New $20k per night Flockhill vote of confidence in NZ luxury

The owners are pouring tens of millions into the venture to create a new luxury precinct in Canterbury.


Weekly hotel results: Auckland back on the rise
11 Nov 2022   /

Weekly hotel results: Auckland back on the rise

Auckland is back on the rise after suffering a mid-October occupancy and ADR drop, according to figures from STR.


NZ Tourism Awards: Millbrook on wellbeing amid workforce challenges
9 Nov 2022   /

NZ Tourism Awards: Millbrook on wellbeing amid workforce challenges

In a series of profiles leading up to Thursday’s event, the Ticker talks to Millbrook Resort, a finalist in the Employer of Choice Award.


Marsden snaps up Otago asset, targets resort-style accom
8 Nov 2022  

Marsden snaps up Otago asset, targets resort-style accom

The acquisitive Auckland operator buys the former Heritage Collection Lake Resort and has another deal in the works.


NZ Tourism Awards: The lay of The Landing’s sustainability focus
7 Nov 2022   /

NZ Tourism Awards: The lay of The Landing’s sustainability focus

In a series of profiles leading up to Thursday’s events, the Ticker talks to The Landing, a finalist in the Conservation Award and Environment Award categories.


Hotel weekly results: Queenstown arrests spring slide
4 Nov 2022   /

Hotel weekly results: Queenstown arrests spring slide

Queenstown occupancy and ADR appear to have stabilised at a new post-Covid ‘normal’ – at least for late spring – according to figures from STR.


NZ hotel market recovery stronger than anticipated – Colliers
2 Nov 2022   /

NZ hotel market recovery stronger than anticipated – Colliers

The recovery is being led by particularly strong room rates, says the agent.


Local govt report supports bed taxes, visitor levels
31 Oct 2022   /

Local govt report supports bed taxes, visitor levels

Bed taxes and visitor levies have been identified as potential revenue sources for local governments to support the funding of infrastructure needed to accommodate tourism.


Hotel weekly results: NZ gets going
28 Oct 2022   /

Hotel weekly results: NZ gets going

A steady climb in occupancy across the country since early September pushes the rate up to a 2022 high.


PurePods raises nearly $2.9m
25 Oct 2022   /

PurePods raises nearly $2.9m

PurePods has raised $2.88m – well above its $2m minimum capital raise target – on crowdfunding platform Snowball Effect.


Weekly hotel results: Christchurch hits 2022 high
21 Oct 2022   /

Weekly hotel results: Christchurch hits 2022 high

Christchurch has hit an occupancy high for 2022 after a long climb from the Omicron-impacted doldrums of March this year.


Fable signs accom, events deal with Blues
21 Oct 2022   /

Fable signs accom, events deal with Blues

Fable Hotels and Resorts has signed a deal to become the national corporate accommodation partner for the Blues rugby union team.


Southland music conference a boost for local tourism
21 Oct 2022  

Southland music conference a boost for local tourism

SIT research manager Dr Sally Bodkin-Allen says some delegates have chosen to extend their visit to explore the south.


New hotel booking platform launches in NZ
21 Oct 2022  

New hotel booking platform launches in NZ

A new booking platform that enables hotels to offer pricing tailored to individual customers has launched in New Zealand.


PurePods hits capital raise minimum as offer nears close
20 Oct 2022   /

PurePods hits capital raise minimum as offer nears close

PurePods has hit its $2m minimum capital raise target through crowdfunding platform The Snowball Effect.


How much do holiday parks earn? – HPNZ report
19 Oct 2022   /

How much do holiday parks earn? – HPNZ report

New Zealand holiday parks generate average annual income of $1.15m each with larger properties earning more than double that, according to a sample of the industry.


We’re a $15bn industry and we want to be at the table – Lani Hagaman
18 Oct 2022   /

We’re a $15bn industry and we want to be at the table – Lani Hagaman

The Scenic Hotel Group and HCA chair on hotels’ struggle to engage government.


Who has bought YHA NZ’s nine hostels? Here’s our pick…
14 Oct 2022   /

Who has bought YHA NZ’s nine hostels? Here’s our pick…

Has an Australian-backed venture with Kiwi connections secured the coveted portfolio?


Weekly hotel results: WOW puts spring in Wellington’s step
14 Oct 2022   /

Weekly hotel results: WOW puts spring in Wellington’s step

The capital is having a strong spring with the return of the World of WearableArt after three years helping to drive occupancy and ADR.


Stamford Plaza sold for $170m in NZ’s largest single hotel deal – JLL
12 Oct 2022  

Stamford Plaza sold for $170m in NZ’s largest single hotel deal – JLL

Stamford Plaza Auckland has been sold for $170m in the largest single hotel deal ever in New Zealand, says agent JLL.


Airbnb reveals 2022 Host Awards winners
10 Oct 2022   /

Airbnb reveals 2022 Host Awards winners

A 1960s Futuro House in Canterbury, a cabin in the mountainous terrain of Canterbury, and a nature experience in Palmerston North are among the winners at Airbnb’s Host Awards for 2022.


Weekly hotel results: Auckland finally on the move
7 Oct 2022   /

Weekly hotel results: Auckland finally on the move

After spending most of the year struggling to crack 50% occupancy, Auckland is finally on the move with the major metrics all trending in the right direction.


Dolomite Point project already benefiting Punakaiki – DOC
6 Oct 2022  

Dolomite Point project already benefiting Punakaiki – DOC

Construction of the Department of Conservation’s new Experience Centre at the $26m Dolomite Point Redevelopment Project at Punakaiki is providing a boost for local accommodation and hospitality providers.


ADP: NZ guest nights reach 88% of pre-Covid
5 Oct 2022   /

ADP: NZ guest nights reach 88% of pre-Covid

A bumper ski season and the open border helps Queenstown lead occupancy in August.


Eagles Nest goes VR to showcase luxury accommodation
5 Oct 2022   /

Eagles Nest goes VR to showcase luxury accommodation

Eagles Nest in the Bay of Islands has launched a virtual reality hub enabling potential customers and commercial partners to access a fully immersive online experience of the luxury resort.


Asia Pacific hotel recovery by 2024, China uncertainty drags – CBRE
4 Oct 2022   /

Asia Pacific hotel recovery by 2024, China uncertainty drags – CBRE

Increasing operating expenses, particularly for labour and utilities, are also weighing on sentiment.


Cordis Auckland appoints GM, HR director
4 Oct 2022   /

Cordis Auckland appoints GM, HR director

Eduard Sarton and Carey White bring international experience to the Auckland hotel.


Weekly hotel results: Queenstown dips after Snow Machine high
30 Sep 2022   /

Weekly hotel results: Queenstown dips after Snow Machine high

Average weekly occupancy and ADR have slid from their winter highs at Queenstown but the October school holidays will hopefully give the resort another spring boost.


$52m The Langlands Hotel officially opens
30 Sep 2022  

$52m The Langlands Hotel officially opens

Invercargill’s 4.5-star The Langlands Hotel has been officially opened.


PurePods capital raise reaches $1m so far
27 Sep 2022   /

PurePods capital raise reaches $1m so far

Ecotourism business and accommodation provider PurePods has reached more than $1m towards its first capital raise through crowdfunding platform Snowball Effect.


Weekly hotel results: Steady as it goes for NZ winter
23 Sep 2022   /

Weekly hotel results: Steady as it goes for NZ winter

Average weekly occupancy across all of New Zealand barely budged over winter, hovering around 55% since early July 2022, according to figures from STR.


Holiday parks confidence grows on international prospects
20 Sep 2022  

Holiday parks confidence grows on international prospects

The positive sentiment comes as the domestic market wanes from its 2020/21 highs.


ADR drives growth but rising costs, staffing challenges drag hotels – Horwath HTL
20 Sep 2022   /

ADR drives growth but rising costs, staffing challenges drag hotels – Horwath HTL

Room nights sold in five out of eight key markets returned to pre-Covid levels in August.


Weekly hotel results: Has Wellington lost its crown?
16 Sep 2022   /

Weekly hotel results: Has Wellington lost its crown?

It is still early days in the recovery but could Wellington’s crown as the country’s best-performing hotel market for the past two-and-a-half years finally be slipping?


Tourism helps economy rebound, NZ avoids recession
15 Sep 2022  

Tourism helps economy rebound, NZ avoids recession

The return of international visitors has given the country’s economy a boost.