News, insight and analysis of NZ’s accommodation sector.
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.
More than 2,600 accommodation providers in New Zealand are participating in Booking.com’s Travel Sustainable programme.
QT Hotels & Resorts’ Queenstown and Auckland properties have been internationally recognised at the Hotel and Accommodation Excellence awards ceremony, held last Friday.
The fast-growing operator has snapped up two resorts and is eyeing a third to help drive growth.
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.
Winners spanned the New Zealand Hotel, Department, People, and Major Awards categories.
Hotel guest nights across New Zealand in October 2022 surpassed the million mark for the first time since the pandemic started.
Rydges Hotels and Resorts has appointed Bjorn van Ginkel to general manager of the Rydges Formosa Golf Resort in Auckland.
The operator says it is seeing “huge demand” for the lifestyle budget accommodation experience in Australia and expects New Zealand to follow.
Hosted bed and breakfast operators are worried their industry could get caught up in council moves to regulate Airbnb.
Almost all of New Zealand’s major hotel markets are finishing spring stronger than they started, according to figures from STR.
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.
Mt Hutt, The Rees, Matakauri Lodge, and Azur Luxury Lodge have all picked up awards at the World Ski Awards for 2022.
A good October has turned into an even better November for Christchurch’s hotel market, according to figures from STR.
Operators are being forced to cap room supply while demand and cost pressures rise.
The owners are pouring tens of millions into the venture to create a new luxury precinct in Canterbury.
Auckland is back on the rise after suffering a mid-October occupancy and ADR drop, according to figures from STR.
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.
The acquisitive Auckland operator buys the former Heritage Collection Lake Resort and has another deal in the works.
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.
Queenstown occupancy and ADR appear to have stabilised at a new post-Covid ‘normal’ – at least for late spring – according to figures from STR.
The recovery is being led by particularly strong room rates, says the agent.
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.
A steady climb in occupancy across the country since early September pushes the rate up to a 2022 high.
PurePods has raised $2.88m – well above its $2m minimum capital raise target – on crowdfunding platform Snowball Effect.
Christchurch has hit an occupancy high for 2022 after a long climb from the Omicron-impacted doldrums of March this year.
Fable Hotels and Resorts has signed a deal to become the national corporate accommodation partner for the Blues rugby union team.
SIT research manager Dr Sally Bodkin-Allen says some delegates have chosen to extend their visit to explore the south.
A new booking platform that enables hotels to offer pricing tailored to individual customers has launched in New Zealand.
PurePods has hit its $2m minimum capital raise target through crowdfunding platform The Snowball Effect.
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.
The Scenic Hotel Group and HCA chair on hotels’ struggle to engage government.
Has an Australian-backed venture with Kiwi connections secured the coveted portfolio?
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 Auckland has been sold for $170m in the largest single hotel deal ever in New Zealand, says agent JLL.
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.
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.
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.
A bumper ski season and the open border helps Queenstown lead occupancy in August.
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.
Increasing operating expenses, particularly for labour and utilities, are also weighing on sentiment.
Eduard Sarton and Carey White bring international experience to the Auckland hotel.
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.
Invercargill’s 4.5-star The Langlands Hotel has been officially opened.
Ecotourism business and accommodation provider PurePods has reached more than $1m towards its first capital raise through crowdfunding platform Snowball Effect.
Average weekly occupancy across all of New Zealand barely budged over winter, hovering around 55% since early July 2022, according to figures from STR.
The positive sentiment comes as the domestic market wanes from its 2020/21 highs.
Room nights sold in five out of eight key markets returned to pre-Covid levels in August.
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?
The return of international visitors has given the country’s economy a boost.