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9 May 2018  

SKYCITY unveils five-star Horizon Hotel

SKYCITY Entertainment Group has unveiled its Horizon Hotel being built alongside the New Zealand International Convention Centre in Auckland.


Scenic hires former RTO comms manager
3 May 2018  

Scenic hires former RTO comms manager

Scenic Hotel Group has hired Kelly Watson, nee Stock, to be its new communications and brand specialist.


Heritage Hotel appoints new COO
3 May 2018  

Heritage Hotel appoints new COO

Heritage Hotels has promoted Gary Jarvis from group operations manager to the role of chief operating officer at Heritage Hotel Management.


Owen River Lodge goes gold
3 May 2018  

Owen River Lodge goes gold

Owen River Lodge in Murchison has attained Qualmark’s Luxury Lodge certification and a Gold Sustainable Tourism Business Award.


New GM takes the helm at the Pullman Auckland
19 Apr 2018  

New GM takes the helm at the Pullman Auckland

Veronique Delattre has taken the helm of the Pullman Auckland as the hotel’s new general manager.


NZ’s first Wyndham Garden hotel opens in Queenstown
19 Apr 2018  

NZ’s first Wyndham Garden hotel opens in Queenstown

Wyndham Garden Remarkables Park, Queenstown brings Wyndham Hotel Group’s NZ portfolio to nine hotels.


Peppers on the Point hires new lodge manager
19 Apr 2018  

Peppers on the Point hires new lodge manager

Peppers on the Point – Lake Rotorua are pleased to announce the appointment of Ann Gregor – Greene to the role of Lodge Manager.


Hotel conference focusing on regional growth
17 Apr 2018  

Hotel conference focusing on regional growth

How to better share the benefits of New Zealand’s tourism boom with the regions will be a big focus of this year’s New Zealand Hotel Industry Conference.


Stats NZ: Feb international guest nights beat domestic for first time in 8 years
12 Apr 2018   /

Stats NZ: Feb international guest nights beat domestic for first time in 8 years

Southern regions drove international guests nights over the top of domestic in February for the first time in eight years.


178-unit  Waldorf Stadium Apartment Hotel up for sale
12 Apr 2018  

178-unit Waldorf Stadium Apartment Hotel up for sale

The Waldorf Stadium Apartment Hotel in the heart of Auckland CBD is on the market for sale through Colliers International Hotels and CBRE Hotels.


Hotel Industry Awards 2018 open for entries
6 Apr 2018   /

Hotel Industry Awards 2018 open for entries

The hotel sector is gearing up for a big July, with the annual New Zealand Hotel Industry Conference on in Auckland 4-5 July, culminating with a gala Awards dinner.


TIA: Extended Auckland accommodation rate still unfair
2 Apr 2018  

TIA: Extended Auckland accommodation rate still unfair

The new version of the targeted rate on accommodation providers proposed in the Auckland Council’s draft Long-Term Plan is still inefficient and ill-conceived, says TIA.


Senior appointment marks new direction for Scenic
27 Mar 2018  

Senior appointment marks new direction for Scenic

Following an international search, Scenic Hotel Group has appointed Bharath Satyavolu to the newly created position of Group Director of Commercial.


Submissions urged before online accommodation providers hit by targeted rate
26 Mar 2018   /

Submissions urged before online accommodation providers hit by targeted rate

Bookabach is urging its users to make submissions on the Auckland Council’s plans to implement a targeted rate on non-commercial accommodation providers.


Scenic rolls out major refurb programme
26 Mar 2018  

Scenic rolls out major refurb programme

New Zealand’s Scenic Hotel Group has embarked on a further refurbishment programme of four of its key hotels.


Hotel manager for in-development Sudima appointed
20 Mar 2018  

Hotel manager for in-development Sudima appointed

Sudima Hotels and Resorts has appointed Maree Welgus as Hotel Manager for the in-development Sudima Christchurch City.


Dunedin sets sights on Airbnb with new rates increase proposal
16 Mar 2018  

Dunedin sets sights on Airbnb with new rates increase proposal

Dunedin residents who let out their homes on platforms like Airbnb and BookaBach could be slapped with a rates increase of up to 145%.


Stats NZ: Airbnb data capture proving difficult
15 Mar 2018   /

Stats NZ: Airbnb data capture proving difficult

Stats NZ says there is no clear path to collecting data from the country’s growing non-commercial accommodation providers such as Airbnb despite increasing calls for insight into the subsector.


The Brainerds behind Camp Glenorchy’s vision of sustainable tourism
14 Mar 2018  

The Brainerds behind Camp Glenorchy’s vision of sustainable tourism

The Ticker’s Bridget O’Connell went along to the opening of Camp Glenorchy yesterday and met the American couple behind the innovative eco-friendly accommodation.on. 


Hotels, holiday parks lead Jan growth as guest nights near 5m
12 Mar 2018  

Hotels, holiday parks lead Jan growth as guest nights near 5m

Hotels and holiday parks reported the biggest growth in January as guest nights in short term accommodation across the country reached a record 4.97 million, up 1.4% on the same month last year.


$1.3bn takeover to create Australasia’s largest hotel group gets go ahead
12 Mar 2018   / /

$1.3bn takeover to create Australasia’s largest hotel group gets go ahead

French giant AccorHotels’ proposed A$1.2bn (NZ$1.3bn) takeover of Australia’s Mantra Group looks set to go ahead creating a 50,000 room behemoth in the Asia Pacific room.


Stats NZ: Hospitality, accommodation card spending flat
12 Mar 2018  

Stats NZ: Hospitality, accommodation card spending flat

Spending was subdued across most of the six retail industries including hospitality.


Deluge traps guests at Blue Duck Lodge
9 Mar 2018  

Deluge traps guests at Blue Duck Lodge

Around 120 people are needing to spend the night at the Blue Duck Lodge, Whakahoro, on the Retaruke River following last night’s heavy rain.


Paymark: Tourists help drive spending growth over summer
5 Mar 2018  

Paymark: Tourists help drive spending growth over summer

International visitor spending growth over summer helped boost the coffers of New Zealand’s tourism industry with the accommodation, retail, activities and transport sectors all benefiting.    


Airbnb NZ guests, listings surge
5 Mar 2018  

Airbnb NZ guests, listings surge

Airbnb guest numbers in New Zealand surged to 1.46 million in 2017, up 112% on 2016, while the number of listings jumped 61% to 37,600.


Hotel occupancy lifts 2% but ADR, RevPAR  both jump 11% in 2017
2 Mar 2018  

Hotel occupancy lifts 2% but ADR, RevPAR both jump 11% in 2017

Hotel occupancy rates across New Zealand rose by 2% last year but average daily rates and revenue per available room both jumped 11% during the same period.


Edgewater appoints new GM
27 Feb 2018  

Edgewater appoints new GM

Edgewater resort at Lake Wanaka has promoted its financial controller, Jon Brown, to the position of general manager.


M&C boosts RevPAR, reports hotel income up 12% to $106m
12 Feb 2018  

M&C boosts RevPAR, reports hotel income up 12% to $106m

Millennium & Copthorne Hotels said revenue per available room at its NZ assets grew by 8.2% in 2017, helping to drive hotel income up by 11.6% to $105.6m for the year to December.


Hotel industry to initiate targeted rate judicial review
9 Feb 2018  

Hotel industry to initiate targeted rate judicial review

The hotel industry is hitting back at the introduction of Auckland council’s controversial accommodation targeted rate by initiating a judicial review.


Digital hotel opens for business
8 Feb 2018  

Digital hotel opens for business

The evening of Thursday 8 February will see Dunedin’s heritage listed Penthouse on Stafford street, staging the launch of the world’s first completely digital hotel.


Abel Tasman Lodge scoops multiple Trip Advisor awards
8 Feb 2018  

Abel Tasman Lodge scoops multiple Trip Advisor awards

Family-owned Abel Tasman Lodge scoops multiple top 5 rankings in Trip Advisor 2018 Travellers’ Choice Awards


M&C buys New Plymouth’s The Waterfront Hotel
7 Feb 2018  

M&C buys New Plymouth’s The Waterfront Hotel

Millennium & Copthorne Hotels has bought New Plymouth’s The Waterfront Hotel.


‘Highest hotel in New Zealand’ offered for sale
1 Feb 2018   /

‘Highest hotel in New Zealand’ offered for sale

One of New Zealand’s most iconic alpine resorts is being offered for sale through Colliers International.


Wyndham to build $25m Ramada Suites
21 Dec 2017   /

Wyndham to build $25m Ramada Suites

Hospitality giant Wyndham Hotel Group and New Zealand developer Safari Group have announced plans to open an 85-room Ramada Suites in Manukau


Intercontinental, Weta launch new partnership
14 Dec 2017   /

Intercontinental, Weta launch new partnership

InterContinental Wellington and Weta Studio Tours are excited to launch an exciting partnership.


Ski, sun and school holidays boost guest nights
13 Dec 2017  

Ski, sun and school holidays boost guest nights

School holidays, good weather and a longer ski season saw total guest nights from across New Zealand rise to 3.15 million in October, up 4.8% on the same month last year.


All abuzz with bees for The Rees
13 Dec 2017  

All abuzz with bees for The Rees

Neighbours within a 3km radius of award-winning Queenstown property, The Rees Hotel, Luxury Apartments & Lakeside Residences will come eye to eye with its new little community ambassadors this summer.


Haka launches $25m K’Road hotel
8 Dec 2017  

Haka launches $25m K’Road hotel

Haka Tourism Group launched its Haka Hotel – K’Road product last night to top a notable year for the 10-year-old company.


Aspen Hotel fills newly created role
7 Dec 2017  

Aspen Hotel fills newly created role

Aspen Hotel Queenstown has appointed Mario Sandulescu to the newly created role of Executive Assistant Manager.


Heritage Christchurch wins two World Luxury Hotel awards….
7 Dec 2017  

Heritage Christchurch wins two World Luxury Hotel awards….

Heritage Christchurch has secured two awards in the World Luxury Hotel Awards 2017 which were announced over the weekend at a gala event in Zurich honouring the world’s top luxury properties.


…and so does The Spire Hotel at Queenstown
7 Dec 2017  

…and so does The Spire Hotel at Queenstown

Luxury Queenstown accommodation quarters, The Spire Hotel, has been named ‘New Zealand’s Best Luxury Romantic Hotel’ and ‘New Zealand’s Best Luxury Small Hotel’ at the 2017 World Luxury Hotel Awards held in Switzerland over the weekend.


Fu Wah: Luxury train a vehicle to invest in NZ tourism
5 Dec 2017   /

Fu Wah: Luxury train a vehicle to invest in NZ tourism

Chinese developer Fu Wah International says its investment in the proposed length-of-New Zealand luxury train service is a strategic move to push into the regions and invest in the country’s booming tourism sector.


Airbnb jumps to a fifth of all Christchurch accommodation
5 Dec 2017   /

Airbnb jumps to a fifth of all Christchurch accommodation

The rise of Airbnb’s popularity in Christchurch has seen guest nights in the city bounce back to near pre-earthquake levels.


Sofitel Wellington appoints new GM
13 Nov 2017  

Sofitel Wellington appoints new GM

Melissa Shaw has joined Sofitel Wellington as General Manager, bringing decades of experience in the luxury accommodation industry.


South Island demand lifts September guest nights
10 Nov 2017  

South Island demand lifts September guest nights

Total New Zealand guest nights rose by 1.4% in September driven by South Island hotels and backpackers while North Island guest nights dipped, said Stats NZ.


QLDC clarifies visitor accommodation rules
10 Nov 2017  

QLDC clarifies visitor accommodation rules

Queenstown Lakes District Council unanimously voted to proceed with public notification of revised rules for Residential Visitor Accommodation, at its extraordinary meeting on Wednesday.


Queenstown votes to curb short-term lets
9 Nov 2017   /

Queenstown votes to curb short-term lets

Queenstown Lakes District Council has continued to crack down on residential ratepayers renting out their homes by voting for stricter short-term visitor accommodation rules.


Jet Park Hotel, Snowplanet reign supreme
9 Nov 2017  

Jet Park Hotel, Snowplanet reign supreme

Jet Park Hotel and Snowplanet both won the supreme prize at the Westpac Auckland Business Awards 2017 for the southern and northern regions respectively.


QLDC: Visitor accommodation rules to be reconsidered
8 Nov 2017  

QLDC: Visitor accommodation rules to be reconsidered

Queenstown Lakes District Council will consider proposed new rules on Residential Visitor Accommodation at an extraordinary meeting today.


New hotel, rooftop park, and upgraded cruise berths planned for Auckland
2 Nov 2017  

New hotel, rooftop park, and upgraded cruise berths planned for Auckland

Ports of Auckland wants to build a new hotel, a rooftop public park and upgrade its cruise berths on its waterfront site, according to a draft 30-year master plan released today.


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