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.
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.
Almost all of New Zealand’s major hotel markets are finishing spring stronger than they started, according to figures from STR.
Carbon-neutral room rates will allow guests to offset their stay through a programme delivered by CarbonClick.
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.
Accor Pacific is expanding its diversity policy for employees with the introduction of what it calls an industry-leading gender transitioning policy.
Auckland is back on the rise after suffering a mid-October occupancy and ADR drop, according to figures from STR.
The acquisitive Auckland operator buys the former Heritage Collection Lake Resort and has another deal in the works.
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 Super Fund says its NZ Hotel Holdings joint venture with The Russell Property Group and Lockwood Property Group had a very busy FY22, “continuing with the strategy to be New Zealand’s best hotel portfolio”.
The recovery is being led by particularly strong room rates, says the agent.
A steady climb in occupancy across the country since early September pushes the rate up to a 2022 high.
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.
A new booking platform that enables hotels to offer pricing tailored to individual customers has launched in New Zealand.
The opening of the $35m Sudima Kaikōura has finally become a reality after long Covid delays – just in time for the much-anticipated summer.
The Scenic Hotel Group and HCA chair on hotels’ struggle to engage government.
With new hotels and brands coming, the country’s largest hotel operator is already looking to fill about 300 vacancies in NZ.
The capital is having a strong spring with the return of the World of WearableArt after three years helping to drive occupancy and ADR.
About 450 delegates are expected at today’s inaugural Aotearoa Hotel Industry Conference and Exhibition at Pullman Auckland.
Fable Hotels and Resorts has received 12 awards at the annual Haute Grandeur Global Awards.
Stamford Plaza Auckland has been sold for $170m in the largest single hotel deal ever in New Zealand, says agent JLL.
More than 450 delegates are expected to gather in Auckland today and tomorrow for the first New Zealand Aotearoa Hotel Industry Conference and Exhibition.
Staffing challenges could create reputational damage if summer demand is not satisfied, warns the consultancy.
The facility will help the operator reduce emissions and improve sustainability across its hotels.
Hospitality New Zealand and Hotel Council Aotearoa have welcomed changes to immigration settings that will enable unqualified chefs to work in New Zealand.
Christchurch hotels The Pavilions and The George are partnering up with Lincoln University to offer $3,000 scholarships to students.
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.
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.
Heritage Hotel Management has appointed Chris Hughes to sales manager based at its corporate office in Auckland.
More than 180,000 people have visited Auckland’s Hotel Britomart since its opening in 2020, the company says.
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.
Average weekly occupancy across all of New Zealand barely budged over winter, hovering around 55% since early July 2022, according to figures from STR.
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?
Scenic Hotel Group says it is taking steps to improve its business sustainability and aligning the group’s activities with six United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals as benchmarks.
Christchurch has enjoyed an improving occupancy rate this year, recovering from an Omicron low in mid-March to reach 66% on average across the city in late-August, according to STR.
The apartment hotel operator brings back its short-stay offerings in NZ after reverting to long-term accom during the pandemic.
There was been little movement in Auckland’s hotel market over winter with new room supply and returning managed isolation facilities keeping a lid on occupancy rates and ADR.
EVENT Hospitality & Entertainment has revealed how much it had paid for taking 100% ownership of Jucy Snooze and its phased takeover of Rydges Latimer Christchurch.
But cost pressures and corporate competition could shape the recovery for operators.
EVENT Hospitality & Entertainment has appointed Lucy Acott as New Zealand director of marketing.