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Weekly hotel results: Solid start to spring
29 Sep 2023   /

Weekly hotel results: Solid start to spring

New Zealand’s hotels have seen a good start to spring with average weekly occupancy across the country rising from 62% for the first week in September to over 70% last week.


An Operator’s View: Cooper and Company’s Garth Solly
25 Sep 2023   /

An Operator’s View: Cooper and Company’s Garth Solly

A sustained focus on building value, conservation and sustainability are top of the agenda for the owner of The Landing and Hotel Britomart.


Weekly hotel results: Christchurch slides through spring
22 Sep 2023   /

Weekly hotel results: Christchurch slides through spring

Christchurch occupancy has been sliding steadily since mid-August, with little in the way of major events to give the city a boost.


Queenstown tourism braces for impact from water warning
21 Sep 2023   /

Queenstown tourism braces for impact from water warning

Cancellations and the expense of water workarounds are among the challenges for the resort’s operators.


Hotels scramble as thousands of guests warned off tap water
19 Sep 2023   /

Hotels scramble as thousands of guests warned off tap water

Queenstown operators also report a rise in staff illness recently, though the cause is unclear.


Snow, sports, business events help lift hotels – Horwath HTL
18 Sep 2023   /

Snow, sports, business events help lift hotels – Horwath HTL

Decent spring snow, the FIFA Women’s World Cup, and the growing business events sector combined to give New Zealand’s hotels a lift in August 2023, according to Horwath HTL.


Weekly hotel results: Events drive Queenstown to 2023 high
15 Sep 2023   /

Weekly hotel results: Events drive Queenstown to 2023 high

The Snow Machine music event and the Winter Games have helped lift hotel occupancy to a 2023 high across Queenstown, according to figures from STR.


Rosewood enters NZ with Robertson Lodges deal
12 Sep 2023   /

Rosewood enters NZ with Robertson Lodges deal

Luxury accommodation operator Rosewood Hotels & Resorts takes over the management of Robertson’s three NZ properties.


An Operator’s View: The George’s Bruce Garrett
11 Sep 2023   /

An Operator’s View: The George’s Bruce Garrett

The MD on what owner Brook Serene is investing in and its priorities in the recovery.


Weekly hotel results: Normal service resumed at Wellington
8 Sep 2023   /

Weekly hotel results: Normal service resumed at Wellington

While Wellington enjoyed a sharp jump in occupancy and ADR during the early stages of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in late July, those metrics have been sliding since, according to figures from STR.


The George, Hulbert House win World Travel Awards
7 Sep 2023   /

The George, Hulbert House win World Travel Awards

The George Hotel in Christchurch and Hulbert House in Queenstown have won accolades at the World Travel Awards in Ho Chi Minh City.


$20m 5-star Queenstown hotel deal approved
1 Sep 2023   /

$20m 5-star Queenstown hotel deal approved

Singapore-controlled Queenstown Hotel Investments secures consent for its purchase of the luxury Nugget Point Hotel.


Weekly hotel results: Auckland slides from mid-winter high
1 Sep 2023   /

Weekly hotel results: Auckland slides from mid-winter high

Hotel occupancy across the city has been falling since late July but is still much better than last year.


LyLo Christchurch, Queenstown open
1 Sep 2023   /

LyLo Christchurch, Queenstown open

LyLo has opened the doors to its revamped Christchurch and Queenstown accommodations.


QT Queenstown opens art gallery
31 Aug 2023   /

QT Queenstown opens art gallery

QT Queenstown has opened an art gallery on the sixth floor of its hotel.


Sofitel Auckland to reopen refurbished on 1 Sept
28 Aug 2023  

Sofitel Auckland to reopen refurbished on 1 Sept

The Sofitel Auckland is reopening on 1 September after extensive refurbishments to the 90-room hotel’s lobby and meeting space.


Weekly hotel results: Queenstown on a roll as winter nears end
25 Aug 2023   /

Weekly hotel results: Queenstown on a roll as winter nears end

Queenstown’s hotels are finishing the winter months on a new high, according to figures from STR.


Portage Resort appoints Capstone as hotel manager
25 Aug 2023   /

Portage Resort appoints Capstone as hotel manager

Capstone Hotel Management has been appointed the new management firm for Portage Resort in the Marlborough Sounds.


Weekly hotel results: World Cup impact fades
18 Aug 2023   /

Weekly hotel results: World Cup impact fades

Average weekly occupancy across New Zealand’s hotels started to slide in August from a late-July high, according to figures from STR.


…as hotels enjoy RevPAR bump from World Cup – Horwath HTL
16 Aug 2023   /

…as hotels enjoy RevPAR bump from World Cup – Horwath HTL

The FIFA Women’s World Cup has given the country’s major hotels a mid-winter lift with revenue per available room exceeding pre-Covid levels, according to Horwath HTL.


New GM for QT Wellington
15 Aug 2023   /

New GM for QT Wellington

QT Hotels and Resorts has appointed Australian hospitality executive Jodi Brown to lead the QT Wellington and Museum Apartment Hotel.


Hermitage Hotel completes $6m refurb
15 Aug 2023   /

Hermitage Hotel completes $6m refurb

Hermitage Hotel has completed a $6m upgrade of its Aoraki wing overlooking Aoraki Mt Cook.


LyLo finalist in NZ design awards
15 Aug 2023   /

LyLo finalist in NZ design awards

The creators behind LyLo Auckland have been nominated as a finalist in three categories at the Designers Institute of New Zealand’s Best Design Awards.


Weekly hotel results: Christchurch riding World Cup coattails
11 Aug 2023   /

Weekly hotel results: Christchurch riding World Cup coattails

Despite not hosting any FIFA Women’s World Cup matches, Christchurch’s hotels still appear to benefiting, according to figures from STR.


M&C Hotels back in black as occupancy, revenue jump
9 Aug 2023   /

M&C Hotels back in black as occupancy, revenue jump

The operator returns to profit after reporting loses for the past two years because of Covid.


Te Weheka Hotel for sale
8 Aug 2023   /

Te Weheka Hotel for sale

Fox Glacier Te Weheka Hotel on the West Coast is for sale.


The George Christchurch reopens
8 Aug 2023  

The George Christchurch reopens

The George hotel in Christchurch has reopened after undergoing interior and exterior renovations.


Auckland Nesuto Stadium Hotel up for sale
7 Aug 2023   /

Auckland Nesuto Stadium Hotel up for sale

Auckland’s 244-room Nesuto Stadium Hotel and Apartments is up for sale.


Weekly hotel results: World Cup boost for Wellington
4 Aug 2023   /

Weekly hotel results: World Cup boost for Wellington

The capital has enjoyed a sharp increase in hotel occupancy and ADR since the start of the FIFA Women’s World Cup.


QT Queenstown to reopen Lil Red restaurant
2 Aug 2023   /

QT Queenstown to reopen Lil Red restaurant

QT Queenstown is reopening the doors to its Lil Red restaurant this month.


Sofitel, Pullman Auckland receive share of $300m+ refurbs
1 Aug 2023  

Sofitel, Pullman Auckland receive share of $300m+ refurbs

Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour and Pullman Auckland are amongst the recipients of a total A$300m in hotel renovations and refurbishments by Accor Pacific since 2022.


Weekly hotel results: Sports events lift Auckland’s hotels
28 Jul 2023   /

Weekly hotel results: Sports events lift Auckland’s hotels

A big week of sport has given Auckland’s hotels a nice mid-winter boost, with occupancy nearing 76%, according to figures from STR.


Weekly hotel results: Hotels dip in lead up to World Cup
21 Jul 2023   /

Weekly hotel results: Hotels dip in lead up to World Cup

Average weekly occupancy across New Zealand’s hotel market dipped last week, according to figures from STR.


…but slower hotel demand than expected prompts playing long game
20 Jul 2023   /

…but slower hotel demand than expected prompts playing long game

Hotels expect a short-term boost but it is global exposure industry hopes to convert.


Sudima shortlisted in global Reuters awards
18 Jul 2023   /

Sudima shortlisted in global Reuters awards

Sudima Hotels and Hind Management have made the shortlist for the Reuters’ Responsible Business awards.


Weekly hotel results: Queenstown hits 2023 high
13 Jul 2023   /

Weekly hotel results: Queenstown hits 2023 high

Queenstown’s hotels are enjoying a good mid-year holiday period with average weekly occupancy hitting a 2023 high last week, according to figures from STR.


Chains v independents: The opportunity for NZ hotels – report
12 Jul 2023   /

Chains v independents: The opportunity for NZ hotels – report

Horwath HTL also notes that RevPAR over H1 2023 has surpassed pre-Covid, driven by strong ADR.


Weekly hotel results: Steady rise for Auckland
7 Jul 2023  

Weekly hotel results: Steady rise for Auckland

Auckland occupancy has been rising steadily since early June with last week the best since Easter in April, according to figures from STR.


InterContinental Auckland appoints partner chef
6 Jul 2023   /

InterContinental Auckland appoints partner chef

InterContinental Auckland has appointed former My Kitchen Rules New Zealand host Gareth Stewart as partner chef and design elements of the luxury hotel’s restaurant.


QT celebrates hospo awards hat-trick
3 Jul 2023   /

QT celebrates hospo awards hat-trick

QT Hotels & Resorts New Zealand is celebrating three accolades from Hospitality New Zealand’s Hospitality Awards for Excellence 2023.


Weekly hotel results: Good start to winter for Christchurch
30 Jun 2023   /

Weekly hotel results: Good start to winter for Christchurch

After sliding following TRENZ in early May, Christchurch occupancy has seen a decent start to winter, according to figures from STR.


QT, The Landing, TOP 10 win Hospitality Awards for Excellence
29 Jun 2023   /

QT, The Landing, TOP 10 win Hospitality Awards for Excellence

Christchurch venues win both the Supreme Award and the People’s Choice at last night’s gala dinner.


Maximum Occupancy: The NZ hotel operators benefitting from the FIFA Women’s World Cup
29 Jun 2023   /

Maximum Occupancy: The NZ hotel operators benefitting from the FIFA Women’s World Cup

Thirty-one hotels across the country have secured bookings from the tournament organisers.


JetPark shakes off quarantine with “fantastic” Auckland business
26 Jun 2023  

JetPark shakes off quarantine with “fantastic” Auckland business

The country’s main quarantine facility during the pandemic has made a fast recovery.


Weekly hotel results: Queenstown on the rise
23 Jun 2023   /

Weekly hotel results: Queenstown on the rise

The opening of the ski season has finally turned around occupancy in Queenstown with the first consistent increases – albeit modest – seen since the Easter and school holidays in April.


Chateau Tongariro wins Enduring Architecture Award
22 Jun 2023   /

Chateau Tongariro wins Enduring Architecture Award

Chateau Tongariro has won the Enduring Architecture Award from the western branch of the New Zealand Institute of Architects.


Maximum Occupancy: Caution stalks accom but bright spots shine through
20 Jun 2023   /

Maximum Occupancy: Caution stalks accom but bright spots shine through

After a booming domestic market due to closed borders followed by a burst from returning internationals, caution has taken hold in the accommodation sector.


Millennium Hotels partners with Save The Kiwi
20 Jun 2023   /

Millennium Hotels partners with Save The Kiwi

Millennium Hotels and Resorts and Save The Kiwi have partnered on a new consumer option to help support native kiwi.


Hotel Challenges: May RevPAR tops pre-Covid but so do costs – Horwath HTL
19 Jun 2023   /

Hotel Challenges: May RevPAR tops pre-Covid but so do costs – Horwath HTL

And the highly anticipated FIFA Women’s World Cup is yet to turn into significant bookings for operators.


Weekly hotel results: Wellington first to fall below 2022
16 Jun 2023   /

Weekly hotel results: Wellington first to fall below 2022

Wellington is the first of the major NZ hotel markets to record occupancy down on 2022.