AccorHotels will start work on a new-build Novotel hotel at Christchurch Airport in May following the signing of an agreement with Christchurch International Airport Limited.
The 200-room Novotel hotel, to located next to the Christchurch International Terminal, is being designed by Warren and Mahoney Architects, the same team behind the award-winning Novotel Auckland Airport hotel. Novotel Christchurch Airport, which will open late next year, will feature a restaurant and bar, function and meeting room facilities.
Senior vice president operations for AccorHotels New Zealand, Fiji and French Polynesia Chris Sedgwick saysthe airport’s investment in new services and increasing airline capacity means the time is right for a new hotel in the precinct.
Christchurch Airport chief executive Malcolm Johns says the airport will invest $80 million in land and improvements for the hotel development. He says the hotel will be the second on the airport campus and is a direct response to airline and passenger inquiries for increased short-term airport accommodation.
‘Many of our Asian flights arrive in the evening, bringing visitors who have been flying for 12 hours or more. They want to rest before beginning their exploration of the South Island and expect to be able to do that near the airport and all its facilities, including the tourism transport hub.
‘Corporate and leisure travellers arrive here on trans-Tasman flights late at night, some around midnight, and leave early in the morning. In both cases, they expect to be able to stay overnight on the airport campus. From the end of next year, many more will be able to do that.’
Marriott International's signing of five hotels in Japan means it will increase its Japanese presence in Japan by one-third, and double its flagship Marriott brand. Over two years, the group will renovate five existing Laforet properties and rebrand them as Marriott Hotels. The five rebranded hotels – Lake Biwa Marriott Hotel (formerly Laforet Biwako), Nanki-Shirahama Marriott Hotel (Laforet Nanki-Shirahama), Fuji Marriott Hotel (Laforet Yamanakako), Izu Marriott Hotel Shuzenji (Laforet Shuzenji), and Karuizawa Marriott Hotel (Laforet Naka-Karuizawa) – will offer a combined around 840 rooms.
Mori Trust Group is a leading real estate company in Japan. It has 32 properties offering 7200 rooms in prime city sites and resort areas throughout the country. Marriott International currently runs 15 hotels in Japan spanning the following five brands: The Ritz-Carlton, Marriott Hotels, Renaissance, Courtyard, and Autograph Collection Hotels.
The new ibis One Central hotel, located next to the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, welcomed its first guests this month. The hotel, which is part of the Dubai Trade Centre District, will target a mix of international and regional business, leisure and MICE travelers coming to the UAE. It features 588 guest rooms and is near attractions such as the Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall, Dubai International Financial Centre and Jumeirah Beach. ibis One Central offers a free bus service to the beach and major shopping malls in the city. The property also features free WiFi, gym access and underground parking. There are five fully-equipped meeting rooms to cater for up to 200 people.
Starwood Hotels and Resorts’ St. Regis brand is being introduced to Shanghai. Scheduled for completion in early 2017, The St. Regis Shanghai Jingan will open its doors in the city’s central business district.
The new hotel will join the brand’s growing presence in Greater China, where St. Regis currently operates six properties and has an additional ten in the pipeline—including The St. Regis Macao, which is set to open this December.
The St. Regis Shanghai Jingan will be on West Beijing Road, close to the West Nanjing Road business area in Jingan.
Part of a new mixed-use development, the hotel will offer approximately 480 guestrooms, including 41 suites and 47 residences. All guestrooms will be located from the 29th to 59th floors, with views of the Shanghai skyline.
There will also be several three bedroom luxury St. Regis apartments on the top floors of the building
The new hotel will also have three restaurants and an alfresco bar, wellness facilities including a spa, indoor swimming pool and a fitness centre, as well as approximately 2,000 square meters of event space.
The $10 million rebrand of Quest Serviced Apartments to Quest Apartment Hotels is happening across the Quest network of 157 properties in Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. It is expected to be completed early next year.
The rebrand includes, but is not limited to, a new modernised logo, updated building signage and contemporary uniforms.
Quest Apartment Hotels New Zealand chief executive officer, Stephen Mansfield, says the rebrand will reflect the needs and preferences of the millennial business traveller.
‘Our average length of guest stay is under two days, so our guests already use and see us as a hotel alternative, not exclusively as an extended stay option.’
Mansfield says it is vital Quest future-proofs the company by meeting the needs of tomorrow’s traveller.
‘“We have just recently completed our regional growth programme and are now focusing back on the key centres of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. This will allow us to also move to a larger module, up to 65 apartments as opposed to the smaller 40 apartments in the regional areas.
‘New smart televisions and internet-based entertainment systems are standard in new Quest properties, and we have upgraded and refurbished some of our older lobbies into a more contemporary look,’ he says.
Mansfield says newly opened properties, such as Quest Highbrook, Quest Rotorua and Quest Nelson, reflect the company’s new evolved standards, while three properties that fell irretrievably below Quest’s standards have been recently de-branded.