Rydges Hotels & Resorts has won the management contract for a new hotel to be developed at Wellington Airport.
This will be the forth airport hotel in the Rydges portfolio and cements the group as one of the leading airport hotel operators in Australasia.
The on-airport hotel, which will have a four star rating, 134 beds and include a restaurant, bar and conference facilities, has been given the green light to go ahead with construction.
With record numbers of travellers already flying into New Zealand’s capital together with the planned expansion of domestic and international flights the hotel is sure to be a great success.
The hotel will be built onto the northern end of the terminal and will be one of the few integrated airport hotels in the world and the only one in New Zealand - the hotel is currently scheduled to open in late 2017.
The new Jet Park Hotel Rotorua has opened at 237 Fenton Street. The hotel has 63 rooms, has been rebranded and is in the process of being brought to a four star standard including a complete refurbishment.
Jet Park Hotel Rotorua offers a range of room types suitable to both corporate and leisure travellers, complimentary continental breakfast, complimentary wifi, a swimming pool, spa baths, gym, bike storage, a meeting room, and is conveniently situated just five minutes walking distance from the Rotorua town centre. The property is a comfortable base from which visitors can explore the region’s tourist attractions, for a weekend away, family friendly, and ideal for business travellers.
‘We see enormous growth and change happening in the area and wish to be part of this exciting journey the area is experiencing,’ says hotel director, Liz Herrmann.
World Journeys reports that a CA$140 million renovation is planned for Montreal’s downtown hotel, Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth, famous for its royal visits and John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s ‘bed-in for peace’ in 1969.
The renovated hotel will offer an array of restaurants and bars, as well as an urban market that will be unique in downtown Montreal.
Its new open spaces will host varied cultural events and activities, and the hotel will continue to be the epicentre of Montreal’s underground city, shared by more than 19 million people a year.
The hotel will close in mid June 2016 and reopen in June 2017, ready for the celebrations marking the 375th anniversary of Montreal and the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation.
World Journeys has a three day Discover the Flavours of Montreal package priced from $606 per person share twin including two nights at the five star Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth, a private history and tasting walking tour of Old Montreal, and a sightseeing cruise onboard Le Bateau Mouche.
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.
Nautilus Aviation is expanding its helicopter services in North West Queensland, establishing a new base at Mt Isa by the end of November.
Aaron Finn, chief executive officer of Nautilus Aviation, says initially a Jetranger B206 will be stationed at Mt Isa and be used to undertake aerial work, ranging from surveys and sling operations to search and rescue, firefighting and mining support and emergency services. However there is also scope to offer tourism products in the future.
‘The door is certainly open for heli-camping tours, scenic flights and of course offering packages around one of the big events of the year – the Birdsville Races,’ he says.
‘Nautilus Aviation is incredibly active in the tourism sector, and we know there is a lot interest for this type of outback adventure, particularly from the growing eastern markets.’
Nautilus currently operates the largest fleet in North Queensland with 24 aircraft and bases in Townsville, Cairns, Weipa and Horn Island.