The 195-room hotel overlooking the Waitemata – including views back to the Viaduct – has already had a few corporate, incentive and general wholesalers through. However, director of sales and marketing Rachel Brown says the property will be ready to increase the number of site inspections mid August once more of the areas are accessible.
She says that though the hotel obviously has an international guest appeal there is also a strong focus on locals and the wider domestic market. This is evident in food and beverage offerings with a strong New Zealand emphasis, while domestic business events, corporate travellers, 'staycations' and special occasions (weddings, birthdays etc) are all seeing early traction. ‘We’re trying to get anyone on site who wants to see and sell the product.’
Anmole Gulati, event sales executive, points out that the hotel has strong environmental (solar power, rain water collection etc) and cultural / indigenous features (such as custom designed tukutuku panels and rugs). The hotel’s signature restaurant, Onemata, will feature New Zealand producers and artisans – and menu items will be highlighted accordingly rather than under the traditional ‘starters, mains, desserts’ headlines. Other options include The Pantry, Living Room and Captain’s Bar. Guest rooms range from 47sqm to the 245sqm Presidential Suite. firstname.lastname@example.org