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Radisson’s South Island deal the biggest in Australasia

Radisson Hotel Group has announced it’s arrival in Aotearoa with the Pacific’s biggest hotel management deal of 2019.

The global giant will create four new hotels, representing 777 guest rooms, across the three brands Radisson Blu, Radisson RED and Park Inn by Radisson.

All four properties are scheduled to open in the South Island tourism towns of Queenstown and Lake Tekapo by 2022.

They include side-by-side low-rise hotels Radisson Blu and Radisson RED, scheduled to open in late 2022 in Queenstown’s Remarkables Park.

The Radisson Blu property will feature 171 rooms and suites and a range of upper-upscale facilities, including a lounge, restaurant and bar outlets, a fitness centre and event space. The 257-room Radisson RED Queenstown Remarkables Park will open on the same date, featuring an art-inspired lobby with an interactive TV wall, plus more food and drink, fitness and event facilities.

In nearby Lake Tekapo, a new low-rise hotel complex will host the 112-room Park Inn by Radisson from late 2021, while the 237-room Radisson Blu Resort is scheduled to follow around mid-2022. The Radisson Blu resort will be the first international upper-upscale brand at Lake Tekapo and will feature an lounge, multiple restaurants and bars, a fitness centre, spa, indoor pool and conference and banqueting space.

“New Zealand is a spectacular destination that is growing in popularity among the world’s travellers, especially from Asia’s emerging markets,” said Katerina Giannouka, president of Radisson Hotel Group for Asia-Pacific.

“There is still a shortage of internationally branded accommodation in the South Island of the country however, so we are delighted to introduce four outstanding hotels and three of our original brands to New Zealand for the first time.

“We look forward to contributing to the continued growth of the country’s tourism industry in the coming years.

The two Queenstown hotels are being developed by Remarkables Hotel Ltd while the Lake Tekapo properties are being created by Tekapo Lake Resort Ltd and Tekapo Sky Hotel Ltd, subsidiaries of NZ Horizons Limited.

“It is a great pleasure and honour to work with Radisson Hotel Group as they enter New Zealand for the first time,” said Anthony Tosswill, director of NZ Horizons and Remarkables Hotel Limited.

“We had a vision of bringing a globally recognszed hotel brand to the South Island and with the support of hotel consultants Cre8tive Property, we were able to make it happen.

“The fact that Radisson Hotel Group has committed to four projects is a great reflection of their confidence in the region’s tourism industry and we are delighted to be developing these world class hotels.

“Together, we will provide exceptional accommodation and services to our guests in Queenstown and Lake Tekapo, whilst helping to enhance the hospitality sector in both of these attractive destinations.”

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