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NZ’s first Holiday Inn opens its doors in time for Queenstown’s ski season

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Queenstown officially opens to guests on Friday 10 July, and it is a first for New Zealand.

The 227-room hotel sits in prime position on the corner of Stanley and Sydney Streets, expect it to be busy due to its opening coinciding with the beginning of the school holidays and the start of the ski season.

Ronald Barrott, Chief Executive Officer of Pro-invest Group, which develops and operates the hotel under a franchise agreement with IHG, said the Group was excited to launch a new product at its first New Zealand property and expected strong demand. He said:

With school holidays and the ski season approaching, and New Zealand’s COVID-19 travel restrictions lifted, we are anticipating that Queenstown and our latest hotel will be a popular destination for many holidaymakers.

It provides easy access to popular ski destinations of Coronet Peak, Remarkables, Cardrona and Treble Cone, while popular tourist attractions such as the Skyline gondola and the town’s dining precinct are on your doorstep.

The stylish hotel has an alpine vibe, complete with an outdoor lounge with firepit and it is equipped with smart, simple rooms and the features business and leisure travellers expect and enjoy. The hotel design focus is very much on sustainability and a range of systems are in place to reduce waste, energy, and its footprint.

The hotel’s general manager, Jason Sabin, said his team was looking forward to showcasing what smart, simple travel is all about.

He said: “Our rooms provide all the quality conveniences that make you feel at home, even when you’re away. We are proud of our sustainability-focused facilities and initiatives, such as the carpets throughout the building which are made from recyclable materials.”

Pro-invest Group has plans for additional New Zealand properties.

Mr Barrott revealed: “We have acquired a prime site in Auckland on the North Island to help continue the Group’s international growth in the coming years. This site will become New Zealand’s second Holiday Inn Express hotel and Pro-invest and New Zealand’s first voco hotel in 2021.”

The voco Hotels brand is a lifestyle-orientated brand by the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG).

Image Credits: Holiday Inn

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