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Fri, 27 Sep 2019

Radisson Signs Four New-Build Hotels in New Zealand

Radisson has signed four new-build properties in New Zealand.

The deal, which covers three brands: Radisson Blu, Radisson RED and Park Inn by Radisson, will add 777 keys to New Zealand's hospitality sector.

The four new properties - Radisson Blu and Radisson RED hotels in Queenstown, and Radisson Blu and Park Inn by Radisson hotels at Lake Tekapo - are scheduled to open in 2021 and 2022.

Lobby of the Radisson Blu Resort Lake Tekapo. Click to enlarge.

"New Zealand is a spectacular destination that is growing in popularity among the world's travelers, especially from Asia's emerging markets. 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," said Katerina Giannouka, President, Asia Pacific, Radisson Hotel Group.

According to STR, Queenstown was the best performing Australasian hotel market in 2018, with RevPAR of USD 143.32. The city has continued to thrive in 2019, and in the first four months of the year, Queenstown's average occupancy was 81.3%. The state of the industry is similar in many other New Zealand cities, such as Auckland (82.6%), Wellington (79.9%) and Christchurch (77.3%).

In Q1 2019, 3.87 million international travelers visited New Zealand, up 1.3% year-on-year.

The Hotels

In Queenstown, the beautiful city set on the banks of Lake Wakatipu, surrounded by the Southern Alps, Radisson Blu Hotel Queenstown, Remarkables Park and Radisson RED Queenstown, Remarkables Park will sit side by side in a new low-rise development, close to the city's international airport and within walking distance to a planned convention center and the proposed cable car that will directly connect to the Remarkables ski fields.

Scheduled to open in Q4 2022, Radisson Blu Hotel Queenstown, Remarkables Park will feature 171 rooms and suites and a full range of facilities, including an executive lounge, contemporary F&B outlets, a fitness center, and event space.

The 257-room Radisson RED Queenstown, Remarkables Park will open on the same date and will feature an art-inspired lobby with an interactive TV wall, variety of F&B outlets, a 24-hour fitness center and meeting spaces.

In Lake Tekapo, a scenic area located in the Mackenzie Region, midway between Queenstown and Christchurch, a new low-rise hotel complex will host the 112-room Park Inn by Radisson Lake Tekapo, which is on track to open in Q2 2021, and the 237-room Radisson Blu Resort Lake Tekapo, which will follow in Q4 2022.

The Radisson Blu resort will feature an executive lounge, multiple restaurants and bars, a fitness center, spa, heated indoor swimming pool, and conference and banqueting space.

Just one hour's drive from New Zealand's highest peak, Aoraki/Mount Cook, Lake Tekapo forms part of an official UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, making it ideal for stargazing. Key local attractions include the Mount John Observatory, Tekapo Springs and outdoor activities such as hiking and skiing.

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