Holiday Inn Wellington to Expand Room Numbers

Travel News Asia Monday, 26 June 2006

The 4-star Holiday Inn by Melview Developments in Wellington, New Zealand, is set to get even bigger.

Originally intended to offer 238 rooms, Holiday Inn Wellington will open with 280 rooms as well as expanded conference and dining facilities and other public areas. Currently under construction by Fletcher Construction the hotel is on schedule for a summer opening.

Melview founder and Managing Director, Nigel McKenna said the reconfiguration of the purpose-built NZ$75 million hotel would make it one of Wellingtons largest and was in response to the strength of the Wellington accommodation market.

Mr McKenna said the original plan was for levels 13, 14 and 15 to be dedicated to owner-occupied penthouse suites. However, with the buoyant hotel market in Wellington, it now makes more sense to dedicate the entire building to the hotel operation.

Wellington has one of the highest hotel occupancy rates in New Zealand, at 65% as opposed to the national average of approximately 55%. The Wellington hotel sector also provides higher returns than other residential options.

Located at 75 Featherston in the heart of the Wellington CBD, the 17 storey hotel will have over 600 m2 of conference facilities including pre-function areas.

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