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Wellington's Accommodation Capacity increases with New and Refurbished Hotels

Travel News Asia Thursday, 9 November 2006

Accommodation capacity in New Zealands capital, Wellington, is on the rise, due to raft of new and refurbished properties coming onto the market.

In 2006, Wellingtons accommodation capacity increased by 12%. A further 9% increase is expected next year, after the 280 room Holiday Inn Wellington opens its doors to the public this summer. The hotel will become the citys largest, and will also bring 600 square metres of dedicated conference facilities to the capital.

The Holiday Inn Wellington will boast a central city location, close to the citys railway station and ferry terminals, and within close walking distance of Parliament, and Wellingtons business and restaurant precincts.

The opening of the Holiday Inn Wellington closely follows the recent completion of 100 apartment-style rooms in a new wing of the boutique Museum Hotel, and a refurbishment of the centrally located Mercure Willis Street, which features six conference rooms.

Also on the horizon for next year is the $10 million transformation of the Kingsgate Hotel Oriental Bay Wellington into a Copthorne Hotel, due for completion at the end of February.

Wellington is a major centre for business in New Zealand and has been growing its share of the conference market. As a result ,it has considerable year-round demand for accommodation, said Chris Lamers, General Manager Marketing at Positively Wellington Tourism.

The city has a vast range of facilities and attractions which makes it ideal for conference and incentive groups. Wellingtons recent increase in accommodation and conferencing capacity strengthens this offer considerably.

Positively Wellington Tourism is currently placing an increased emphasis on the Australian market to generate growth in its conferences and incentives market.

Developments in Wellingtons hotel sector are giving Australian businesses even more reasons to bring their next conference here, said Mr Lamers. This is a boutique and vibrant city that is compact and easy to get around and were only a short flight from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or the Gold Coast.

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