The Blue Swan Daily brings you a round up of the latest key hotel news from across the South Pacific.
- Hotel Indigo to make its New Zealand debut in Auckland from 2021;
- TAA welcomes release of report on ‘tremendous’ opportunity presented by Indian travel;
- Tourism, hospitality associations see benefit in new runway at Perth Airport.
Hotel Indigo to make its New Zealand debut in Auckland from 2021
Auckland will welcome New Zealand’s first Hotel Indigo to the neighbourhood in 2021, with IHG signing an agreement with Ninety Four Feet, an Australasian property development, investment, and construction company, to open Hotel Indigo Auckland. The 225-room hotel will be part of a mixed-use development in a coveted Auckland Central location, including food & beverage and residential components that will create their own ‘neighbourhood story’. IHG Senior Director, Development, Australasia Abhijay Sandilya said: “Hotel Indigo is one of our fastest growing brands globally and, closer to home, Hotel Indigo Auckland will be the fifth signing in Australasia. We’re so excited to open one of the first globally-branded boutique hotels in Auckland, creating a destination for travellers who are looking for a local experience, with the security and amenity of a global brand.”
TAA welcomes release of report on ‘tremendous’ opportunity presented by Indian travel
Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA) welcomed the release of An India Economic Strategy to 2035: Navigating from Potential to Delivery, a report compiled by Peter Varghese AO on behalf of the Australian Government. TAA stated the report underscores the growing significance of the Indian economy to Australia’s future economic prosperity and identifies the tourism industry as a sector with significant potential to capitalise on India’s projected growth. TAA CEO Carol Giuseppi said the report was a timely reminder to government and industry that Australia’s policy settings, marketing campaigns and relationships must be focused on ensuring we capitalise on this unique opportunity. Ms Giuseppi said: “India and Australia currently enjoy a very warm relationship with significant cultural, social and economic ties, making us well positioned to take advantage of the huge potential growth in travellers from India”.
Tourism, hospitality associations see benefit in new runway at Perth Airport
Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA CEO Chris Rodwell said the new runway at Perth Airport would help underwrite future growth in the State’s economy (The West Australian, 23-Jul-2018). “The construction phase is only the start as the greater capacity at the airport opens up growth opportunities for a range of industries across the State”, Mr Rodwell said. The additional runway was crucial for tourism, Tourism Council CEO Evan Hall said. Australian Hotels Association CEO Bradley Woods said: “The hospitality sector has made significant investments in new hotels and upgrading bars and restaurants, both in Perth and in the regions… We now have an incredible range of offerings for tourists. If we bring more people to our capital city and our regions, we’ll drive even more investment and create more jobs”. Perth Convention Bureau CEO Paul Beeson and StudyPerth executive director Philip Payne noted the runway as key to attracting new airlines with nonstop services. “Our east coast competitors have enjoyed direct-route access to their target markets for many years,” Mr Beeson said, adding: “Ease of access for international conference delegates to Western Australia has been the one remaining limitation”. Public consultation on the runway project ends on 24-Aug-2018 and the plan will be submitted to the Federal Government in Dec-2018 for approval.