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July, 2018

Queenstowns second new airport hotel, the swanky Wyndham Garden,
is already attracting strong bookings, just a few months after opening
its doors.
The 75-room property  21 hotel rooms and 54 fully-equipped studios
and apartments  features a conference and meeting room which seats
60 people theatre-style or 30 in a boardroom format.
The swanky new Wyndham Garden hotel lives up to its name with plenty
of fresh greenery, natural wood and earthy tones.
General managers Gary Hyde and Karen Barr say this has already proved
popular with corporate visitors flying in for weekend meetings and small
conferences. A lot of corporates say they enjoy the fact that they
dont have to travel into the centre of downtown Queenstown. Its five
minutes from the airport and they can come here for a weekend and
leave without heading into town, says Gary.
Theyre also hoping to tap into the breakfast meeting and after 5
markets, but for now theyve been rushed off their feet handling
The hotels already clocked weekend occupancies of 97 percent in July,
with an overall occupancy for that month sitting at about 60 percent
and August following close behind. Were pretty pleased with that in
light of the fact that its after our soft opening in April, and those were
all online reservations, says Karen.
Strong spring and summer bookings are already locked in, particularly
from American and Asian tour groups.
The 70-seater Franks Pantry deli café in the hotels ground floor foyer
is operated by local Franks Eatery owners Victoria and Aaron Lethbridge
and is the third member of the Frank's family. A bright, airy,
contemporary space, Franks Pantry focuses on breakfast, brunch and
lunch, using free-range, Kiwi produce and local ingredients. So far the
the signature dish, Pappa Salmon and the sweet Brioche Frenchie are
high on the list of favourites, but theres also the option to make-your-
own homemade bagel with dozens of options.
Wyndham Garden Queenstown is the global chains second hotel in
Queenstown and the resorts second airport hotel. It joins the
hospitality giants Ramada Hotel and Suites Queenstown Remarkables
Park, which opened in 2016. The Wyndham Garden chain has about 8000
hotels worldwide. Both Queenstown hotels are owned and operated by
Marsden Associates and are among the companys five Wyndham Hotel
Group franchises in New Zealand, alongside properties in Auckland and
Christchurch. As the fifth completed collaboration between Wyndham
Hotel Group and experienced local developer Safari Group, Wyndham
Garden Queenstown also follows four Ramada developments in
Auckland, Albany, Christchurch and Queenstown.


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