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July, 2020

Queenstowns newest hotel  the 227-room Holiday Inn Express and
Suites, a New Zealand and Australia first for the brand, will be unveiled
on July 10, in time for the ski season.
Bookings for the July school holidays are looking positive and general
manager Jason Sabin says inquiries and bookings are rolling in for the
rest of 2020 and through to early next year, which is encouraging. The
IHG hotel is also holding bookings from Australia for later in the year, in
anticipation of news of the re-opening of the trans-Tasman borders.
The new Queenstown hotels spacious suites are a Holiday Inn Express
first in Australia and New Zealand and superior rooms have views of
Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables mountain range.
Two meeting spaces, which can cater for from four to 40 people in
different configurations, have already proved popular with the hotel
located a few minutes walk from the heart of downtown Queenstown.
Weve been receiving numerous MICE (Meetings, Conference and
Incentive) enquiries and have secured multiple events already, says
general manager Jason Sabin. Were the perfect base for both small
and large incentive groups with 227 rooms and suites available.
The Great Room, the hotels ground floor social hub with its two
roaring fires and outdoor lounge complete with fire pit, will be available
for cocktail events of up to 200 delegates. Breakfast will also be served
here daily and a simple, smart 24-hour menu. Guests can call and
collect from the menu 24 hours a day. The bar will offer international
and local beers, wines and spirits, as well as non-alcoholic drinks, wraps
and snacks, also 24 hours a day.
Jason was previously general manager of Holiday Inn Express Sydney
Macquarie Park. He was awarded 2019 GM of the Year by Hospitality
Business sister publication HM in Australia.
Hes managed to hire most of his 20 or so strong team of staff from
Queenstown with the rest employed from Christchurch and Auckland.
Weve been receiving applications from high calibre staff eager to be
part of a pre-opening team at a brand new hotel since the building
commenced so we were in a fortunate position to be able to create a
high performing team, says Jason.
Pro-invest Group chief executive Ronald Barrott says the company is
excited to launch the hotel now COVID-19 restrictions have lifted in New
Holiday Inn Express and Suites Queenstown has a stylish alpine vibe.
Its also equipped with smart, simple rooms and features that business
and leisure travellers know and love, says Ronald.
Hes also proud of the sustainability-focused facilities and initiatives,
such as the carpets throughout the building which are made from
recyclable materials.
Pro-invest Group has plans underway for additional New Zealand
properties, having most recently acquired a site in Auckland where it
will open its second Holiday Inn Express hotel and the countrys first
Voco hotel in 2021.


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