The planned new convention centre and accompanying hotels for Christchurch will bring millions of dollars into the city and give the tourism industry confidence to move forward, the city’s industry leaders say.
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The planned convention centre in Christchurch will open up new opportunities for business tourism in the region, says Christchurch and Canterbury Convention Bureau manager Caroline Blanchfield.
The nation’s leading hotel executives, properties and staff have been recognised for their performance and hard work at the 2012 New Zealand Hotel Industry Conference (NZHIC) in Auckland.
Accor has revealed plans to re-open two of its four Christchurch hotels within the next twelve months.
Cantabrians weren’t just celebrating a much-needed Crusaders victory over the Cheetahs last Saturday, but the opening of a new temporary Christchurch Stadium that can hold up to 34,000 people.
It’s been just over a year since the earthquake that devastated Christchurch on February 22, 2011 and Heritage Hotels’ Chief Operating Officer Jeff Shearer says the delays in reopening the company’s hotels has been a frustrating process.
In a major boost for tourism and business in Canterbury, Rendezvous Hospitality Group has announced that its Christchurch property will re-open in early 2012.
EXCLUSIVE BY JAMES WILKINSON
The Latimer Hotel has become the first hotel in Christchurch to start re-building on a major scale since two earthquakes ravaged the city in late 2010 and early 2011.
Australia and New Zealand’s leading hoteliers and suppliers have helped raise over NZD$60,000 for the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust in one of the greatest charity displays the accommodation industry has seen in years.
The George hotel in Christchurch is the only hotel open in the city’s CBD. In an exclusive column for HM, General Manager Bruce Garrett looks at the challenges facing both his hotel and the South Island’s largest city.