Accor’s Ibis Christchurch has become the first CBD hotel in the city to open its doors following the devastating earthquake in February 2011.
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Christchurch hotels have posted solid occupancy numbers over the winter months thanks to strong corporate traffic that has resulted in many properties running completely full mid-week. James Wilkinson reports from Christchurch.
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.
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.
A year after being struck by a magnitude 6.3 earthquake on February 22, 2011, Christchurch is poised to become one of the most exciting cities in Australasia.
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.
BY BRUCE GARRETT
Nine months on from the 22 February earthquake and the Christchurch hotel scene still has a long way to go.
Proposed height restrictions for buildings within the Christchurch CBD could threaten the viability of new hotel developments, hotel industry representatives say.
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