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Rydges Wellington Airport - EDITED

Rydges Hotels and Resorts has just announced it has won the management contract for a new airport hotel to be developed at Wellington Airport.

The news comes as the brand’s owner, Amalgamted Holdings Limited (AHL), has also revealed to HM another Rydges property has also been signed at Fortitude Valley in Brisbane, with the project to open in 2016.

Rydges Wellington Airport will be the forth airport hotel in the Rydges portfolio and cements the group as one of the leading airport hotel operators in Australasia.

The on-airport hotel, which will have a 4-star rating, 134 beds and include a restaurant, bar and conference facilities, has been given the green light to go ahead with construction for the development set for late 2016.

“We’re delighted to be appointed to manage the new Wellington Airport Hotel. The hotel’s development is testimony to both Rydges and Wellington Airport’s commitment to strengthening Wellington as a key New Zealand tourism destination,” said Amalgamted Holdings Limited (AHL) Group Managing Director, David Seargeant.

With record numbers of travellers already flying into New Zealand’s capital together with the the planned expansion of domestic and international flights the hotel is sure to be a great success.

“We expect the airport hotel to be hugely popular especially for international tourists, business travellers and locals,” said Steve Sanderson, Wellington Airport’s Chief Executive.

“Our international market has had exceptional growth over the last few years and is currently up by 18%.

“With most of Wellington’s international flights operating in the early hours of the day, booking a room right next to international departures and getting a good night’s rest will be an extremely convenient option.”

The hotel will be built onto the northern end of the terminal and will be one of the few truly integrated airport hotels in the world and the only one in New Zealand – the hotel is currently scheduled to open in late 2017.

A spokesperson for AHL said more details on the new Fortitude Valley hotel would be released soon.

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