Wyndham Hotel Group has signed its second hotel in Queenstown, New Zealand, a move that will also see the debut of the Wyndham Garden brand in the destination.

Revealed to almost 800 delegates at the at the eighth annual Australasian Hotel Industry Conference and Exhibition (AHICE) in Melbourne this week (May 3-4), Wyndham Garden Remarkables Park Queenstown, which is being developed by Safari Group, is slated to open in May next year, with construction in the Remarkables Park estate already underway.

It will be the second Wyndham Garden destination in New Zealand, and Wyndham Hotel Group’s tenth hotel in the country.

The company previously announced New Zealand’s first Wyndham Garden hotel, scheduled to open in early 2018, will be an 86-room property in Auckland’s CBD and will offer a mix of studio rooms and one, two and three-bedroom apartments.

The Wyndham Garden brand focuses on the details so guests experience easy, carefree travel and feel a sense of calmness from the moment they arrive. Its newest addition in Queenstown will feature a gym, meeting space, onsite car parking, and a wide range of accommodation including studios, executive suites, and one-bedroom units complete with kitchen facilities.

This is the fifth franchise agreement signed between Wyndham Hotel Group and Safari Group. The New Zealand-based Safari Group opened Ramada locations in Auckland, Christchurch, and Queenstown in 2015 and 2016, and its most recent hotel, Ramada Suites Albany, Auckland North Shore, opened in March this year.

Safari Group Director, Robert Neil, said: “We are pleased to be starting our second development in the well-positioned Remarkables Park area with globally recognized brand Wyndham Garden and an established partner like Wyndham Hotel Group. We anticipate strong interest in the serviced apartments we are offering.”

Wyndham Garden Queenstown will be located within walking distance of Queenstown Airport and the shuttle to the Remarkables, as well as a short drive from the world-class Coronet Peak and The Remarkables snow fields.

“Tourism is now New Zealand’s number one export and it continues to grow at rates above predictions, creating significant growth opportunities for hotel brands like Wyndham Garden,” said Wyndham Hotel Group South East Asia and Pacific Rim President and Managing Director Barry Robinson.

“The increase in visitor arrivals into New Zealand since 2015 has nearly doubled expectations, and that growth is being acutely felt in Queenstown, which accounts for nearly eight percent of the country’s guest nights but lacks new hotel supply. This creates an exciting development environment for us to meet the surging demand while also introducing a new brand and the best in personalised hospitality to the marketplace.”

Wyndham Garden Queenstown is the fourth Wyndham Garden location to be announced across South East Asia and Pacific Rim in the past two years. Throughout the region, Wyndham Hotel Group currently has more than 110 hotels operating under its Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, Wyndham Grand, Wyndham Garden, Ramada, Ramada Encore, Days Inn, TRYP by Wyndham and Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham brands.

James Wilkinson

Editor-In-Chief, Hotel Management