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Marriott parachutes Moxy brand into Queenstown

A rendering of the future Moxy Queenstown, due to open in 2022.

Marriott International’s playful Moxy lifestyle brand will expand to New Zealand after the company today announced a newbuild standalone hotel will come to the South Island city of Queenstown.

Now the company’s fastest-growing brand in Australasia, the announcement takes the Moxy pipeline in this region to three, following Melbourne South Yarra and Perth, both of which will open in 2021. Moxy Queenstown is scheduled to come a year later in 2022.

The 176-room hotel will be part of a wider mixed-use project from owner and developer, Queenstown Central Limited, which will also feature speciality retail outlets and office space in separate structures. The project is located in Frankton, adjacent to the airport and near the Kawarau Falls Scenic Reserve. This also positions the hotel near the entrance to the Remarkables ski fields.

Features within Moxy Queenstown will be brand hallmarks including the Moxy Bar, Kitchen and Pick-Ups ‘Grab and Go’ bar, which will be kept stocked with healthy and functional meals, snacks and drinks which can be charged to a room account. Guests can relax in the Moxy Library or socialise with other guests in the Moxy Living Room, while a fitness centre and self-serve laundry will also be on hand. Around 150sqm of meeting and event space will also be available.

With Queenstown booming as a holiday and growing business destination, Marriott International Area Vice President, Australia, New Zealand and Pacific, Sean Hunt, said Moxy will be a bold and adventurous option for fun-seeking travellers to the city.

“It was reported in early 2019 that the city welcomed approximately three million visitors last year, and this is only expected to grow thanks to additional government funding secured by Destination Queenstown to further its tourism offering.

“We’re pleased to partner with Queenstown Central Limited to bring the Moxy brand to Queenstown and bolster the city’s hotel landscape during this exciting period of growth,” Hunt added.

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