InterContinental Hotels Group will introduce its sustainable lifestyle brand voco into New Zealand for the first time, with the brand to debut in Auckland via a newbuild hotel from 2021.
The deal signed with developer Pro-invest will see voco take the place of the previously confirmed Even Hotel, which was announced in 2017. Voco Auckland City Centre will offer 200 rooms and will sit as part of a dual-branded complex with a 294-room Holiday Inn Express in the same building. Once open, voco Auckland City Centre will be the brand’s sixth in Australasia.
All voco brand hallmarks will be present in the newbuild development, including a major presence and focus on recycling. Beds will be constructed using recycled plastic bottles, locally-sourced food and paperless reception services. Room facilities will also include water-efficient showers with refillable large bathroom amenities, energy-saving lighting and user-friendly technology. Guests will also be able to make use of an all-day restaurant, bar and fitness centre.
IHG Managing Director – Australasia and Japan, Leanne Harwood, said she was delighted the momentum of the voco brand had helped Pro-invest to decide to establish the brand in New Zealand.
“It’s wonderful to continue this journey with Pro-invest as they bring our sixth voco to Australasia in the very heart of the Auckland CBD. voco celebrates the individuality of the hotel, stunning location and local people, with each stay tailored to deliver a unique and memorable experience to guests from New Zealand and all around the world.”
Previously announced as opening this year, the hotel will branding modification has seen the property commit instead to begin welcoming guests from 2021.