Event Hospitality and Entertainment is expanding its footprint in New Zealand with the announcement that it will welcome a NZ Hotel Holdings Rotorua hotel to its portfolio.

The property, previously operated by IHG under the Holiday Inn brand, will be refurbished and renamed as Rydges Rotorua before opening in July 2022.

“We are looking forward to bringing a fantastic new Rydges offering to Rotorua that can be enjoyed by locals, travelling Kiwis and international visitors alike,” said Event Hotels and Resorts General Manager for New Zealand operations, Simon White.

“Rotorua is such a special place, and we are excited to once again partner with NZ Hotel Holdings to bring quality accommodation, food and beverage, and conferencing options to the area.”

Event will rebrand the existing Rydges property on Fenton Street as a stand-alone hotel under the Independent Collection by Event brand.

The Rotorua hotel is owned by NZ Hotel Holdings and managed by Russell Property Group.

“Our partners at Event are experienced hotel operators with a proven track record as our operating partners at QT Auckland and Rydges Wellington, and we are confident that the transition can occur without disruption to operations, and without interruption to an attractive offering for visitors to Rotorua and users of the hotel,” said Russell Group Managing Director, Brett Russell.