New Accor hotel planned for Auckland airport

Hotel News - 03/08/2009

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A joint venture was agreed late last week between Accor, Tainui Group Holdings and Auckland International Airport, to build and operate the new airport hotel.

The Tainui Group will be the major investor and lead developer in the project and Accord will manage the property under its Novotel brand. It is estimated that the total cost will be NZ$65 million, which includes hotel construction costs of around $45million. The deal is conditional on obtaining acceptable project financing and construction bids.

Currently Accor has a network of 27 hotels in New Zealand – five of which are in Auckland.

The Accor Group operates hotels at numerous major airports around the world, including Heathrow and Gatwick airports in London, Charles de Gaulle in Paris, Tegel in Berlin, and Suvarnabhumi in Bangkok. It also has a number of airport hotels in Australia – at Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.

Peter Alexander, the general manager property for Auckland Airport, said: “There has been a clear demand from the tourism industry and travellers for a hotel in the airport terminal precinct for some time. We are exceptionally pleased to bring together such a strong group of partners, each bringing a strong track-record, skills and experience. The outcome will be a great hotel and will deliver yet another string to the bow of Auckland Airport, one of the 10 best airports in the world.”

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