Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square opened its doors for the first time this week since the devastating 2011 earthquake.

The hotel’s re-opening will provide a much-needed boost to the city’s tourism industry and will also play a key role in the revival of Cathedral Square, following the removal of the Red Zone cordon around the city centre.

The reincarnated 154-room hotel with extensive conference and meeting facilities will play a major role in central Christchurch’s ability to host large tour groups, as well as major conferences.

Local residents are also set to welcome the addition of new dining options in the city which have been relatively limited over the past two years since the magnitude 6.3 earthquake devastated the city in February 2011.

General manager of Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square, Carl Braddock, said the re-opening of the Novotel marks another significant step in the recovery of the city’s tourism industry.

“This property will be instrumental in easing the critical shortage of central city accommodation and provide much-needed employment for local residents in Christchurch.

“We are fully committed to ensuring that the city is firmly back on the tourism map and deserved of a prominent place on business and leisure travel itineraries.

“Since the Ibis hotel opened one year ago, we’ve seen tremendous changes taking place in the CBD so we’re really excited to see the heart of Christchurch beating again. We’re more than ready to spread the message that the city centre is well and truly open for business.”