December 1, 2021 | By Joyce DiMascio

For meeting planners and corporate event organisers location matters.

Choose a great location and often it boosts attendance, especially for association events.

This month, Queenstown, in New Zealand, will welcome the country’s first new new-build Holiday Inn in a decade.

Holiday Inn Queenstown Remarkables Park is located within the new Remarkables Park lifestyle development in Frankton a multiuse retail, resort, residential, and recreational precinct only five minutes’ drive from Queenstown airport.

General Manager of Holiday Inn Queenstown Remarkables Park, Mathew Simister, says the hotel is on track for its December opening.

“We are excited to open New Zealand’s flagship Holiday Inn hotel and showcase the brand’s next generation open lobby design, which will set the new standard for Holiday Inn properties across Australasia,” he said.

The property can accommodate corporate groups and other events and has four flexible meeting rooms for small meetings of up to 30 people or larger gatherings of up to 200 people theatre style.

Holiday Inn is part of the IHG Group. The Queenstown development has had an important economic impact on the community with over 100 jobs created during the two-year construction phase. It will provide over 50 employment opportunities for locals, the hotel says.

Holiday Inn Queenstown Remarkables Park will be the fourth Holiday Inn hotel in New Zealand. There are three existing IHG hotels in Queenstown.

“While opening a hotel during a pandemic and multiple lockdowns has had its challenges, we remain optimistic about the future of travel,” said Simister.

“Our guests can book with the reassurance of our hotel cleanliness and hygiene promise, flexible cancellation policy and know they will be warmly welcomed in the reliably familiar way they have come to expect when staying at Holiday Inn.

“We look forward to welcoming our first guests to the hotel this December and contributing to the ongoing success of the Remarkables Park town and lifestyle development,” he said.