Holiday Inn Express opens in Queenstown as conferences return

Holiday Inn Express has opened in Queenstown as the city begins to welcome back confernences.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Queenstown offers 227-rooms in the city’s centre.

“Holiday Inn Express & Suites Queenstown has a stylish alpine vibe, complete with an outdoor lounge with firepit. It’s also equipped with the smart, simple rooms and features business and leisure travellers know and love.” said Ronald Barrott, CEO of the hotel’s developer Pro-invest Group.

“The hotel’s location will also appeal to corporate and business travellers and makes for an ideal events and convention venue, as it’s only a short distance from the CBD.”

Other amenities at the hotel include a fitness room, sauna, two flexible meeting rooms, self-serve laundry, dry room, onsite parking and a free business centre.

Pro-invest Group also has plans for additional New Zealand properties.

“We have acquired a prime site in Auckland on the North Island to help continue the Group’s international growth in the coming years,” Barrott said.

“This site will become New Zealand’s second Holiday Inn Express hotel and Pro-invest and New Zealand’s first voco hotel in 2021.”

The new hotel opening follows Queenstown’s first post-Covid conference, which saw a group of about 30 business leaders from around New Zealand meet at the Crowne Plaza Queenstown.

Crowne Plaza Queenstown general manager Stewart Manson said the hotel had opened especially for the conference.

“Now without international tourists it’s definitely great to have domestic conferencing,” he told Stuff NZ.

Destination Queenstown interim chief executive Ann Lockhart said was “extremely heartening” to welcome events back with “strong interest looking ahead”.