Metro To Operate 4-Star Hotel In Auckland
Peattie Public Relations21/07/09
Metro Hotels, the accommodation trading arm of Metro Hospitality Group, a division of Transmetro Corporation Limited, has signed an agreement to operate a new 170-room 4-Star hotel to be built in Auckland.
The property, to be built on the corner of Pitt and Vincent Streets in Auckland, will be completed in mid-2011 in time for the World Cup, and will include a restaurant, bar, conference and function facilities, and a swimming pool.
The developer of the hotel is Auckland-based Gaowoo Holdings. Hawkins has been contracted for the design and construction, and Peddle Thorpe Architects have been commissioned to do the design.
For Metro Hotels, it is the Group's first property in New Zealand.
The company has been contemplating a move across the Tasman for some time and has considered a number of opportunities in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, with Auckland the main target.
"It is a welcome addition to our portfolio," said Transmetro Chief Operating Officer George Bedwani.
"It makes a lot of sense for Metro Hotels to have a presence in New Zealand given the synergies between the Australian and New Zealand markets.
"New Zealand is our largest inbound market outside of Australia across the Group with 15 properties in Australia.
"A lot of our established clients visit New Zealand for business and leisure and, up until now, we have not been able to offer them an accommodation option."
View Metro Hotel Auckland.