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Radisson breaks into New Zealand with 4 hotels and 3 brands

by | 16 Oct 2019 | Chains

A rendering of one of Radisson’s first properties in New Zealand. (Photo: Radisson)

New Zealand is about to get 4 new-build Radisson properties with 777 keys.

Radisson Hotel Group recently signed Australasia’s biggest hotel management deal in 2019.

We learn more about the group’s upcoming launch in New Zealand and where its first properties will open.

Radisson finally launches in New Zealand

Radisson has signed four agreements with subsidiaries of NZ Horizons Limited and Remarkables Hotel Limited, two privately-owned companies specialising in hotel development on New Zealand’s South Island.

These deals will result in four new-build properties, the Radisson Blu and Radisson RED hotels in Queenstown and Radisson Blu and Park Inn by Radisson hotels at Lake Tekapo.

The four new properties are scheduled to open in 2021 and 2022, adding a total of 777 rooms to New Zealand’s booming hospitality sector.

“It is a great pleasure and honour to work with Radisson Hotel Group as they enter New Zealand for the first time. We had a vision of bringing a globally recognized hotel brand to the South Island and with the support of hotel consultants, Cre8tive Property, we were able to make it happen,” said Anthony Tosswill, Director, NZ Horizons and Remarkables Hotel Limited.

“The fact that Radisson Hotel Group has committed to four projects is a great reflection of their confidence in the region’s tourism industry and we are delighted to be developing these world class hotels. Together, we will provide exceptional accommodation and services to our guests in Queenstown and Lake Tekapo, whilst helping to enhance the hospitality sector in both of these attractive destinations,” Mr Tosswill elaborated.

Queenstown’s two new Radisson properties

Set on the banks of Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown will soon be home to the new Radisson Blu Hotel, Queenstown Remarkables Park and the Radisson RED Queenstown Remarkables Park.

The hotels will sit next to each other in low-rise developments near the international airport, a planned convention centre and a proposed cable car which will connect guests directly to the Remarkables ski slopes.

Scheduled to open in Q4, 2022, Radisson Blu Hotel, Queenstown Remarkables Park will feature 171 rooms and suites. Facilities will include an executive lounge, F&B outlets, a fitness centre, and state-of-the-art event spaces.

The 257-room Radisson RED Queenstown Remarkables Park will launch on the same date. Following Radisson RED’s innovative concept, the hotel will boast an art-inspired lobby with an interactive TV wall, stylish and social F&B outlets, a 24-hour fitness centre and cutting-edge meeting spaces.

Radisson on the shores of Lake Tekapo

In Lake Tekapo, a new low-rise hotel will host the 112-room Park Inn by Radisson Lake Tekapo, which is on track to open in Q2, 2021, and the 237-room Radisson Blu Resort, Lake Tekapo, which will follow by Q4, 2022.

The Radisson Blu resort will be the first international upper-upscale brand at Lake Tekapo and will feature a full range of facilities, including an executive lounge, multiple restaurants and bars, a fitness centre, spa, heated indoor swimming pool, and a conference and banqueting space.

“New Zealand is a spectacular destination that is growing in popularity among the world’s travellers, especially from Asia’s emerging markets. There is still a shortage of internationally branded accommodation in the South Island of the country, however, so we are delighted to introduce four outstanding hotels and three of our original brands to New Zealand for the first time. We look forward to contributing to the continued growth of the country’s tourism industry in the coming years,” commented Katerina Giannouka, President, Asia Pacific, Radisson Hotel Group.

A bright outlook for Radisson in New Zealand

According to STR, the hospitality industry’s leading benchmarking service, Queenstown was the best performing Australasian hotel market in 2018. Its revenue per available room (RevPAR) reached $143,32.

In 2019, the city continued to thrive with an average occupancy of 81,3% in the first trimester. Other cities in New Zealand are doing similarly well which reflects the country’s growing tourism industry. Year-on-year visitor numbers are up by 1,3%, making it the sixth consecutive year of growth.

In order to take advantage of this booming market, RHG will continue to seek opportunities to work with respected local partners to further grow its portfolio.

Let’s take a look at a few more upcoming Radisson hotel projects in the Asia Pacific region:


Radisson Hotel Group is one of the world's largest hotel groups with eight distinctive hotel brands, more than 1,400 hotels in operation and under development around the world.


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