Wyndham’s La Quinta brand set to debut in New Zealand
A rendering of the La Quinta by Wyndham Remarkables Park in Queenstown. (Photo: Wyndham)
La Quinta takes its first steps into the South-east Asia and Pacific Rim region with two properties in New Zealand.
New Zealand is striding ahead in the fight against coronavirus, and so perhaps this Pacific nation is one of the safest bets on earth when it comes to future hotel openings. Wyndham certainly seems to think so, given that it has just announced plans to open two new hotels under its La Quinta brand in New Zealand. We find out more.
LQ lands in NZ
Wyndham’s La Quinta (LQ) brand already boasts properties in 925 global destinations, and it is about to add another one to the list, with two new properties recently signed in New Zealand. Once the brand hits New Zealand’s shores, it will be known as LQ locally. LQ in NZ will take up residence in Auckland and Queenstown, meaning the brand will have a presence on both the north and the south islands. These new hotels follow the success of recent La Quinta openings in Europe, and planned openings in the Caribbean, both firsts for the brand.
“With hundreds of properties already operating in the Americas and a global expansion strategy also underway, La Quinta by Wyndham is a proven favourite among guests and hotel developers alike. I am confident that our customers in New Zealand will love the brand’s blend of upper-midscale comfort and convenience. We look forward to introducing this concept to domestic and international travellers in the country, as part of our multi-brand expansion in SEAPR,” said Andy Flaig, Head of Development, South-east Asia and Pacific Rim (SEAPR), Wyndham Hotels & Resorts.
LQ in Auckland and Queenstown
Wyndham is working with local company Safari Group, a long-standing regional partner, to manage the franchise agreements of the two new signings. All parties are confident tourism and travel in the region will be restored despite the current coronavirus crisis, and as such, the two LQ signings are located in New Zealand’s most attractive destinations, Auckland and Queenstown. In Queenstown, the 87-key LQ by Wyndham Remarkables Park is set to welcome guests by the end of this year and will provide those visiting New Zealand’s adventure capital with a great base from which to explore the surrounding area. In Auckland, the 246-key LQ by Wyndham Greenlane Auckland will appeal to both business and leisure travellers, given that it is located close to the city’s airport and CBD. This hotel is due to open in 2022.
Joon Aun Ooi, President and Managing Director, SEAPR, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, said, “We are delighted to deepen our relationship with the Safari Group and to introduce another sought-after and growing brand to New Zealand, and the SEAPR region. Despite the current situation, we are confident of the tourism momentum in New Zealand and that international traveller will return to seek out the country’s natural attractions and stunning scenery. As visitors return to discover this beautiful country, Wyndham will be there to cater to their needs with a collection of exceptional hotels and resorts in key locations nationwide.”