Novotel Capital Wellington Opens

New hotel to be the leader in Wellington's 4-star market

1 March 2002: New Zealand has a new Capital – the Novotel Capital Wellington
– the first 4-star hotel to open in the city for 15 years.

The Novotel has been converted from a former bank building and is located on one of the city's best sites between The Terrace and Lambton Quay in the central business district.

The hotel comprises 140 rooms and suites, a restaurant, bar, gymnasium, small meeting room and car parking.

Commenting on the imminent opening, Novotel Capital Wellington General Manager, Paul O'Rourke, said that the development offered a remarkable opportunity to launch a quality 4-star hotel in the heart of Wellington's CBD at an extremely competitive cost. The opening rate for the hotel will be NZ$179 (+GST), valid till 31 August 2002.

Wellington is considered the most buoyant market in New Zealand at present, and with growth in demand predicted to continue in both the business and leisure markets, the new hotel will make an important contribution to the city's tourism sector, said Mr O'Rourke.

Wellington is a truly vibrant city with great tourism appeal and we are confident that the opening of such a high-quality Novotel will further increase the attraction of the city to both domestic and international visitors, particularly from Europe, where Novotel is so well-known.

The Novotel will be Accor's third hotel in the New Zealand capital and follows a similar redevelopment in central Wellington two years ago, which saw the Hotel Ibis Wellington converted out of an office building in Featherstone Street. The 3-star hotel has been one of the most successful new hotels to open in Wellington over the past decade. Accor's other hotel is the Mercure Wellington, also on The Terrace.

The Novotel will be Accor's 11th in New Zealand and follows major expansion by the group in the past year. In 2000-01, Accor opened its first Ibis hotel in New Zealand in Wellington, and followed this with the opening of the first multi-hotel complex in the country, the Novotel and Ibis Ellerslie in Auckland. In addition, Accor operates Novotel and Mercure hotels in Auckland, Hamilton, Rotorua, Wellington, Queenstown and Pauanui.

Novotel is managed by Accor and is one of the world's leading 4-star brands, with 370 hotels and resorts located in 61 countries. With 145,000 associates in 140 countries, Accor is the European leader and one of the world's largest groups in travel, tourism and corporate services, with two major international activities:
* hotels: 3,700 hotels (410,000 rooms) in 90 countries, casinos,
travel agencies, and restaurants;
* services to corporate clients and public institutions: each day, 12
million people in 31 countries use a broad range of services (food vouchers, people care and services, incentive, loyalty programs, events) engineered and managed by Accor