A $80 million new-build Novotel has opened at Christchurch in New Zealand.
Accor, the largest operator of hotels in airport precincts across the Pacific region, welcomed the first guests this week.
Spanning across six floors, the 4.5 star Novotel Christchurch Airport has 200 premium guestrooms, including 10 suites and 10 wheelchair accessible rooms.
Located next to the terminal of New Zealand's second largest airport, the architectural design of the hotel is the work of Warren and Mahoney Architects, the same team behind the award-winning Novotel Auckland Airport hotel.
Novotel Christchurch Airport hotel is located 15 minutes from Christchurch's city centre and features a restaurant and lobby bar, fully equipped gymnasium, car parking, kids' corner, wifi and 10 conference and function spaces.
The top floor is the hero feature, with floor-to-ceiling windows, offering panoramic views across the runway and over the Southern Alps.
A modern restaurant and social hub, Food Exchange, is also a highlight.
Senior Vice President Operations for Accor New Zealand, Fiji and French Polynesia, Gillian Millar says: “This is a stunning development and certainly not your average airport hotel. Accor is very proud to have answered the call from international tourists seeking new hotel product at the gateway to New Zealand's South Island.
“Christchurch has enjoyed its highest visitor expenditure on record, reaching a total of $3 billion, for the year ending June 2019, with visitors from Australia and Asia accounting for just over half of the region's international tourism expenditure.
“Increasing tourist numbers and such positive visitor expenditure figures highlight the need for a sophisticated accommodation option at Christchurch Airport, and we know that short-stay business travellers, leisure guests and Accor's valued 4.5 million Pacific loyalty members will be impressed with the hotel's features, catering to their transit needs.
“Accor continues to lead the industry as airport hotel specialists, and we understand the specific needs of transiting guests and the Novotel brand's multi-service offering will allow guests the freedom to thoroughly enjoy their stay,” concluded Gillian.
Novotel Christchurch Airport complements Accor's two existing airport hotels in New Zealand - Novotel Auckland Airport and ibis Budget Auckland Airport.
Novotel Christchurch Airport is the ninth Novotel branded hotel in New Zealand and joins a global network of over 520 Novotel hotel's in 61 countries. Novotel Christchurch Airport is Accor's 45th property in New Zealand.