Staywell Hospitality Group Announce New Zealand Property

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Monday, 15 December 2008


StayWell Hospitality Group Announce First New Zealand Property


StayWell Hospitality Group

(SWHG),

owner and operator of the Leisure Inn and Park Regis

brands, today announced it had signed a long term lease agreement for a property in Auckland,

which will be its first hotel in New Zealand.


The property

will be totally refurbished and subsequently branded as

Leisure Inn Express

Auckland, with a proposed opening date of 1 September 2009. The hotel is located on Commerce

Street, opposite the Britomart precinct and situated just off Queen Street - the major restaurant,

shopping and commercial centre of Auckland city.


The five storey Taspac Building will undergo an extensive renovation and refurbishment and will

open as an 82 room hotel which will primarily cater to budget-conscious travellers.


The hotel is the first Leisure Inn Express property to be launched. The Express brand, an extension

of the Leisure Inn brand, will emphasise the economy/budget market positioning with

features

differentiating it from the traditional brand. Rooms will be compact whilst comfortable and

functional with private bathrooms and facilities and will combine contemporary design

elements

and the latest technologies. The hotel will also provide guests with self check-in facilities.


SWHG’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Simon Wan, said that the announcement of the Auckland

property continues SWHG’s expansion plan to move into key gateway locations in both New

Zealand and Asia Pacific.


“This latest announcement is quite significant for StayWell Hospitality Group. We have been waiting

for the right opportunity to launch in the New Zealand market and this really will be just the

beginning as we are also considering a number of sites in Wellington, Christchurch and

Queenstown.”


“As part of our expansion plan, it is our intention to continue to acquire freehold interests in

existing hotels, enter into management agreements and leases of existing hotels and undertake the

development of new hotels. As well as expanding in New Zealand, we anticipate the next expansion

phase will see properties launched in Canberra, Perth, Adelaide and additional sites in Sydney,” he

said.


SWHG’s portfolio currently includes locations in Australian capital cities -

Sydney, Brisbane,

Melbourne and Hobart as well as regional areas such as Launceston, Hunter Valley, Blue Mountains,

Cairns and Townsville. Park Regis Singapore is also under development, with completion expected

in late 2009.


Further information: 

Rachel Pirie – Group Marketing Manager

StayWell Hospitality Group 

PH: +61 2 8198 9220 

E: rpirie@staywellgroup.com






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