Date: May 2018
Location: Courtenay Place, Wellington CBD, New Zealand
Name: Oaks Wellington – opening Q2 2019 – 4.5 star
No.of Keys: 226, rooms and one bedroom apartments
Owner: the former Colonial Motor Company Building site – originally constructed in 1923, owned by The Chow Brothers (Michael & John).
Plans for the new hotel development in the Wellington head office of millionaire property tycoons Michael and John Chow had been put on the backburner after the 2016 Kaikōura earthquake.
The brothers scrapped the plans in the wake of the November earthquake, as Wellington was left with a shortage of good quality office space.
However, in February Michael Chow said with a booming tourism sector and a “severe shortage” of hotel accommodation, the plan would be moving forward.
Operator: The new hotel will be managed by Oaks Hotels & Resorts. Chief operations officer of Oaks Hotels & Resorts – Australia and New Zealand, Craig Hooley, says, “We are delighted to announce our brand’s first foray into Wellington, which plays into our international expansion strategy and perfectly complements our existing New Zealand portfolio spanning Queenstown and Auckland.
Oaks have 50 plus hotels across (mainly) Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and India, founded in 1991.
Oaks Hotels & Resorts is part of a larger global company, Minor International or ‘MINT’.
As one of the largest hospitality and leisure companies in the Asia Pacific Region, MINT’s hotel division consists of over 140 hotels, resorts and serviced suites with a broad portfolio of hotel brands.
MINT’s hotel division consists of Anantara, AVANI, Oaks, Tivoli, Elewana, Four Seasons, Marriott, St. Regis, Radisson Blu and Minor International brands.
MINT operates its hotel and spa portfolio in 24 countries across Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, the Indian Ocean, Europe and South America.
In addition, its mixed-use business operates spas, shopping plazas & entertainment outlets, residential properties, and a points-based vacation club, including a recent buy into London’s highly acclaimed Corbin & King restaurant chain.
Oaks Wellington will have rooms and one bedroom apartments with Smart TVs, keyless entry and high-speed Wi-Fi, with some rooms offering water views.
The nine-storey tower hotel will have a first-floor restaurant and bar, a gymnasium, ground floor communal lounge, conferencing venues and underground parking.
THPT Comment: Minor are a seriously interesting company and a true global company…watch this space.
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