Swiss-Belhotel International will expand its New Zealand portfolio via the upcoming launch of
two exciting Queenstown properties – ensuring that the popular tourist destination will keep
pace with increasing visitor numbers.
Swiss-Belhotel & Residences Queenstown and the younger, more value-conscious brand
Zest Queenstown by Swiss-Belhotel will be unveiled at the same time in the last quarter of
2020. It will be the brands’ New Zealand debut.
Swiss-Belhotel & Residences Queenstown will be ideal for travellers looking for
comprehensive and well-appointed international-standard facilities that are enhanced by
efficient, attentive service as well as comfort and security. The residences are designed to
meet the needs of extended-stay business and leisure travellers.
The vibrant Zest brand is a value hotel featuring modern facilities at an affordable price. It is
designed with the social traveller in mind and appeals to the young and the young at heart,
while providing state-of-the-art technology, comfort and security. Both properties will be
located on Gorge Road, 100 metres apart and a convenient 10-minute walk to the town
Mr. Gavin M. Faull, a New Zealander and the Chairman and President of Swiss-Belhotel
International, said the new properties “will offer something completely different to each other,
giving visitors more options when staying in the scenic town”.
He said: “We’ve had a presence in Queenstown for the past six years through
Swiss-Belresort Coronet Peak. And over this time we have developed a good sense of what
visitors demand from their hotel stays. The time felt right to expand our presence in the
region and launch two hotel brands that haven’t previously been available in New Zealand.”
Swiss-Belhotel International launched Swiss-Belresort Coronet Peak in 2013. The Group
then expanded into Auckland in 2016 with the opening of Swiss-Belsuites Victoria Park,
followed by the acquisition of Swiss-Belsuites Pounamu Queenstown in 2017. The new
properties will increase the Group’s New Zealand footprint to five hotels.
Swiss-Belhotel & Residences will be a 4.5-star property featuring a full-service hotel and
furnished residences. The well-appointed facilities will comprise an architectural design that
combines modern and local aesthetics, contemporary interiors and furnishings, the latest
technology as well as food and beverage outlets and 24-hour services. The hotel will feature
194 rooms at 24 square metres and 32 apartments (one bedroom, 75-95 sq m, and two
bedrooms, 120-150 sq m).
Like all Zest properties (there are 10 in Indonesia), Zest Queenstown will emanate a young
and fun ambiance. It will be modern, inviting, bold and unique. The property’s construction is
being managed and developed by the Redwood Group and will feature 223 Zest rooms (16
sq m), 160 Pods (24 sq m sleeping capsules sleeping eight per unit) and communal
bathrooms. Large social facilities will be on-site, along with a 24-hour reception, dining areas
and seamless technology features throughout.
The new developments are part of the strategic expansion of Swiss-Belhotel International in
New Zealand, and will support growing tourism in the market.
Mr. Faull said the Group was in discussions with developers in Australia and would make
more announcements regarding hotel developments within the next six months. He added:
“We have real confidence in the tourism industry in New Zealand – particularly in
Queenstown, which requires new infrastructure to keep up with visitor demand. We are
committed to looking at further opportunities in the local market.”
For more information about Swiss-Belhotel International, please visit www.swiss-belhotel.com.
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