Corporate Traveller

Industry News - August

Fairmont joins Accor

The prestigious Fairmont, Raffles, and Swissotel brands have been welcomed into the Accor family this month. As preferred partners of Flight Centre Corporate, it is business as usual, and we will keep you informed of any major changes. 

New Europcar Location in Whangerei

Opening in September is a new Europcar location in Whangarei. Europcar will have an agency at Whangarei City and provide a meet and greet service at Whangarei Airport. Bookings will be accepted from 5 September.

Wellington Airport Centralised Security Screening

At Wellington Airport, due to the introduction of centralised security screening and issues with the capacity for parking regional aircraft, a bus operation is needed for regional aircraft arrivals. This will only affect arrivals at gates 13, 14 and 15. The bus will be boarded at the aircraft and passengers will be transported to Gate 20 where they will disembark. Where possible airlines will aim to use other gates however this process will still be used on a daily basis until further notice. Due to this new process we would recommend allowing an extra 15 minutes to complete arrival procedures in Wellington.

Air New Zealand back to Bali

Air New Zealand have once again started their seasonal flights to Bali, twice a week. In addition, effective from May 2017, the 787-9 Dreamliner is to be introduced on the Auckland-Bali nonstop seasonal route. The changes see the introduction of the popular Business Premier and Premium Economy product in place of Works Deluxe.

New check-in space for Air NZ at Auckland Airport

Auckland International has opened a premium check-in space with some exciting new features for high value customers. The new introductions include a Greeting podium and new Check-in booths where the Air NZ team can build rapport with customers and provide premium service. The space, complete with new and improved bag drop is only accessible for customers travelling on Air New Zealand aircraft. Customers will be directed by the team based on their entitlement and status.

New properties for Ascott

Ascott has recently opened four new properties, expanding it's global portfolio of serviced residences with the Ascott, Citadines and Somerset brands. The new properties include located in Hong Kong’s coolest area with a 180° view of Victoria Harbour the vibrant city of Seoul glitziest shopping district in Tokyo in the charming South Manila! Further, The Mercer Hong Kong is rebranded as Citadines Mercer Hong Kong.

Openings for Christchurch

Christchurch’s hotel scene is going from strength to strength with the opening of the new Fino Hotel and Suites last month on Kilmore Street. The 5-star, 52-suite hotel has meeting facilities for 20 people in the penthouse suites, and the ground floor atrium hosts 100 people cocktail style. Featuring a selection of suites including a Pet friendly suite, all include a kitchen. Five more international hotels boasting 800 new rooms will open in the next 18 months, including:

  • InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) will manage the new 200-room Crowne Plaza located adjacent to the Christchurch Convention Centre.
  • AccorHotels will open a new-build 200-room Novotel hotel at Christchurch Airport, next to the International Terminal, and will include function and meeting room facilities. AccorHotels is also behind a new 78-room Sebelhotel complex to be built near Victoria Street. 
  • Distinction Hotels is redeveloping the 179-room former Millennium Hotel building in Cathedral Square, to be named Distinction Christchurch.
  • InterContinental Hotels Group will open a Holiday Inn Express in a new 14-storey, 120-room property to be built in Gloucester St next to the Cathedral Junction precinct, and set to open in 2018.

Crowne Plaza Accelerate

IHG has announced the Crowne Plaza brand will receive a $200 million makeover. Guest rooms and public meeting areas will be included in the three year "Crowne Plaza Accelerate" redesign of their properties in the America's. The company will improve its mattresses, housekeeping procedures, noise management, and scents in its rooms.