Sudima Hotels has obtained consent for its 6th hotel, a $30 million 4.5-star development on the shore at Kaikoura, which was isolated by a magnitude 7.8 earthquake in November 2016.
Chief executive Sudesh Jhunjhnuwala expects the 118-room hotel will open in the 2019-20 summer, shortly after the company opens its new central Christchurch hotel.
Sudima’s existing hotels are at Auckland & Christchurch airports, Hamilton & Rotorua.
The new hotel has been designed for domestic & international leisure travellers, but will also have conference facilities.
Sudima is promoting itself as a leader in sustainable & socially responsible accommodation, and the Kaikoura hotel will open as a single use plastic-free facility, consistent with the company’s goal to be free of single use plastic across its entire portfolio by 2020.
Mr Jhunjhnuwala said Sudima Hotels would also work with its long-time partner, the social change organisation Be Accessible, to design the hotel to gold or platinum accessibility status. He said Sudima was the first accessible hotel group in New Zealand, and all its properties had accessibility ratings of between bronze & gold.
Kaikoura has long been a major tourist destination and, following a 13-month post-earthquake restoration of the damaged part of State Highway 1, visitor numbers & tourism spending are rising again.
Mr Jhunjhnuwala said the new hotel would play a role in Kaikoura’s recovery, bringing a growing national brand & distinctive product offer: “We intend Sudima Kaikoura to help attract visitors and increase the average rate in the local accommodation sector, all of which will help in the recovery of the local economy.
“This is the type of development that will attract other tourism investment & development. And importantly for us, the addition of a Kaikoura hotel will strengthen Sudima Hotels’ national portfolio, especially in the South Island, where we have an existing successful Christchurch Airport hotel and a second in construction in Christchurch’s city centre.”
Before the Kaikoura hotel opens, Sudima Hotels intends to unveil a comprehensive rebrand across its properties, repositioning the chain with a modern, contemporary & guest-centric identity.
Attribution: Company release.