Queenstown hotel opens to strong bookings


A new Queenstown hotel has opened to surprising forward bookings.

The 54-room, four-star Ramada Hotel at Remarkables Park opened its doors on Wednesday, becoming the first new hotel in the resort for five years.

Ramada boss Greg Ewen tells the Otago Daily Times he’s surprised by booking demand.

“We ramp up from 49 per cent to 75 per cent in early July. It literally just takes off and they are interesting forward figures.

“We knew we were coming into a very bullish market, but even we are pleasantly surprised just how quickly those numbers started to ramp up.”

Remarkables Park supremo Alastair Porter says the opening marked an intensive period of activity at the development.

Seven other projects are under way, including a new Wakatipu High School campus, a 25,000sqm entertainment precinct, an indoor dry slope terrain park and 16 residential apartments.

The additional development will more than double the size of the centre. Mr Porter believed once complete, the retail sector would offer a unique shopping experience for locals and visitors.

“People are now recognising that this will be the largest town centre outside of the CBD. It is in close proximity to the future convention centre, gondola, ferry terminal and entertainment precinct, making it a very interesting destination.”

Remarkables Park is working on a resource consent application for its 10km scenic gondola linking the centre to Queenstown Park Station and The Remarkables skifield.

Otago Daily Times