Remarkables Park announces Queenstown’s first airport hotel

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Queenstown’s Remarkables Park has announced the first of two hotels to support its proposed Frankton convention centre.

Auckland-based Safari Group is applying for resource consent for a $25 million, 48-room, six-apartment Ramada Hotel in the new High Street area, about 150m from the convention centre.

Safari Group owner Robert Neil says the hotel – touted as Queenstown’s first airport hotel – will fill 80 per cent of the development, mostly on levels two and three.

There’ll be a hotel cafe/restaurant on the ground floor and the complex will also include eight high-quality boutique retail stores.

The top floor will include almost 400sq m of office space. There’ll also be 34 underground carparks and 22 outdoor carparks.

The hotel’s expected to employ 40 to 50 people during construction, which is planned to start before Christmas, and more than 20 jobs once it opens by Christmas next year.

Ramada is part of the worldwide United States-based Wyndham Hotel Group.

Safari Group, meanwhile, is an experienced New Zealand hotel operator which is about to open a Quest Hotel in Wellington.

Remarkables Park last month lodged consent for a multi-million dollar convention centre, providing for up to 900 delegates.

The centre is going head-to-head with one proposed by Queenstown Lakes District Council for the Lakeview site near the Queenstown CBD.