Auckland International Airport Ltd & Tainui Group Holdings Ltd said on Friday they’d agreed to develop a 5-star hotel next to the airport’s international terminal & the existing 4-star Novotel hotel. AccorHotels will operate the new 250-room hotel as the Pullman Auckland Airport.
Auckland Airport property general manager Mark Thomson said the timing was influenced by unprecedented demand for hotel accommodation in Auckland.
The hotel will be developed in a 50:50 partnership between Auckland Airport & Tainui. As part of this agreement, Auckland Airport has increased its ownership stake in the Novotel hotel to 50%. The 4-star-plus 263-room Novotel was completed in 2011.
The new hotel building will carry the name Te Arikinui, the chiefly title the late Maori Queen Te Atairangikaahu chose when she ascended to the wherowhero (throne).
Chris Joblin, Chief Executive of Tainui Group Holdings, says that this agreement reflects the strength of the relationship that has been established between Tainui Group Holdings and Auckland Airport.
Construction is expected to start by the end of this year, and the hotel is scheduled to open by late 2019. By then, the airport’s international terminal will have been expanded and work should be underway on the domestic section of the combined domestic & international terminal.
Image above: Artist’s impression of the new Pullman hotel next to the existing Novotel.
24 July 2009: Novotel to stand in airport carpark
Attribution: Company release.