‘Mon­dayised’ hol­i­days wel­comed

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Not all in the busi­ness com­mu­nity are dreading the prospect of An­zac and Wai­tangi day hol­i­days mov­ing to Mon­day.

Leg­is­la­tion to ‘‘Mon­dayise’’ the two hol­i­days was due to have its sec­ond Par­lia­men­tary read­ing last Wed­nes­day.

The De­part­ment of Labour had es­ti­mated that shift­ing the two hol­i­days to Mon­day when they fell dur­ing week­ends would im­pose a $200-mil­lion drag on New Zealand busi­ness. But Welling­ton Ibis Ho­tel gen­eral man­ager Nathan Frost said it could be a great thing for his busi­ness.

An­zac Day leisure travel book­ings were al­ways flat, and when the day fell mid-week it also dis­rupted week­day cor­po­rate travel around it, he said.

More long week­ends would be wel­come in his busi­ness.

‘‘And if it were a long week­end and had an AFL match as well it would be fan­tas­tic . . . It would be an op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to come from po­ten­tially Aus­tralia and have a long week­end in New Zealand.’’

Some Welling­ton ho­tels are al­ready fully booked for An­zac Day this year as St Kilda Saints and Syd­ney Swans fans pre­pare to flood across the Tas­man.

The two teams will play an Aus­tralian Foot­ball League match at West­pac Sta­dium on An­zac Day, Thurs­day, April 25.

The Grand Mer­cure Apart­ments and Ibis Welling­ton were fully booked last week and the Cen­tral City Apart­ments, Novo­tel, Mer­cure Welling­ton and the Wil­lis Street Mer­cure were 87 per cent booked out.

Mr Frost said the ho­tel was also al­most at ca­pac­ity last week, with the Eng­land cricket team’s Barmy Army sup­port­ers adding to a nor­mally busy pe­riod for cor­po­rate travel. An­zac Day is nor­mally a flat pe­riod for Welling­ton ho­tels but the Ibis had been forced to im­ple­ment a min­i­mum two-day stay this year be­cause of de­mand from the Swans and Saints sup­port­ers.

Mr Frost said he had heard that each club was ex­pect­ing 2000 sup­port­ers to at­tend.

‘‘Four or five thou­sand room nights in the city would have a huge ef­fect,’’ he said.

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