Pull­man Auck­land Air­port to open in 2019

Ac­corHo­tels’ Pull­man brand has been se­lected by Auck­land Air­port and Tainui Group Hold­ings for a new 5-star ho­tel to be de­vel­oped ad­ja­cent to Auck­land Air­port’s in­ter­na­tional ter­mi­nal.

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The new 250-room Pull­man Auck­land Air­port will be lo­cated next to Ac­corHo­tels’ Novo­tel ho­tel, and nearby to Ac­corHo­tels’ ibis Bud­get ho­tel, pro­vid­ing trav­ellers to Auck­land with a com­plete range of high-qual­ity ac­com­mo­da­tion choices from pre­mium to econ­omy.

Con­struc­tion of the ho­tel is ex­pected to start by the end of this year, with the ho­tel sched­uled to open by late 2019. The launch of 5-star ac­com­mo­da­tion will com­ple­ment a ma­jor up­grad­ing pro­gram at the air­port, which will see the in­ter­na­tional ter­mi­nal ex­panded to add a do­mes­tic wing to pro­vide a to­tally stream­lined ser­vice for trav­ellers.

The ho­tel will be de­vel­oped by Ac­corHo­tels’ es­tab­lished part­ners, Auck­land Air­port and Tainui Group Hold­ings, who also de­vel­oped the pioneering Novo­tel Auck­land Air­port. Ac­corHo­tels also man­ages Tainui’s Novo­tel and ibis ho­tels in Hamil­ton.

The devel­op­ment of the Pull­man ho­tel comes at a time of un­prece­dented de­mand for ho­tel ac­com­mo­da­tion in Auck­land, with the city be­ing the ma­jor gate­way for in­ter­na­tional ar­rivals. In the 2016 year, Auck­land Air­port recorded 9.3 mil­lion In­ter­na­tional pas­sen­gers, a 10.4 per cent in­crease on 2015, fu­elled by new ser­vices and growth in ca­pac­ity on flights from the United States, the Mid­dle East, Ja­pan, China, Thai­land and Aus­tralia.

The an­nounce­ment of the Pull­man ho­tel for Auck­land Air­port fol­lows the open­ing last year of Pull­man Sydney Air­port, with an­other Pull­man sched­uled to open at Bris­bane Air­port later this year. Pull­man ho­tels have a strong pres­ence at air­ports across the world, be­ing rep­re­sented in air­port precincts in ci­ties such as Paris, Moscow, Mi­ami and Guangzhou.

The Pull­man will build on Ac­corHo­tels’ po­si­tion as New Zealand’s lead­ing ho­tel group, with the cur­rent net­work of 33 ho­tels set to grow sub­stan­tially over the next three years, in­clud­ing the open­ings of a new So Sofitel in Auck­land and a Novo­tel at Christchurch Air­port.

Ac­corHo­tels’ Pa­cific Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer, Si­mon McGrath, said that the devel­op­ment of the Pull­man would con­trib­ute sig­nif­i­cantly to the con­tin­ued evo­lu­tion of Auck­land Air­port as one of Asia Pa­cific’s most im­por­tant avi­a­tion and trans­port hubs.

“Auck­land Air­port has done a re­mark­able job trans­form­ing the precinct into a mod­ern ‘ae­roc­ity’ and we are very pleased to be part­ner­ing with them, along with our es­tab­lished part­ners Tainui, in de­vel­op­ing the new Pull­man,” said Mr McGrath.

“The suc­cess of the Novo­tel in at­tract­ing cor­po­rate, con­fer­ence and leisure trav­ellers has high­lighted the po­ten­tial for a 5-star branded ho­tel at the air­port, and with Pull­man hav­ing such a strong pres­ence in down­town Auck­land, as well as in other ma­jor ci­ties around the re­gion, it will be a nat­u­ral fit for the ex­pan­sion of Auck­land Air­port’s tourism in­fra­struc­ture.

“We be­lieve this part­ner­ship will de­liver an out­stand­ing 5-star ho­tel for Auck­land Air­port that will pro­vide great sup­port for Auck­land’s and New Zealand’s fu­ture tourism and eco­nomic devel­op­ment.”

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