However Mads Nielsen also predicts a growing leisure segment as the capital city’s reputation as a holiday destination grows. The hotel has opened in a 1928 art deco building in the prime location on the corner of Lambton Quay and Gray Street. It adds to the portfolio of the Sarin family, who already own a number of hotels around New Zealand.
Nielsen says local tourism partners, politicians and potential clients have all been enthusiastic about the DoubleTree’s entry to the market, which brings an ‘upscale’ version of the brand to the city. ‘But we are comfortable with the four and a half star rating. It fits the Wellington market well.’
The function on Friday night started in the lobby and reception area and moved up to the first floor restaurant. Among the approximately 80 guests was a strong turn out from Wellington agents, primarily but not exclusively travel management companies (TMCs). ‘We’ve already received bookings through corporate travel agents and a positive response from both them and corporate clients.