SkyCity & Radisson Revamp New Zealand Hospitality
For people vacationing in New Zealand, there are a lot of different hospitality options, suitable for all different kinds of trips. For those who primarily want to experience the beautiful nature of New Zealand, there are remote retreats on both main islands, and some of the smaller ones as well. For travelling students or people sticking to tight budgets, there are hostels and affordable Airbnb options to consider. And for those who are visiting the country for hiking and adventure, there are excellent campsites as well.
In addition to all of these possibilities though, some also travel to New Zealand with plans to take advantage of luxury hotels and resorts. In a country so thoroughly represented by adventures, sightseeing and other outdoor activities, the idea of having a high-end luxury hotel to rest in can certainly be appealing. While there are plenty of nice resorts around New Zealand, here’s a note of some significant changes that are currently underway regarding this particular type of hospitality.
The first is that the SkyCity Entertainment Group, as of this autumn, is certified carbon neutral, which essentially means it’s going to be taking steps to make its properties more eco-friendly. The group’s most noteworthy properties in the country, despite the fact that New Zealand has its own online casinos, are high-end casino resorts, blending gaming, entertainment and hotel facilities. In other words, they’re fairly busy, vibrant places – comfortable and luxurious, to be sure, but also full of bright lights, decadent restaurants and modern décor.
SkyCity has already taken some specific steps toward greener operations. The one getting headlines is that the external lighting of the Sky Tower (part of the resort property in Auckland) is going dark until LED bulbs can fully replace the existing ones. However, SkyCity is also reducing fuel emissions at its properties, installing more efficient temperature control and switching to plant-based stars and tap-served beer and wine (to cut down on waste). These aren’t changes that will significantly impact guests’ stays – but with more and more travellers around the world specifically seeking out eco-friendly resorts, SkyCity may well be making its properties more appealing.
The second major change underway where resort hospitality around the country is concerned is that the Radisson Hotel Group recently signed a deal to enter New Zealand. Addressing what some view as a shortage of internationally known hotel chains in New Zealand, the group will construct new, state-of-the-art properties – specifically, two each in Queenstown and at Lake Tekapo.
These properties will be opening in 2021 and 2022 if all goes according to plan. Radisson Blu Hotel and Radisson RED Queenstown Remarkables Park will be connected in low-rise buildings (along with Queenstown Remarkables Park) near the airport. They will also reportedly have access to a cable car that will take visitors straight from the city up into the ski areas of the Remarkables. Meanwhile, Park Inn by Radisson Lake Tekapo and Radisson Blu Resort, Lake Tekapo will also be luxury low-rises, complete with on-site bars, spas and heated pools alongside the gorgeous Lake Tekapo.
Between these beautiful-sounding new resorts on the way and the “greenification” of the SkyCity properties, hospitality in New Zealand looks to be getting better than ever.
November 20, 2019