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Queenstown Holiday Inn Express® consent to be publicly notified

Queenstown Holiday Inn Express® consent to be publicly notified

August 7, 2017. For immediate release

Developers of a proposed $60 million hotel in central Queenstown have made the decision to publicly notify its resource consent application.

International private equity real estate firm Pro-invest Group is seeking consent to establish a 227-room Queenstown Holiday Inn Express® on the corner of Stanley, Sydney and Melbourne streets.

“We’ve been very open about our plans since announcing this project in March, and we will continue to be transparent with the Queenstown community,” says Tim Sherlock, Managing Director of Pro-invest Group’s development arm Pro-invest Developments. “By opting for a public notification for our consent, it will ensure all voices are heard and feedback is taken on board.”

Since lodging the application, Pro-invest has been working through a range of technical matters with council and continues to do so. Public submissions will open from Wednesday, August 9, for 20 working days. A resource consent hearing will follow in due course.

Comprising 227 guest rooms located in two three- and four-level wings, Holiday Inn Express® Queenstown will have a maximum guest occupancy of 450. Features of the proposed hotel include a fitness centre, meeting and laundry facilities, and the Great Room – a space for meetings, cocktail functions and networking – plus a complimentary guest breakfast buffet and a grab-and-go-style market pantry.

The much-needed extra hotel rooms have been welcomed by the tourism industry, with Tourism Industry Aotearoa and Destination Queenstown both supporting the plans when the project was announced.

Designed by acclaimed Queenstown architect Preston Stevens of McAuliffe Stevens, the proposed hotel combines various abstract elements that are representative of the resort’s landscape history.

More than 750 jobs will be generated during construction and approximately 15 further jobs will be created for hotel staff on completion. The hotel will also provide onsite living accommodation for the majority of its permanent employees.

Sherlock adds: “We are committed to achieving a great outcome for Queenstown and the Southern Lakes region generally by providing a hotel that focuses on high-quality design with facilities targeted to visitors’ needs.”

Holiday Inn Express® is a global hotel brand of one of the world’s leading hotel companies, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG). Holiday Inn Express® Queenstown is part of a comprehensive portfolio of 15 Holiday Inn Express® properties in Australia and New Zealand which will be operated by Pro-invest Group under a franchise agreement with IHG.

Pro-invest Group has recently announced its second Holiday Inn Express® hotel for New Zealand, in Auckland’s CBD, and is planning to expand its portfolio in other NZ centres.


An architectural drawing of the proposed new Holiday Inn Express Queenstown.

For more information, please contact:
Pro-invest Developments Managing Director Tim Sherlock:, +61 2 9237 6902

About Pro-invest Group
Pro-invest Group is a leading international private equity real estate firm specialised in investing into hospitality, retail and office assets with an active management approach. The Group has a long track record in developing as well as operating hotels in Europe, Middle East and Asia and is managing the Pro-invest Australian Hospitality Opportunity I, which owns, develops and operates a portfolio of select service hotels across Australia and New Zealand, and has a development portfolio of over A$1bn.

Celia Crosbie
Written by Celia Crosbie
Celia is an award-winning former journalist who has worked for newspapers and radio stations in New Zealand and magazines in the United Kingdom. She has worked in public relations in both NZ and London. Celia also specialises in digital media strategy and website copywriting for SEO.