Published on : Friday, January 24, 2020
Intercontinental Hotels Group has announced plans for its first Voco property in New Zealand. Voco Auckland City Centre is scheduled to open in mid-2021, and will be located at the corner of Albert and Wyndham Street in the city’s central business district. The hotel will feature 200 rooms, an all-day restaurant and bar, and a fitness centre.
The hotel had originally been announced in 2017 as being marketed under IHG’s Even Hotels brand, but the group said that following IHG’s launch of Voco in 2018 it became clear that the new brand would not only resonate with the colourful, unstuffy and laid-back Kiwi spirit, but also that its ‘tread light’ philosophy made it a perfect fit with [owner] Pro-invest’s culture of environmental governance, which includes a commitment to targeting high energy efficiency ratings across its portfolio.
The property will form part of a dual-branded development, sharing the building the 294-room Holiday Inn Express Auckland City Centre. The two hotels will have separate entrances, but will share facilities.
The Voco brand launched in 2018, with the first property opening on Australia’s Gold Coast. It has since expanded to include properties in destinations including Dubai, Solihull, Cardiff, Oxford and Reading, with forthcoming hotels including the 4,200-room Voco Makkah.
Commenting on the news Leanne Harwood, IHG’s managing director – Australasia and Japan said that with the momentum Voco has created since its launch, we are delighted that Pro-invest has taken the opportunity to realign their Even project with the new sustainability-focused Voco brand. It’s wonderful to continue this journey with Pro-invest as they bring our sixth Voco to Australasia in the very heart of the Auckland CBD. Voco celebrates the individuality of the hotel, stunning location and local people, with each stay tailored to deliver a unique and memorable experience to guests from New Zealand and all around the world.
IHG is also set to open its first Intercontinental property in Auckland in 2022, occupying a waterfront location within the city’s mixed-use Commercial Bay district.