$25 million hotel proposal near Queenstown's airport has been
welcomed by former Queenstown Airport Corp chairman Sir John
A resource consent for a 54-unit complex, the Ramada
Queenstown, at Remarkables Park, near a controversial
convention centre site in Frankton, has been lodged with the
Queenstown Lakes District Council, a press statement said
''That's a natural progression,'' Sir John told the Otago
Daily Times from Italy yesterday.
''It's another step in the progress of Queenstown,'' he said.
In May, aviation authorities gave Queenstown Airport approval
for night flights, probably from 2016.
The Remarkables Park hotel plan - with the four-level, 5000sq
m building to be developed by Auckland-based company Safari
Group - raises the stakes in Queenstown's heated convention
Last month, Remarkables Park lodged consent for its
multimillion-dollar centre proposal in Frankton, while last
week the council announced a zoning change to extend the
resort's central business district to enable its proposed
convention centre in Man St.
Porter Group chief executive Alistair Porter, whose company
is behind developments at Remarkables Park, said from Sydney
that the lack of hotels near the proposed Frankton convention
centre site was probably a key concern for some Queenstown
''The issue with hotels being downtown is not relevant
because there are going to be hotels at Remarkables Park and
this is the first of them.
"And just the first. There'll be others.''
Yesterday's press release confirmed that, saying a second,
120-room hotel at Remarkables Park was in development.
Safari Group owner Robert Neil said his company also was
considering another boutique accommodation development
Frankton, although that might be in ''two or three years''.
Mr Neil - who contrary to the press release said the Ramada
development would not be a hotel but serviced apartments -
claimed Queenstown's future growth would be in the Frankton
Safari Group has seven North Island developments, including
two in Auckland, mainly under the Ramada and Quest brands and
it started building Ramada Tuam in Christchurch in August
The developments were funded by a mixture of equity and bank
debt, Mr Neil said.
The Ramada will be built in what is known as the High St
precinct, a few hundred metres from the Remarkables Park New
World supermarket, and the developers hope work will start
The Ramada will cater for up to 120 guests and the
development will also include commercial office space and