IHG (UK) Signs First voco Hotel in New Zealand
27 Jan 2020 - IHG has signed a franchise agreement with Pro-invest that will see the first voco hotel in New Zealand open in Auckland in 2021.
Located in the very heart of Auckland’s city centre, on the corner of Albert and Wyndham Street, the property will be dual-branded, as the 200-room voco Auckland City Centre will share the site with the 294-room Holiday Inn Express Auckland City Centre. The two hotels will have separate branding and guest entrances, but will share facilities.
Ronald Barrott, CEO of Pro-invest, said, “We are extremely excited to have the honour of opening New Zealand’s first voco. Such an iconic address demands a great brand, and when IHG first launched voco in 2018, its sustainability focus really struck a chord with me and I realised that it was a perfect fit for us. I’m so excited to add voco to our portfolio of hotels, complementing our growing estate of Holiday Inn Express hotels in New Zealand and Australia, in partnership with IHG.”
The signing of voco Auckland City Centre continues the rapid growth of the brand since it launched in June 2018, complementing voco hotels in Australia’s Gold Coast, Yarra Valley, Hunter Valley, Melbourne and Sydney.
IHG currently has 51 hotels operating under four brands in Australasia, including: InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, voco and Holiday Inn Express, with another 35 in the pipeline, including Hotel Indigo.