Upgrade on cards for Picton hotel

CATHIE BELL
Last updated 07:16 03/12/2013
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Picton's Mercure Hotel has taken on a new name, new brand and new management company as one of five New Zealand sites to move under the umbrella of international hotel management company StayWell Hospitality Group.

Picton management and staff were being kept on, and the Waikawa Rd hotel was now called Park Regis Picton, the company said yesterday.

It promised renovations at the five sites, including Picton, and considerable investment in staff training and development over the next six to 12 months.

Group managing director Simon Wan said a lot of work had to be done to bring the properties up to international expectations and the StayWell standard.

Sydney-based StayWell, which operates the Park Regis and Leisure Inn brands, took over the management of the five hotel properties in Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin, Rotorua and Picton from Sunday.

The properties are all owned by Auckland-based CP Group and were previously managed by Accor under the Mercure brand.

Mr Wan said he was excited about the company's expansion into New Zealand, as well as the potential offered by the Park Regis in Picton.

"We have been exploring expansion into New Zealand since 2009, but it has taken four years to find the right properties and partnership.

"Our focus is on mid-sized, boutique hotels in strategic locations and our goal is to not only improve the performance of each site, but also to make a growing contribution to the wider tourism sector in each region."

Mr Wan said each of the five properties had significant opportunities and challenges. The company aimed to take the hotel experience from comfortable to exceptional over the next year.

The StayWell Hospitality Group was established in 2006 and now manages 33 properties internationally, including sites in Australia, China, Singapore, Indonesia, the Middle East, India and the United Kingdom.

The company's head office is in Sydney and it has also established a regional office in Auckland to support its New Zealand expansion. 

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