AccorHotels has set plans open a new Pullman hotel in Rotorua by 2019. The new hotel is a conversion of an existing nine-story government building in the central business district.
The 130-room lakefront hotel will have an executive Lounge, a business lounge, a chill-out lounge, a restaurant and bar, a gym, a parking lot and five meeting rooms for conferences and events.
AccorHotels' SVP for New Zealand, Fiji and French Polynesia Gillian Millar said in a statement that the new hotel will not only contribute to the economy, but also boost tourism in New Zealand. She added, "Pullman Rotorua will not only offer leisure and business guests a sophisticated accommodation experience but the local economy will also benefit through employment, supplier partnerships and added expenditure that will come with increased visitors to the region.”
AccorHotels will create about 300 jobs with ongoing employment history for the construction of the new Pullman.
AccorHotel's Pullman brand is part of the company's expanding international luxury brand portfolio. There are currently more than 65 Pullman hotels in Asia Pacific and more than 100 globally. The new Rotorua hotel will be near the Novotel and Ibis Rotorua Lakeside.
AccorHotels began to expand further through Asia Pacific in August 2016 as it set plans to open 300 hotels in the area over the next three to five years. The new hotels will bring its total portfolio to 1,050 in the area, one of the company's top-performing markets.
As part of a joint venture with Intergloble Hotels, AccorHotels will also add seven more Ibis-branded hotels in India by 2018, increasing the total to 20. The company has been opening Novotel-brand hotels in Vijayawada and Bhimili. These projects will be completed by 2018, as well. AccorHotels has planned to have 10,000 rooms in India by the end of this year, increasing the number from around 8,000 rooms.