passenger numbers through Christchurch Airport and strong tourism
growth forecasts are prompting the airport to begin work on a
second hotel on the campus to complement the newly upgraded Sudima
Commercial Officer - Property and Commercial, Blair Forgie, says a
feasibility study will consider developing a quality airport hotel
near the terminal, in response to record growth in international
airline seats, increasing passenger numbers and New Zealand's very
strong tourism growth outlook.
"Christchurch Airport is the gateway to the South Island and
our aeronautical growth, including 770,000 more seats added by new
and existing airline customers over two years, has led us to think
about additional short stay hotel accommodation," he
"Developing a second hotel at the airport is one way we can
set our airport, our city and the South Island up for successfully
getting its share of the tourism growth."
says the proposed hotel is likely to be 200 to 300 rooms and will
be built in two stages, with the first targeted to open in
the quakes, Christchurch had around 4,000 hotel rooms and the
airport welcomed around six million passengers a year. Today the
city has 2,202 hotel rooms and the airport is on track to welcome
around 6.3 million passengers this year, with more growth to come.
The major markets driving our growth are Australia, China and the
US, and those visitors expect to be able to choose hotel
"Statistics show Canterbury saw 13 per cent more visitor
nights in the year to June 2015 and we're still New Zealand's
fastest growing entry point for Chinese travellers.
strong growth from existing carriers and two new Asian airlines
flying here from this summer. Those Asian flights land here in the
evening and we have increasing numbers of Australian visitors
arriving at night - both groups expect choice in hotel
seeing other airports supporting the tourism growth in a similar
way, with Auckland Airport committing to a third airport hotel and
signalling a fourth and Wellington committed to a new airport
Christchurch Airport will begin a request for proposal
process with hotel brands in the coming weeks as part of the
feasibility work being undertaken.