Ramada Suites Christchurch city opens its doors

3 February 2015

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND (January 30, 2015) - Wyndham Hotel Group, the world’s largest and most diverse hotel company with approximately 7,590 hotels and part of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN), has celebrated the official opening of Ramada Suites Christchurch City located on Tuam Street, Christchurch.

The 44-apartment boutique-style hotel was developed by Robert Neil of New Zealand’s The Safari Group. Mr Neil purchased the site in December 2012 and since that time the property has undergone a NZD$12.5 million development, which is now officially complete. The hotel business is now owned by Marsden Asset Management, which has appointed BT Group to manage the operation.
The four-star hotel offers a mix of studios, one and two-bedroom apartments and will also feature an onsite Columbus Café. Ramada Suites Christchurch City will be the third Ramada to open in New Zealand, with other hotels located in Paihia, Bay of Islands and Orewa, Auckland. It will join a global Ramada network of nearly 830 hotels in approximately 50 countries.

Michael Osborne, Director of Marsden Asset Management together with Scott Wallace, Regional Director of Resort Operations Wyndham Hotel Group South East Asia and Pacific Rim officially opened the hotel at a cocktail function attended by Tim Hunter, CEO of Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism. Guests of the opening event were invited to tour the brand new apartments and facilities.
“We are pleased to bring the contemporary, value-conscious Ramada Suites hotel product to Christchurch. Ramada Suites hotels cater to business and corporate travellers, making the brand an excellent fit for Christchurch, the South Island’s largest city and business hub,” said Mr Wallace, Regional Director of Resort Operations Wyndham Hotel Group South East Asia and Pacific Rim.
In his opening address, Michael Osborne, Director of Marsden Asset Management highlighted the suitability of the new Ramada property as a vital step toward filling the demand for quality accommodation in Christchurch.
“We are delighted to be part of the rebuild and future of this great city,” said Mr Osborne. The rebuild of Christchurch is in full gear and we are expecting to accommodate people who are working on the rebuild in addition to meeting the rising demand from the corporate travellers sector.”

The announcement further increases the Ramada brand’s robust portfolio of more than 30 hotels throughout South East Asia and the Pacific Rim at a time of unprecedented growth for the brand in the region, which added new properties in Australia and New Zealand in 2014. Throughout the region, Wyndham Hotel Group currently has nearly 60 hotels open and operating under its Ramada, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts®, Days Inn®, TRYP by Wyndham® and Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham® brands.
Tim Hunter, CEO of Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism said, “The opening of the Ramada Suites is a very welcome accommodation addition to our CBD hotel stock and complements the strong confidence we are seeing in new developments in the hospitality industry. Thirty seven new restaurants, bars and cafés have opened in Christchurch in the past six months. The Ramada Suites opening is perfectly timed to support Christchurch’s big year for major events starting with the Cricket World Cup, which kicks off on 14 February.”
Dilan De Silva has been appointed General Manager of the hotel. Mr De Silva was previously General Manager of Terrace Downs Resort and has managed properties in Vietnam, Qatar and Burma prior to his appointment at Ramada Suites Christchurch City.