NZ Hotel Council Comments on RWC 2011 Accommodation Prices

Press Release 15/03/10

Hoteliers throughout the country strongly support RWC 2011 and are committed to providing rooms at market rates for such a premium event, the New Zealand Hotel Council (NZHC) says.

“The hotel sector has preparing for the RWC since we offered our support prior to New Zealand’s bid being submitted,” NZHC Independent Chair Jennie Langley says.

“Many have had hands-on experience at managing accommodation for major international and sell-out events and are well aware that if prices are too high, visitors will go elsewhere,” Ms Langley says.

“This is an international event that is attracting interest from around the world. In the last couple of months there’s been over $55 million worth of hotel accommodation sold, so prices seem to be meeting expectations.”

Ms Langley says recent comments from some Australian sports travel agents indicating that rugby fans won’t stay in New Zealand because of high hotel rates are inflammatory and unhelpful.

“The reality is that the majority of NZHC hotel members committed a large part of their inventory to the Official Accommodation Bank – the organisation responsible for ensuring there is sufficient accommodation at quality and price levels requested by the teams, official guests, visiting media, sponsors etc – almost two years ago and prices remain confidential to those parties.

“Now it’s known exactly where various teams will be staying to train and play, some of those rooms that are not required will be released and prices will adjust based on availability at each hotel, where it’s located, when and what matches are being played.”

Ms Langley says NZHC members regard RWC as an outstanding opportunity for New Zealand and are determined to play their part in ensuring visitors’ stays are so memorable that they will return with friends and family to travel around the country.

“We’re excited about this event, as much for the part we’ll play in a highly successful event, as for the legacy it will create for years to come. Along with this is a sense of shared responsibility and we’re certainly going to deliver high quality, value for money experiences.”

Provided by the Motel Association of New Zealand