Multi-million dollar upgrade for Hamilton Airport Hotel

18 February 2019

A flagship hotel will be opening at Hamilton Airport next year.

The multi-million dollar upgrade of the current Hamilton Airport Hotel will include a destination restaurant, a four-star conference centre and accommodation.

With 62 rooms, the hotel will run under the management of the family-owned business Jet Park Hotel Hamilton Limited. Jet Park is an experienced operator, also in charge of hotels in Rotorua and Auckland. Ownership of the hotel will remain under Waikato Regional Airport Limited, which is a council-controlled organisation owned by Hamilton City, Otorohanga, Waipā, Waikato and Matamata-Piako district councils. The airport bought the hotel in January 2018 and is paying for the upgrade.

"This will not be a budget-style facility," airport chief executive Mark Morgan said.

"We want a high standard of accommodation with a range of other quality offerings including a restaurant, bar and extensive conferencing facilities at the hotel and terminal. Our growing regional visitor market, along with the increase in flights coming in and out of Hamilton shows the demand is there and growing. Let's get on and deliver it."

Despite the Mystery Creek Events Centre and Sir Don Rowlands Centre being able to host conferences nearby, Hamilton Airport sees its centre as serving a different market.

The airport hotel also currently has a conference centre, but the company believes it is tired and in need of a spruce-up.

"We want to create something really vibrant and take advantage of the beautiful gardens and the wonderful green space which is something you just don't get everywhere," Jet Park owner Liz Herrmann said.

"In that respect, we think there is also potential for weddings and other functions so there is a lot of opportunity on the site."

Jet Park also wants to aim high in managing the hotel, maintaining not only a Qualmark 4-star hotel rating, but also to secure silver status for environmental responsibility and sustainable management.

"The hotel will be a showcase and gateway to the region so let's celebrate that," Herrmann said.

Hamilton & Waikato Tourism chief executive Jason Dawson said he thought Jet Park would do "very well" at operating the facility.

"Based on what Jet Park has done in Rotorua and Auckland, they will do a great job and the refurbished 4-star hotel will be a very good asset to our tourism sector," Dawson said.

- Waikato Times

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