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Best Western Signs First Plus Property in New Zealand

December 7, 2016 Hotel Developments No Comments Email Email

In a coup for Best Western Hotels and Resorts®, one of Christchurch’s top properties, Fino Hotel and Suites, has joined its global network, becoming the first Best Western Plus property in New Zealand.

Best Western Plus Fino Hotel and Suites re-opened in July after a $NZ15 million post-earthquake upgrade, choosing to join the Best Western network after initially trading as an independent.

GM Dilan De Silva (pictured) said Fino’s leisure business has been excellent since re-opening and the time had come to target corporate travellers.

“We wanted to partner with a global powerhouse that can help us build our corporate business base,” Mr De Silva said.

“Best Western has a strong corporate presence supported by an excellent loyalty program, which appealed to us, and we had no hesitation in joining the network.”

Head of Commercial at Best Western Australasia, Steve Richards, said Best Western Plus Fino Hotels and Suites is a key addition to the company’s New Zealand portfolio.

“Best Western Plus Fino Hotel and Suites is a high-quality property and, as the first in New Zealand to be given Best Western Plus branding, represents another important step forward in the modernisation of the Best Western network in Australasia,” Mr Richards said.

Once known for its roadside motels, Best Western continues to evolve its strict minimum standards and now boasts a modern portfolio of 150 properties across Australia, New Zealand the South Pacific with uniformly high standards and a customer-focused approach.

All Best Western properties now offer:

  • Free high-speed internet
  • Healthy breakfasts are also standard fare
  • The ability to earn or redeem loyalty points that never expire

Branding has also been tweaked with sharp new logos and signage, while there are six brands instead of just one (Best Western Premier, Best Western Plus, Best Western, GLō, Executive Residency and BW Premier Collection) for enhanced product differentiation.

Fino Hotel and Suites is in a great location opposite the Christchurch Town Hall and Casino. It is also a pet-friendly hotel with three rooms dedicated for people and their animal companions.

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