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Friday, February 26

Auckland Airport announces new Formule 1 Hotel development

Auckland Airport today continued its recent move into the accommodation sector with the announcement it intends to develop and own a 125 room Formule 1 Hotel.

The Formule 1 Hotel, to be operated by Accor Hospitality, will be completed in time for the Rugby World Cup 2011. Accor, one of the leading global hotel operators, will also be operating the Novotel Auckland Airport, and the Formule 1 brand offers the most affordable accommodation offering from the extensive Accor range of hotels.

Auckland Airport general manager Peter Alexander said, “We are extremely pleased to be able to announce this new development. This new Formule 1 hotel will offer budget conscious travellers simple and functional comfort at Auckland Airport. And it will beautifully complement our 4-star plus Novotel Auckland Airport, which is already well underway to also be ready in time for the world cup.”

Renowned architectural firm Jasmax has been selected to design the Formule 1, and the development will be project managed by RCP.

Mr Alexander added, “This 2-star budget Formule 1 Hotel will be a fantastic addition to Auckland Airport. With a Formule 1 and a Novotel in our Auckland Airport accommodation portfolio, both run by a world-class operator in Accor, we will soon be able to meet two very different market segment needs, and we are determined to ensure that in time we can serve all other travellers’ short-stay accommodation requirements. If the demand is there we intend to meet it, right here in the airport grounds.”