Rt Hon John Key the honorable prime minister of New Zealand officially re-opened the Ibis Christchurch hotel today. Incidentally this is the first of the city center hotels that re-opened after the February 2011 major earthquake. A commemorative plaque was unveiled by the prime minister while he was also present along with Garth Simmons, the Vice President for New Zealand & Fiji of Accor, when a cake designed after the Ibis Christchurch was cut.
More than 50 well wishers including local residents, partners from the industry and representatives from the local business community were present at the official re-opening. Also present were Hon Gerry Brownlee, Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery and the Mayor of Christchurch Mr. Bob Parker.
Acknowledging the commitment that Accor has shown to Christchurch and its slow but steady progress back to normalcy, Prime Minister Rt Hon John Key thanked them. He also commented that the re-opening of the hotel will add the much needed inventory to the available hotel rooms in the city. He also went on to add that for a city like Christchurch, it is imperative that the hotel room inventory is as quickly replenished as possible. More rooms can only mean that the city is open for business and that everything is functioning normally once again. Hotels rooms are the key to progress for tourism activities and even business. At the current time the city is functioning with only half the rooms that would normally suffice for it.
Garth Simmons, Accor’s Vice President for New Zealand & Fiji added that the re-opening of the Ibis Christchurch has happened nearly after two years of the first major earthquake to have hit this region in February 2011. He took the opportunity to shower rich praises on the whole team of the hotel behind making this re-opening a possibility. Special thanks went out to the untiring efforts of Ibis Christchurch’s General Manger Tim Dearsley and General Manager of the future Novotel hotel Carl Braddock.
Mr. Simmons also took the opportunity to thank the city of Christchurch and the Government of New Zealand for all their help. Mayor Bob Parker who was recently in Sydney for a road show to promote Christchurch was also thanked for publicizing the name of Ibis Christchurch.
Mr. Simmons also announced that the company is putting a lot of effort and redirecting a lot of resources for their commitment towards the city of Christchurch. In a mater of 12 months the company is expecting to open a second hotel the Novotel Cathedral Square.
There is no doubt that the re-opening of this major landmark and an important hotel will surely spell wonders for the city and ensure tourists and business travelers will feel that the city is beginning to get back to normalcy.
The Ibis Christchurch has gone through a major renovation that included all the 155 rooms and all of the public spaces. Apart from that all the new building codes of the city has also been met. Since the hotel had originally suffered only minor damages, it has been revamped with the latest branding and standards of Accor and opens as a virtually new hotel.