Dr. Sabine Schaffer will be speaking about the importance of collaboration on the plenary panel at the online NABERS + CBD 2020 Conference.
Pro-invest Group is set to launch its first hotel in New Zealand with its doors opening to guests in Queenstown for the school holidays and the start of ski season next month.
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Queenstown is a 227-room hotel, on the corner of Stanley and Sydney Streets in Queenstown’s centre. It officially opens to guests on Friday 10 July.
The hotel’s room offering includes spacious suites – a Holiday Inn Express first in Australia and New Zealand – in addition to superior rooms, which provide breathtaking views of Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables mountain range.
Ronald Barrott, Pro-invest Group Chief Executive Officer said the Group was excited to launch a new product at its first New Zealand property and expected strong demand.
“Holiday Inn Express & Suites Queenstown has a stylish alpine vibe, complete with an outdoor lounge with firepit. It’s also equipped with the smart, simple rooms and features business and leisure travellers know and love.
“With school holidays and the ski season approaching, and New Zealand’s COVID-19 travel restrictions lifted, we are anticipating that Queenstown and our latest hotel will be a popular destination for many holidaymakers. “
“It provides easy access to popular ski destinations of Coronet Peak, Remarkables, Cardrona and Treble Cone, while popular tourist attractions such as the Skyline gondola and the town’s dining precinct are on your doorstep. Queenstown is the home of adventure and also the gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Milford Sound. “
“The hotel’s location will also appeal to corporate and business travellers and makes for an ideal events and convention venue, as it’s only a short distance from the CBD.”
“We are pleased to contribute to Queenstown’s vibrancy with another high-quality hotel offering.”
The hotel is equipped with all the features the Holiday Inn Express brand has become renowned for including an Express Start breakfast, power showers, black-out blinds, high-quality bedding with a choice of pillows and uncapped Wi-Fi.
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Queenstown also features a fitness room, sauna, two flexible meeting rooms, self-serve laundry, dry room, onsite parking and a free business centre.
The hotel’s General Manager, Jason Sabin, said his team was looking forward to showcasing what smart, simple travel is all about.
“Our rooms provide all the quality conveniences that make you feel at home, even when you’re away,” he said.
“We are proud of our sustainability-focused facilities and initiatives, such as the carpets throughout the building which are made from recyclable materials.”
“From a design perspective for instance, all air exhausted from the hotel passes through a heat recovery plant which extracts the energy from the air exhausted from the hotel’s bathrooms, toilets, gym, meeting rooms, restaurant and general-purpose areas and transfers that energy, whether it be heat in winter or cooling in summer, to the incoming fresh air. The results are a substantial reduction in energy used to pre-treat the incoming air used in ventilation of the hotel,” said Mr Barrott.
“We are also excited to continue rolling out IHG’s flagship sustainability initiative, A Greener Stay, which Pro-invest in collaboration with IHG introduced to the APAC region back in 2017. A Greener Stay allows guests to take part in conserving the environment through opt out of housekeeping services should they stay two or more nights, resulting in energy and water savings. As an added reward, guests who choose the opt-out receive up to 500 IHG Rewards Club points per night.
“As a group, Pro-invest is committed to developing, operating and managing its hotel portfolio in a sustainable manner and continuously improve on its ESG strategies wherever feasible. “We look forward to welcoming locals looking for a staycation, travelers exploring the region from all over New Zealand and – circumstances permitting – from abroad very shortly.”
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Queenstown is the first and only hotel under the Holiday Inn Express brand in New Zealand to date. It is the sixth Holiday Inn Express property since 2016 to be opened by Proinvest Group, following the launch of Sydney Macquarie Park, Brisbane, Adelaide, Newcastle and Melbourne Southbank hotels in Australia.
Pro-invest Group has plans for additional New Zealand properties.
“We have acquired a prime site in Auckland on the North Island to help continue the Group’s international growth in the coming years,” Mr Barrott said.
“This site will become New Zealand’s second Holiday Inn Express hotel and Pro-invest and New Zealand’s first voco hotel in 2021.”
The voco Hotels brand is a lifestyle-orientated brand by the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG). Pro-invest Group develops and operates Holiday Inn Express and voco hotels in Australia and New Zealand under a franchise agreement with IHG.
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Climate risk is investment risk and COVID-19 presents a rare opportunity for the hospitality sector to paint a brighter, greener future. Pro-invest, GRESB and NABERS discuss the cross overs between COVID-19 and ESG within Real Estate, with a focus on Australia’s Hotel sector.
To gain insight into the future from industry experts, below is a published white paper on the topic.
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June 2020 is looking to be a great month as our Holiday Inn Express Newcastle has reopened its doors AND achieved a 5-star NABERS Energy rating!
We congratulate all parties involved in this great achievement for Holiday Inn Express Newcastle and Pro-invest Group is proud to add this certification to its ever growing NABERS Energy and Water rating collection, across its managed assets.
Pro-invest Group in collaboration with ANREV hosted an industry special webinar session.
Joined by experts from NABERS and GRESB, the session explored the impact of COVID-19 on Australia’s hotel sector and how the widespread virus and ESG cross paths for the hotel asset class.
shared their expert views on the state of the real estate sector and strategy insights on how to navigate these unprecedented times, all the while drawing the parallels between COVID-19 and ESG.
With COVID-19 taking much of our focus, this session served as a reminder that climate change is another pressing matter the real estate sector in Australia should continue to factor in their business strategies.
With Pro-invest partnering with Measurabl – the Group’s sustainability software provider, Pro-invest has reached new heights by reeling in the highest Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) 2019 score for the hospitality industry in the APAC region. Since commencing its annual reporting to GRESB in 2017, Pro-invest has further streamlined its ESG strategy and implemented dedicated ESG resources to facilitate its strong portfolio growth which has sustainability at mind.
To explore Pro-invest’s ESG efforts with the assistance of Measurabl, please
As a hotel developer, owner and operator, Pro-invest has the ability to challenge conventional thinking, benefitting from the ability to adapt to change, try new things and build its hotels to high sustainability standards. Subsequently, Pro-invest’s hotels’ carpets continue to be manufactured by Interface Inc – the world’s largest manufacturer of modular carpets.
With Pro-invest being a strong supporter of the Interface carpet product, Pro-invest’s sustainability efforts were featured in 6-page spread within Interface’s +Positive Spaces Magazine.
Click here to access the case study on Pro-invest’s sustainable hotel carpets.
With Pro-invest’s ongoing efforts across several facets of sustainability, the Group’s hotels increasingly gain recognition for the impactful initiatives put in place. Please click here to read Accom News’ piece ‘Is This Australasia’s Greenest Hotel Group?’ for more information on current trends, Pro-invest’s efforts and the environmentally considerate initiatives implemented across Pro-invest’s hotels.
Pro-invest is pleased to have opened its 5th Holiday Inn Express hotel in the prime location of Melbourne Southbank on 23rd December 2019. The opening event took place in the Great Room of the hotel and was officially opened with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting by Pro-invest Group Chief Executive Officer Ronald Barrott and Clean Energy Finance Corporation’s Associate Director Michael Di Russo at the VIP event on 6th February 2020.
With the involvement of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, Holiday Inn Express Melbourne Southbank is pushing sustainability boundaries with the hotel being designed to achieve a 5-star NABERS Energy rating which can be certified once >12 months operational. Holiday Inn Express Melbourne Southbank strives to be at the forefront of sustainable hotel design and operations
The Southbank hotel features a 22-storey mixed-use development consisting of a 345-room hotel, 370m2 retail space, 4,500m2 of commercial space and car parking. The Holiday Inn Express Melbourne Southbank is the first Holiday Inn Express hotel to open in Melbourne, and fifth in Australia, joining properties in Brisbane, Adelaide, Newcastle and Sydney’s Macquarie Park. Pro-invest is developing new Holiday Inn Express hotels in Sydney Airport and Queenstown (2020), Melbourne (Little Collins Street), Sunshine Coast and Auckland (2021), Parramatta (2022) and a voco hotel in Auckland (2021). This will grow Proinvest’s hotel portfolio to a total of 12 hotels and 2,864 rooms.
Pro-invest launches a ‘hotel for the times’: Holiday Inn Express Melbourne Southbank aims to reduce energy consumption by 25%, targeting 4-star comfort and 5-star environmental rating
Pro-invest’s newest hotel development, the Holiday Inn Express Melbourne Southbank, launched today incorporating the Australian hotel industry’s most significant energy and environmental initiatives, designed to deliver a 25 per cent reduction in energy usage compared to other typical city hotels.
In its first investment in the hotel sector, the Clean Energy Finance Corporation partnered with Pro-invest providing approximately $40 million construction and term debt facility to substantially cut the Southbank hotel’s energy use and target a 5-star energy rating under the National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS)*.
There are no current 5-star rated NABERS energy-rated hotels in Australia, and Holiday Inn Express Melbourne Southbank aims to become Australia’s pioneering 5-star energy-rated hotel once its status is confirmed after a 12-month qualification period.
To help achieve the 5-star rating, the Holiday Inn Express has incorporated high-performance glazing, high-efficiency air-cooled chillers and condensing boilers and solar photovoltaic systems on the roof into the hotel development.
Other initiatives include regenerative lift drives rather than standard lift motors which will enable the hotel to recycle energy, and integrated building management and guestroom energy management systems to both monitor and drive building performance.
The CEFC investment has been used to effectively lift the project from the original target of a 4.5-star rating to a 5-star NABERS rating – producing a hotel energy consumption saving of approximately 25 per cent.
Even fittings such as carpets have been selected for their environmental sustainability, with Interface flooring delivering 100% carbon neutral carpets for the hotel.
The Melbourne hotel will build on Holiday Inn Express’ commitment to reduce use of disposable plastics – which has already seen the phasing-out of plastic straws and water bottles – by being the first Holiday Inn Express in Australia to replace miniature bathroom amenities with larger, more sustainable options.
The new dispensers, containing high-quality shampoo, conditioner and soaps, will be introduced into the hotel from mid-year and then across the Australian Holiday Inn Express network over the rest of the year. The initiative has the potential of reducing plastic waste by over 20,000 bottles per year, per hotel.
The City Road project features a 22-storey mixed-use development consisting of a 345-room hotel, 370m2 retail space, 4,500m2 of commercial space and car parking.
Holiday Inn Express Melbourne Southbank is the first Holiday Inn Express hotel to open in Melbourne, and fifth in Australia, joining properties in Brisbane, Adelaide, Newcastle and Sydney’s Macquarie Park. Pro-invest is developing new Holiday Inn Express hotels in Sydney Airport and Queenstown (2020), Melbourne (Little Collins Street), Sunshine Coast and Auckland (2021), Parramatta (2022) and a voco hotel in Auckland (2021). This will grow Proinvest’s hotel portfolio to a total of 12 hotels and 2,864 rooms.
Pro-invest has financed and developed the Melbourne hotel, and operates all Holiday Inn Express hotels in Australia under a master franchise agreement with the IHG hotel group.
Pro-invest Group CEO, Mr Ronald Barrott, said the Group’s commitment to the highest levels of sustainability was driven by the opportunity to work with CEFC to establish a template for environmentally-sensitive urban hotels and also as a strong response from both investors and travellers calling for more sustainable industry initiatives.
“Our partnership with the Clean Energy Finance Corporation will see the Southbank hotel and all our future new-build hotels complying with strict energy-saving initiatives to ensure attainment of a 5-Star NABERS energy rating,” said Mr Barrott.
“By its very nature, the hotel industry is a high energy user, with the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership estimating that tourism contributes about 5% of global greenhouse gas emissions. It’s important for new hotels to invest in energy efficiency design and construction and incorporate state-of-the-art environmental measures across the fulloperation of the hotel.
“A 25% reduction in energy-use pays both environmental and economic dividends. It certainly requires greater investment, but in the long-term we are very confident that the measures will increase the overall value of the property. In fact, given that a recent survey indicated that sustainability was the most important factor for 52% of consumers when selecting a hotel, we believe our initiative can become a significant competitive advantage for the property and the brand.
“Investors are also increasingly demanding that hotel projects incorporate premium sustainability and energy-efficiency initiatives into development projects, and this has been reflected in CEFC’s additional investment of $50 million in the Pro-invest Australian Hospitality Opportunity Fund II – Australia’s first hospitality real estate fund to integrate energy sustainability in its investment criteria.”
*NABERS is a national rating system that measures the environmental performance of Australian buildings, tenancies and homes. NABERS measures the energy efficiency, water usage, waste management and indoor environment quality of a building or tenancy and its impact on the environment.