Best Practice: ANREV Captures How Pro-invest Manages its Hotels amid COVID-19 by focusing on hygiene and ESG

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In a year where a global pandemic has upended the hotel industry, Pro-invest shares how the Group has transformed its hotel operations and adopted future design considerations in response to COVID-19, while still being relentlessly focused on ESG and achieving its sustainability objectives.

This best practice sharing is an ANREV case study. ANREV is the Asian Association for Investors in Non-listed Real Estate Vehicles, which is a leading platform for investors in the Asia Pacific non-listed real estate industry, with the goal of improving transparency and best practice across the region.

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Pro-invest’s Sabine Schaffer to speak at NABERS + CBD Conference

Pro-invest’s Sabine Schaffer to speak at NABERS + CBD Conference
Dr. Sabine Schaffer will be speaking about the importance of collaboration on the plenary panel at the online NABERS + CBD 2020 Conference.
10.00am – 13.30pm AESTOnline

This is the decade to deliver for the built environment, so come and learn how your organisation can take action, and how we can work together for a sustainable future

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Pro-invest opens first Holiday Inn Express hotel in NZ Queenstown

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.

“We are committed to expanding the Holiday Inn Express brand in New Zealand and we’re confident that Queenstown’s reputation as premier destination makes it the ideal place to start,”

– Ronald Barrott CEO Pro-Invest Group

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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Pro-invest, GRESB and NABERS on ESG, COVID-19 and the Australian Hotel Sector

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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5 Star NABERS Energy rating – Holiday Inn Express Newcastle

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.

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Navigating 2020 & Beyond in the Australian Hotel Sector as COVID-19 & ESG Cross Paths

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.

  • Amélie Delaunay of ANREV
  • Dr Sabine Schaffer of Pro-invest Group
  • Ruben Langbroek of GRESB
  • Carlos Flores of NABERS

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.

Pro-invest Garners New ESG Heights – a Measurabl Case Study

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
Click here.

Investing in the Future – Pro-invest Hotels and Sustainable Carpets Feature

Investing in the Future’ – Pro-invest Hotels and Sustainable Carpets Feature

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.

Pro-invest’s Hotels Continues to Gain Recognition for Environmental Efforts

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 opens it’s fifth Holiday Inn Express hotel – Melbourne Southbank.

Holiday Inn Express Southbank Lobby

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.

From left; Kirra Stott, General Manager of the hotel; Phil Kasselis, Managing Director Pro-invest Hotels Group; Tim Sherlock, Managing Director Pro-invest Developments; Michael Di Russo, CEFC Associate Director; Sabine Schaffer, Managing Partner Pro-invest Group; Ronald Barrott, CEO Pro-invest Group, Ruwan Peiris, Director of Operations Australasia IHG)
From left; Kirra Stott, General Manager of the hotel; Phil Kasselis, Managing Director Pro-invest Hotels Group; Tim Sherlock, Managing Director Pro-invest Developments; Michael Di Russo, CEFC Associate Director; Sabine Schaffer, Managing Partner Pro-invest Group; Ronald Barrott, CEO Pro-invest Group, Ruwan Peiris, Director of Operations Australasia IHG)

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.