The new Crowne Plaza Christchurch celebrated a milestone moment as scaffolding comes off the former Forsyth Barr building to reveal new signage and lights. The eagerly awaited property, which will be the largest upscale hotel in the Christchurch city centre with 204 hotel rooms, is on track to open in May 2017. Part of the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), the new 4.5-star hotel will feature eight junior suites and 196 guest rooms, plus a restaurant, bar, café, fitness centre and function rooms. The property is situated at the corner of Colombo and Armagh Streets on Victoria Square, opposite the former Crowne Plaza site, which was demolished in 2012 following the 2011 earthquakes. This will take IHG to operating six properties in New Zealand including Crowne Plaza hotels in Auckland, Queenstown and Christchurch, two Holiday Inn properties in Rotorua and at Auckland Airport, and the InterContinental Wellington.