Accor NZ Opens its Arms to Overseas Travellers

With New Zealand borders set to open to Australian travellers as of 12 April 2022, and international travellers from visa-waiver countries as of 1 May 2022, Accor NZ has its doors open and ready to welcome the influx of overseas visitors.

The pandemic has heavily impacted the tourism industry. The reopening of borders presents a light at the end of the tunnel for local businesses and encourages people to travel to New Zealand.

“We’ve made huge sacrifices to our industry over the last two years. It’s been incredibly tough, and the road to recovery will take time. However, this announcement goes a long way in helping us prepare and plan to welcome back international travellers,” said Gillian Millar, Senior Vice President of Operations, Accor NZ.

Accor hopes the New Zealand government acts swiftly on reviewing the current protection frameworks. According to Millar, the hospitality industry has been in the ‘grey zone’ with the Government’s protection frameworks. To help Accor NZ deliver the best guest experience for its domestic and international visitors, the brand needs a clear pathway to at least the orange level of the protection framework.

Accor is a leading hotel operator in New Zealand with an extensive portfolio, including brands like Sofitel, Pullman, Novotel, Mercure, and Ibis, to name a few.

“This announcement gives certainty to our hotels and a boost to those hotels in winter hot spots like Queenstown who are ready and waiting to welcome Australians and other international travellers for what we’re hoping is a long adventure-packed ski season,” said Millar.

As Australian businesses begin to open up travel for their teams and overseas companies re-engage with New Zealand businesses, Accor NZ also anticipates a rise in business travellers.

“It will take time to rebuild our businesses and the tourism sector. However, our teams are excited to get back to what they love - looking after our guests and providing them with a fantastic experience.”