|HONOLULU, OAHU, HAWAII - May 24, 2004 - Outrigger
Hotels & Resorts has been appointed to manage its second hotel in New
Zealand -- the luxury Outrigger at Clearwater Resort located on the South
Island, in Christchurch's lakes district.
Located on 480 acres, the 96-unit resort and its surrounding recreational, retail and PGA Championship golf facilities have a combined value of US$45 million, and include a range of luxurious villa-style accommodations interspersed by 37 acres of lakes teeming with trout and native water fowl.
The overall resort concept was developed by Clearwater Holdings, which is owned by John Darby, Michael Coburn and Lady Diana Isaac. As leader of the development team, Darby indicated that Clearwater is now recognized as an important international facility, as well as a major conference and incentive destination and luxury leisure resort.
"We are delighted to have attracted an international operator of Outrigger's stature to Christchurch," said Darby. "It places Clearwater among a group of outstanding international resorts and contributes to Clearwater's reputation as New Zealand's premier golf resort."
Outrigger, Hawaii's largest hotelier, will assume management prior to
June 1, 2004. The hotelier has expanded rapidly throughout Australia and
New Zealand's most popular resort destinations. The addition of Clearwater
brings the total portfolio of Outrigger managed properties open or under
construction in the region to 15.
Outrigger at Clearwater Resort is located 15 minutes from Christchurch and seven minutes from Christchurch International Airport, New Zealand's second international gateway.
With its current total of 96 units, New Zealand's newest Outrigger resort offers a range of accommodation styles, including two-story "over-water" villas with private docks. An additional 60 units will be completed by early 2005, and future plans call for ongoing additions that will result in a total of more than 200 accommodations by the end of 2005.
The one-, two- and three-bedroom hotel villas and garden suites boast spectacular views of the lakes and New Zealand's highest mountain range, the Southern Alps. Unit amenities include full kitchens, air conditioning, Jacuzzi-style tubs, high-speed Internet access, private parking, entertainment and cable TV systems and high quality furnishings.
According to Bill Henderson, vice president-business development for Outrigger Hotels & Resorts, Outrigger is delighted to have secured a presence at such a prestigious resort.
"In December 2003, we opened Outrigger at the Beacon in Queenstown,
and we have been working with Clearwater Holdings for a number of months
to conclude this management agreement," Henderson said. "We are especially
pleased to have this opportunity to work with high quality developers such
as Mr. Darby and his partners to maximize the future value of this exciting
new resort," he added.
"Having successfully hosted the New Zealand PGA three times, the Clearwater Lakes Course adds another value-added sales point for our world-wide marketing network," remarked Lawrence. "As the home of the internationally televised New Zealand PGA Championship, we expect to leverage this coverage through our own international marketing resources that include specialized golfing and other special interest divisions."
About Clearwater Holdings
About Outrigger Hotels & Resorts
Jim Austin, Director of Public Relations
Outrigger Hotels & Resorts /
OHANA Hotels & Resorts
2375 Kuhio Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815-2992
|Also See:||Outrigger Hotels & Resorts Opens the Boutique-style Outrigger Queenstown at the Beacon; Ken Harris Appointed GM / December 2003|
|Outrigger Hotels & Resorts Assumes Management of the Exclusive Te Tiare Beach Resort in the Society Islands of French Polynesia / May 2004|
|Auckland-based Hotel & Tourism Resources and Outrigger Hotels & Resorts Partner to Bring Brand to New Zealand / June 2002|