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Nelson Marlborough hotel rooms starting to fill up for RWC

Published: Thu 25 Aug 2011 12:22 PM
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August 25 2011
Nelson Marlborough hotel rooms starting to fill up for nights of key world cup fixtures
Hotels in the Nelson Marlborough region are starting to fill up for the nights of key Rugby World Cup fixtures – but there’s still time to book a room.
Demand has been strong for rooms in Nelson for September 18-20 for the Italy vs Russian game, September 26-28 for Italy vs USA and from September 29-October 4 for Australia vs Russia.
New Zealand Hotel Council regional chairman Brett Inkster, manager of the Heartland Hotel, Marlborough, said that demand for rooms for those periods was also flowing into other parts of the region.
Mr Inkster said bookings were also brisk for the first half of October and, while games were all being held in Nelson, visitors were clearly planning to take the opportunity to explore the region.
“The key dates are filling up well on and around the key fixtures,” He said. “There is still some availability on those dates, certainly in the wider Marlborough region, and plenty of availability outside key dates.”
Hotels in the region have also reported increased interest from the leisure market with strong performances over school holiday periods.
New Zealand Hotel Council (NZHC) Executive Officer Rachael Shadbolt added: “It’s great that the Nelson Marlborough region looks set to benefit from strong numbers of tourists visiting for the Rugby World Cup and people should get their bookings in to avoid disappointment.
“We’re pleased the message is getting through that, while the World Cup is putting some pressure on rooms in key centres during the tournament, much of the rest of the country is still open for business.”
ENDS

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