Moteliers enjoy busy summer

VACANT, FOR NOW: But it has been a busy summer for Art and Kim Heern, who have owned Tudor Park Motel for more than 10 years. Art is originally from Missouri in the USA and Kim was born in Naura in Micronesia and also lived in Vanuatu. Kim says she loves Gisborne as it closely resembles the Pacific Islands where she spent much of her childhood. “It’s an amazing place to bring up children. We love it here.” Picture by Liam Clayton

MOTEL guest numbers for summer have been robust, with high occupancy across the city, East Coast Motel Association president Art Heern has said.

The association covers the region from Hicks Bay to Wairoa.

“There was the normal shortage of rooms in Gisborne for a few weeks over the New Year, as is typical for summer, especially during the Rhythm and Vines music festival and with the school holidays,” Mr Heern said.

Last week’s stormy weather did not affect occupancy rates at Tudor Park Motel, which is owned by Mr Heern and his wife Kim.

Captain Cook Motor Lodge owners Annette Gramiak and Andrea Beveridge said occupancy rates were up on last year and the start of this year was looking good.

There should be enough demand for accommodation to sustain all of Gisborne’s moteliers, Ms Beveridge said.

“On the whole, we (the moteliers) have coped well by working together.”

She credited a strong association membership and a duty roster where one motelier kept the others updated on occupancy rates so they could manage the demand.

It made for a smooth operation during this busy time, especially when there was a special event happening in the city she said.

Frik Badenhorst, the owner of Bella Vista Motel on Gladstone Road, said the season had been busy and the bad weather that struck Gisborne at the start of January had not affected business.

“The weather doesn’t seem to influence things much on our side but we are geared to cater more for the corporate than the leisure market.”

Waikanae Beach Motel was also enjoying a busy season despite the unpredictable weather.

“I am sure that the closure of the Eastland Motor Lodge and the Beachcomber Motel will also make quite an impact,” said owner Marg Candy.

“We have been fully booked since before Christmas Day.”

High temperatures over the past two days mean visitors to the region have been enjoying Tairawhiti at its best.

“Last week’s wet weather didn’t seem to make much difference but most visitors were hanging out for some sunshine,” she said.

Peter Martin, of Whispering Sands Beachfront Motel, said once the Rhythm and Vines festival-goers went home, things went back to normal for this time of year. He didn’t think the season was any busier than previous ones.

“Weather hasn’t affected business as yet. There should be a reasonable number of vacancies in the last two weeks of January.”

MOTEL guest numbers for summer have been robust, with high occupancy across the city, East Coast Motel Association president Art Heern has said.

The association covers the region from Hicks Bay to Wairoa.

“There was the normal shortage of rooms in Gisborne for a few weeks over the New Year, as is typical for summer, especially during the Rhythm and Vines music festival and with the school holidays,” Mr Heern said.

Last week’s stormy weather did not affect occupancy rates at Tudor Park Motel, which is owned by Mr Heern and his wife Kim.

Captain Cook Motor Lodge owners Annette Gramiak and Andrea Beveridge said occupancy rates were up on last year and the start of this year was looking good.

There should be enough demand for accommodation to sustain all of Gisborne’s moteliers, Ms Beveridge said.

“On the whole, we (the moteliers) have coped well by working together.”

She credited a strong association membership and a duty roster where one motelier kept the others updated on occupancy rates so they could manage the demand.

It made for a smooth operation during this busy time, especially when there was a special event happening in the city she said.

Frik Badenhorst, the owner of Bella Vista Motel on Gladstone Road, said the season had been busy and the bad weather that struck Gisborne at the start of January had not affected business.

“The weather doesn’t seem to influence things much on our side but we are geared to cater more for the corporate than the leisure market.”

Waikanae Beach Motel was also enjoying a busy season despite the unpredictable weather.

“I am sure that the closure of the Eastland Motor Lodge and the Beachcomber Motel will also make quite an impact,” said owner Marg Candy.

“We have been fully booked since before Christmas Day.”

High temperatures over the past two days mean visitors to the region have been enjoying Tairawhiti at its best.

“Last week’s wet weather didn’t seem to make much difference but most visitors were hanging out for some sunshine,” she said.

Peter Martin, of Whispering Sands Beachfront Motel, said once the Rhythm and Vines festival-goers went home, things went back to normal for this time of year. He didn’t think the season was any busier than previous ones.

“Weather hasn’t affected business as yet. There should be a reasonable number of vacancies in the last two weeks of January.”

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