NZ Inc was blown away when shown through ‘Banyan Tree on the Bund’ – a terrific six-star hotel towards the mouth of the Huangpo River – during a recent research trip to China. The developer is Pengxin better known in Shanghai as a real estate developer than as the buyer of the Crafar farms.
Pengxin chairman Jiang Zhaobai reckons New Zealand could do with a couple of “Banyan Tree” style hotels. Jiang is actively investigating doing just that: developing six-star hotels in Queenstown and Taupo to capture the high-net worth Chinese travel market.
Can’t help thinking the Minister of Tourism would agree!