International hotel Sofitel Wellington fights $350k development fee – and succeeds

  • Wellington’s new 5-star hotel has been let off paying more than $50,000 to the council, after arguing its guests would not use the capital’s parks.

Wellington City Council has agreed to cut the development contribution fee owed by Sofitel Wellington from about $354,000 to $303,000.

This comes after the hotel chain claimed its guests would not use community reserves and infrastructure, or have any impact on roading, during their stay.

The international hotel chain argued to be let off the full development fee.

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Accor Hotels’ Sonya Rossiter says CP Group asked for a review of the development contribution as council’s assumptions were “not relevant” to the hotel industry.

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