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Qualmark announces creation of two separate sectors

Date Published: 14 June 2011

Qualmark's Self Contained & Serviced accommodation sector is to be split in two.

On the back of new-look logos, Qualmark has announced the creation of two separate sectors from the current umbrella category Self Contained & Serviced accommodation.

The industry has signaled Motel Apartments and Serviced Apartments as possible names for the sectors however names for the two new sectors and the criteria for each will be discussed and finalised after a period of consultation.

The new Motel Apartments sector will apply to traditional motel accommodation while the second sector will cover mainly high rise, strata titled apartment properties.

Changing to two sectors is a logical move to ensure that the accommodation categories are clearly understood by international and domestic tourists alike said Qualmark Chairman and Tourism New Zealand General Manager Tourism Operations Paul Yeo.

"Initial feedback from the industry is that they are supportive of the changes however we look forward to the consultation process and developing these sectors and the criteria for them further," said Mr Yeo.

The change to the sector has come about as a result of a steady increase in the number of serviced apartments and the continuing development of the motel sector.

The consultation will be complete by the end of June, with criteria confirmed by the end of July.

The new sectors will be 'live' from 1 September.

Qualmark is New Zealand tourism's official quality agency. It licenses professional and trustworthy New Zealand tourism businesses to use Qualmark, 'tourism's official quality mark', to help international and domestic travellers select places to stay, things to do and ways to get around.