Wyndham Hotel Group has announced plans to build an 86-room property in central Auckland, part of a big expansion by the company in this country.

The $50 million Wyndham Garden Hobson Street will offer a mix of studio rooms and one, two and three-bedroom apartments.

The "upper-midscale"hotel will be owned by ABF Development Ltd.

Andy Chen, Director of ABF Development Ltd, said the hotel project would provide employment for more than 500 workers during construction and more than 50 staff once operational.

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"This will be a major development for Auckland that will have wide-ranging benefits for the local economy," he said.

"The Wyndham Garden brand is synonymous with quality, and we are confident it will draw in the valuable tourist dollar, while ensuring employment opportunities for locals."

The hotel's facilities, including a gym, restaurant and flexible meeting spaces
Wyndham Hotel Group South East Asia and Pacific Rim president and managing director,

Barry Robinson, said Auckland was the ideal place for the Wyndham Garden brand to enter New Zealand, given the city's importance in the tourist market.

"Wyndham Garden has been growing its footprint around the world, and we see Auckland as a key market for our continued growth in New Zealand thanks to its popularity as the gateway to the land of the long white cloud," he said.

The Hobson Street hotel is one of six hotels the group is adding in New Zealand during the next three years. The hotels in Auckland and Queenstown will add about 500 rooms to its portfolio.

Wyndham's global portfolio consists of nearly 8000 properties and 679,100 rooms in 73 countries.