Rise of the ‘pod people’


pod-hotels-1cAs tourists seek to push their travel dollar ever further, a Kiwi company is cashing in… big time. While Jucy Snooze has no plans to expand its micro-accommodation pods themselves, it is intent on securing a larger share of the tourist accommodation market.

“We have been wanting to move into the Australian market for some time,” Jucy’s CEO, Tim Alpe confirms, “The locations of the new hotels will be aligned with the distribution of our vehicle rental fleet, which provides a more seamless travel experience.”

Currently, Jucy Snooze has pod hotels in Auckland, Queenstown and Christchurch. However, now that Australian-based Event Hospitality & Entertainment Limited (EVENT) has purchased a 50% stake in the business, ‘little’ really could become the next big thing across the ditch and even further afield.

“Without this investment, we would have been able to open a new site every few years, but we now hope to significantly expand the Jucy Snooze offering,” Mr Alpe adds. “EVENT brings significant experience in hotel development, procurement, food and beverage, and operations as well as capital investment and access to new sites in Australia.”

EVENT operates cinemas, hotels (including the Rydges, QT and Atura brands) and resorts.