Trotting Cup & Show Week Boost for Christchurch Motel Owners
13 Nov, 2014
More than 40,000 people flocked to Christchurch this week for the inaugural New Zealand Trotting Cup and Show Week, providing a much needed boost in revenue for owners of motels and other accommodation establishments in the city.
Christchurch had a 7000 commercial bed capacity pre-earthquakes and this number was reduced by as much as 50% due to the significant damage caused in the CBD, particularly to hotels and backpackers. A spike in new builds over the past 4 months has seen bed numbers hit the 5000 mark.
Christchurch motels and other accommodation establishments were nearly all booked out for the entire week of festivities, with Australians making up the biggest international contingent. This is the first year since the earthquakes that there haven't been complaints about a shortage of accommodation.
Since the devastating earthquakes, Christchurch has relied heavily on big sporting and entertainment events as a means of bringing people to the city. Visitor numbers are only expected to increase further as the city rebuilds its major venues.
Considered to be Christchurch's premier annual event, the New Zealand Trotting Cup sees offices empty out for the day and head to Addington Raceway to witness the most prestigious two-mile harness race in the country. It is Christchurch's answer to the Melbourne Cup and sees a week-long festival of races, fashion, entertainment and agricultural shows from 8 November - 15 November.
Addington Raceway and Riccarton Park Racecourse provide the venue for trots and gallops respectively and is a convenient 10 minute walk from several motels on Christchurch's busy Riccarton Road. The city offers a variety of accommodation options for all tastes and budgets, including hotels, motels, luxury lodges, bed and breakfasts, holiday parks, camping grounds and backpackers.
298 Westside Motor Lodge on Riccarton Road books out fast in the weeks building up to Cup Week, so it is advised that you get in fast.