Hospitality Business Magazine

Quest Mt Eden opens with youngest franchisee

Conveniently located between Mt Eden Village and Eden Terrace, the latest Quest Apartment Hotel opened this month. Tucked back from the main road on Edwin Street, it is within easy walking distance of Mt Eden Village, and the new City Rail terminal.

Quest Mt Eden has a new franchisee with Nikita Seth stepping into the role. At just 23 years old, Nikita is the youngest franchisee holder in the history of Quest Apartment Hotels New Zealand. She has, however, grown up around the brand; her father is Kamal Seth, franchisee of Quest on Queen.

“I know my father will make a great mentor during the first few months, but he has also helped impart the knowledge for me to be able to work autonomously,” says Nikita.

“One piece of advice he gave me is that goodwill is the most important factor for running a business. Practice goodwill, and success will follow.”

Nikita has worked at Quest on Queen for the past four and a half years, and also works for St John’s as a payroll officer. A Bachelor of Business graduate majoring in employment relations and human resources, she is looking forward to putting her skills into practice at Quest Mt Eden.

“I am extremely grateful to have this opportunity,” says Nikita.

“It’s exciting that Quest Mt Eden is opening next month, I’m looking forward to providing a really hospitable experience for everyone who comes through the doors.”

This is just one of six new openings for Quest Apartment Hotels New Zealand in the next 12 months, including Queenstown, Cambridge Terrace in Christchurch, Lambton Quay in Wellington, Mt Maunganui, and Hastings.

Group General Manager, Adrian Turner, says: “Quest Apartment Hotels New Zealand’s strong market position means growth to meet demand is a logical progression for the brand. The openings in the next year reflect locations which will benefit from the presence of a new accommodation provider.

“Despite COVID-19 obstacles, business continues to stay strong as the country’slargest accommodation network remains a popular choice among professionals travelling domestically for work.

“Mt Eden is a prime example of an up-and-coming business hub with increasing demand for serviced apartment-style accommodation. We’re thrilled to have a brand new offering in the area for corporate and non-corporate travellers.”