A hotel which was destroyed in the 2011 Christchurch earthquake has reopened.

Christchurch officials are hoping that the reopening of a hotel destroyed in the 2011 earthquake will signify to tourists that the city still has plenty to offer.

The Ibis hotel has been rebuilt and now features 155 fully renovated rooms and is in a prime location of the reconstructed city.

“Christchurch tourism has suffered enormously because of the perception that the city was closed following the quake,” said Hotel Ibis Christchurch general manager Tim Dearsley.

He added that as well as all the old attractions in the city, many new and exciting places are now awaiting discovery.

The Re:START Mall in Cashel Street is a major new venue set in the heart of the city and features designer shops and cafes, while Oopen Pasta and Grill will open tourists’ eyes to the delights of South Island food and wine.

Authorities believe the city will be fully open by the middle of 2013.

Written by Nicholas Scott

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