May 25, 2021 | By Bronwen Largier

micenet wraps up the biggest takeaways of the latest announcements from the accommodation sector, for one quick hit of hotel news.

Masterplan progress for The Star Gold Coast

Piling is taking place to lay the foundations for the second of The Star Gold Coast’s hotel and apartment towers.

The 63-storey building is expected to be complete in 2024 and will contain 210 luxury hotel rooms and 457 apartments.

The 53-storey first tower, which will host Australia’s first Dorsett Hotel, alongside 422 apartments is on track to be completed early next year.

As part of an expanded masterplan for The Star Gold Coast, an additional three towers are being planned for the site.

Once the first and second tower are complete, The Star Gold Coast will have almost 1,200 rooms onsite.


New InterContinental hotel coming to Auckland

Construction is about to begin on the $305 million redevelopment of One Queen Street (top image) in central Auckland, which will yield a new InterContinental hotel once completed in late 2023.

The 139-room luxury hotel will occupy levels six to 11 of the waterfront 5 star Green Star building.

The redevelopment sits alongside the $1 billion Commercial Bay lifestyle precinct, which hosts the largest concentration of high quality retail and food and beverage outlets, according to its developers Precinct Properties.

Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street opens heritage and high-end rooms

The Melbourne hotel has opened its heritage suites and premium rooms, including accommodation options up to 55m2 in its King Master Suite and Premium Suite.

The recently opened 244-room hotel offers five meeting spaces, with the largest set up 237m2.

Marriott gets mindful

Marriott is launching a new mindfulness program, based on positive psychology for meetings and events at its Australian properties.

The move follows research into the impact of the pandemic on the global meetings and events industry by high-profile Australian psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg.

The program, called Converge and which looks to bring people together in collective mindfulness, is based around eight pillars – sleep, oxygenating the brain, nutrition, vision and purpose, engaging mindfully, random acts of kindness, gratitude and experiencing something new.

The program will be officially launched this week and each Marriot hotel will have their own toolkit to deliver tailored experiences for meetings and events at their property.