July 13, 2022 | By Bronwen Largier | Image: A refurbished room at InterContinental Sydney

InterContinental Sydney is set to officially launch its $110 million renovation, which has been taking place since 2020, this September.

The 509-room hotel, which also includes 2,361m² of event space across 14 venues, has undertaken restoration work to its external façade and completed upgrades to its room stock and public spaces. The hotel is also set to debut two new bars on the property – a new lobby bar alongside a rooftop bar with an outdoor terrace on level 32 of the hotel which has views over Sydney.

“We are thrilled to finally share more on what’s been happening behind closed doors these past two years,” said InterContinental Sydney’s general manager Jennifer Brown.

“The reimagination of Sydney’s most iconic heritage hotel redefines the contemporary luxury hotel experience whilst paying homage to the building’s rich past and its many unique stories.

“This is the beginning of an exciting new chapter for the hotel. Together with our owners, Mulpha, we are proud to have elevated this very special place.”

The hotel is located just behind Circular Quay and beside the Royal Botanical Gardens.

A room at the new Mövenpick Wellington

Mövenpick Wellington opens

Accor has opened its second Mövenpick branded hotel in New Zealand in as many months, launching Mövenpick Wellington on World Chocolate Day last Thursday.

The 114-room hotel has eight meeting spaces, with the largest able to host 120 people in banquet. The property is about 1.4km walk from the site of Wellington’s under-construction convention and exhibition centre, Tākina, which is set to open in June next year.

“Launching the Wellington arm of Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts in New Zealand on World Chocolate Day felt truly authentic to the brand, giving them the chance to connect with Wellingtonians on a personal level,” said CEO of Accor Pacific Sarah Derry.

“Closely following our Auckland launch in June, we’re very excited to bring Mövenpick Hotel Wellington to the market – offering guests a world-class hotel experience while enjoying the distinct moments and flavours of Mövenpick.

“The team loved hosting neighbours and community partners today, including children from the local school, to celebrate and enjoy our signature Mövenpick ice cream sundaes and delicious hand-made chocolate treats.”

A Mövenpick brand signature, stays at the hotel include a daily chocolate hour with complementary sweets offered to guests each afternoon.

Pan Pacific Hotels promotes talent at Sydney PARKROYAL properties

Following Paul Flett’s move west to manage Pan Pacific Perth, general manager of PARKROYAL Darling Harbour, Jeroen Meijer will add oversight of PARKROYAL Parramatta to his remit as cluster GM for both properties in Sydney.

Meijer has been with Pan Pacific since 2017, working across its properties in both Melbourne and Sydney. Prior to this, he spent more than 15 years with Hilton, working around the world. His last role with Hilton was as commercial director of Hilton Melbourne South Wharf.

“As one of the leading hotels in Western Sydney, PARKROYAL Parramatta has played a fundamental role within the community,” said Meijer.

“I’m excited about this additional opportunity within Greater Sydney to continue nurturing relationships and building local partnerships, as the city continues to grow.”

To support Meijer, Hans Joachim will step up to the role of hotel manager from his existing position as director of operations at PARKROYAL Parramatta.

Joachim has been with the Parramatta property for almost two decades, working his way up the ranks in various roles.

Early pay rises remain all the rage

Joining Marriott International and Ovolo Hotels, the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel in central Sydney has also delivered the Australian Fair Work Commission’s mandated pay rise three months early to eligible staff.

The 4.6 per cent wage rise was rolled out to 73 per cent of the hotel’s staff at the start of July.

“With the labour market not just in our industry but in most industries desperately looking for staff we can’t afford to give a three-month grace period to competitor industries to poach our existing staff by offering better hourly rates of pay,” said the property’s general manager Peter Tudehope.

The hotel is located between Circular Quay and Sydney’s pedestrian shopping district Pitt St Mall and offers five meeting rooms and spaces, for up to 180 pax in theatre.