shangri-la hits brisbane

Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has officially assumed management of Traders Hotel Brisbane. The 191-room property, centrally located above the Brisbane Transit Centre and next to Roma Street Parklands, is the first Traders hotel operated by Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts in Australia. It marks the hotel group’s third venture in the continent following the group’s recent acquisition of the 563-room landmark Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney and its current majority stake in Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina in Cairns. “We are thrilled to debut the Traders brand in Australia to leisure and business travelers,” said Bruno Cristol, general manager of Traders Hotel, Brisbane. “Brisbane is a strategic feeder destination to other major Australian cities and we believe Traders’ `Be Ready’ philosophy is an excellent fit for visitors to this dynamic city.” After China and the United States, the Australian continent represents the third largest market for Shangri-La and forms a key substantial membership base.

new hotel for canberra

Canberra’s highly anticipated four-and-a-half star contemporary design and lifestyle hotel, East Hotel, is now open. With its focus on providing a memorable Canberra experience and its premium location between the fashionable retail and restaurant hubs of Manuka and Kingston, East Hotel ups the ante for local guests and visitors to the nation’s capital. East Hotel will provide a contemporary, cool and vibrant option for visitors to Canberra, whether overnighters, business guests, long stay guests or families. The six-story hotel has 140 rooms in various studio and apartment-style combinations. The property has standalone dining and bar facilities. “We are bringing something fresh to the Canberra market at East Hotel, with great, memorable service and an atmosphere that ensures our visitors and guests feel comfortable, relaxed and inspired,” said Dan Bisa, owner of East Hotel and director of Bisa Hotels. “We are passionate about creating a happy, happening precinct that showcases the personality representing a side to Canberra that many may not have experienced.”

peppers’ NZ expansion

Peppers continues to expand its network of luxury retreats and resorts in New Zealand announcing the addition of The Carrington Resort – a leading golf resort offering lodge and villa accommodation, vineyard and cellar door, and extensive conference and event facilities located on the Karikari Peninsula in the picturesque Northland region, four hours’ north of Auckland. To be known as Peppers Carrington Resort, it will be the third addition to the network in 2012 with Peppers Parehua Martinborough and Peppers Awaroa Lodge joining the portfolio earlier this year, bringing the total to seven across New Zealand’s North and South Islands. “It is an exciting time for Peppers in New Zealand – our portfolio is continuing to expand with superb quality product and a resort like The Carrington is a welcome addition to carry the Peppers name,” said CEO Bob East from Mantra Group which operates the Peppers brand. Chairman of Carrington Resort Ltd, Paul Kelly said the alignment with Peppers would build on the Carrington’s already established reputation as a premier golfing resort. “Aligning ourselves with a quality brand like Peppers and the extensive distribution network behind it will lift the Carrington’s profile that much further in both the New Zealand and Australian market and I look forward to this next phase in our development,” Mr Kelly said.