Jill Varley

December 15, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

Bruce Ryde joins Marriott International, based in Hong Kong

Delighted to hear Marriott International has appointed Aussie ex-pat Bruce Ryde as Asia-Pacific VP Luxury Brands and Brand Marketing, based in their Asia-Pacific Continent office in Hong Kong. Bruce will own the luxury brand strategy in the Asia Pacific, for Marriott’s luxury brands The Ritz-Carlton®, Ritz-Carlton Reserve®, St. Regis®, EDITION®, JW Marriott®, W Hotels®, The Luxury Collection® and Bulgari“ A highly-regarded industry insider, he comes to Marriott with a wealth of experience in brand strategy across the luxury hospitality sector.  


Opinion

Go well Bruce, we downunder salute you


Jill Varley

December 15, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi on track for 2018 opening

Miral, Abu Dhabi has announced that Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, set to open in 2018 will feature six worlds: Metropolis and Gotham City, inspired by the universe of DC Super Heroes and Super-Villains; Cartoon Junction, Bedrock, and Dynamite Gulch. Located on Yas Island, the project engaged 5500 specialist engineers and workers to build a park that will span 1.65 million square feet. Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi will comprise of six worlds with 29 rides, shows, and attractions.  


Opinion

The ambition is to make Yas Island a top-ten global destination for family fun


Jill Varley

December 15, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

EVENT to manage the Victoria Hotel Melbourne

EVENT Hospitality & Entertainment Limited has entered into an agreement to manage one of Melbourne’s most historic hotels, The Victoria Hotel on Little Collins St, a Schwartz Family Company property currently branded as ibis Styles Melbourne, The Victoria Hotel. As of  February 1 2018, the hotel will be managed alongside EVENT’s current stable of hotels and resorts that includes the Rydges, QT and Atura brands.    


Opinion

'The Vic', as it is affectionately known, is an iconic 370 room hotel located in the heart of Melbourne


Jill Varley

December 14, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

Snow predicted to fall on Sydney harbour in 2018!

When Opera Australia presents Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour next year, flurries of snow will take the outdoor opera experience to a whole new level in a stunning new production of La Bohème. Director Andy Morton, charged with bringing this vision to life is obeying the first rule of theatre: “thou shalt not bore!” So expect amazing lights and projections, soundscapes, bangs, flames, performers flying and the rather singular sight of freezing snowy weather in the middle of Sydney harbour.      


Opinion

Buy, beg, borrow or steal a ticket, these Handa Operas are a must see experience


Jill Varley

December 14, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

AccorHotels and Dubai World Trade Centre get disruptive with 25hours Hotels

AccorHotels and Dubai World Trade Centre LLC (DWTC) have announced the first 25hours Hotels property outside of Europe. The game-changing disruptive hospitality brand, conceptualised in Germany, is set to make its debut in 2020. The 434-room property will be located in DWTC’s One Central development, a premium mixed-use lifestyle destination.  The 25hours brand, described as a celebration of individuality, is tailor-made for urban, cosmopolitan and culturally aware guests. The emphasis is on social dining concepts, adventure and cutting-edge design.      


Opinion

A further three hotels are planned to open next year in Cologne, Düsseldorf and Paris


Jill Varley

December 14, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

Dreamtime delegates hit their stride in Victoria

 As part of Dreamtime 2017, 11 New Zealand agents participated in a bespoke two-day itinerary, courtesy of Melbourne Convention Bureau, their partners and Business Events Australia. The program took them to the Mornington Peninsula, lunching at the Montalto Vineyard. Afterwards agents choose their own adventure with three tours on offer, curated by Localing Private Tours Melbourne. Following a private dinner and an overnight at Jackalope – the Peninsula’s newest accommodation, they continued in an immersion of food and wine.    


Opinion

Absorbed in the region’s food and wine – it sounds like a dream famil


Jill Varley

December 13, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

W Brisbane’s talent casting hunt

500 people auditioned to join one of Australia’s most anticipated hotels, the W Brisbane on Tuesday. Candidates were treated like superstars, treading the pink carpet to interviews at a Talent Casting Event at the Brisbane Powerhouse. “We’re on the hunt for people who embody the passion and vigour of the W Brand,” said Haldon Philp, general manager of W Brisbane. “We want to excite talent about what’s to come when the hotel opens next year.”    


Opinion

The first five-star, new-build, hotel to open in Brisbane’s CBD in 20 years will open in March 2018


Jill Varley

December 13, 2017 · Sydney, Australia

TFE Hotels forge ahead in 2018

Plans to refurbish and launch new hotels in 2018 are on the agenda for the TFE Hotels group.   Recently they unveiled Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne with 155 apartments. The opening of heritage restored Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane happens in February 2018, while The Calile, Fortitude Valley with seven-storeys and 178 luxury rooms and suites opens in August. Meanwhile, after a refurb, the 199 room Vibe Hotel Gold Coast will relaunch, while the Vibe North Sydney will open in March 2018.  


Opinion

In Europe the Adina Apartment Hotel Leipzig opened last month and Adina Apartment Hotel Hamburg Speicherstadt opens this month