Laura Bradley

December 10, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Radisson expands to Suzhou

A stylish Radisson hotel opened its doors today in the historic city of Suzhou in China’s Jiangsu province. Developed by Suzhou Zheng He Investment Co., Radisson Suzhou offers 138 rooms and suites, an all-day dining restaurant, a 24-hour fitness centre and 667 square metres of flexible function space for corporate events. The hotel is located in close proximity to two airports: Wuxi Shuofang, which is 30 minutes away, and Shanghai Hongqiao Airport, which lies 90 minutes from the hotel.


Opinion

I just looked up Suzhou on Google images, and my bucket list now has a new member.


Laura Bradley

December 10, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Premier rules out pill testing after another festival fatality

Following another suspected drug-related death at a Sydney dance festival on the weekend, premier Gladys Berejiklian has reaffirmed her opposition to pill testing at events. The Knockout Games of Destiny festival, which took place at Sydney Olympic Park on Saturday, saw one 19-year-old man lose his life and a further three young adults become critically ill. On the matter, premier Berejiklian said “We know that pill testing won’t work because it’ll give people a green light to taking substances.”


Opinion

Very sad about the young man. I’m not sure if increased education or regulated pill testing is the way to go.


Laura Bradley

December 10, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

The unlikely number one hotspot for Airbnb

Wagga Wagga has been listed by Airbnb has the number one trending hotspot in Australia for 2019. The hospitality giant has claimed bookings for the central NSW town soared 289 per cent between 2017 and 2018, due to its impressive range of cafes, craft breweries, boutiques and street art, as well as its botanic gardens and zoo. Other notable mentions included Blackheath in the Blue Mountains, Toowoomba in Queensland, Bridport in Tasmania and Mount Gambier in South Australia.


Opinion

After some research (typing it into Google) I’ve also discovered that Wagga Wagga has conferencing facilities! Would you consider an event there?


Laura Bradley

December 7, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

More flights between Christchurch and Singapore

Air New Zealand has gifted the people of Christchurch with a nifty Christmas present: increased flights between the city and Singapore. Starting this month, an extra five flights will operate between the two cities, using the new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. On the increase, Air New Zealand chief strategy, networks and alliances officer Nick Judd said “These changes will ultimately deliver greater choice, great connectivity beyond Singapore and increased connections into the domestic New Zealand network.”


Opinion

A much better present than socks and candles.


Laura Bradley

December 7, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Park Inn ventures to City of Smiles

Colourful and contemporary midscale brand Park Inn by Radisson has expanded its footprint to the Philippines, signing a brand-new hotel in Bacolod, the City of Smiles. Slated to open in the third quarter of 2020, Park Inn by Radisson Bacolod will offer 153 contemporary rooms, two modern meeting rooms, a fitness centre and an all-day dining restaurant. Bacolod is renowned for its history, culinary legacy and genteel people.


Opinion

The City of Smiles is a good moniker for the micenet editorial department.


Laura Bradley

December 7, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

Mediterranean restaurant opens near Luna Park

Altum Restaurant, a venue located adjacent to Luna Park Sydney which serves up Mediterranean cuisine, opened its doors late last month. More recently named The Deck Sydney, the restaurant offers guests views over Sydney Harbour to the Opera House and a menu concocted with local and seasonal produce. Altum is helmed by head chef Dionisio Randazzo, who hails from Sicily and was formerly the sous chef at Pyrmont Balla.


Opinion

We suggest eating this delicious food AFTER going on the rides… wouldn’t want it all coming back up again.


Laura Bradley

December 6, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

There’s a giant gingerbread house in Hyatt Regency Sydney

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Hyatt Regency Sydney, with the hotel erecting a three-metre high gingerbread house pop-up shop in its lobby. The house is the handiwork of pastry chef Prashant Anand, and took five days, 200 kilograms of honey, 60 litres of milk, 1000 eggs, 1000 kgs of icing sugar and a whole lot of lollies to assemble. Guests can follow the signs to take a bite out of the house until December 25.


Opinion

Love it! But I can’t help but wonder if it’s creating an ant problem.


Laura Bradley

December 6, 2018 · Sydney, Australia

New CEO for TFE Hotels

Following the departure of Rachel Argaman earlier this year, and a search which spanned the globe, TFE Hotels has appointed Antony Ritch as its new CEO. Antony’s impressive resume includes a 20 year stint with Westfield Corporation, senior roles across Australia, the USA and the UK, and work in property development, regional operations, digital disruption and various other fields. On his appointment, Antony said “I have always admired the TFE Hotels business, and I’m thrilled to be joining the team in Australia.”


Opinion

Just in time for the end of year Christmas do. Well done, Antony!