Bronwen Largier

September 29, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

Crystalbrook is getting even more sustainable in October

Australia’s largest independent hotel group, the Crystalbrook Collection continues to put its actions where its mouth is to support its philosophy of responsible luxury.

Launching Crystalbrook Sustainability Month, the brand is putting $10,000 worth of hotel credits on the line to encourage guests to share ideas to make the hospitality industry more sustainable. The winner will receive $5,000 in credits and two runners-up will receive $2,500 in credits each. Read more


Opinion

Crystalbrook's constant environmental focus is impressive - it's nice to see a luxury hotel branding using sustainability as a key selling point.


Joyce DiMascio

September 29, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

Nesuto Curtin to open in December

The Nesuto hotel group will open a new property on campus at Curtin University in Perth in December, located in the university’s innovation precinct, with space for events of up to 100 people. Read more


Opinion

Wondering if this will be a new trend - putting hotels in the centre of educational innovation precincts. It's good for the association meetings sector.


Bronwen Largier

September 28, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

NSW and ACT reveal COVID-normal roadmaps

The NSW Government has released its roadmap for what will be allowed when 80 percent of the state’s population is fully vaccinated and when the unvaccinated will come out of lockdown, while the ACT has released its roadmap for permitted activities in Phases A, B and C of Australia’s national plan to reopen. Read more


Opinion

ACT's roadmap is the most conservative yet.


Bronwen Largier

September 28, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

ICC Sydney predicting a return to pre-pandemic economic impact within five years

ICC Sydney’s 2020/2021 financial year results highlight the impact of the pandemic on the events sector while also demonstrating the appetite for face-to-face events.

Despite being subject to lockdown restrictions for just six days of the year, the venue’s financial year results were significantly down on pre-pandemic times, with 200 in-person events held, compared to 671 in the 2018/2019 financial year. In 2020/2021 over 200,000 people attended the venue compared to 1.4 million visitors in 2018/2019. Read more


Opinion

There is certainly hope for the future in these results.


Graeme Kemlo

September 28, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

Hyatt Centric brand to debut in Australia in December

Among a brace of new lifestyle hotels scheduled to open soon in Melbourne, Hyatt Centric has nominated December 1 to debut its new brand in Australia, with a contemporary boutique hotel on the corner of Flinders Lane and Downie Street in the heart of Melbourne. Read more


Opinion

Another new one for Melbourne! They'll have plenty of accommodation to fill once they come out of lockdown.


Bronwen Largier

September 28, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

Te Pae Christchurch awarded gold environmental certification

The first of New Zealand’s new generation of convention centres, Te Pae Christchurch has achieved an important environmental certification in a program specifically tailored for New Zealand businesses, as it prepares to open its doors in December. Read more


Opinion

Great to see this venue starting out how it means to continue.


Joyce DiMascio

August 30, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

There is a general unwillingness in the industry to mandate staff vaccination without prompting

Freedom to gather will only be reinstated if vaccination targets are achieved, the rates of transmissions come down and importantly, if COVIDSafe policies are implemented by the operators of live events and venues.

Our industry exists to bring people together. So, do we have a fundamental responsibility to lead policy rather than wait for vaccination to be mandated for our sector by Governments? Read more


Opinion

I must say, I'm surprised there's not more appetite from within the industry for mandatory vaccination - it's the most COVIDSafe you can be.


Graeme Kemlo

July 20, 2021 · Sydney, Australia

Melbourne’s new apartment hotel expected to open ahead of schedule

While Melbourne awaits news on its current COVID-19 lockdown, Oakwood is pushing ahead with the Melbourne debut of its Oakwood Premier apartment hotel close to Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), that is now scheduled to open in October this year instead of in 2022.

It will be the first Oakwood Premier for Australia and the 10th of this brand which can be found in other major world cities including Tokyo, Seoul and Singapore. Read more


Opinion

Good to see something ahead of schedule - especially in the current global circumstances.