Laura Bradley

November 20, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Accor strikes deal in former gold rush boom town

The former Quest Schaller Hotel Bendigo will rebrand to Mercure Bendigo Schaller following a deal that was struck by Accor. With 118 boutique style guestrooms spanning over four levels, Mercure Bendigo Schaller will cater to both business and leisure guests, offering 99 standard rooms, eight standard twin rooms, three standard access rooms and eight superior rooms, with a café/bar, a meeting room and a fitness centre. The hotel is slated to open next month.


Opinion

Could Bendigo be the next meeting hot spot?


Laura Bradley

November 19, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

The Adnate and Hyde Perth Kitchen + Cocktails opens in style

More than 300 VIP guests, industry leaders and local celebrities celebrated the official opening of The Adnate and Hyde Perth Kitchen + Cocktails on Wednesday, November 13. The new venue is located on level one of The Adnate hotel, and is an ideal spot for laid-back cocktail functions. Guests at the opening included The Adnate namesake artist Matt Adnate, Accor apartment & leases senior vice president operations Mark Hodge and hotel developers George and Peter Atzemis.


Opinion

I was thinking that the celebrities would be Instagram influencers but I’m glad that people with functioning brains attended.


Laura Bradley

November 19, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Mercure Sydney Rouse Hill opens its doors

Last Friday, Accor and the Lewis Land Group officially opened the new-build 78 room Mercure Hotel at The Fiddler at Rouse Hill. Designed by Architect Mostaghim & Associates, the hotel offers 78 rooms and is located just 45 minutes from Sydney International Airport. The hotel is situated in The Fiddler hotel precinct, an area which underwent a major redevelopment in 2010 and is now an outdoor venue for casual dining and events.


Opinion

45 minutes is nothing considering how long it takes to get out of the airport at all.


Laura Bradley

November 19, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

IHG debuts in New Caledonia with three hotel signings

Between 2021 and 2024, three IHG hotels will open in New Caledonia, marking the company’s first foray into the country. The hotels will include the 50-room InterContinental® Lifou Wadra Bay Resort, which will feature lagoon-front suites and all-day dining; Holiday Inn® Resort Ouvéa, which will take over Hotel Paradis d’Ouvéa and offer 34 rooms; and Holiday Inn Resort Lifou, which will offer 30 rooms.


Opinion

What a way to debut… with not one but three hotels.


Laura Bradley

November 18, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Amway strengthens relationship with Sydney

Last week, New South Wales’ minister for jobs, investment, tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres announced that global health and beauty corporation Amway has awarded the state hosting rights for three of its large-scale APAC gatherings. The events will see 6500 distributors flock to the city, and will include the Amway Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei Leadership Seminar in December 2020; the Amway Japan Leadership Achievement Seminar also in December 2020; and the Amway Korea Leadership Seminar in November 2021.


Opinion

If you need a hotel room in any of those months, book now.


Laura Bradley

November 18, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Best business event venue named at NSW Tourism Awards

Fairmont Resort & Spa Blue Mountains, MGallery by Sofitel, was crowned Best Business Event Venue at the NSW Tourism Awards, which took place last week at the Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney. Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley took out the silver medal and Elements of Byron, Byron Bay was awarded bronze.


Opinion

Well this just means that I’ll have to go there!


Laura Bradley

November 18, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

The Ritz-Carlton opens in Perth

The Ritz-Carlton has debuted its 100th global property with the opening of The Ritz-Carlton, Perth. The hotel is perched on the edge of the Swan River, and offers 205 guest rooms and suites and 2000 sqm of event space. The Elizabeth Quay Ballroom is available as a single space or can be split into three smaller rooms, and The Bell Tower and Swan River rooms are customisable and offer views over Elizabeth Quay.


Opinion

The wait is over. I felt like we’d been hearing about this hotel for ages.


Laura Bradley

November 15, 2019 · Sydney, Australia

Hilton appoints Shaizeen Contractor as senior commercial director, Australasia

Shaizeen Contractor has been appointed by Hilton to a newly-created role: senior commercial director, Australasia. Shaizeen will be responsible for leading commercial performance, driving and delivering commercial targets and growing market share in Australasia. Prior to joining Hilton, Shaizeen was employed by TFE Hotels in various roles including group director of sales & distribution and, most recently, chief revenue officer.


Opinion

Contractor sounds like a very official and businessy last name. Best of luck Shaizeen.