Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley wins best regional conference hotel

Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley was awarded Conference Hotel of the Year (Regional) at the 2015 Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA) NSW Awards for Excellence, which was held in The Westin Sydney on July 29. Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, which is managed by InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), was recognised for being industry leaders in catering for business events in regional NSW. General manager, Robert Coates, said he was thrilled with the win as it highlighted the resort’s excellence in providing outstanding business event solutions. “Since the Crowne […]

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VENUE UPDATE: New Sofitel for Adelaide

South Australian premier, Jay Weatherill, this week announced a new Sofitel Luxury Hotel will be built in Adelaide’s CBD – the first internationally branded luxury hotel to be built in the city in nearly three decades. Scheduled to open in 2018 in the heart of the city, the $140 million hotel development will form part of Adelaide developer and investor, Palumbo’s 106 Currie Street development in a 32-storey tower and managed by Accor. The tower will comprise 80 apartments over the top eight levels with the remaining […]

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DESTINATION: Hong Kong luxury

Hong Kong is a cosmopolitan metropolis with a culturally-rich history and incentive delegates will be blown away by it’s impressive skyline and harbour, award-winning cuisine, and luxury hotels. Wooloomooloo Steakhouse: Located in Wan Chai with breathtaking views of Hong Kong, Happy Valley Racecourse and across the harbour to Kowloon, Woolloomooloo Steakhouse in Wan Chai is the perfect place for drinks in a relaxed environment. Hooray Bar & Restaurant: Located on the fifth floor of the World Trade Centre in lively Causeway Bay, Hooray Bar & […]

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VENUE UPDATE: PARKROYAL on Beach Road refurb

Following the completion of a S$4.7 million renovation in March, Singapore’s PARKROYAL on Beach Road has launched 130 newly refurbished Premier rooms, a new Executive Suite and revitalised Orchid Club Lounge. “After the launch of The Ballrooms, our purpose-built event facility, and dedicated Wellness Floor in August 2013, this latest refurbishment will enhance the comfort and sophistication of our guestrooms and club lounge,” general manager, David Donald, said. “We are confident that these upgrading efforts will strengthen the hotel’s competitive positioning within the Marina Bay vicinity as a choice accommodation […]

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NEWS: Adina Sydney Airport Hotel opens

The newly-built Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney Airport is set to open its doors late-March 2015. Less than one kilometre from Sydney Airport, the new hotel features 123 serviced apartments across six storeys consisting of 51 studios, 66 one bedroom and 6 two bedroom units. The hotel’s airport shuttle and close proximity to Mascot train station ensures that guests can avoid traffic and get around Sydney with ease. Rachel Argaman, CEO of TFE Hotels, said: “Sydney Airport is an ideal location for transit and business travellers, with […]

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VENUE UPDATE: Mantra expands in Tassie

The Mantra Group is set to expand its presence in Tasmania with the acquisition of two properties – the Hotel Collins in Hobart and the Hotel Charles in Launceston. Mantra Group negotiated an off-market opportunity to secure the leaseholds from Tasmanian businessman Lyndon Jago, who currently markets the hotels under the Stay Tasmania brand. Mantra Group will now operate the hotels under a lease agreement with owners Sultan Holdings Pty Ltd in Hobart and Joseph Chromy in Launceston. Mantra Group CEO Bob East said the new […]

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VENUE UPDATE: Accor’s Sebel brand expands

The Sebel hotel network across Australia is set to expand with the Accor group this week announcing two new properties in Victoria and Queensland – The Sebel South Brisbane and upcoming $35 million waterfront project, The Sebel Yarrawonga (pictured). Accor officially welcomed its first property on the Southside of the Brisbane River this week with addition of The Sebel South Brisbane at 50 Water Street. In close proximity to the commercial and entertainment hub of South Bank and the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, the 63-room hotel […]

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VENUE UPDATE: Mantra’s Melbourne game-changer

Mantra Group has added its largest-ever hotel to its expanding portfolio, with the rebranding of the 844-room Bell City in Preston, Melbourne. The group now manages the dual hotel towers, now known as Mantra Bell City (383 rooms) and BreakFree Bell City (461 rooms), which form part of a large-scale mixed-used development. Recognised as the leading hotel and events precinct in Melbourne’s north, Bell City is located just nine kilometres from Melbourne’s CBD. As well as a range of accommodation options, the property features extensive food and […]

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NEWS: RACV Royal Pines appoints AVPartners

AVPartners has been awarded the audiovisual contract for RACV Royal Pines Resort, following a rigorous tender process. The partnership will see AVPartners stage business events at the Gold Coast venue, provide audio-visual support and coordinate technical assistance for event delegates. The AVPartners designated partner at RACV Royal Pines Resort, Jarum Rolfe, said: “RACV Royal Pines Resort is well-known for delivering exceptional event experiences and we are looking forward to delivering creative, outside-of-the-box audiovisual and event staging solutions.” Resort general manager, John Morris, said: “AVPartners employs a unique […]

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NEWS: Langham introduces new hotel brand

Langham Hospitality Group has announced a new upscale global hotel brand, Cordis Hotels and Resorts. A new generation of hotels devoted to wellbeing, the Cordis portfolio will be developed through a combination of new-build and conversion projects in key cities in Asia and North America, with the brand set to debut in Hong Kong in May 2015. Introducing the brand, Langham Hospitality Group chief executive officer Robert Warman said: “Building on the successes of Langham Hotels and Resorts, we saw the need to create a collection of international […]

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VENUE UPDATE: Elizabeth Quay opens up for events

The massive $2.6 billion redevelopment of Perth’s waterfront at Elizabeth Quay will soon be open for business, with the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA) calling for expressions of interest from event organisers looking to host events at the site from early 2016. The 10-hectre Elizabeth Quay project will reconnect the Swan River with Perth’s CBD with a contemporary riverfront that incorporates residential and retail space, cultural attractions, a 204-room Ritz Carlton hotel, and seven (five permanent and two temporary sites) outdoor event spaces. “We are welcoming expressions of interest from event […]

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NEWS: Carlson Rezidor recognises high-achievers

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group recently celebrated the achievements of its 2014 top-performing employees and hotels in the Asia Pacific region at a gala awards dinner as part of the group’s annual Asia Pacific Business Conference, held at Radisson Blu Plaza Chongqing. Carlson Rezidor president Asia Pacific, Thorsten Kirschke, congratulated all the 2014 award-winners, with top gongs like ‘general manager of the year’ and ‘hotel of the year’. “Our people are the backbone of our business. They bring our brands to life, shape the guest experience […]

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VENUE UPDATE: Adelaide’s newest conference spaces

Oaks Embassy, Adelaide recently unveiled two new meeting and event spaces catering for up to 20 delegates. Centrally located opposite the Adelaide Convention Centre, the hotel’s two conferencing rooms are available in four different configurations, from classroom to theatre-style, boardroom or cocktail. The opening comes after the popular 4.5 star CBD hotel recently announced the arrival of an onsite restaurant, The Coffee Club, as well as the continuation of its comprehensive refurbishment program, including a new-look pool, gymnasium and lobby. To celebrate the launch, Oaks Embassy has released […]

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NEWS: Accor’s latest MGallery hotel

The Accor network has added to its upscale MGallery Collection of hotels with the addition of The New Inchcolm Hotel & Suites, the brand’s first MGallery for Brisbane, and its tenth address across Australia and New Zealand. Centrally located, the property has undergone an extensive $8 million refurbishment and restoration program and features 50 elegant room options, including one and two-bedroom suites. It also presents Brisbane’s first loft-style hotel suites and two new-look ‘wine and dine’ options in Thomson’s Reserve Restaurant and the Socialites Bar. For business events, […]

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NEWS: PARKROYAL Parramatta expands

Pan Pacific Hotels Group today announced plans for a multi-million dollar extension of PARKROYAL Parramatta in Sydney. Costing $25 million, the development will commence in March and make PARKROYAL Parramatta the largest hotel in Parramatta – boasting 286 guestrooms – by June 2016. The 15-month project will involve the construction of a new seven-storey tower with a club lounge, as well as 40 club rooms and 50 premium rooms that offer views of the Parramatta skyline and incorporate the use of the latest technology and […]

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NEWS: $20m resort for Rottnest Island

The Western Australian Government has signed a landmark agreement with Karma Royal Group to develop a new Karma Resort on Rottnest Island. Karma Resorts took over the lease of the current Rottnest Lodge in 2011 and plans to invest a further $20 million to develop the new resort. With construction due to begin in April 2016, the proprty will feature short stay holiday accommodation, beach club, licensed bar and restaurant, pool and gym, spa, as well as conference facilities and meeting rooms. “I am extremely exhilarated that […]

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NEWS: Big year ahead for regional NSW

Major infrastructure expansion is set to pave the way for busy year of meetings in Newcastle, Port Stephens and Hunter Valley. The opening of the biggest convention centre in NSW north of Sydney, a major facelift for Port Stephens’ iconic Anchorage property, a 50 per cent expansion for Newcastle Airport and a new focus on ‘smart’ MICE events will help attract new business tourism to the greater Hunter region in 2015. Assessing the year ahead for business events in Newcastle, the Hunter Valley and Port Stephens, […]

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NEWS: Mantra joins Christchurch revitalisation

The continuing renaissance of Christchurch is set for further rejuvenation with Mantra Group announcing it will manage the fully reconstructed 263-room hotel located at 165 Cashel Street when it reopens in April 2015 as the BreakFree on Cashel Christchurch. The hotel, formerly the All Seasons, was a highly successful concept and the largest hotel in the South Island, however it remained closed after the February 2011 earthquakes. An extensive refurbishment and redesign of the hotel has been underway since new owners – Auckland-based Russell Property […]

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NEWS: Hilton leadership shake up

Hilton Worldwide this week announced Paul Hutton as its new vice president for operations in Australasia, effective February 16, 2015. In his new role, Mr Hutton will be responsible for the performance of the growing portfolio of Hilton Worldwide hotels in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific as well as the planning and implementation of strategies across a variety of key functions in the region. Mr Hutton, currently in the position of regional general manager for China South, will take over from Ashley Spencer who is […]

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VENUE UPDATE: Fairmont Jakarta opens

Fairmont Jakarta opened its doors this week in the heart of Indonesia’s capital city. With unrivalled views of the Jakarta skyline, the stunning property is located in Senayan Square, a ‘one-stop’ complex in Jakarta’s central business district that combines high-end shopping, entertainment, offices and apartments. The hotel provides direct access to Sentral Senayan Office Towers, the 18-hole Senayan National Golf Club, Gelora Bung Karno sports arena and the Jakarta Convention Centre. “After many months of detailed preparation, we are pleased to open our doors to guests,” hotel general […]

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VENUE UPDATE: Sydney’s hotel hotspots

Sydney’s accommodation sector is experiencing a multi-million dollar revitalisation following a recent spate of openings, refurbishments and announced hotel developments. Here’s the latest: In the leafy suburb of Double Bay, the hotly anticipated InterContinental Sydney Double Bay opened its doors November 2014 after a multi-million dollar refurbishment of the former Ritz Carlton property, while in the same month the Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney also completed a $12 million refurbishment. Not long after, The Langham Sydney (pictured) reopened in The Rocks in December following a $30 million refurbishment. The hotel […]

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NEWS: Spicers expands luxury collection

Spicers Retreats this week announced the acquisition of Sangoma Retreat, a luxury boutique property situated at the foot of the Blue Mountains. Sangoma, meaning ‘healer’ in Zulu, is set to open under the Spicers brand in January 2015, bringing the group’s portfolio to a total of nine properties. The African-inspired boutique retreat is nestled in the Blue Mountains and features five luxurious suites sprawled amid giant boulders and eucalyptus trees. The retreat also boasts menus featuring locally sourced produce and bistro-style dining, a stunning plunge pool and […]

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NEWS: IHG renews presence in Christchurch 

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has signed a management agreement to develop the 200-room Crowne Plaza Christchurch, signalling a commitment to Christchurch’s economic revival. Located in the central business district and across from the planned new Christchurch Convention Centre due to open in 2017, the upscale hotel will be a conversion of a current commercial building owned by a consortium of local Christchurch investors. The hotel will feature up to five suites and 195 guest rooms and food and beverage options including an all-day dining restaurant, a specialty […]

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NEWS: Pullman Sydney airport hotel to open in 2016

Australia’s largest hotel operator, Accor, today announced it has signed a management agreement with Goodman to brand and operate a five-star Pullman Sydney Airport hotel as part of a new AUD$100 million development project that will encompass extensive office and retail facilities. Due to open in May 2016, the 229-room property will include a restaurant and bar, and conference facilities, and will be the first internationally branded five-star hotel in the international airport precinct. Accor Pacific chief operating officer, Simon McGrath, said the project will be a key development for Sydney. “The […]

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NEWS: W hotel debuts in Brisbane

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide recently announced the debut of its iconic W Hotels brand in Brisbane. Scheduled to open in early 2018 as part of a mixed-use development, W Brisbane will bring a new interpretation of modern luxury to George Street at the western end of the central business district, overlooking the Brisbane River. The 305-room luxury hotel marks the re-entry of the W hotel brand to Australia. “W Brisbane marks a significant milestone for Starwood, bringing the dynamic and innovative W brand back to the Pacific […]

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NEWS: Biggest-ever ibis hits Brisbane

Brisbane will soon be home to the region’s largest ibis hotel, as announced today by Australian hotel group, Accor, and Middle Eastern hotel owner and developer, Action Hotels plc. Construction of the multi-million dollar hotel development will commence later this year at 40 Elizabeth Street, with a scheduled opening for early 2016. The 368-room ibis will be one of the most centrally located hotels in the CBD, adjoining the Myer Centre and Queen Street Mall. The hotel will build on Accor’s already substantial presence in Brisbane, becoming […]

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