Chinese visitor spending in Australia tops $10 billion - 13 December 2017
Spending by Chinese tourists has reached a new record in Australia, exceeding $10 billion for the first time. The post Chinese visitor spending in Australia tops $10 billion appeared first on Hotel Management.

Leading hotel associations support up-skilling in revenue management - 13 December 2017
The Accommodation Association of Australia (AAoA) and Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA) have extended their existing partnership with the Australian Revenue Management Association (ARMA) to offer their members access to revenue management training. ARMA Founding Director, Melissa Kalan said: “\Revenue management is a vital process to maximise profits from a perishable asset and educational pathways are a must for our industry if they wish to develop talent and maximise results.” Validated by numerous industry testimonials, ARMA’s ‘Think-Change-Grow’ on-line program (supported by ARMA trainers), is an interactive program that keeps the learner engaged and wanting more.

TFE continues solid growth and modernisation globally - 7 December 2017
TFE Hotels group is showing no signs of slowing down, as they continue plans to refurbish and launch new hotels through November and well into 2018. Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne recently unveiled its new look hotel including 11 penthouse-style apartments, alongside a revamped rooftop-view pool and entertaining terrace, and sophisticated new décor across its 155 apartments. To mark the New Year, Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane is set to open in May 2018. The restored heritage building boasts 220 rooms and celebrates the history of the building and is infused with art deco design elements.

Emotions, not dollars, drive travel decisions: Expedia reveals key travel insights at Partner Conference - 6 December 2017
Emotions, not dollars, drive travel decisions: Expedia reveals key travel insights at Partner Conference by James Wilkinson on December 7, 2017 in Email Newsletter, Hotel News, Tourism News New generational data released by Expedia at its global Partner Conference in Las Vegas this week (Dec 6), has revealed that when planning a trip, American, British and Chinese travellers prioritise trip activities, once in a lifetime and cultural experiences above all else. Presented today by Expedia Global Senior Director Wendy Olson Killion during the Expedia Media Solutions Insights Summit at the Expedia Partner Conference, the findings, from a survey conducted by Northstar Research Partners, illustrate broad travel trends and distinct shopping habits, influences and motivations of American, British and Chinese travelers across four generations, including Generation Z, Millennials, Generation X and Baby Boomers.

The Star's native bee honey trial creates buzz for Minjerribah Island Aboriginal community - 6 December 2017
A ground-breaking partnership between the local Aboriginal community and one of Australia’s leading integrated resort companies will see ‘sugarbag’ native bee honey harvested on North Stradbroke Island. The Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC), representing the island’s Traditional Owners, the Quandamooka People, is working with The Star Entertainment Group to install 32 native bee hives on the island, traditionally known as ‘Minjerribah’.

Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific acquires properties in Hawaii - 6 December 2017
Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific has taken its first steps beyond the Asia Pacific region with the addition of two properties on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. WorldMark South Pacific Club by Wyndham Bali Hai Villas and WorldMark South Pacific Club by Wyndham Ka ‘Eo Kai, both located in the resort community of Princeville, will be available to timeshare owners in the WorldMark South Pacific Club by Wyndham from January 2018.

Skye Hotel Suites Parramatta rolls out latest digital key technology - 6 December 2017
Western Sydney’s newest property, Skye Hotel Suites Parramatta, has partnered with Assa Abloy Hospitality and Intelity to provide its guests with state-of-the-art digital key functionality. With the implementation of Assa Abloy Hospitality Mobile Access in 72 of its apartment-style suites, along with the use of Intelity’s downloadable mobile app, the property can now allow guests to quickly and conveniently enter their room with a swipe of their mobile device.

AccorHotels names the company's highest performers in Australia - 6 December 2017
One week after hosting the company’s most successful franchise conferences to date, the AccorHotels Franchise Team has won the Team Service Award in AccorHotels coveted Australian Hotel Awards. The awards recognise top performing hotels, outstanding achievements by teams and accomplishments of individuals. In keeping with AccorHotels focus on sustainability, this year’s awards were announced over webinar by Simon McGrath, Chief Operating Officer for AccorHotels Pacific, and Sarah Derry, Vice President of Talent and Culture Australia.

Accor aims to help plant 10 million trees globally by 2021 - 6 December 2017
As part of its Plant For the Planet program, AccorHotels has launched an online platform enabling participants to fund agroforestry projects in countries in which the Group operates. Jointly developed with long-term partner Pur Projet, the purpose of this site is to raise as much awareness and involve as many people as possible – in addition to guests staying in its hotels – with regard to the transition towards agroecology. For the launch of the platform, 5 planting projects have been selected in 5 different countries: France, Romania, Senegal, Indonesia and Peru.

Langham's doorman celebrates 21 years on the job - 1 December 2017
The Langham, Melbourne’s much cherished doorman Laurie Bellizzi is celebrating 21 years on the job. Both guests and colleagues know Bellizzi as ‘Laurie the Doorman’, a moniker that was given to him when he was papped in a photo with former US president Bill Clinton in 2011 visited the hotel. Laurie has been described by colleagues as “not your ordinary hotel employee”.

Solid performance for Asia Pacific hotels in October - 1 December 2017
Hotels in the Asia Pacific region reported positive results in the three key performance metrics during October 2017, according to the latest data from STR. In October 2017 versus October 2016, occupancy was up 0.7% to 71.7%, Average Daily Rate (ADR) was up 2.3% to US$104.15 and Revenue Per Available Room (RevPAR) was up 2.9% to US$74.68. One of the key performing markets was Hong Kong, where despite notable supply growth (+3.1%), occupancy rose due to a 4.5% year-over-year increase in demand.

AccorHotels hosts successful franchise conference and awards - 29 November 2017
Cairns’ Pullman Reef Hotel and Casino hosted the AccorHotels Pacific Franchise Conference last week (23 & 24 Nov) which was attended by over 100 franchisees, potential owners and industry movers and shakers. The annual conference is designed to give AccorHotels franchisees an update on the company and the performance of sales, marketing and revenue initiatives over the past 12 months. It is also where franchisees are presented with best practice support and insights into sales and marketing initiatives for the year ahead. This year’s conference was attended by Michael Issenberg, Chairman and CEO AccorHotels Asia Pacific and Simon McGrath, Chief Operating Officer of AccorHotels Pacific.

Mantra opens its first Art Series Hotel - 29 November 2017
Art Series Hotel Group has opened the doors to its eighth art inspired hotel, The Chen, in Melbourne’s Box Hill, and the first under new owners Mantra Group. Named after and inspired by the Chinese-Australian abstract artist, Zhong Chen, the 100-room hotel was opened yesterday with an official ribbon cutting by CEO of Mantra Group, Bob East. The day also marked the official handover of Art Series from Will Deague, CEO Deague Group, to Mantra Group, the final step in one of the biggest property portfolio acquisitions of the year.

Strong growth forecast for United States hotel industry - 22 November 2017
The United States hotel industry is projected to record stronger-than-expected growth for 2017, according to STR and Tourism Economics’ final forecast of 2017. “Due to stronger demand, occupancy growth has exceeded earlier forecasts. At the same time, ADR growth has been more muted than expected given the record occupancy level,” said Jan Freitag, STR’s senior VP of lodging insights.

Anna Polyviou to create giant gingerbread train at Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney - 22 November 2017
Anna Polyviou to create giant gingerbread train at Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney by James Wilkinson on November 23, 2017 in Email Newsletter, F&B News, Hotel News Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney’s star Executive Pastry Chef Anna Polyviou’s giant gingerbread train will pull into the property on December 1. Much merrymaking is afoot as the Punk Princess of Pastry and her team of elves work jollily to create a four metre train, festive High Tea and a Christmas treat pop-up store to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year.

Edition set for a huge 2018 with seven openings globally - 22 November 2017
With seven new properties scheduled to launch across three continents, and many more in the pipeline, 2018 will mark a pivotal moment for Edition. The post Edition set for a huge 2018 with seven openings globally appeared first on Hotel Management.

AccorHotels celebrates 50 years by opening doors for everyday heroes - 22 November 2017
AccorHotels this week (19 Nov) honoured everyday heroes – men and women, such as firefighters, nurses, teachers, craftspeople, small businesses and local residents – who work each day to serve their communities, by inviting them in more than 1,900 establishments around the world, including more than 500 hotels in Asia Pacific and 70 hotels around Australia. This global event was an opportunity for the Group and its 250,000 employees to thank the people who are committed to serving their communities by sharing a moment with them by inviting them to a breakfast, a barbecue lunch, or a cocktail event.

TFE growing to 100 hotels - 17 November 2017
TFE Hotels is set to open five new hotels in Australia and Germany in the next 12 months as part of plans to expand to 100 hotels in five years. The beautiful new Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane opens early next year in a heritage building on George Street, followed by urban resort-styled The Calile in August, in sophisticated Fortitude Valley, under the TFE Hotels Collection brand.

First look: Inside 8Hotels' new Mad Men-inspired Sydney Airport hotel - 16 November 2017
Sydney Airport is set to get a new ‘Mad Men’ inspired hotel, with the addition of an all new boutique property set to debut in early 2018. Designed to capture a modern urban aesthetic with a 1960s twist, Felix Hotel by 8Hotels will offer 150 rooms and will be situated just a two minute drive from Sydney Domestic Airport and 10 minutes’ drive from the international terminal.

New Zealand tourism industry aims for sustainability - 15 November 2017
Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA) has launched the New Zealand Tourism Sustainability Commitment and HM has the details. The post New Zealand tourism industry aims for sustainability appeared first on Hotel Management.

AccorHotels partners with 2018 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras - 14 November 2017
AccorHotels has announced it will be the major partner and the official and exclusive accommodation partner for the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras season for 2018. The hotel group’s chief operating officer Simon McGrath said the announcement was a “momentous occasion for the group”. “We are incredibly proud to be partnering with the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and see it as a wonderful way to celebrate diversity and celebrate our employees.

AAoA advocates ban on quasi hotels such as Airbnb - 9 November 2017
Short term holiday letting services akin to Airbnb cannot be allowed to continue if Australia - including NSW - is to maintain its reputation as a safe holiday destination, says AAoA. The post AAoA advocates ban on quasi hotels such as Airbnb appeared first on Hotel Management.

First look: Novotel Melbourne South Wharf unveils interiors - 8 November 2017
The new $150 million Novotel Melbourne South Wharf, which is on track to open in March 2018, has revealed a first look into its 347 guestrooms and suites which will set a new ‘gold standard’ in guest rooms and hotel interior design. Designed by Woods Bagot, NH Architecture, and with interiors by Fender Katsalidis and Woods Bagot, the hotel will be one of the most impressive Novotel hotels in Australia.

Special report: Hotel groups continue to upgrade and reinvent wellness offerings - 8 November 2017
The fitspo trend continues, with major hotel groups Westin Hotels and Resorts, JW Marriott and Pullman Hotels and Resorts adding new wellness programs for guests to enjoy. Westin Hotels and Resorts has answered the call by launching the Westin Let’s Rise Workout Series, an in-room, HIIT workout program, curated by and starring certified health coach and model Rachael Finch. The workout videos will be available exclusively from 21 November 2017 for guests of Westin Hotels & Resorts in Australia and Fiji.

AccorHotels wins major sustainability award in Australia - 2 November 2017
AccorHotels has won the Large Business Sustainability Leadership Award in Australia’s s most prestigious sustainability awards, the Banksia Awards. The Banksia Awards are facilitated by the Banksia Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the recognition of excellence in sustainability. The awards are the most prestigious and longest running sustainability awards in Australia and reward Australian individuals, communities, business and government for innovation, achievement and commitment to sustainability.

Exclusive: Accor's Issenberg says Mantra acquisition is 'a big bet on Australia' - 1 November 2017
AccorHotels’ Chairman and CEO of Asia Pacific, Michael Issenberg, says the proposed acquisition of Mantra Group is a “big bet on Australia” by the company in a market that continues to see strong growth. Speaking exclusively to HM in Hong Kong during the company’s recent Asia-Pacific executive leadership meeting which coincided with HICAP, Issenberg said the nation had been a solid performer for the group and the proposed Mantra acquisition would further strengthen AccorHotels’ position in the country.


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