April Newsletter
Posted on April 23, 2016 by APTC in Tourism News
April Newsletter

This month’s newsletter brings you interesting news about hotel developments in different regions of the Australian continent. Among them are luxury flagships, tourism classics and cruise stars


Longitude 131°
Baillie Lodges has transformed its luxury desert camp Longitude 131° with the addition of stylish new balconies on each of its 15 ‘tents’, creating contemporary outdoor living areas while enhancing its unrivalled views of Uluru.
Styled with expansive day beds, armchairs and Eco Smart fireplaces, the luxury of Longitude 131° has been extended outdoors, providing guests with a new perspective on the surrounding desert landscape. Central to the new concept is a bespoke luxury swag for two, a modern reinvention of the traditional Australian bushman’s bedroll. Unfurled at nightfall in front of the fireplace, it gives guests the option of sleeping beneath a blanket of southern stars while still enjoying the comfort and style of Australia’s most celebrated desert retreat.
The new balconies are the latest enhancements by Baillie Lodges since taking over Longitude 131° in late 2013. They follow a multi-million dollar refurbishment that introduced features including designer furnishings, Indigenous artworks and the group’s signature “Baillie Bed”. Creating a whole new level of intimacy, the luxe outdoor features are designed to remove any barrier between guests and the landscape at Australia’s spiritual heart. Revealing a fresh panorama in an environment of relaxed luxury and natural peace, Longitude 131° elevates the outback experience to iconic heights.

Desert Gardens Hotel (Refurbishment)
The new Garden View Rooms (previously Standard Rooms) are on track for completion in early May.
Further to the room refurbishments there is a proposal to redevelop the Restaurant areas of Desert Gardens, which is scheduled to take place in the period of 5 January and 31 March 2017.

The Daintree Wilderness Lodge (Refurbishment)
The Daintree Wilderness Lodge has just completed the installation of air-conditioning in all 7 Cabins at the property, further ensuring that all guests will be able to immerse themselves in the beauty of the rainforest in a thoroughly luxurious and relaxing setting.


North Star Cruises:
North Star Cruises Australia and the company’s revered adventure-cruise ship TRUE NORTH, have again won a trifecta of awards at Luxury Travel’s 2016 Gold List Awards.
For the third time in just four years the company secured wins in three of the Award’s most coveted categories – Best Australian Adventure Experience, Best Luxury Cruise Company and, Best Cruise Ship (Small).
It is an outstanding result especially considering that no other company has won three awards in a single year – North Star previously achieved this market-leading position in 2013 and then again in 2014. The company also won Best Australian Adventure Experience and Best Cruise Ship (Small) in 2015 making the Gold List tally an impressive 11 wins in four years.


The Menzies Sydney:
Due to the uncertainty surrounding The Menzies future, they will be placing a stop sell on all dates from the 1st October 2016 onward. The hotel will then offer 3 months rolling availability from 1st October onward to ensure guest booking certainty. After 1 October 2016 the hotel will make contact via their team monthly to ascertain the status.
You are welcome to cancel current bookings held from 1st Oct 2016 into 2017 at no penalty, however if you choose to keep these bookings with The Menzies it will be your full responsibility to relocate the booking should the hotel close . The hotel will not be liable for compensation.
At this stage there are no confirmed dates for the hotel closure, however to ensure they are transparent with the key accounts and valued guests, they are taking the above measures to protect both you and your guests interests.

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