Our August Newsletter edition provides you with exciting news and updates from the Australian Hotel industry. It also gives you info regarding upcoming tourism projects and developments in Australia.
Kangaroo Island Odysseys (KANA02)
Kangaroo Island Odysseys is offering set Spanish departures on selected days for their tours from the 1st April 2017.
Capricorn Resort Yeppoon closing down (CAPY01)
The Capricorn Resort Yeppoon is closing down as of the 21st August 2016. The owner has decided to suspend the operation of the accommodation business.
Goodearth & Perth Ambassador Hotels to become CHOICE Hotels (GOOP01 & AMBP01)
Australia Pacific Hotel Group, owner of the award-winning Goodearth and Perth Ambassador Hotels in Western Australia, has announced a major re-brand with both hotels set to join the Choice Hotels franchise. Their recent purchase of the Karratha Motel will also come under the new franchise agreement.
The Perth Ambassador Hotel will be renamed as the Quality Hotel Ambassador Perth and the Goodearth Hotel will be renamed as the Comfort Inn & Suites Goodearth Perth.
The newly acquired Karratha Motel will be renamed as the Econo Lodge Karratha.
Due to complete the re-brand of the three properties by mid-August 2016, the decision comes at a turning point in Western Australia’s hotel sector, with new builds and room supply set to explode over the next few years. Perth itself is undergoing a landmark transformation.
Rendezvous Hotel Sydney – The Rocks (RENS01)
We have been advised by the Management of Rendezvous Sydney The Rocks to stop sell the breakfast options with immediate effect until further notice.
Bookings already confirmed as Bed and Breakfast will be honoured and outsourced to a nearby coffee shop, 3-minute walk within the clock tower. Here clients can choose from a breakfast menu upon arrival.
Peppers Convent, Pokolbin leaves the MANTRA Group (PEPN02)
Please be advised that on Wednesday, 31st August 2016, Peppers Convent will be divested from the Peppers portfolio. From that date, Mantra Group will no longer facilitate reservations with 1617 contracted rates removed from sale for all new bookings.
All bookings made on or before 31st August 2016 for travel from 1st September 2016 to 31st March 2017 will be honoured on existing contracted rates.
Mantra Group’s 1617 contracted rates are being removed for sale for all new bookings from 1st September 2016.
New Parking Fees at Sydney Airports
We have been informed of new Parking Fees at Sydney Airport. So far only Around Town Tours have advised they are passing on the additional cost to us. Therefore, all service options ex Airport has now been adjusted to reflect the higher cost which will take affect for any movement from 13th September 2016.
INTERESTING TO NOTE
South Australia’s Murray River Walk joins Great Walks of Australia (NEW)
The 10th member of the Great Walks of Australia collective, The Murray River Walk crosses terrain in the Riverland Ransaw Wetland including bush trails, ancient redgum forest, wetlands and red ochre cliffs. The 40 kilometres (25 mile) walk includes accommodation on a modern houseboat for each night of the four day/three night walk.
Adina Apartment Hotel Pentridge, Melbourne – Opening 2020 (TBA)
We are very excited to announce a new hotel that will soon have everyone in Australia talking …
A hotel that will offer guests the stay in a real converted prison! The hotel takes inspiration from several landmark hotel development around the world, which have readapted jails into beautiful accommodation. Features will include the prison’s former chapel with its beautiful high lead-light windows, ideal for weddings and functions.
New dawn for Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas (SHEP02)
The Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas Resort has now completed a $43-million-dollar renovation and revealed her beach-inspired facelift at a gala opening on the weekend.
Featuring a number of head-turning enhancements from top to bottom, including a new modern, crisp and stylish room design, keyless entry, private swim-up balconies, new dining options and so much more!
Tourism Australia announces renewed Qantas partnership
Tourism Australia and Qantas have signed a $20 million deal to promote Australia to the world. The three-year agreement aims to attract more international visitors to Australia, with a focus on the United States, Asia, the United Kingdom and Europe.
SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE REFURB PROJECT
The Sydney Opera House has revealed designs for a $202 million renovation project, the largest upgrade program to the Jørn Utzon-designed building since it opened in 1973. Announced by New South Wales Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts, Troy Grant, the project’s main goal is to “improve access and ensure it meets the needs and expectations of audiences, artists and the 8.2 million people who visit each year.” The $202 million dollars has been allocated from the Cultural Infrastructure Fund and will go towards upgrading and improving existing facilities, as well as transforming existing space for new functions.The NSW Government has outlined four main areas for renewal:
- Upgrade the acoustics, accessibility, efficiency and flexibility of the Opera House’s largest internal performance space, the Concert Hall, which hosts world-leading classical and contemporary musicians, speakers and other performers;
- Transform office space into a new Creative Learning Centre, a dedicated place for children, families and young people;
- Remove the existing intrusive marquee from the Northern Broadwalk, and build a premium Function Centre within the building envelope, with spectacular views of the harbour; and
- Create a welcoming, car-free entrance under the Monumental Steps, and improve access to a more comfortable and inviting main foyer.
The Concert Hall upgrade is expected to take 18 months to complete. Construction will begin in mid-2019 and is expected to be complete in time for the Opera House’s 2021 season. The Sutherland Theatre will also be closed for 7 months in 2017, but all other facilities will remain open and fully operational during the renovation.
Byron Bay Eco Cruise & Kayaks (BYRN01)
Byron Bay Eco Cruises & Kayaks wins Gold Award for Ecotourism at the North Coast Tourism Awards.
Some information about their tours:
Explore the aquatic ecosystems of the Cape Byron Marine Park and encounter its wildlife
Experience a fun, safe and easy adventure
Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the river rainforest
Expert commentary of the area’s history with our knowledgeable professional team
Maximum 12 passengers
Comfortable all weather boat
Melbourne still the world’s most liveable city
Known as Australia’s cultural, shopping, music and nightlife capital, Melbourne has been named the world’s most liveable city for the sixths consecutive year by the annual Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Index.