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Attitude makes all the difference in times of crisis says hotel revenue management expert

By |2020-11-19T15:31:02+10:00November 19th, 2020|Daily News, Hotels|

Attitudes good and bad flows through to the bottom line, particularly in times of crisis. That's the message from leading hotels sales and revenue management consultant Tamie Matthews. Matthews, who consults a wide range of independent hotel clients in Victoria, NSW and Queensland,  says while 2020 has been a tough More ...

Urban blight to continue as regional hotel markets outperform cities says STR

By |2020-10-14T15:41:02+10:00October 14th, 2020|Daily News, Hotels|

Australia's urban hotel markets will remain in the doldrums until at least early 2021, according to industry datya company STR, which says the recent pattern of regional properties faring much better than their city counterparts should continue for the foreseeable future. "Parallel to other countries across the world, higher occupancy More ...

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Crowne Plaza makes a splash in Sydney as brand grows across Australia

By |2020-10-08T11:35:50+10:00October 7th, 2020|Daily News, Hotels|

Travel badly needs some good news and IHG rolled out the big guns for today's opening of the Crowne Plaza Sydney Darling Harbour. Everyone was there to see NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian cut the ribbon: Tourism Australia CEO, Phillipa Harrison; Dean Long from the Accommodation Association of Australia, Margy Osmond More ...

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Australian domestic travel spend falls 80 per cent in June quarter

By |2020-10-06T14:19:25+10:00October 6th, 2020|Daily News, Hotels|

Travel spend in Australia fell 80% during the June quarter and there was  a 67% fall in overnight trips across the country in the three months to June 30, 2020.  Hotels, motels and resorts were were hit hardest with a fall in demand of 83% or 20.9 million nights, to More ...

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Expedia, Agoda say ‘sacred cows’ of rate parity and last room availability killed by COVID

By |2020-10-12T08:31:59+10:00October 2nd, 2020|Daily News, Hotels, Short Term Rental News|

The adversarial relationship between hoteliers and the OTAs has changed to an "all hands on deck mentality" during COVID with operators no longer insisting on rate parity and last room availability - once major sticking points - as they scramble to put heads on beds, according to Expedia and Agoda. More ...

Accor Pacific fires verbal salvo in Queensland’s COVID border war

By |2020-09-23T10:35:30+10:00September 22nd, 2020|Daily News, Hotels|

Accor Pacific, Australia's largest hotel operator,  says Queensland hotels will run at 30% occupancy for months and some may be forced to close unless the Queensland government sets a border reopening date. "This is not just bad news for the hotel business, but has a knock-on effect for local business More ...

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Rydges hotel central to Melbourne’s COIVID crisis sells for $35m

By |2020-09-14T12:38:45+10:00September 14th, 2020|Daily News, Hotels|

Rydges on Swanston, the hotel central to Victoria's second COVID wave, has sold for a reported $35 million.  Selling agent Colliers International says: "The strong buyer response was due to the property’s prime location, development upside, and limited supply of assets of this quality being offered to the market." A More ...

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Hotel tech company ReZme launches $800,000 crowd funding capital raise

By |2020-08-31T12:51:39+10:00August 31st, 2020|Daily News, Hotels|

Hospitality tech startup ReZme has launched an $800,000 capital raise to build out its website design, management and online marketing platform, which the founders claim will help operators increase direct bookings. reZme was founded by Matt Taylor, former GM of Marketing at Choice Hotels Asia-Pacific, (pictured right) and and digital More ...

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Auckland hotel price war on cards as record number of new properties open

By |2020-08-31T15:04:54+10:00August 28th, 2020|Daily News, Hotels|

Auckland's hotel market is about to get challenged by the biggest wave of new top-end properties in its history at precisely the wrong time. The openings are led by the Park Hyatt Auckland on September 15, The Hotel Britomart on October 1, the QT Auckland before the end of 2020 More ...

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TFE Hotels left with Travelodge COVID quarantine mess, guests evacuated

By |2020-08-26T08:59:07+10:00August 26th, 2020|Daily News, Hotels|

The reputation of TFE Hotels, one of Australia’s largest accommodation groups, has taken a hit after 366 guests quarantined in the Travelodge Hotel Sydney were last night evacuated by NSW Police who determined that complaints about poor standards of cleanliness and hygiene at the property were valid. Guests, some of More ...

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Accor CEO Sebastien Bazin says business travel down 10% long term

By |2020-08-06T10:38:04+10:00August 6th, 2020|Daily News, Hotels|

Accor CEO Sebastien Bazin believes business travel will "never return to the new normal" and that in the long term corporate numbers likely sit around 10% less than they were pre-COVID. Short term, until mid-2021, he estimates business travel will be down 25% to 30%. "Longer term, my expectation is More ...

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