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Australian hotels boosted by Ashes

The Ashes Test cricket series allowed hotels in host Australian cities to post performance increases in occupancy and average daily rates (ADR) and revenue per available room (revPAR),…

Domestic demand boosts NZ hotels

Total guest nights at hotels and other accommodation providers in New Zealand increased 2.0 percent in November 2010 compared with November 2009, Statistics New Zealand said today. The…

New Zealand braces for cyclone

A tropical cyclone packing winds of up to 120kph is expected to hit New Zealand today. The NZ Herald reported that Tropical Cyclone Zelia, which lashed Vanuatu and New Caledonia…

St Regis Bora Bora reopens

14TH June 2010, London: The St. Regis Bora Bora is set for its much awaited re-opening on 14th June with new updates and under the direction of a new team led by newly appointed General…

The Marque hotel opens in Christchurch

A new state-of-the-art hotel designed to meet the specific needs of business travellers has been officially opened in Christchurch today by New Zealand's  Associate Minister of Tourism, Dr…

‘Green Me, Plant Me, Fiji Me’

Building on its 'Clean Me, Green Me, Fiji Me' low carbon travel initiative, the Fiji government has announced a scheme to plant one million trees across the destination by…

Fiji arrivals climb 26.5% in Q1

Fiji's international visitor arrivals figures for Q1 2010 have shown a marked increase over the same period in 2009, with the country's Minister for Tourism, Aiyaz…

Frisky hotel guests go green

A decade after the first Novotel Survey was conducted in Australia and New Zealand, the new survey of in-hotel habits reveals that guests of both sexes are leaving their rooms cleaner and…

1/16/09

Nearly 2,000 staff and passengers were evacuated from Perth International Airport yesterday aftersmoke caused by a cigarette butt caused an emergency, the Sydney Morning…

Starwood launches Flying Fish in Fiji

Starwood Hotels & Resorts has announces a partnership with the Flying Fish Restaurant in Australia, to launch a Flying Fish-branded restaurant at the newly-refurbished Sheraton Fiji…

Outrigger Noosa well underway

Construction of the five-star Outrigger Little Hastings Street Resort & Spa, Noosa, Queensland is well underway, according to the Hawaii-based hotel operator. The US$300 million project…

Accor offers Tahiti on a budget

Accor Hotels has teamed up with Tahiti Travel Connections to offer two affordable holiday packages to the exotic islands of Tahiti and Bora Bora.The Sofitel Tahiti Maeva Beach Resort is…

Fiji gov’t agrees tourism funds

Fiji's government has said that its 2009 budget would meet the financial needs of the tourism industry to revitalise the brand Fiji, the Fiji Times has reported the Fiji Visitors Bureau…

Time to cherish SMEs: study

The ongoing financial and economic crisis is again threatening the survival of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Asia Pacific's travel and tourism industry, according to a new…

Central hits new heights in Melbourne

Brisbane-based hotel chain, Central Apartments & Hotels has announced plans to launch a new property in the heights of Melbourne. The brand new Centr@l Sky Lounge Apartment Hotel in…

Noosa Resort launches Link@Sheraton

The Sheraton Noosa Resort & Spa on Queensland's Sunshine Coast has launched a new space in the resort's lobby that will include the Link@Sheraton, powered by Microsoft. The communal…

InterCon boost for Fiji jobs

The Natadola Intercontinental Beach Resort currently being developed in Fiji, will provide up to 400 jobs for the local community when it opens its doors in May next year, the Fiji Times has…

Pullman Sydney opens

New South Wales Tourism Minister Jodi McKay officially opened the Pullman at Sydney Olympic Park on Thursday. The AU$70 million (US$56.3 million) hotel was developed by Tourism Asset…

New species of Iguana discovered

A new species of iguana has been discovered in the Fiji, the Fiji Times has reported. Australian and US researchers made the discovery of 'brachylophus bulabula' in a recent study…

FCm pushes ahead for 2009

FCm Travel Solutions has launched an aggressive global growth strategy for the next 12 months, with targets including a 30% expansion of its worldwide sales force. FCm's Global Executive…

Samoa gets approved by China

China has signed an agreement with Samoa granting the Pacific island state Approved Destination Status (ADS) for Chinese visitors. Xinhua has reported that the two governments will now…

FCm launches CiEvents in China

FCm Travel Solutions has introduced its CiEvents business to China's event management industry. The event specialist business of FCm Australia, which handles group travel, conference…

Leaking wrecks threaten Micronesia

Australian scientists are warning of an environmental disaster in Micronesia as World War 2 wrecks leak fuel into the region's seas, the BBC has reported. The wrecks - tourist…

TD ads work!

London's Royal Garden Hotel is singing the praises of Travel Daily after a brief advertising campaign earlier in the year produced immediate results from the Australian market.The hotel's…

Four Seasons opens in Bora Bora

Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts has announced the opening of their new property in the French Polynesian islands of Bora Bora. The Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora becomes the 79th property…

NZ beaches closed by bacteria

High levels of harmful bacteria in the waters off Dunedin have forced the closure of two beaches, the NZ Herald has reported. Local authorities have issued a warning against swimming at…

Stars to help Oz tourism

Hollywood director Baz Luhrmann is to direct a new advertising campaign for Tourism Australia.ABC News said it would be in partnership with 20th Century Fox, capitalising on Luhrmann's…

Formule 1 comes to Sydney

Accor have announced the launch of its budget property Formule 1 at Sydney Olympic Park. The AU$19million, 156-room development will open on 13 August. The new propertywill add to existing…

Tiger creates jobs

Tiger Airways will be opening up a further 120 new jobs atits Melbourneheadquarters, Bernama has reported. The budget carrier will add up to 60 newflight crew the signing of a contract…

Accor expands in NSW

AccorVacation Club has announced the opening of the Grand Mercure Apartments Heritage Park, Bowral. The 126-luxury apartmentdevelopment is located in the southern highlands district of…

Preferred Hotel Group’s new sales chief

Carolyn Holmes has been appointed Director of Global Sales - Australia, New Zealand and Pacific for the Preferred Hotel Group. Ms Holmes comes from Wiltrans International and has experience…

Tourism NZ changes focus

Tourism New Zealand has tweaked its marketing mix to reflect the increasing reality of economic factors that are affecting tourism markets, a report said. According to The Dominion…

New Zealand spa report

A report on New Zealand's spa industry has shown that spa numbers have grown 88% over the last five years.Managing Director of independent research company, Intelligent Spas, said…

Aussie corporate famil

Twenty corporate buyers and four media from seven Asian countries will have the opportunity to experience the diversity and flexibility of Australia as an incentive destination.

A new jewel in the Crown

Peter Crinis, Executive General Manager for Crown Hotels, said a new name for the hotel would be unveiled in the next few months. The current two Crown properties are the Crown Towers and…

New campaign for Sydney

A tourism campaign will highlight the biggest events in Sydney's calendar to attract more visitors to the city, the Sydney Morning Herald said.State Tourism Minister Brown officially…

Stella consolidates

The Stella Hospitality Group has consolidated its corporate and leisure properties under the Mantra banner to create one of Australia's largest 4 - 4.5 star hotel, resort and apartment…

No more queues

New Zealand and Australian travellers with electronic passports will be able to put themselves through passport control without having to queue, The Dominion Post reported.Passengers…

Registry Collections add NZ property

Luxury exchange programme, The Registry Collection, has added The Cashmere Villas in Queensland, New Zealand, to its network of more than 100 exclusive high-end leisure properties.

Aloft hotels open for bookings

Starwood has opened the reservations lines for its new lifestyle brand of hotels -  aloft. The hotels are now taking reservations for five of its U.S. properties: Charleston Airport and…

Another Mantra in Australia

Mantra Hotels Resorts and Apartments is to launch a resort in Wollongong in New South Wales, Australia. When it opens in August, Mantra City Beach will offer 168 rooms and conference…

More Quality in Wellington

Quality Hotel Wellington has opened recently in lively Cuba Street as part of the Choice Hotels chain. The 62-room property, in lively Cuba Street, is part of the Choice Hotels chain, and…

A futuristic boardroom

Sofitel Wentworth Sydney has unveiled a sophisticated hotel boardroom as part of a multi-million dollar enhancement of the hotel. The new Executive Boardroom caters for up to 16 people and…

New NZ resort caters for carbon conscious

Karapiro Wellness Resort is New Zealand's first hotel to adopt a carbon offset programme for its guests. Set to open in May this year, the five-star resort is located near Cambridge, on…

Sheraton Fiji Resort renovates

Starwood Hotels & Resorts said Sheraton Fiji Resort will undergo a refurbishment next year that will set new standards in family and conference resort choices in Fiji. The extensive…

Hilton to open in Cook Islands

Hilton Rarotonga Resort & Spa - on the island of Rarotonga in the Cook Islands - is scheduled to open in 2009. Koos Klein, President Hilton Hotels Asia Pacific said the…

Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre opens in NZ

The Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre will have a state-of-the-art 3D theatre, a planetarium and a museum. ''This centre has been designed to become a 'must see' icon of New Zealand…

Hilton goes surfing

The Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotel and Residences will house about 170 rooms and 340 apartments. It will comprise dual beachside towers, one (32 storeys) fronting Surfers Paradise Boulevard…

A new resort in Hamilton island

Called qualia (pronounced "kwahleea"), it's two to three hours non-stop flight time from Australia's major east coast cities. Tourism Queensland CEO Anthony Hayes said "qualia will set a…

Rialto to become Intercon

The property's owner, Eureka Funds Management, confirmed plans to close the hotel on 14 October for a multi-million dollar upgrade. Constructed in 1891, Rialto Hotel on Collins consists…

See ‘Miss Saigon’ for a song

The award winning producer Sir Cameron Mackintosh's production of Miss Saigon will be at the Lyric Theatre from 23 September. All packages include overnight accommodation and two Areserve…

Novotel gets wild

The package includes overnight accommodation for a family of four, full buffet breakfast plus a family pass to Sydney Wildlife World for up to two adults and two children. Sydney Wildlife…
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