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Accom wrap: Rich listers, dogs and Tasmanians living the high life

Meriton apartments tycoon Harry Triguboff has been named Australia’s third richest person in 2019, with a net worth of $13.54 billion.

‘High-rise Harry’ as he is nicknamed, increased his wealth by $770 million in the past year, but still slipped a place to be named behind packaging entrepreneur Anthony Pratt and mining magnate Gina Rinehart on the annual Financial Review Rich List.

Property dominates the ladder, accounting for 68 of Australia’s Richest 250 people.

Triguboff is the country’s biggest landlord, with more than 65,000 apartments in the Meriton rental portfolio, while Australia’s largest private hotel owner, cosmetic surgeon Jerry Schwartz, is at 178 on the list with a net worth of $554 million.

Dogs rife

Ovolo is introducing dog-friendly rooms to all of it’s properties across Australia.

For an additional cost of $80 per night, pet-friendly room will be decked out with a plush dog bed, a no-mess eating and drinking mat and separate food and water bowls.

The V.I.Pooch perks include a ‘Doggy Bag’ containing dog toys, healthy dog snacks and poop bags for trips out and up to two dogs will be permitted per room.

Shadow Play away

Melbourne’s newest luxury hotel, Shadow Play by Peppers, was officially opened on Southbank last week.

The 46-storey hotel features one and two-bedroom apartments with ‘avant garde’ styling according to AccorHotels.

Features include the Edwin Wine Bar & Cellar, a guest lounge and library with an adjoining patio, and an enclosed garden space on the 46th floor complete with a fireplace and bayside views.

Accor apartments and leases senior vice president operations, Mark Hodge, said: “Shadow Play by Peppers is a landmark hotel with a range of high-end amenities designed to appeal to the city’s increasingly selective global market that is looking for quality, location and facilities of a world-class calibre.”

Wintervention

In another Accor first, the hotel group chartered a plane to one of Australia’s coldest and wettest  towns, Waratah in Tasmania, to stage a ‘wintervention’ and pick up residents for a weekend on Queensland’s balmy Gold Coast.

Unsuspecting Waratah townspeople were offered a seat on the plane provided they could leave immediately for the instant holiday.

Bridie Commerford, Accor vice president, marketing, guest experience and communications Pacific, said: “Exploring Australia is the best way to get out of a winter slump – from sport to shopping, bars to beaches, we have it all.

“We’re delighted to be surprising Waratah residents with such a unique opportunity. They’ll soak up the warmth and enjoy some fantastic activities on the Gold Coast, staying at Novotel Surfers Paradise.”

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