Saturday, December 16, 2017


Winning design tips from Australia’s favourite Wombat

Clint Price, known to Australia as ‘Wombat’, isn’t your average design guru. He lives off the grid in a repurposed shipping container, heats a kettle over a fire for a hot shower, and enjoys the simpler things in life. Accomnews spoke with him exclusively this week...

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Why hotels should make location matter

Hotels are often sympathetic to their surrounds, offering amenities and experiences that are appropriate to their location – but how important is a hotel’s connection to place and history, particularly given Australia’s rich and complex past?

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EXCLUSIVE: Brett Pointon talks creating new brands in an old industry

There is a new hotel group on the block: Imagine Hotels & Resorts. Its first Australian property, Imagine Marco is now open for business in Southbank Melbourne. Industry stalwart Brett Pointon is its CEO and founder, and this month he took some time out of his busy schedule to talk exclusively with Resort News about his exciting new venture and …

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AccorHotels restructures major lease portfolio in Australia

AccorHotels has announced a new agreement with a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (“ADIA”) to restructure a portfolio of 31 hotels (4,097 rooms) in Australia. The agreement involves a portfolio which was purchased by the ADIA subsidiary in 2013 and operated by AccorHotels. Under the restructure of the portfolio of 31 hotels: AccorHotels will convert 15 triple-net …

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How Golden Chain operators maintain their independence

Perhaps it is the subtle yet key difference between a co-operative and a franchise, but Golden Chain prides itself on the independence of its properties. “It comes down to not being too overly prescriptive with requirements for the operators,” new Golden Chain general manager Michael Georgeson told accomnews. “They can use whatever property management system or channel manager they like; …

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