Friday, March 23, 2018


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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Rivershore Resort enchants with family glamping

Check out our exclusive video profile! On August 1, Diddillibah, Sunshine Coast, didn’t quite know what hit it, as game-changing luxury holiday park Big4 Rivershore Resort opened its doors to an eager and excitable horde of guests. In its first week, the glamping extravaganza was at full capacity from Thursday ‘til Sunday, which is no small feat. The family destination …

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Exclusive: Rachel Argaman on social lobbies, development trends, and more

AMG caught up exclusively with TFE Hotels CEO Rachel Argaman this quarter to talk about new projects, industry trends and what she was looking forward to at the annual HotelsWorld conference. Well-known in the industry for her outspoken nature and forward-thinking business savvy, Ms Argaman was quick to mention some of the hot-button topics she hoped would be discussed at the widely attended …

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Go with the flow: Outrigger Bay Apartments

Sitting on Australia’s most easterly point is the delightful Byron Bay, a relaxed holiday destination that attracts visitors worldwide because of its laid back lifestyle, surfing beaches, national parks and stunning wildlife reserves. Outrigger Bay Apartments occupies a position in the hub of Byron Bay’s quirky town centre; among numerous cafes, restaurants and boutique shops, with Belongil Beach and surf …

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Belaire Place Motel: a wonderful find

Situated in the heart of Caloundra, overlooking the picturesque Pumicestone Passage is Belaire Place Motel. The property boasts twenty spacious and comfortable one-bedroom apartments positioned over five levels with glorious water and hinterland views. Bill and Anna Morris, along with their daughter Emma, are the new managers of this excellent Sunshine Coast accommodation. Bill told us: “These are very spacious, …

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Experienced managers excel with Capricorn Coast’s finest

Gavan and Glenys Hurley

High on Bluff Point in Yeppoon, Queensland, sits Villa Mar Colina flaunting the spectacular beach and island views across Keppel Bay. This unique accommodation is surrounded by abundant tropical gardens with an impressive illusion pool and provides 15 beautifully appointed Mediterranean-style villa accommodation in the Capricorn Coast’s finest beachside location. Glenys and Gavan Hurley are the resort managers of Villa …

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