Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Tag Archives: Australia

Do the little things matter?

Luxury is a term that is bandied about the industry far too often, with accommodation providers self-appointing their offerings as ‘luxury’ or self-rating themselves as ‘five-star’ when they would likely only get an official rating of three. The Cambridge Dictionary Online defines luxury as “great comfort, especially as provided by expensive and beautiful things” also “something expensive that is pleasant …

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Does your age define your holiday?

Most people seem to travel to a destination that they think suits their age, and their travel is defined by their physical age, not their inner age, which according to a test done by Singapore airline Scoot, these could be decades apart. But what if you could run a test to see what your inner age was, would you change …

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OTAs hitting hotel owners where it hurts: real estate values

A new report from the AHLA has sent a ripple of concern through many hotel owners. According to the report, entitled: Demystifying the Digital Marketplace, “the revenue retained by US hotels after paying all customer acquisition costs declined by almost 0.4% or US$600 million… That US$600m in additional cost would have contributed directly to net operating income. Using an 8% capitalisation rate …

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STR partners up with the AAoA

Analystic firm STR has partnered with the Accommodation Association of Australia (AAoA), the representative body for the Australian accommodation industry, in a new announcement. “This is an excellent opportunity for our organisations to come together and help the accommodation industry reach new heights”, said Matthew Burke, Pacific business development manager for STR. “The level of professionalism and performance in the …

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Canberra Airport Hotel wins architecture award

The Emil Sodersten Award for Interior Architecture at the 2016 National Awards for the Australian Institute of Architects has been presented to the Canberra Airport Hotel. A statement released by Bates Smart read: “The project opens up masterfully and through the manipulation of void, contrast and light it becomes a world away from the harsh realities of the industrial context …

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The coral graveyard

More shocking news from the northern Great Barrier Reef where scientists say that on some reefs surveyed, 95 percent of the coral is dead. Scientists from James Cook University have confirmed that coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef is much more severe than first thought. Six months after the extreme underwater heatwave of 2015/2016, researchers from the ARC Centre …

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Bed bugs a growing downside of more frequent air travel

International and domestic travel has never been more accessible to tens of millions of people worldwide, but it is not only people that might be aboard aircraft, ships and other modes of transport. Insect pests can also be travelling undetected, with bed bugs the most likely to cause real problems in the accommodation industry. Once fairly reliable airport sprays are …

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So you’re thinking about upgrading your mattresses…

Why can’t mattresses just last forever? There are few bigger nuisances than cramming a king-size bed through a normal-size bedroom door. Except perhaps listening to someone groan about how badly they slept over the weekend. Sorry John, nobody cares. Unless you’re an accommodation manager, in which case it’s your job to care. At least about how well your guests are …

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Business travel in the age of the sharing economy

75% of organisations lack policies or procedures for using these services during international business travel, according to a new report. In response to the growing global use of sharing economy services, International SOS has found that as many as 75% of businesses do not have clear policies in place for staff using such services. Meanwhile, an organisation’s exposure is likely …

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Motel leases: what are the benefits?

Leasehold motel tenure has been a very successful type of motel ownership and operation for decades. It grew very quickly in the early 1990s and has remained an attractive option for motel ownership for very good reasons.  The many benefits of owning a motel lease is why many moteliers continue to expand their motel investment portfolios. There have been many …

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