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Crown Hotels appoints Shaun D’Cruz executive general manager, Crown Hotels Melbourne

Shaun D’Cruz has been appointed executive general manager, Crown Hotels Melbourne – with responsibility for Crown Towers Melbourne and Crown Metropol Melbourne. Shaun was previously general manager Crown Towers Melbourne and in this role, spearheaded the luxury hotel’s achievements including the recent Forbes Travel Guide 5-Star rating attained in February 2017, making it the only hotel in Victoria to attain …

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New general manager appointed to Wyndham Surfers Paradise

Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific has appointed Richard Meulet to manage one of the most prestigious properties in its portfolio, Wyndham Surfers Paradise. Richard comes to Wyndham having spent close to nine years of his career in general manager roles at Sydney hotels and with more than 16 years’ management experience in hospitality, mostly in the competitive Sydney market. In …

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Preliminary February data in slight decline for Melbourne hotels

STR’s preliminary February 2017 data for Melbourne, Australia, indicates significant occupancy levels. Based on daily data from February, Melbourne reported the following in year-over-year comparisons: Supply: +2.8% Demand: +2.2% Occupancy: -0.6% to 88.1% Average daily rate (ADR): -5.4% to AUD191.63 Revenue per available room (RevPAR): -5.9% to AUD168.89 Despite the slight decline, the absolute occupancy figure would be near the …

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Metro Hotel on Pitt wins Agoda Gold Circle Award 2016

Agoda.com has announced Metro Hotel on Pitt as one of a small number of hotels in Sydney to be awarded its Gold Circle Award in 2016. The Awards recognise hotels from around the globe that embody the best qualities of the online booking experience. Now in its eighth year, the selection criteria takes into account the number of consistently glowing …

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Swissôtel Sydney celebrates annual vitality week

In the week of March 20-26, 2017, Swissôtel Sydney announced it will deliver a range of healthy menu items and activities designed to help guests maintain their mental and physical wellbeing. Vitality week aims to raise the awareness for Swissôtel’s global vitality programme, which is in effect year-round, and offer guests access to local jogging maps, vitality guides curated by …

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Your email promos are failing: change the subject

Craft email promo subject lines that entice readers to open! Smart hotel marketers know that marketing emails sent to targeted audiences are one of the best tools for driving direct bookings. However, those emails are worthless if they’re ignored or worse, swiftly deleted without being opened. There is only ONE way to amp up your email’s chances of being opened: Write …

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Fake news can kill your business!

“A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on,” said Winston Churchill… or Mark Twain. Irrespective of who the author was, his wisdom was never truer than today. I am sure you are by now familiar with ‘fake news’, a term that has swamped our news media since the US elections. …

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AccorHotels appoints first indigenous general manager

Coinciding with International Women’s Day (8 March), AccorHotels is proud to announce it has appointed its first ever Indigenous general manager, Kristy Stanton, who has become general manager of ibis Budget Sydney Olympic Park. Officially announced at a special Elders breakfast at Harbour Rocks Hotel, MGallery by Sofitel, the appointment of Kristy also marks a milestone for AccorHotels Indigenous Employment …

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New research reveals an Australian hotel, bar or restaurant is tagged on Instagram every 28 seconds

Social media management platform Hootsuite has released new research showing that Australian hospitality and tourism brands that frequently use Instagram to engage consumers could grow their audience by up to ten times. The research highlights that more than ever, social media engagement has the ability to drive purchasing decisions and help develop long-lasting customer relationships. Key findings include: An Australian …

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FWO warns hostel owners on wage rates

Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James encouraged business operators to contact the agency if they receive offers of labour at suspiciously low rates. Ms James says the deliberate exploitation of young, vulnerable backpackers – many of them from non-English speaking backgrounds with little understanding of their workplace rights – is totally unacceptable. “Growers should ensure that people working on their farms, …

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