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Two ways to attract Chinese guests

CEO Nicolas Chu, also the former global President of HotelClub and managing director of Expedia, gave us his advice for accommodation operators looking to capitalise on the Chinese market his firm’s new data claims is increasingly interested in Australia as a holiday destination. Mr Chu told accomnews: “When targeting the Chinese market, what’s key for resorts is understanding who these travellers are, how they …

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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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Loan conditions and refinancing: it’s not that hard

In our last article, we talked about our view that we are moving into a tighter credit environment in which bank lending guidelines will become stricter. We also talked about challenges that existing borrowers are having with annual business loan reviews and extended interest-only periods. The reaction to this bulletin has been remarkable, with many business borrowers expressing concern around a …

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Mantra Group partners with Visit Sunshine Coast

The organisations have formed a 12-month business partnership agreement to attract more visitors to the region. Visit Sunshine Coast CEO Simon Latchford and Mantra Group regional general manager Winston Hall signed the deal at a business breakfast at Mantra Mooloolaba Beach, marking a new era of partnership between the two organisations. With an emphasis on marketing, the agreement will see …

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Mixed Asia Pacific hotel pipeline for August 2016

STR’s latest data shows 584,015 rooms in 2,538 projects Under Contract in the Asia Pacific region. The total represents a 5.4% increase in rooms Under Contract compared with August 2015. Under Contract data includes projects in the In Construction, Final Planning and Planning stages but does not include projects in the Unconfirmed stage. The region reported 244,554 rooms in 1,019 …

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Oaks opens 7th Melbourne property, Oaks Southbank

Seven is the magic number for accommodation provider Oaks Hotels & Resorts, a division of Minor Hotels strengthening its presence in Victoria with the opening of its seventh Melbourne property, new-build Oaks Southbank. Located on City Road, Oaks Southbank features 87 keys and rises over 37 floors, presenting guests with panoramas of the lively city, urban skyscrapers and, in some …

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New owners make their mark on Mooloolaba’s Beachcomber on the Spit

Anthony and Fiona Barnet are the new managers of Mooloolaba’s ideally situated Beachcomber on the Spit resort. Wonderfully located in the exclusive spit precinct between Mooloolaba’s award-winning beach and the incredibly picturesque Mooloolah River, this is a very attractive and absolutely beachfront resort. The couple consider themselves very fortunate to have found a resort that is exactly the opportunity they …

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TED partners with Marriott Hotels for unusual project

Marriott Hotels announced a partnership with TED, which will bring TED Talks, blogs and original quotes to hotel guests worldwide. “The content is curated by TED, according to selected themes that are topical and relevant to guests, including curiosity, innovation, travel and entrepreneurship. The themes change every quarter,” Marriott noted in a statement this week. “At Marriott Hotels, everything we …

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Cherish the lazy days at 19th Avenue on the Beach

These Gold Coast apartments are incomparable. No other holiday accommodation is quite like 19th Avenue on the Beach. Located on the sandy and spectacular Palm Beach, Chris and Wendy Ward are the resort managers of 19th Avenue on the Beach, the 16-storey property offering one, two and three-bedroom holiday accommodation for guests wanting to experience a very special beachside getaway. …

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Classic Holidays’ Carole Smith elected as new ATHOC president

Ms Smith has been elected as the new president of the Australian Timeshare and Holiday Ownership Council (ATHOC). The election was announced at the annual ATHOC Conference in Queenstown, New Zealand on Tuesday, and will take effect immediately. “I’m looking forward to taking on this role and providing guidance and leadership to the Australian timeshare industry,” said Ms Smith. Currently the …

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