Thursday, April 19, 2018

Tag Archives: Resorts

Expedia announces partnership with Marriott

The Expedia group has announced a new partnership with Marriott International that integrates Expedia’s technology with Marriott’s own packaging platform “Vacations by Marriott” on Marriott.com in the United States. Is this type of partnership something we can expect to see in Australia? “We believe there is considerable untapped opportunity between our two companies to drive value to hotel owners and …

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The power of advertising on Facebook for tourist operators

No, not stupid photos of cats or yet another incarnation of ‘keep calm and blah blah blah’ posted to the wall of your Facebook business page: we are talking Facebook advertising. Although you can argue the social media merits of Facebook, the fact people post so much of their personal lives to their profiles is actually a massive opportunity for …

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Consent to transfer of management rights agreements: what’s reasonable?

Some time ago, Resort News published an article by me on what I thought was reasonable for a body corporate to request from a buyer of management rights, in considering whether or not a body corporate committee should consent to the transfer of management rights agreements to the buyer. This is an important issue, because under the Body Corporate and …

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Ovolo Hotels wins general manager of the year

From a pool of 20 nominees, the hotel group saw its Ovolo Woolloomooloo GM Adam Taloni awarded Australian GM of the Year at a recent awards event. The multinational hotel brand and its Founder/CEO Girish Jhunjhnuwala, was also highly commended in closed nominations as Hotel Brand of the Year and APAC Hotelier of the Year respectively. The HM Awards presented …

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Can short-term letting operate within a community titles scheme?

One of the buzzwords of recent times is the idea of the ‘sharing economy’. Typically, this refers to people ‘sharing’ their asset and in the process getting a return out of it. One example of this is Uber (for vehicles) and another example, which this column will focus is on, is short-term letting of one’s property. A very high profile …

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Social media campaign to offer daily hotel stays with Wyndham

The group’s hotel loyalty program is giving away one million Wyndham Rewards points as a drive to engage guests on social media. The campaign titled “Tour the World with Wyndham” is running (from 1 September to 31 October 2016) across three social media channels: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Participants will have the chance to win free hotel stays as part …

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AccorHotels & Atout France magnifique ‘night in Paris’ soiree

Le Moulin Rouge, Champagne, caviar and French Joie de vivre filled the ballroom at Sofitel Sydney Wentworth on Monday, September 5, in celebration of AccorHotels’ 25th anniversary in Australia. Themed ‘A night in Paris’, and hosted in partnership with Atout France, AccorHotel put on a glittering evening to remember for 400 special guests. Performers The Chicago’s were specially flown in …

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Did ACCC clamp down hard enough on OTAs? Industry responds to “hidden arrangement”

Tourism Accommodation Australia and Accommodation Association of Australia have both expressed concerns about the recent agreement between the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and Online Travel Agencies (OTA) – Booking.com and Expedia – in regard to restrictive price practices. In a statement on Friday, ACCC chairman Rod Sims said: “The ACCC commenced its investigation after accommodation providers raised a …

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10-year agreements are here to stay

The new strata laws in New South Wales will start on November 30, 2016. The laws will affect more than a quarter of the population of NSW. The review process When the review of the current legislation first commenced, there was a real push from some owner groups to reduce the maximum term of caretaking agreements down to three to …

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Cyber attacks increase – hospitality POS easy targets

Accommodation providers have been brutalised over the past year by a tidal wave of point-of-sale system breaches that have exposed hundreds of thousands of guests’ credit card accounts. Accommodation providers represent rich and easy pickings for cyber criminals. There’s the potential to steal information from large numbers of customers with massive potential financial gains. Attacks on accommodation chains in the …

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