Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Tag Archives: tourism

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 …

Read More »

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 …

Read More »

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 …

Read More »

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 …

Read More »

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 …

Read More »

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 …

Read More »

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 …

Read More »

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 …

Read More »

Trust account audit issues

I have been seeing for some time now an increase in Office of Fair Trading activity in reviewing and penalising licensees for breaches to the Agents Financial Administration Act 2014. While some appear to be more serious in nature, the main focus appears to be educational with warnings common for first-time offences. With this in mind, I thought it prudent …

Read More »

Premier opens Holiday Inn Perth city centre redevelopment

The redeveloped Holiday Inn Perth City Centre was tonight officially opened by The Premier and Minister for Tourism. In his remarks, the Premier said the Holiday Inn Perth City Centre has been an important part of the city’s hotel offering since the late 1970s. The $25 million refurbishment of this property is a vote of confidence by the hotel’s owners …

Read More »