Tourists have been rushing to Uluru in Australia before climbing on the sacred rock is banned. Huge crowds gathered at the site, formerly known as Ayers Rock, which will be permanently off limits to tourists from Saturday morning.
A $30 million investment to transform an existing property into a brand-new Pullman hotel, the first for Melbourne’s central business district, has been officially unveiled.
The Ascott is investing S$192 million in a freehold serviced residence in the central business district of North Sydney. The property will be financed through the Ascott Serviced Residence Global Fund, its global fund with Qatar Investment Authority.
The first sod was turned earlier on the construction of a brand-new hotel at Melbourne Airport. The 464-room hotel, created to serve Melbourne’s burgeoning conference and tourism markets, will be conveniently located steps from Terminal 4 within a new precinct known as The Hive.
Since 2012, 32 new or redeveloped hotels have opened in and around Perth, adding 3,306 new rooms to the local market with names such as DoubleTree by Hilton, the Westin, QT, Crown Towers, Alex Hotel, Intercontinental, Aloft and Tribe.
Building on the success of its debut on the Gold Coast and central Melbourne, Avani Hotels & Resorts will welcome guests to two new properties in Australia. Avani Adelaide Residences and Avani Melbourne Box Hill Residences will both open later this year.
Element by Westin has announced the opening of Element Melbourne Richmond. Owned and developed by TRC, the hotel marks the debut of the Element brand in Australia and with it, the longer-stay brand’s signature eco-conscious ethos.
Authorities in Queensland have partnered with Uber to launch a new submarine experience on the Great Barrier Reef. Guests will be able to hail scUber, branded as the first rideshare submarine experience in the world, from Monday in order to head to the iconic Australian destination.
Peter Savoff will fill the role following the recent promotion of previous general manager, Janet Hamilton, to lead the Cairns Convention Centre. He joins the AEG Ogden Family from the Anthony John Property Group where he managed the Emporium Hotel since opening in 2007.
Event Hospitality & Entertainment has entered into a management agreement for its newest QT Hotels & Resorts property.