The Blue Swan Daily brings you a round up of the latest key hotel news from across the South Pacific.
- AccorHotels announced as Official Accommodation Supplier of the Invictus Games Sydney 2018;
- The Westin Perth opens its doors;
- Gold Coast hotels see growth for Commonwealth Games;
- Marriott launches Illoura House on St Kilda Road.
AccorHotels announced as Official Accommodation Supplier of the Invictus Games Sydney 2018
AccorHotels announced (30-Apr-2018) it is the official accommodation supplier of the Invictus Games Sydney 2018. As part of the sponsorship, Invictus Games Sydney 2018 competitors will stay in AccorHotels throughout the Games from 20-27 October, with Pullman, Novotel and ibis Sydney Olympic Park playing host to more than 500 competitors from 18 nations. AccorHotels Pacific COO Simon McGrath, Chief Operating Officer of said the group was thrilled to be supporting Invictus Games Sydney 2018 and that it will be an honour hosting competitors, their family and friends throughout the week-long event.
The Westin Perth opens its doors
Marriott International officially opened (27-Apr-2018) the Westin Hotel Perth, which features 368 rooms including 24 luxury suites, a spa, fitness centre, outdoor infinity pool and event spaces. A ribbon cutting ceremony marked the opening of the hotel, which was developed by BGC Australia at the old FESA House and Perth Chest clinic sites. The Westin is also home to acclaimed Chef Guy Grossi’s first restaurant outside of Victoria, Garum.
Gold Coast hotels see growth for Commonwealth Games
Hotels in Australia’s Gold Coast experienced a substantial performance uplift as host market for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, according to data from STR.
The Gold Coast’s hotel performance was largely driven by high rate premiums during the event (4-15 April). Average daily rate (ADR) came in at AUD347.38, which was a 76.7% increase over the same 12-day period in 2017. The market’s growth in revenue per available room (RevPAR) exceeded 100% most nights during the event, with the peak level occurring the night of the opening ceremony on 4 April (RevPAR: +205.4% to AUD294.26).
The spike in ADR and RevPAR occurred despite the fact that Gold Coast hotels did not register at-capacity occupancy levels. The market experienced its highest occupancy level (92.8%) on the night of the closing ceremony, and the average level during the event (86.6%) fell short of the average in Glasgow (95.7%). However, with different market sizes, the Gold Coast sold 99,466 more room nights.
Marriott launches Illoura House on St Kilda Road
the opening of Illoura House on Melbourne’s St Kilda Road marks the first Australian Marriott Executive Apartments project. The AUD360 million luxury residential and executive serviced apartments comprises of 176 units, and forms part of a 10 year plan to turn the precinct into a “Parisian-style boulevard with luxury retail boutiques & vibrant cafes set amid five-star luxury apartments”. Marriott International’s Marroitt Exec Apartments are already on offer for long stays in London, Dubai, Beijing, Bangkok, Jakarta, Mumbai and other urban centres in 16 countries.