The Blue Swan Daily brings you a round up of the latest key hotel news from across the South Pacific.
- Australian Govt to push for GST from online hotel room resellers;
- IHG accelerates growth in western China with signing of 10 new deals under 7 brands;
- Mantra group’s Breakfree on George hotel receives an AUD3m makeover;
- TFE Hotels to open its tenth Vibe Hotel in the heart of Melbourne.
Australian Govt to push for GST from online hotel room resellers
In last week’s Federal Budget, the Australian Government announced it would extend the GST to offshore sellers of hotel accommodation in Australia to ensure they calculate their GST turnover in the same way as local sellers from 1-Jul-2019. Currently, offshore sellers of Australian hotel accommodation are exempt from including sales of hotel accommodation in their GST turnover. Sales that occur before 1-Jul-2019 will not be subject to the measure even if the stay at the hotel occurs after this date. This change requires agreement by the States and Territories.
IHG accelerates growth in western China with signing of 10 new deals under 7 brands
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), announced the signing of ten new deals under seven of its brands in Western China. The ten hotels will span several different tiered cities and well-known destinations in Sichuan, Chongqing, Shaanxi, Yunnan, Gansu, Guizhou Province etc. IHG Greater China CEO Jolyon Bulley commented: “IHG is a pioneer in exploring the hotel market in Western China. We have established extensive and rewarding cooperation with local partners over the last three decades, bringing world-class hotel products and management expertise into different cities and resort destinations. Today’s signings are not only a great showcase for IHG’s diversified brand portfolio and close partnership with hotel owners, but also a strong demonstration of our confidence and commitment to both the west and the entire Chinese market..”
Mantra group’s Breakfree on George hotel receives an AUD3m makeover
Mantra Group announced it had completed an AUD3 million renovation of the BreakFree on George Hotel in Sydney. All 160 studios and one and two bedroom apartments were given new furnishings, with the hallways and foyer re-dressed in dark charcoal timbers, as well as contemporary wallpaper and alternating colour schemes. With impressive views of the Sydney CBD, the refurb has added the stunning final touches to BreakFree on George so guests can now experience only the best finishes and contemporary-style furniture.
TFE Hotels to open its tenth Vibe Hotel in the heart of Melbourne
Construction has started on a new Vibe Hotel at the former Fletcher Jones showroom in Melbourne. Caydon Property Group’s design team will preserve the 145-year-old building’s façade and add a 24-storey glass fronted tower with four distinct design sections marking the links between old and new. Its upper levels will take in views of the Yarra River to Port Phillip Bay, while its dual frontage ensures city views to the north and south-east. The hotel is set to open in late 2019 at the corner of Queen and Flinders Streets. TFE Hotels CEO Rachel Argaman said this marked a great year for the Vibe Hotels brand, which is growing from nine hotels to twelve. “We have just opened Vibe Hotel North Sydney and we have three more stunning new Vibe Hotels under construction including Queen Street in Melbourne, Argyle Street in Hobart and Sussex Street in Darling Harbour, so it’s a very exciting time for the brand,” Ms Argaman said. “We are about to unveil a multi-million-dollar refurbishment at Vibe Hotel Gold Coast with a beautiful coast-meets-hinterlands design scheme and we are completely transforming Vibe Hotel Sydney in Goulburn Street, Sydney, adding a new dining offering, Storehouse Sydney Central.”