Check in! – hotel highlights across South Pac

The Blue Swan Daily brings you a round up of the latest key hotel news from across the South Pacific.

  • AccorHotels releases 2017 Corporate Responsibility Report;
  • Hilton calls time on plastic straws;
  • Melbourne yet to see major impact from Airbnb;
  • Pullman Melbourne on the Park says corporates miss out on loyalty benefits when booked through OTAs.

AccorHotels releases 2017 Corporate Responsibility Report

AccorHotels released (28-May-2018) its second Corporate Responsibility Report detailing the work the organisation undertook in 2017 to provide positive hospitality experiences for guests and employees through ongoing sustainability and diversity initiatives. The Report provides details about the completion of the rollout of the 2016-2020 Planet 21 sustainability programme. The Report also details the group’s ongoing work and achievements across inclusion and diversity. AccorHotels Pacific COO Simon McGrath said the Group is proud of its leadership in the space and the 2017 Corporate Responsibility Report provides an overview of these commitments and projects. “We are very pleased to release AccorHotels’ 2017 Corporate Responsibility Report, particularly as our first report was so well received by our guests, hotel owners and employees. It takes a lot of commitment to ensure sustainability in all of its facets runs throughout the business and I am very proud of our team as we hit some significant milestones in 2017.”


Hilton calls time on plastic straws

Hilton announced (23-May-2018) it will remove plastic straws from its 650 managed properties by the end of 2018. In Europe, Middle East & Africa alone, the commitment will remove more than five million plastic straws and 20 million plastic water bottles annually. Laid end to end, the straws saved each year in the region would exceed the length of the River Seine. An estimated eight million tons of plastic waste enter the ocean each year, and research projects that plastic in our oceans could triple in a decade. Plastic pollution not only impacts our waters and marine life, but also our food chain and overall health.


Melbourne yet to see major impact from Airbnb

Pan Pacific Hotels Group global sales office oceania area director Keren Southgate, speaking at the CAPA Melbourne Aviation & Corporate Travel Summit, stated (24-May-2018) hotel occupancy growth in Melbourne has been “roughly in line” with passenger traffic growth at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport. Ms Southgate added that hotel room occupancy in Melbourne is approximately 84%-86% and is not forecast to change significantly in the next few years despite “some hotel supply coming in in 2020 and 2021” because the additional capacity “will be absorbed very quickly”. She reported that Melbourne’s accommodation sector has yet to see any major impact from Airbnb and said she expects Airbnb to become “just another platform/technology supplier”, noting that hotel operators are already using the platform.


Pullman Melbourne on the Park says corporates miss out on loyalty benefits when booked through OTAs

Pullman Melbourne on the Park sales and marketing director Tony Byron, speaking at the CAPA Melbourne Aviation & Corporate Travel Summit, stated (24-May-2018) when corporate travellers make hotel bookings through online travel agencies (OTAs), hotel operators often do not have access to important data required by employers and of benefit to guests. Mr Byron noted corporates miss out on corporate loyalty programme benefits when employees book through OTAs.