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.

  • Peppers Silo: Launceston’s iconic new hotel officially opens its doors;
  • W Hotels returns to Australia with the opening of W Brisbane;
  • AccorHotels confirms interest in Air France-KLM stake.

Peppers Silo: Launceston’s iconic new hotel officially opens its doors

Launceston’s iconic new hotel Peppers Silo opened its doors to the public on Saturday 02-Jun-2018 with an official opening celebration, of more than 1000 guests and dignitaries gathering to commemorate the landmark hotel opening. Originally erected in 1960, the Kings Wharf grain silos were left unused for decades until two years ago when construction began to breathe new life into the structure, transforming the silo barrels into a state-of-the-art contemporary new hotel. The redeveloped site is now a ten-level hotel featuring 108 guest rooms, including 52 inside the barrels of the former silos, a restaurant and bar called Grain of the Silos, undercover car parking, conference facilities for up to 500 people, and an integrated lobby and reception space. Mantra Group executive director of operations Mark Hodge said the Group was proud to have officially opened Peppers Silo Hotel. “This impressive property and restaurant will inject AUD10 million into the local Tasmanian economy each year and has created 50 full time jobs at the hotel.”

W Hotels returns to Australia with the opening of W Brisbane

Marriott International’s lifestyle brand W Hotels has re-entered the Australian market with the opening of W Brisbane. Located riverside in the city’s Central Business District, the hotel embraces Brisbane’s connection to the Australian identity and iconic elements of Queensland’s flora and fauna with a laid-back vibe and a playful nod to ‘Brisvegas’. W Hotels Worldwide global brand leader Anthony Ingham, said: “Brisbane is a dream destination – year-round sun and an outdoor lifestyle – it’s quickly evolving into one of the world’s greatest cities which is why W is kicking off the brand’s return to Australia here in the Sunshine State. Brisbane’s bustling riverbank is a hotspot for travellers who can’t wait to explore this dynamic city and South East Queensland, a perfect match for W Hotels’ bold design and playful, contemporary approach to luxury.”

AccorHotels confirms interest in Air France-KLM stake

AccorHotels stated over past years, it “held discussions with Air France-KLM, notably with a view to developing joint digital projects as well as a joint loyalty and services platform”. AccorHotels said it “confirms having resumed its reflections on the matter, being at very early stage of assessing the feasibility and potential terms and conditions which will be discussed with Air France-KLM in due time”. AccorHotels added: “There is no certainty that these initiatives will lead to any agreement nor any form of implementation. AccorHotels will inform the market if and when necessary”. AccorHotels is reportedly interested in partly or fully acquiring the French Government’s 14.3% stake in the carrier (Les Échos/Le Figaro/Reuters, 03/04-Jun-2018).