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.

  • W Hotels to launch new Sydney on Darling Harbour;
  • IHG launches new upscale brand, voco and announces first signing in Australia;
  • Novotel Brisbane South Bank officially opens its doors;
  • Wyndham Destinations Appoints Barry Robinson to Lead International Growth of its Vacation Clubs.

W Hotels to launch new Sydney on Darling Harbour

W Hotels Worldwide, part of Marriott International, announced its re-entry into the iconic harbour city of Sydney, with the highly-anticipated signing of W Sydney. Built and developed by Grocon and funded by Greaton Group, W Sydney is slated for a 2020 opening. W Hotels Worldwide global brand leader Anthony Ingham, said: “Sydney – with its glamorous energy, cultural diversity and statement architecture – is the perfect match for W Hotels. Wherever my travels take me, I am asked again and again when W is returning to Sydney, and I am thrilled to finally be able to answer the question. With the long-awaited return of the W brand in Sydney, Australia will now have three W hotels, along with W Brisbane and W Melbourne – demonstrating just how important and exciting this continent is for global travel.” W Sydney will feature 593 stylish guestrooms, suites and serviced apartments.

IHG launches new upscale brand, voco and announces first signing in Australia

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) launched voco, its new upscale hotel brand, alongside announcing a first signing in Australia. voco is designed to focus primarily on conversion opportunities and attempt to strengthen IHG’s offer in the upscale segment. The roll-out of voco will begin in IHG’s Europe, Middle East, Asia & Africa (EMEAA) region, with plans to expand to the Americas and Greater China. As part of the launch, IHG also confirmed plans for its first voco brand outside of Europe, the Watermark Hotel & Spa Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise, Australia. The 388-room hotel is located at the heart of Surfers Paradise, a few steps away from the beach, and offers guests two swimming pools and 800sqm of meeting space. IHG CEO Keith Barr, said: “We’ve talked about the significant growth opportunity we see for IHG in upscale and voco will help us deliver against this. We’ll work with owners of attractive properties, who appreciate the power and expertise that a global business can bring to the table. Guests will be able to enjoy the appeal of a more individual hotel, alongside the reassurance of a name above the door that they trust. The versatility of the brand, means a voco hotel can retain and celebrate all of the elements that make that existing hotel successful.”

Novotel Brisbane South Bank officially opens its doors

AccorHotels announced the official opening of the Novotel Brisbane South Bank. With a perfect location in South Brisbane, just steps from the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Novotel Brisbane South Bank is situated in close proximity to South Bank Parklands, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland Museum, world class dining, shopping and must see Landmarks. The property also featuring a 20m swimming pool, gym and terrace. Accor Vice President of Operations for Queensland and Northern Territory Matt Young, said: “Whether you’re in town to see a performance at QPAC, attending a conference at the Brisbane Exhibition Centre, or simply want to indulge in quality food and wine, the Novotel South Bank is a lively and versatile destination.”

Wyndham Destinations Appoints Barry Robinson to Lead International Growth of its Vacation Clubs

Wyndham Destinations, the world’s largest vacation ownership, exchange, and rental company, announced the appointment of Barry Robinson to the role of President and Managing Director of International Operations for Wyndham Vacation Clubs, overseeing operations of the company’s timeshare business outside North America. Wyndham Destinations is the new company established following the spinoff of Wyndham Hotels & Resorts from Wyndham Worldwide.