The Blue Swan Daily brings you a round up of the latest key hotel news from across the South Pacific.
- AccorHotels announces first Pullman Hotel in Singapore;
- New Zealand guest nights down 0.9% in Apr-2018, due to Easter timing;
- TAA welcomes NSW State Budget.
AccorHotels announces first Pullman Hotel in Singapore
AccorHotels announced it will open a new-build five-star Pullman on Hill St, in Singapore. The 342-room hotel will be Singapore’s first Pullman and will feature a rooftop bar and executive lounge with sweeping views over Fort Canning, the Singapore River and St Andrew’s Cathedral. The hotel is set to open in 2022 after a complete redevelopment of the site. AccorHotels Asia Pacific chairman and CEO said: “Pullman is one of the true success stories of the hotel industry and we are delighted to be able to announce our first Pullman for Singapore. As the largest hotel operator in Singapore, we believe the new Pullman will fill a gap in the market for a smart, modern hotel that meets the demands of the discerning digital traveller.”
New Zealand guest nights down 0.9% in Apr-2018, due to Easter timing
Statistics New Zealand reported (Jun-2018) 3.4 million visitor hotel guest nights for Apr-2018, a decline of 0.9% year-on-year. The Apr-2017 period was boosted by the later timing of Easter. Discounting seasonal events and the timing of the Easter holiday, guest nights rose 2.3%. For the month, guest nights fell 5.4% in the North Island and rose 5.5% in the South Island when compared with Apr-2017.
TAA welcomes NSW State Budget
Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA) NSW has welcomed measures to address the significant skills shortage in the key tourism sector, in a State Budget TAA CEO Carol Giuseppi described as “great for labour and skills, and for transport infrastructure”. Ms Giuseppi said the AUD285.2 million targeted at vocational education and training (VET) in the Budget would be a boost for the state’s tourism sector, which employs more than 56,000 people. The TAA CEO also welcomed an additional AUD764.8 million set aside for skills development and training programs through TAFE NSW and other registered training providers.