The Blue Swan Daily brings you a round up of the latest key hotel news from across the South Pacific.
- Amadeus to acquire TravelClick for USD1.5bn.
- Pacific Resort Hotel Group opens Moana Sands Lagoon Resort.
- Swiss-Belhotel Group to remove all plastic straws, promote sustainability in other operating areas.
Amadeus to acquire TravelClick for USD1.5bn
Amadeus agreed to acquire TravelClick from private equity investment firm Thoma Bravo for USD1520 million. TravelClick provides cloud based solutions, including an independent and mid size hotel central reservation system and guest management solution, as well as business intelligence and media solutions. This portfolio gives Amadeus hotels distribution reach across all channels. The addition of TravelClick’s solutions to the Amadeus portfolio will “create a hospitality leader providing a broad range of innovative technology to hotels and chains of all sizes across the globe”, stated the company. As part of the acquisition, approximately 1100 TravelClick employees are expected to join Amadeus. Amadeus and Thoma Bravo expect to close the acquisition in 4Q2018, following regulatory approvals. The transaction will be debt financed and immediately earnings accretive
Pacific Resort Hotel Group opens Moana Sands Lagoon Resort
Pacific Resort Hotel Group opened the Moana Sands Lagoon Resort on 10-Aug-2018, located on the Muri lagoon, Rarotonga, Cook Islands. The resort is operated by subsidiary Moana Sands Group. With 24 rooms and a two story beach-front complex, all with lagoon views and a patio or balcony, the modern facilities “are tastefully complimented by a modern Polynesian décor”, the group said. The centerpiece of the resort is the large logo embossed salt water swimming pool, complete with sun lounging deck and a swim up pool bar.
Swiss-Belhotel Group to remove all plastic straws, promote sustainability in other operating areas
Swiss-Belhotel announced plans to remove all plastic straws from its five properties across New Zealand and Australia, effective immediately. In addition to the ban on straws, the company has also been assessing all its single-use plastic suppliers to ensure it is doing its bit to reduce plastic usage. In the future, all single-use plastic used at Swiss-Belhotels in New Zealand and Australia will be replaced with eco-friendly options, including glass or biodegradable alternatives. Room amenities will feature biodegradable rubbish and sanitary bags, while bathroom amenities (including shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, body lotion and shower caps) will be replaced with biodegradable packaging alternatives. Combs will be switched to sustainable wood options. Swiss-Belhotel International chairman and president Gavin Faull said: “With plastic use becoming an increasing problem throughout the world, this is a small step in the right direction. The hospitality and travel industries are large contributors to plastic waste and it’s now more important than ever to implement change and fix the problem for future generations”. Australasia is the first region in the group to introduce the plastic ban, with a view for all Swiss-Belhotel International’s 145 hotels to implement the same strategy in the future.