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.

  • IHG,  Precinct Properties to open InterContinental Auckland.
  • Melbourne’s Hotel Windsor appoints Peter Foster as director of sales and marketing.
  • Brisbane Convention Bureau partners with The University of Queensland to secure a trifecta of conferences.

IHG,  Precinct Properties to open InterContinental Auckland

InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG) partnered with New Zealand’s Precinct Properties, the largest city centre real estate owner in New Zealand, to open InterContinental Auckland. InterContinental Auckland will enjoy an unrivalled location on the city’s waterfront, with a halo address at 1 Queen Street that will inevitably become a “destination in its own right”, IHG said. With 244 rooms, it will complete the NZD1 billion Commercial Bay mixed-use development, which boasts the largest concentration of high quality retail facilities in the city and a new 39-level office tower with 39,000m2 of premium office space. Construction is planned to commence in 2020 with completion in 2022.

The waterfront development is also destined to become Auckland’s newest, shopping, dining and social hub, offering a vast range of food and beverage outlets that are perfectly complemented by the hotel’s luxury dining experience, which includes all-day dining and bars. IHG senior director of development for Australasia Abhijay Sandilya said: “It’s high time Auckland got a taste of the InterContinental Life, so we are very excited about this announcement… Together with Precinct Properties, we will deliver a distinctive product that inspires those travellers who are looking for the InterContinental understated luxury, both in the leisure and corporate space. IHG currently has 48 hotels operating under four brands in Australasia, including: InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express, with another 22 in the pipeline, including Hotel Indigo, EVEN Hotels and voco.


Melbourne’s Hotel Windsor appoints Peter Foster as director of sales and marketing

Melbourne’s Hotel Windsor appointed Peter Foster as director of sales and marketing. Mr Foster  joins The Hotel Windsor after having worked with some of the world’s most renowned hotel groups, including Raffles Hotels & Resorts and One & Only Resorts, with roles spanning the United Arab Emirates to Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia and the Maldives.

Hotel Windsor CEO David Perry said that Mr Foster will help to continue to grow The Hotel Windsor brand in both the domestic and international markets. He said: “We are delighted to welcome Peter to The Hotel Windsor family. Peter is renowned for his marketing and sales expertise and will be a valued member of our dynamic sales and marketing team”.


Brisbane Convention Bureau partners with The University of Queensland to secure a trifecta of conferences

Brisbane Convention Bureau partnered with The University of Queensland (UQ) to secure a trifecta of conferences worth over AUD2.1 million for the city’s economy.Combined, the three conferences won with UQ’s School of Languages and Cultures are expected to attract over 800 national and international delegates across 11 event days. Brisbane will host the 9th International Conference on Intercultural Pragmatics and Communication (INPRA) in June 2020, the 6th Biennial Colloquium of the Languages and Cultures Network for Australian Universities (LCNAU) in November 2021, and the 6th International Conference on Conversation Analysis (ICCA) in July 2022.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said business events delivered many benefits for Brisbane, with those won by the Bureau and partners last financial year worth over $96m in economic impact. He said: “These conferences will bring together scholars and researchers from around the world, boosting our local academic and research capabilities, and raising Brisbane’s profile as a destination of choice for business and leisure”.