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.

    • Crowne Plaza Melbourne unveils AUD25 million refurbishment
    • AccorHotels seal AFL deal as Official Hotel Partner until 2022

    Crowne Plaza Melbourne unveils AUD25 million refurbishment

    After a 12-month refurbishment programme, Crowne Plaza Melbourne has unveiled an AUD25 million transformation of its guestrooms. As part of the refurbishment, all 402 guestrooms have been completely transformed, with contemporary bathrooms, standalone showers with state-of-the-art showerheads, premium bedding, designer furnishings and striking artwork a feature. Connectivity throughout the entire hotel has also been upgraded. The hotel’s City View rooms now boast spacious walk-in wardrobes with sleek workstations, while the hotel’s Luxury suites feature deep bathtubs, walk-in showers, plush bedding, new furniture and sweeping views of the Yarra River and Melbourne city skyline. Area General Manager for InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG) for Melbourne and Canberra, David Mansfield, said the renovation is the first step in a new chapter for the hotel. “Few properties in Melbourne have a history as rich as Crowne Plaza Melbourne and the standard to which all of the hotel’s guestrooms have been refurbished is outstanding,” he said. “The property is absolute riverfront and is in a premium position – close to Melbourne’s Convention and Exhibition Centre, the CBD and on the doorstep to Melbourne’s tram network. With Phase 1 of the refurbishment now complete, together with the hotel owners SB&G Group, we are excited by the appeal the new rooms will have for business, long-stay and leisure travellers and we look forward to welcoming them”.

    AccorHotels seal AFL deal as Official Hotel Partner until 2022

    AccorHotels and the Australian Football League (AFL) jointly announced they have extended the ‘Official Hotel Partner’ agreement for an additional four years from 2019. In a new addition to the current partnership, AccorHotels will provide career opportunities in hospitality to women in the AFLW allowing them the flexibility to compete at an elite level, and a shared commitment to increasing employment and development opportunities to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through AccorHotels’ Indigenous Employment Program. The partnership extension goes beyond providing accommodation and will enable both organisations to focus on their shared vision and objectives which include; ambitious youth employment and leadership goals, the development of a dedicated AFL Indigenous youth traineeship program, support for young women athletes and their families through education and employment scholarships, and share Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture with the broader community.

    AccorHotels Chief Operating Officer Pacific, Simon McGrath, said “The relationships and trust that has been established with the AFL and individual clubs across our hotel network remain vital to our ability to deliver the optimal level of support to the players and the clubs.