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.

    Accor set to turn it on during Vivid Sydney

    With Vivid Sydney 2019 fast approaching, Accor’s Sydney hotels are making every effort to impress visitors at this year’s event, which kicks off at 6pm Friday 24 May until Saturday 15 June 2019. This year, Accor’s Sydney hotels will offer festival-goers everything from never seen before vantage points to view the lights and exterior illuminations, to colourful Vivid-inspired cocktails and innovative food concepts.

    Vivid Sydney, now in its eleventh year, is the largest festival of light, music and ideas in the Southern Hemisphere, owned, managed and produced by Destination NSW, the State Government’s tourism and major events agency.

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    Amadeus expands hotel availability by 20% through agreement with Restel

    Restel and Amadeus announced (23-Apr-2019) an agreement to offer Restel’s portfolio of 150,000 hotel properties via the Amadeus global distribution system. Restel’s hotel content, including independents and major hotel chains, is already available to travel sellers through Amadeus’ points of sale and web services. Restel has coverage across Western European markets such as Benelux, France, Germany, Scandinavia, Spain and the UK. Amadeus is the first GDS to offer the company’s portfolio. The agreement represents a growth of around 20% in hotel availability through Amadeus.

    Amadeus/IHG study: Hospitality industry is clearly on cusp of new era

    Amadeus and IHG released (29-Apr-2019) the ‘Drivers of Change in Hospitality’ report, conducted by Foresight Factory. Amadeus reported the study suggests that the hospitality industry is clearly on the cusp of a new era, as advances in cloud and analytical technology meet guests who both create and share more data, and place higher demands on their hospitality experience. The study also identifies three distinct transformative trends:

    • The rise of tech-augmented hospitality: Hospitality providers will need to serve guests in a significantly more connected way, striking the right balance between automated solutions and human interaction;
    • Achieving cult status at scale: The kind of status usually reserved for luxury or boutique hotels or consumer brands will be available for all, if they can build a loyal following of fans who feel an emotional connection;
    • The beginning of the end for room types: This will see guests able to swap desks for yoga mats, stream their own content through the in-room TV, or ask for that third floor room with the view they’ve always loved.