The Blue Swan Daily brings you a round up of the latest key hotel news from across the South Pacific.
Tourism Solomons chief executive calls for additional accommodation
Tourism Solomons chief executive Josefa Tuamoto reported wholesalers need to increase the number of hotel rooms available from 360 to a minimum of 700 to meet the country’s target of handling 60,000 visitors p/a by 2025 (Radio NZ, 29-May-2019). Mr Tuamoto said the main issues are the limited number and quality of rooms in the Solomons, and the “Government is pushing really hard to entice investments”. Mr Tuamoto noted a rebranding campaign will further support increasing visitation to the island.
Tahiti Ia Ora Beach Resort by Sofitel reopens luxury overwater bungalows
Accor announces the highly anticipated reopening of Tahiti Ia Ora Beach Resort by Sofitel’s luxury overwater bungalows, following a complete multi-million dollar rejuvenation project. Each bungalow has received a makeover in line with the Sofitel brand’s renowned refined and understated sense of modern luxury, with a signature touch of French decadence. Each of the resort’s 12 deluxe overwater bungalows are the epitome of a Tahitian getaway, having received a stylish makeover incorporating a chic soft neutral palate, and natural materials throughout, working harmoniously to form the perfect zone for sleep and relaxation whilst enjoying the iconic water views.
Big Red Group launches another brand & releases Experience Economy White Paper
Big Red Group (BRG), parent company to RedBalloon and Adrenaline, has launched experiences brand, IfOnly, in Australia. Partnering with local and world-class ‘luminaries’ – be they experts in their field, celebrities or other noteworthy personalities, brands and charities – IfOnly offers extraordinary experiences across entertainment, culinary, music and more, with up to 80 per cent of the funds going to an associated charity. The brand launches locally with a number of charities set to benefit initially, including Cancer Council, R U OK?, Starlight Children’s Foundation, OzHarvest and Sony Foundation.
IfOnly is a partnership with the US site of the same name – founded in 2012 with the purpose of unlocking access to extraordinary experiences for social good, with every listing benefitting a cause.