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.

    • Quest Apartment Hotels opens Swan Valley complex in Western Australia;
    • TAA reports Sydney commercial residential property listings on Airbnb up a massive 42%, Airbnb disputes;
    • The Star Gold Coast opens new hotel, The Darling, in time for the 2018 Commonwealth Games;
    • CBS2 Travel warns against “smart” hotels due to privacy concerns

    Quest Apartment Hotels opens Swan Valley complex in Western Australia

    Quest Apartment Hotels opened (28-Mar-2017) a new property in Western Australian, increasing its offering in the state by 102 rooms. The accommodation provider is hoping to target the corporate travellers by offering a mix of studios, one and two-bedroom apartments. The new property is part of the major Midland Oval redevelopment. Quest general manager James Shields says he is confident of growth in the Western Australian tourism market. “Growing our base in Western Australia is a key priority for Quest, with a third Perth property, Quest South Perth Foreshore, set to open this year.”


    TAA reports Sydney commercial residential property listings on Airbnb up a massive 42%, Airbnb disputes

    Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA) reported commercial residential property listings on Airbnb were up a massive 42% in the last year, with more than 11,000 properties across metropolitan Sydney now falling into this category. TAA CEO Carol Giuseppi said the rapid conversion of residential properties into commercial tourist accommodation without any transparency or controls needed to be addressed immediately. Ms Giuseppi also provided an example whereby, “One host has a mammoth 252 active listings across Sydney with total earnings of more than $3.8million, another has 182 active listings with earnings of more than $2.1million annually.” In a statement to HM, Airbnb head of public policy – ANZ, Brent Thomas, said: “Tourism Accommodation Australia’s latest comments are yet another example of a powerful vested interest trying to protect the bottom line of their members. Their excessive policies would only serve to hurt the people, small businesses and communities that rely on home sharing and the benefits it brings.


    The Star Gold Coast opens new hotel, The Darling, in time for the 2018 Commonwealth Games

    The Star Gold Coast opened (22-Mar-2018) its new hotel, The Darling, just ahead of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. Located at the front of the iconic Broadbeach Island property, the new 17-storey hotel forms the centrepiece of The Star Gold Coast’s transformation and features 57 spacious suites. The Star Entertainment Group MD Queensland Geoff Hogg, said it was an incredibly exciting time, as the team prepare to finally unveil a lavish hotel that has been three years in the making. “The Darling positions The Star Gold Coast at the premium end of the market and ensures the Gold Coast has an even more compelling value proposition as we seek to compete on a global scale for domestic and international visitors,” Mr Hogg said.


    CBS2 Travel warns against “smart” hotels due to privacy concerns

    CBS2 Travel reported (26-Mar-2018) while new enhancements to hotel rooms may look and sound exciting, guests may need to pay more attention to protecting their personal information. Major hotel chains around the world now offer convenient technology options such as electronic keys, however cyber security expert Eric Cole confirms: “When you have these smart hotels they have a token on your phone where they know where you go, they know what type of coffee you order, they know what you order in the restaurant. The idea is now it can improve customer service. The problem is … huge violation of personal privacy. The Bluetooth signal sent from your smartphone might be unencrypted and could be hacked from up to 15 feet away. Somebody could go in and intercept your key. They could also track your locations and if somebody can steal that digital signature they can run up charges that you would have to pay for”.