The Blue Swan Daily brings you a round up of the latest key hotel news from across the South Pacific.
- Qatar Airways acquires Sheraton Melbourne Hotel
- Naumi Hospitality opens 193 room hotel at Auckland Airport, plans further openings in Australasia
- Curio Collection by Hilton opens in Sydney, the first in Australia
- Hotel sales volume in Australia declines due to Chinese investors pull back
- Marriot CEO: 4Q2017 ‘Icing on the cake’
Qatar Airways acquires Sheraton Melbourne Hotel
Qatar Airways acquired (14-Feb-2018) the 174 room Sheraton Melbourne Hotel, expanding the portfolio of its hospitality division, Dhiafatina Hotels. Dhiafatina Hotels also owns and manages the Sheraton Skyline Hotel at London Heathrow Airport, the Novotel Edinburgh Park in Edinburgh, the Oryx Rotana Hotel in Doha and the Airport Hotel at Doha Hamad International Airport.
Naumi Hospitality opens 193 room hotel at Auckland Airport, plans further openings in Australasia
Naumi Hospitality opened a new 193 bedroom hotel at Auckland Airport, the group’s first property in New Zealand (02-Feb-2018). Naumi Hotels Australia and New Zealand CEO Gaurang Jhunjhnuwala commented: “This is our first property in Australasia and will soon be joined by further sister hotels as the Naumi brand continues to expand”.
Curio Collection by Hilton opens in Sydney, the first in Australia
West Hotel Sydney, Curio Collection by Hilton opened in Sydney’s Barangaroo precinct, the first for the brand in Australia. The 182-room property includes a fully equipped gym, a private meeting/dining room and restaurant Solander Dining and Bar led by executive chef David Vandenabeele. Curio Collection by Hilton global head Mark Nogal, said: “Opening the first Curio Collection hotel in Australia is a very exciting milestone for us. Being such a culturally rich city and the capital of New South Wales, Sydney is the perfect location to add to our growing global collection, which now boasts nearly 50 hotels. West Hotel will offer curious travellers seeking an authentic, memorable travel experience the ideal base to discover Sydney.”
Hotel sales volume in Australia declines due to Chinese investors pull back
Australia saw a 33% year-over-year decline in its hotel sales volume in 2017, at roughly AUD2 billion, SMH reported. Australia had previously seen hotel sales volume reach AUD3.7 billion in the last few years, however Chinese investment dropped from 40% of deals in 2016 down to 9% in 2017. Despite this, foreign investment from Vietnam, Japan, the United Arab Emirates, Germany, the U.S. and Hong Kong increased. Colliers International head of hotels for Australia Gus Moors, said: “The previous three years were dominated by large five-star hotel sales in Sydney and outbound capital restrictions in China.”
Marriott CEO: 4Q2017 ‘Icing on the cake’
Marriott International President and CEO Arne Sorenson believes 4Q2017 was the “icing on the cake of a terrific year.” Mr Sorenson confirmed the company performed beyond expectations, with 2017’s fee revenue compared to combined adjusted amounts in 2016 increased 8% to USD3.3 billion. Mr Sorenson, said: “As 2017 demonstrated, the global travel industry has never been more exciting nor offered better opportunity. Occupancy is at record levels with young travellers seeking adventure, retirees exploring exciting places, expanding numbers of international vacationers and for business travellers making connections that drive success.”