Tag: Hospitality

Rachel Argaman, CEO, Toga Hotels

A visionary leader who believes in “encouraging the heart,” Rachel is currently the CEO of Toga Hotels. With over 20 years international experience at senior management level in the travel and hospitality industry, Rachel has a passion for creating a results-oriented, responsive and market-driven culture within companies. This is backed by a driving belief that the […]

Will Deague, CEO Art Series Hotel Group

William Hunter Deague is the Chief Executive Officer of Asian Pacific Group (APG), the parent company of Australia’s hottest hotel group – Art Series Hotel Group. Educated at Melbourne Grammar, Will holds a Domestic Builders Licence (unlimited) and a private fixed wing and helicopter licence. Joining APBC in 1996, Will worked on a range of […]

TFE Hotels left with Travelodge COVID quarantine mess, guests evacuated

The reputation of TFE Hotels, one of Australia’s largest accommodation groups, has taken a hit after 366 guests quarantined in the Travelodge Hotel Sydney were last night evacuated by NSW Police who determined that complaints about poor standards of cleanliness and hygiene at the property were valid. Guests, some of whom had had vigorously complained about […]

James Baillie, Co-Founder, Baillie Lodges

James Baillie is a 20-year veteran of high profile Australian luxury lodge properties. Having (almost) grown up on Heron Island, James became the founding managing director for P&O Resorts in the 1998 and steered Australia’s first portfolio of premium experiential properties including Lizard, Bedarra & Wilson Islands and Silky Oaks Lodge. When P&O sold to […]

Time for 8Hotels to grow: open to outside investment

Paul Fischmann, the founder and owner of boutique accommodation operator 8Hotels,  says is he open to outside investment in the company he started 10 years ago. “We need to corporatise  – it’s time to grow up,” he says. “I think we’re sitting on a very exciting opportunity and it’s time to take this business to the […]

2020 worst year ever for Europe, US, Asia Pacific, Middle East and African hotel markets

COVID-wracked 2020 was the worst year ever in terms of performance for the Asia-Pacific, US, Europe, African and Middle East  hotel markets, according to industry analyst STR. Asia Pacific Occupancy: 44.5% (-35.6% compared with 2019) Average daily rate (ADR): US$74.99 (-22.2%) Revenue per available room (RevPAR): US$33.39 (-49.9%) Each of the three key performance metrics […]

Tony Cannon, Co-Owner, Komune Resorts

An avid surfer, Tony Cannon graduated with a civil engineering degree from the University of Adelaide embarking initially on a career in construction and development. After several years in project management of major engineering, petrochemical and retail development construction, Tony started a property development company in the late 90’s building and selling apartments and townhouses […]

Mark Flower, Director Commercial, IHG

Mark Flower is Director of Commercial for IHG properties across South East Asia and resorts in Asia Australasia. He is based in Singapore and oversees 60 properties across 12 countries including Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, the Maldives and Fiji, with another 40 properties due to open in Mark’s region in the next three to five […]

Paul Fischmann, Founder and CEO, 8Hotels Collection

Paul Fischmann is the Founder and CEO of 8Hotels Collection, Australia’s leading Boutique Hotel Operators. In 2004, Fischmann formed the company with the intention of developing and operating boutique hotels in prime locations that focused on value, service, design and charm. Just eight years later he has turned a business that began with three Sydney […]

Agoda goes rogue on pricing

Agoda, the original Asian OTA, has gone rogue on pricing. Multiple hoteliers say Agoda regularly sells unauthorized static wholesale rates through the site, undercutting them on price without any regard for contracts. Other times the feeling is Agoda takes a contracted rate and shaves its margin to push the price below competitor and hotel pricing. Agoda’s […]