Tag: Tourism

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 […]

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 […]

Lenoir takes the plunge, passes the CEO baton at Rezdy

Founder Simon Lenoir has made the big decision to step away from his day to day management responsibilities at Rezdy, handing the CEO reins to Chris Atkin, previously Chief Operating Officer. Lenoir, originally a software developer who has been working massive hours since starting the business in 2011, says he first thought of stepping back around […]

Schwartz flies high, invests in Sydney Seaplanes

Just six weeks after Sydney pub baron Justin Hemmes was quoted as a potential buyer of Sydney Seaplanes, hotel mogul Dr Jerry Schwartz has swooped and invested in the business. As part of the investment, Schwartz, an aviation buff, will add two amphibious aircraft he owns to the Sydney Seaplanes fleet, increasing it to six […]

Fee for all coming to an end with Airbnb’s host commission switch?

Pricing is set to get a shakeup in Australia’s short term rental (STR) industry from November 1 when Airbnb scraps guest service charges and moves to a 15 per cent host commission only model – up from 3 per cent – for its software-connected hosts and property managers. It is a huge change for an […]

Big moves in holiday park sector

The rapid consolidation of Australia’s tourism asset ownership has continued with news motoring organisation NRMA has bought Australian Tourist Park Management and control of its 27 properties while it’s been reported the sector’s largest ever single park sale has just closed. The ATPM deal means the NRMA now owns and operates 34 caravan and holiday […]

Former Rydges on Swanston to rebrand as Crowne Plaza

The former Rydges on Swanston, the incubator for 90% of Victoria’s deadly second COVID wave, will be refurbished and rebranded as Crowne Plaza Melbourne Carlton. New owner Ross Pelligra bought the property for $35 million in September, and says: “We plan to lift the game and give this property a full refurb and a fresh […]

Tumbarumba proves NSW needs more rail trails

Tumbarumba – a sleepy timber, grape growing and grazing town in the bucolic Snowy Valleys of NSW – is undergoing a quiet tourism revolution. It’s all down  to a new ‘rail trail’ that’s attracted more than 12,000 riders since a low-key opening during peak-COVID last April. Now other towns in the region want to join […]

David Hammon, CEO and Director, Hammons Holdings

David is currently CEO and a Director of Hammons Holdings, the company which owns Australia’s most visited privately owned tourism attraction, Scenic World. Under David’s leadership, Hammons Holdings was recently appointed to operate tourism activities on the Sydney Harbour Bridge following a rigorous tender process driven by the NSW StateGovernment. The appointment marks one of the greatest […]