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Hobart to get Vibe

Tuesday, 06 October 2015 09:04

A new Vibe Hotel will be part of a mixed-use development in the Hobart CBD in Tasmania, due for completion in 2017.
The 15 storey redevelopment of 36 Argyle Street, currently an open air car park opposite Royal Hobart Hospital and Hobart Private Hospital, incorporates a ground floor of retail and hospitality space, four floors dedicated to commercial offices and 10 floors for approximately 120 rooms and suites, conferencing and facilities. Construction is expected to commence in 2016.
In creating a 4.5 star hotel on the central CBD site, developer Raadas Property is looking to capitalise on the Tasmanian Government’s push to attract more tourism to the state.  
This will be the first Vibe hotel for Tasmania and TFE’s third hotel in the state capital, joining Travelodge Hobart and Travelodge Hobart Airport. It is within a short walk of retail and café precincts, the Hobart waterfront, the state and federal government departments and some of Hobart’s largest corporate premises.
Incorporated in the Argyle Street development are four floors of commercial office space, which is being marketed by Knight Frank in Hobart.

Accor partners with TrustYou

Friday, 02 October 2015 10:30

AccorHotels has chosen TrustYou to power its new Voice of the Guest (VOG) platform.
The TrustYou platform provides the group’s hoteliers with a snapshot of its hotel’s online reputation from the web as well as from guest satisfaction surveys.
VOG centralises all customer feedback shared across the social web, and displays it in a clear interface, breaking down an analysis of the content into semantic categories (room, food, service, wifi, etc) in more than 19 languages.
Guests post opinions about an AccorHotels establishment every 15 seconds, and VOG provides access to TrustYou’s full range of online reputation management tools, enabling hotels to analyse customer feedback, reply on social media and customer-feedback websites, interact with guests via customer satisfaction surveys, benchmark their performance against the competition and share customer feedback with teams.

Peppers Docklands protype room reveal

Thursday, 13 August 2015 09:18

Peppers Docklands Melbourne has unveiled its prototype room for its waterfront's first five-star hotel.
On track to open early 2016, the $140 million, 19-level development will feature 87 stylish hotel suites, 186 residential apartments and 11 retail shops.

Mantra Group CEO Bob East says that Peppers Docklands will prove popular both with the domestic and growing inbound tourism markets.
'The Docklands is in need of a sophisticated hotel product to cater to an increasingly selective global market that is looking for quality, location and facilities of a world class calibre. Peppers Docklands has this, and will set a benchmark for future mixed-use developments in Australia.'

Peppers Docklands will be the first Peppers hotel to open in Melbourne for Mantra Group, joining 10 Mantra apartment hotels in Melbourne CBD and the airport.

Room protype                                                               Artist impression of Peppers Docklands Melbourne

Invercargill gets ibis Styles

Friday, 07 August 2015 08:58

AccorHotels New Zealand is adding ibis Styles Invercargill to its economy ibis hotel network. The former Invercargill Apartment Hotel is rebranding this October.

The 65-room property caters for leisure and business travellers, offering a range of contemporary studio, one, two and three bedroom apartments with kitchen facilities on each floor of the hotel.

The hotel features a breakfast room, fitness facility, in-house cinema, games room, complimentary wifi internet access and guest car parking.

ibis Styles Invercargill is a 10 minute drive from Invercargill Airport and conveniently located at 15 Tay Street in the town centre.

Chris Sedgwick, senior vice president operations says the hotel is a strategic addition to the network becoming AccrHotels’ 32nd hotel in the country. ‘It will complement our existing South Island hotels in Dunedin, Wanaka, Queenstown, Christchurch and Nelson.’

Ibis Styles is part of the evolution of AccorHotels’ economy brands which has seen the introduction of a three-tiered megabrand with ibis, ibis Styles and ibis Budget.

Another Heritage adds raw breakfast

Tuesday, 21 July 2015 11:34

Heritage Queenstown has introduced a raw breakfast bar to its daily breakfast buffet at Mackenzies restaurant. Items on include Bircher muesli, complete with pipettes of raw berry coulis, raw granola, coconut ‘yoghurt,’ nuts and raw cabbage linseed ‘bread.’  
The raw breakfast bar is included as part of the continental and full buffet breakfast and is available daily.
‘This initiative has been an opportunity to change the perceptions of hotel breakfast food. We are preparing food that retains its natural flavours and nutritional value and our guests are loving it,’ says Adrian Lowrey, executive chef of Heritage Queenstown.
Unprocessed and uncooked plant foods are the key component for the raw breakfast bar concept. Nothing is cooked above 41 degrees Celsius as doing so can destroy enzymes and absorption.
Heritage Hotels was the first New Zealand hotel group to offer guests a raw breakfast bar, launching the concept at Heritage Auckland in 2013. The initiative builds on a company dining philosophy called the Good Food Project.