Radisson Batam Hotel & Convention Centre
Radisson Batam Hotel & Convention Centre be the newest Carlson Rezidor hotel in the Asia Pacific portfolio when it opens in the first quarter of 2016.
The hotel has been purpose built, with large conferences and business meetings being the core focus of this new development. The main ballroom is large enough to accommodate up to 800 banquet style, a total area of 1,480 square metres. The hotel will also offer six breakout rooms for those requiring concurrent sessions. Set on a golf course, the resort will offer an array of creative event spaces for dinners and special evenings.
Batam is a 45 minute ferry ride from Singapore. This provides a new and interesting programme for pre and post touring in Singapore.
The Wipena Pound Resort
Two new hotels have joined the Accor network in regional Victoria and South Australia.
An existing property, The Wilpena Pound Resort in South Australia will operate under a management agreement with Accor, effective immediately.
The 60 room hotel and the Ikara Safari Camp are located within the Flinders Ranges National Park in South Australia. The properties are a base for travellers looking to explore the ancient mountain ranges and geological and indigenous history while catching a glimpse of the quintessential Australian wildlife found in the region.
The resort features an onsite restaurant, bar and a solar-heated swimming pool, and all of the guestrooms are airconditioned and feature private ensuites. The 15 safari tents also have their own ensuites and are fully airconditioned.
Mercure Warragul will join the network in July 2015 under a franchise agreement.
The new build, 50-room hotel is located in the centre of Warragul which is approximately 100kms south-east of Melbourne and south of the Great Dividing Range region. The hotel will have one meeting room and charge back facilities to a restaurant and bar which will be leased to an independent operator.
Occupying one of Phuket’s most prime locations, perched atop a hillside above the ocean, the new wing introduces an additional 148 one and two-bedroom suites. Each room features floor-to-ceiling windows, complete with a fully equipped kitchen as well as a separate living and dining area; ideal for entertaining family or friends.
Ocean Wing guests with club privileges will have access to the Clubhouse, with views of Patong Bay. Designed for contemporary and refined travellers, the Clubhouse is home to an infinity pool, sun deck and its own fitness room, all reserved exclusively for club guests. The Clubhouse lounge serves breakfast and an a la carte dining menu all day long. Complimentary tea, coffee and light snacks will also be available throughout the day and sunset complimentary cocktails with pre-dinner canapes served daily. All Ocean Wing guests will have access to the Amari Phuket resort facilities, including the two outdoor pools, dining outlets and Amari’s very own Breeze Spa.
Thailand-based ONYX Hospitality Group has signed management agreements for two new projects under select-service brand OZO and serviced apartment brand Shama in Iskandar, Malaysia.
Located within the township of Medini in Iskandar, the two new developments, OZO Medini and Shama Medini will be part of the multi-purpose UMCity Medini Lakeside.
Scheduled to open in 2018, OZO Medini will feature 198 guest rooms alongside all the other facilities for which the brand is known for, including, ‘EAT’ the place to go for signature breakfast ‘boost’, ‘EAT2Go’ the grab and go outlet, swimming pool ‘Splash’ and fitness centre ‘Tone’.
Shama Medini will comprise of 232 serviced apartments complete with spacious living areas, ideal for business travellers and families looking for space and comfort. The property will also feature a restaurant, a kids club, a fitness centre, and a rooftop garden with an outdoor barbeque.
Expedia® has revealed differences in how travellers from different countries prefer to pay by analysing data from its Expedia Traveller Preference™ (ETP) programme*. ETP-enabled hotels offer travellers choice on how they would like to pay for their reservation: either at the time of the booking, or at the hotel at the time of the stay.
The Expedia analysis found that, where customers were offered a choice of when to pay for their hotel stay in Australia (standalone/room only), more than two-thirds to three-quarters of travellers from Western Europe, the US and Asia preferred to pay for their hotel stay at the time of booking with Expedia. Conversely, for travellers from Australia, New Zealand and China, the split was roughly half who preferred to pay at the time of booking and half who preferred to pay at the hotel.
The Expedia data also showed that hotels in Australia that enabled the Expedia Traveller Preference (ETP) programme experienced an additional increase in their standalone (room only) year-over-year net room night production of approximately 10 percentage points on average.
More than 3,900 hotels are currently ETP-enabled in Australia and New Zealand.
TAAP agents also have the option to ‘book now, pay later’ with hotels that have opted in for the Expedia Traveller Preference programme.