Tourism

Flavour of the week

Roll out the welcome mats and ready the finger buns for morning tea because its time to welcome a plethora of new industry appointments!

Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger Gains New Leadership Alongside $35 Million Modernization

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Outrigger Hotels and Resorts has appointed Ike Cockett as general manager; Edwin Torres as assistant general manager; and Shouma Moniz as director of sales and marketing for the reimagined Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger®  — a modern, lifestyle hotel located in the center of Waikiki.

Marriott International appoints five new General Managers across its growing portfolio in Australia

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Marriott International has appointed five new General Managers to lead the launch of some of its newest properties across Australia. The appointments come at a time of great growth for the company, with 10 new hotels set to open in the next two years in Australia alone.

Effective immediately, Damon Page has been appointed as General Manager for W Melbourne; Stephen Morahan as General Manager of The Tasman, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Hobart; Dario Orsini as General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Perth; Harry Singh as General Manager of Element Melbourne Richmond; and Andrew Wright as General Manager of Aloft Perth.

Naumi Auckland Airport appoints new general manager 

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Naumi Hotels, the Singapore-based design hotel group, is pleased to announce the appointment of Jeremy Mossman as General Manager of Naumi Auckland Airport. The hotel opened in February this year, joining Naumi’s flagship property Naumi Singapore as the second hotel in the award-winning group.

Naumi Auckland Airport is the first of the group’s properties in the Australasia region, and will soon be joined by two brand-new hotels in Wellington, Naumi Heritage Wellington and Naumi Suites Wellington, which are expected to launch in the fourth quarter of 2019, as well as Naumi Sydney in 2020.

Born and raised in Auckland, Jeremy joins the team at Naumi Auckland Airport from his role as General Manager at Avani Metropolis Auckland.

Prior to this, Jeremy was working abroad in Melbourne for five years with Mantra Group hotels, where he worked his way up from Assistant Front Office Manager to General Manager.

Jeremy has also worked for the InterContinental Hotels Group in London for over two years after embarking on his career in hospitality with Millennium & Copthorne Hotels in his hometown of Auckland for three years.

Jeremy brings a wealth of international experience and hospitality professionalism to the dynamic and forward-thinking team at Naumi Auckland Airport, a design-led, playful and contemporary hotel in Auckland’s airport precinct that offers the perfect stylish stopover for business and leisure travellers alike.

AccorHotels farewell and thank Central Australian tourism industry leader + Mercure Alice Springs Resort welcomes new GM 

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AccorHotels farewell and recognise prominent Central Australian tourism industry leader, Jeff Huyben, and announce that on February 1, Jeff will hand the baton to Emma Todd who has been appointed as the new general manager at Mercure Alice Springs Resort.

With an impressive 13-year tenure at the resort, Jeff has been instrumental in the rebranding and redevelopment of the 139-room resort when it first joined the AccorHotels network in 2017.

Jeff’s outstanding service to the community has been recognised as Tourism Central Australia’s Industry Achiever in 2015; he is currently Commissioner on the Board of Commissioners at Tourism Northern Territory, has served as Chair of Tourism Central Australia and is a former board member of the Australian Regional Tourism Board.

Commencing on January 21, Emma Todd will join Mercure Alice Springs Resort with over 20-years’ experience in hotels and resorts.

With her family in tow, Emma has called the Northern Territory home for the past 18 months as general manager at the Quest Palmerston. Emma brings with her a wealth of knowledge into the regional Australian hospitality and accommodation sector.

Danesh Bamji, General Manager Franchise AccorHotels Australia says Mercure Alice Springs Resort plays an important role in the Alice Springs community for both visitors and locals as a place to meet, conduct business and celebrate and the change in leadership represents a new chapter for the resort.

Aviation

Plane struck by lightning before fiery crash: report

A preliminary report on the tragic Aeroflot plane crash that killed 41 people last month has provided some more clarity around what went wrong.

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Hotels

TAA announces finalists for 2019 Awards for Excellence

Travel Weekly was shocked to find we had been left off this year’s shortlist, despite being nither an accommodation provider or particularly excellent.

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Hotels

Hotel owner charged after seven die cleaning septic tank

The tragic event comes as campaign groups call for a crackdown on ‘manual scavengers’ who often die clearing septic tanks across India.

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Destinations

“Business begins now”, as DFAT downgrades travel advice for Sri Lanka

The downgrade indicates that Sri Lanka is progressing towards a state of normalcy, but is still cautious, with high levels of security in place across the country.

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Cruise

Scenic Eclipse is back on track with sea trial success

The new-build is one step closer to launch, after suffering more delays than Sydney’s CityRail on a rainy day.

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Events

Have you secured your spot at Travel DAZE 2019?

A plethora of top speakers, comfier seats and a swanky new venue – we’ve even surprised ourselves with just how good Travel DAZE is shaping up this year.

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Tourism

Rome bans ‘messy eating’ in spate of new tourism rules

The new rules will also mean fines for placing your mouth around the nozzle of drinking fountains, which is pretty bloody gross anyway if you ask us.

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Tourism

Vienna amusingly roasts web reviews (and itself) in latest tourism campaign

by Ally Burnie

Hey, Vienna’s given us many marvellous thing – Sigmund Freud, the schnitzel and the Streets Viennetta to name but a few.

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Tourism

Tourism Australia’s ‘Dundee’ campaign wins a Logie

The Logies aren’t for another two weeks, so this story really does come with a “spoiler alert”.

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Wholesalers

Wholesaler wrap: Intrepid’s mystery trip, Chernobyl short breaks, TTC deals + MORE!

Today’s wholesaler wrap is a little soggy after Travel Weekly’s wrap aficionado fell in a puddle on her way to work this morning.

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Travel Agents

Agent wrap: Globus’ agent Supertour wraps up, Helloworld’s huge famil + more

This week’s agent wrap has left Travel Weekly’s editor looking like The Incredible Hulk, such is his jealousy of all these mega famils and ‘supertours’.

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Tourism

Flavour of the Week: Accor’s Simon McGrath honoured by Queen, Village Roadshow’s new CEO + more

This update on all the industry’s latest movers and shakers can best be described as a fruit salad, in that it has a bit of everything.

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