News in Brief: Monday July 15

News in Brief: Monday July 15
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The 70-room Rydges North Melbourne has been rebranded as Mercure North Melbourne as Accor expanded its hotel network in the Victorian capital.

The addition takes the number of Mercure properties in Victoria to 10 with over 40 in Australia.


Hotel expo World of Accor will mark its 10th anniversary this year with a special performance by band Human Nature, the chance to win a Peugeot 208 and more.

The event will be held at Sofitel Sydney Wentworth on Thursday August 1 from 5.30pm. Visitors must pre-register to be eligible to win the Peugeot. 


Former US congressman, Ed Case, has been appointed to the position of senior vice president and chief legal officer of Outrigger Enterprises Group.


Great Golf Courses of Australia has signed a deal with Chinese travel wholesaler CYTS to promote Australian golf tourism in western China.

The partnership marks the start of a long-term golf strategy in China, according to the golf promotion organisation. 


AAT Kings has launched its Affordable New Zealand promotion with the operator combining its two top tours in the destination with a return economy airfare.

Under the offer, its 14-day New Zealand Vista itinerary is priced from $3276 per person ex Sydney while its 17-day New Zealand Contrasts product is priced from $3874, also ex Sydney.

To take advantage of the offer, bookings must be paid in full by September 30 for travel from October 1 2013 to September 30 2014.


A pre-cruise land package to visit the 2014 Australian Open has been added to Silversea's Silver Shadow program.

Available on Shadow's Melbourne-Bali sailing, the tennis adventure is priced from $3589 per person.


Tourisme Tahiti has welcomed Air Tahiti Nui's decision to increase weekly flights from Auckland to Papeete to three times weekly.

Australia director, Robert Thompson, said the move was well-timed to cater to steadily growing numbers of Australian visitors to the destination.

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