InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Crowned ‘World Leading Hotel Brand 2016’ for the Tenth Time at World Travel Awards

InterContinental Hotels & Resorts received five awards at the World Travel Awards 2016 Grand Final Gala Ceremony held in the Maldives over the weekend.

World-renowned InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, including InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort and InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort, were awarded prestigious awards such as the World’s Leading Luxury Resort 2016 and the World’s Leading Wedding Resort 2016 respectively.

InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, Vietnam.

InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, Vietnam.

AccorHotels expands its Victorian hotel network

As a “strategic and significant new development for Moorabbin,” AccorHotels has announced a new-build, 4.5 star apartment-style hotel in Victoria, The Sebel Melbourne Moorabbin, will join The Sebel brand in January 2017.

Fiji’s Sheraton Resort & Spa on Tokoriki Island is reopening following a multi-million dollar refurbishment

The upscale Sheraton Resort & Spa on Tokoriki Island is reopening following Cyclone Winston, bringing an elegant, island-inspired style and premium guest experience to Fiji on 25 January 2017, following a comprehensive AUD$16 million refurbishment.


Paradise shores up presence in Halong Bay

One of the leading providers of luxury hospitality services in Vietnam has responded to the growing demand for on-shore accommodation in world-famous Halong Bay by opening a second boutique hotel – Paradise Trend Hotel – on its shores.

If you are looking to “spend a night on the water,” Paradise Trend Hotel features matching four-story buildings and 78 elegant rooms accentuated by colour schemes and exquisite canvas paintings of Vietnamese landscapes and daily life, and is the perfect “paradise” to experience the all-time high among foreigners: Halong Bay.


The lobby at Paradise Trend

Best Western Adds new properties in Perth, Christchurch and Brisbane

Best Western has added another three hotels to its network, including the first upmarket ‘Plus’ property in New Zealand, bringing the number of properties in its Australasian network to 150.

The fresh additions feature the global group’s first upmarket ‘Plus’ branded property in New Zealand – Best Western Plus Fino Hotel and Suites Christchurch – and expanded coverage in the key Australian cities of Brisbane and Perth.

Centara Hotels and Resorts hosts gourmet appreciation lunches across Australia

With a number of milestones for Centara this year, including the announcement of several new resort openings in Krabi and the Maldives, Centara Hotels & Resorts Vice President, Paul Wilson, has toured across Australia this week to host a number of ‘Centara Appreciation Lunches’ in Auckland, Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney.

Centara Hotels & Resorts – Melbourne Appreciation lunch at Taxi Kitchen in Federation Square.Centara Hotels & Resorts – Melbourne Appreciation lunch at Taxi Kitchen in Federation Square.

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