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Hotel wrap: Marriott debuts first ACT hotel, PARKROYAL Dalian to open in 2020, Disney’s Star Wars hotel + MORE!

After Travel DAZE yesterday, a short and snappy hotel wrap is just what the doctor ordered. Here’s your week’s dose of hotel news, courtesy of your friendly neighbourhood hero Travel Weekly.

Marriott International to debut first ACT hotel

Midnight Hotel

Marriott International today announced it has signed an agreement with Iconic Hotels to open its first-ever hotel in Canberra. Midnight Hotel, part of Geocon’s $200 million residential and commercial development in Braddon, central Canberra, will open in September as an Autograph Collection hotel.

Disney unveils Star Wars-themed hotel

Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser Atrium

Disney has announced that visitors to the company’s Star Wars-themed land will soon be able to spend two nights in a themed hotel that will be called Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser.

The htoel will be “a glamorous ship” called the Halcyon, where every window features stellar views into space.

Guests will embark together on a two- night adventure that includes special activities, dining, and a “spaceport” day on Batuu at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, inviting guests even deeper into their own Star Wars stories.

Pan Pacific Hotels Group to debut PARKROYAL Dalian in 2020

PARKROYAL Dalian

Pan Pacific Hotels Group has announced it will debut its deluxe brand, PARKROYAL Hotels & Resorts, in China with the opening of PARKROYAL Dalian in Liaoning Province, China, in the fourth quarter 2020.

The announcement marks an important milestone as the group brings its deluxe brand into China, providing guests with a new experience of hospitality.

Hilton named one of Australia’s best companies to work for

2019 Great Place To Work Hiton

Hilton has once again been recognised by the Great Place to Work Institute as one of Australia’s best companies to work for in 2019.

Hilton placed third on the top 50 list for companies with over 1,000 employees. This marks the third consecutive year that Hilton has placed in the top of this prestigious list, including being the only hospitality company recognised by the Great Place to Work Institute.

This accolade builds on recent wins in Fiji and greater Asia Pacific, where Hilton was ranked as the top global hospitality company to work for in the Asia’s Best Multinational Workplace 2019 list.

WA’s Accommodation Awards for Excellence winners celebrated 

The winners of WA’s 2019 Accommodation Awards for Excellence were announced at the Devil’s Lair Gala Ball, earlier this week, celebrating the state’s leading accommodation properties and the management staff who drive their success.

The Australian Hotels Association Perth Airport Accommodation Awards for Excellence recognised WA’s best accommodation hotel venues and management staff across 25 categories.

Prominent hospitality figure Peter Prendiville was announced as the 2019 Hall of Fame inductee while Crown Towers was crowned WA’s Best Accommodation Hotel.

W Bali – Seminyak presents ‘A Taste of France’ with chef Xavier Salomon

Xavier Salomon - Executive Chef

W Bali – Seminyak invites guests and locals to the next phase of their summer culinary journey: an exceptional dinner featuring chef Xavier Salomon, a fifth-generation French master, who will bring over 25 years of culinary experience to Seminyak. Chef Salomon will offer refined French cuisine for two exclusive dinners on 6 and 7 September 2019 at FIRE restaurant, W Bali – Seminyak.

For two nights only, Chef Salomon will take the helm of the FIRE kitchen plating up his take on French cuisine with 5-course dinner revisiting classics such as Salade Nicoise, Bouillabaise and Vacherin glasce.

Oakwood to launch two new Oakwood Suites by 2020

Oakwood Suites Yokohama Facade Image
Oakwood Suites Yokohama Facade image

Oakwood has announced the signing of Oakwood Suites in two key locations – Bangkok, Thailand, and Yokohama, Japan. Oakwood Suites Bangkok is scheduled to open by the end of 2019, while Oakwood Suites Yokohama, a Mapletree-owned property, is set to open in mid-2020.

After 12 successful properties in Japan, Oakwood Suites Yokohama marks the brand’s expansion into Japan’s second-largest city.

Maison Perrier-Jouët launches ‘Art of the Wild’ Champagne Garden pop-up with Emporium Hotel South Bank

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Boutique champagne house Perrier-Jouët is set to host an ‘Art of the Wild’ Champagne Garden event series, showcasing an immersive and multi-sensory art and culinary experience in celebration of the launch of their official partnership with the luxurious flagship Emporium Hotel South Bank in Brisbane.

With nature at the root of the history of Maison Perrier-Jouët, serving as the primary source of inspiration for the elaboration of its cuvées for over 200 years, the ‘Art of the Wild’ Garden will express a dialogue between champagne, art and cuisine in the style which has defined the house since its foundation in 1811.

Spring to the Kimberley with El Questro’s bonus night offers 

Spring into the Kimberley at El Questro

El Questro Resort has released bonus night offers across its Homestead, Station and Emma Gorge accommodations, offering travellers a chance to experience Western Australia’s Kimberley wilderness in spring.

On sale now for a quick spring getaway, El Questro’s end-of-season deals offer bonus nights and savings, including complimentary breakfasts and free stays for children at El Questro Station and Emma Gorge.

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