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It’s The Big Fat Hotel Wrap

Sophie Harrison

It’s Travel Weekly’s once-a-week instalment of all your juicy hotel gossip, from Laos’ new IHG to Marriott’s mobile manoeuvre.

Mandarin says Aloha

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced its intention to open a new luxury hotel and residences in Honolulu, Hawaii

The 36-story mixed-use tower with gardens and public plazas, which has a target opening date in early 2020, will enable Mandarin Oriental to introduce its hospitality to Hawaii’s important tourism and business destination on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu.

Salem Partners and Mandarin Oriental announce plans to open a luxury hotel and residences in Honolulu
Salem Partners and Mandarin Oriental announce plans to open a luxury hotel and residences in Honolulu

Daydream Island Resort and Spa appoints BDM

Located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, the 4.5 star Daydream Island Resort and Spa in the Whitsundays has announced the appointment of experienced industry professional, Karen Everingham, as its Business Development Manager – MICE.

Everingham comes to Daydream Island with broad experience in a variety of senior managerial, sales and development roles in the tourism and hospitality industries, where she joins Daydream from Tourism Fiji.

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IHG explores Laos

IHG has announced opening of Crown Plaza Vientiane in Laos, marking the capitals first internationally branded upscale hotel.

Travellers visiting Laos on leisure will now have a convenient base from which to explore historical Vientiane, as InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) – one of the world’s leading hotel companies – has announced the opening of a new 197-room Crowne Plaza Vientane in Laos, marking the group’s first entry into the country.

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New boutique brand launching in Cronulla 

Event Hospitality & Entertainment has announced a new Aussie boutique hotel brand for modern business and leisure travel, Eventhouse Hotels.

After extensive revitalisation, Rydges Cronulla has transformed into Eventhouse Cronulla, marking the first of the Eventhouse Hotels – fresh, inspired, coastal cool and only a stone’s throw from Cronulla Beach.

The Lobby in Eventhouse Hotel, Cronulla
The Lobby in Eventhouse Hotel, Cronulla

Marriott reimagines its mobile app

Based on the foundation of actual hands-on guest research and feedback, Marriott International, will now offer Marriott Rewards members a dynamic mobile experience personalised for them.

Today marks the launch of the newly redesigned and engaging Marriott Mobile app for iOS users in five languages, with Android coming soon. Guests will enjoy new and expanded digital features; customised travel content; simple, one-button navigation; and a new swipe-able discovery home screen, designed to put power in the hands of Marriott Rewards Members to personalise their travel experience.

 


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Scoot to resume Singapore-Gold Coast flights in February

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Club Med’s Pacific boss speak out against WA’s delayed reopening

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REVIEW: QT Melbourne is a luxury boutique with a rock ‘n’ roll mentality

by Ali Coulton

QT’s Melbourne property is the embodiment of everything we love about the Victorian capital – it’s both uber-chic and a little bit bad-ass.

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Qantas group cuts capacity after WA delays border reopening indefinitely

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ICAO Report says Ryanair bomb threat ‘deliberately false’

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Travel Agents

Agent shines a light on cruising in a time of COVID

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Entry restrictions eased for international travellers

by Ali Coulton

Those with a debilitating fear of having foreign objects wedged in their noses will be over the moon upon reading this recent announcement from the Minister of Health.

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Fitzroy Island Resort gets million-dollar makeover as bounce-back anticipation grows

Queensland’s ultra-luxe island resort is about to get at least 60 per cent more lavish, by our reckoning. However, we made that stat up on the spot so best to just click here and see for yourself.

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Journey Beyond Group Looks Beyond 2022 and Releases 2023 Season!

by Sponsored By Journey Beyond

Journey Beyond is going above and beyond to take you to infinity… and beyond. Or at least to 2023, a good start!

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