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Samoan resort focuses on staff smiles during stand-still

Travel restrictions have put a halt to this Samoan resort’s ability to welcome guests, so it has chosen to focus on its staff instead.

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Hotel Wrap: Rydges employee tests positive for COVID-19, Fullerton ups its cleaning measures + MORE

We’re taking you around the world in five minutes with this week’s Hotel Wrap, or 10 minutes if you’re a slow reader.

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Hotel investor Jerry Schwartz proposes helipad for Sofitel Darling Harbour

The prominent Aussie hospitality identity has launched the bold proposal to help revive Sydney’s tourism and conventions profile.

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Woman dies after falling from balcony at Sydney hotel

by Huntley Mitchell

In other news, Gold Coast detectives have charged three men with murder following the death of a 19-year-old man at a Surfers Paradise holiday apartment complex over the weekend.

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Hotel Wrap: Wyndham’s new APAC boss, W Melbourne opening date + MORE

A lot has been happening in the world of hospitality lately, judging by the skyscraper-style wrap we’ve got for you today.

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Airbnb snares Apple exec to lead global operations

Airbnb has taken a bite out of Apple by appointing one of its execs to a global ops role.

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South Africa is getting a train carriage hotel on top of a bridge

Do you miss the rush of being crushed by strangers on commuter trains? This may slightly tickle your fancy.

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Marriott announces key leadership changes

There’s been a reshuffle of some of Marriott’s big cheeses. As in executives – not the gouda or camembert types.

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Zoom into your next virtual meeting with these spectacular backgrounds

Still obsessed with pretending you’re in the jungle, underwater or transformed into a potato during your Zoom chats? You’re in luck.

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Hotel Wrap: Outrigger’s new agent newsletter, Marriott’s RevPAR plummets + MORE

This week’s Hotel Wrap is a bit like an Allen’s Party Mix, in that it’s got everything from new properties and wellness series, to agent-focused initiatives and some not-so-good quarterly results.

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Property owner hits back at Virgin Hotels over “misguided” lawsuit

by Huntley Mitchell

Things are getting heated between Virgin Hotels and a property owner in the US, so it’s probably worth grabbing the popcorn before reading this latest instalment.

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Virgin Hotels files lawsuit against owner of San Fran property

Virgin Hotels CEO Raul Leal claims the property’s owner notified the company of his intention to “prematurely and unlawfully” terminate their management agreement less than a year after fully opening.

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