AUSTRALIA: IHG to rebrand its Kirkton Park property to voco™ Kirkton Park Hunter Valley

Denham, United Kingdom, 2018-Dec-13 — /Travel PR News/ — IHG will give it’s stunning Kirkton Park property in the NSW wine region a refresh and rebrand it as voco™ Kirkton Park Hunter Valley, making it the fourth signing in Australia since IHG launched the upscale voco™ brand globally in June. With 70 voguishly appointed rooms, the… Read the full press release

TFE Hotels appoints Antony Ritch as the new Chief Executive Officer

Ultimo NSW, Australia, 2018-Dec-07 — /Travel PR News/ — TFE Hotels is pleased to announce the appointment of Antony Ritch as the new Chief Executive Officer following a global search. Antony will be relocating from Los Angeles, USA to Sydney, Australia and will commence his role at TFE Hotels in February 2019. Antony is an Australian… Read the full press release

Singapore Airlines further enhances its digital capabilities with the acquisition of minority stake in Australia-founded Data Republic

Singapore, 2018-Dec-06 — /Travel PR News/ — Singapore Airlines (SIA) has acquired a minority stake in Australia-founded Data Republic, in a move to further enhance its digital capabilities. The stake in Data Republic was acquired through a placement of new shares. A statement of no objection was received recently from the Australian Foreign Investment Review… Read the full press release

Booking Holdings successfully completes the acquisition of hotel metasearch site HotelsCombined

NORWALK, Conn., 2018-Dec-05 — /Travel PR News/ — Booking Holdings (NASDAQ: BKNG) today (Dec. 3, 2018) announced that it has successfully completed its previously announced plan to acquire hotel metasearch site HotelsCombined. With a strong presence in APAC and thousands of active affiliates worldwide, HotelsCombined will report into Booking Holdings’ leading travel metasearch brand, KAYAK. “We’ve admired HotelsCombined and… Read the full press release

IHG opens world’s first voco™ on the shores of the Gold Coast, Australia

World’s first voco™ opens on Australia’s famed Surfers Paradise on Gold Coast  Denham, United Kingdom, 2018-Nov-15 — /Travel PR News/ — IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) has opened the first hotel globally for its new upscale hotel brand: voco™, just five months after it was launched. Owned by Australian property investment firm SB&G Group and located on… Read the full press release

HotelsWorld conference joins HICAP family of events; relaunches and rebrands to HICAP Australia New Zealand (HICAP ANZ)

Costa Mesa, CA, 2018-Nov-06 — /Travel PR News/ — Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP), the region’s leading industry event, announced at the 29th annual HICAP in Hong Kong that the HotelsWorld conference which is held each year in Sydney, Australia will be relaunched and rebranded as part of the HICAP group of events. This… Read the full press release

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney wins Conference and Events Venue of the Year title At the 2018 Tourism Accommodation Australia NSW Awards for Excellence

Sydney, Australia, 2018-Oct-19 — /Travel PR News/ — At the 2018 Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA) NSW Awards for Excellence, Four Seasons Hotel Sydney took the crown for Conference and Events Venue of the Year. The TAA NSW Awards for Excellence are recognised as the most prestigious hospitality and tourism awards, honouring the achievement of excellence in a wide… Read the full press release

IHG expands Holiday Inn brand in Australia with signing of Holiday Inn & Suites Melbourne Ringwood

Denham, United Kingdom, 2018-Oct-09 — /Travel PR News/ — IHG continues the expansion of the Holiday Inn brand in Australia with the signing of Holiday Inn & Suites Melbourne Ringwood. It follows the signing of a management agreement with Ninety Four Feet, an Australasian property development, investment, and construction company, and their partners Omni Property Group… Read the full press release

TFE Hotels names Jeremy Nordkamp as General Manager of The Calile Hotel, Brisbane opening later this month

New South Wales, Australia, 2018-Sep-16 — /Travel PR News/ — TFE Hotels has appointed Jeremy Nordkamp as General Manager of Brisbane’s most exciting new address, The Calile Hotel, which is due to open later this month. Mr Nordkamp brings more than 10 years of experience in hospitality management and a wealth of knowledge to the… Read the full press release

Swissport appointed ground handler for Air New Zealand in four major airports in Australia

Opfikon, Switzerland, 2018-Sep-06 — /Travel PR News/ — Swissport has been appointed ground handler for Air New Zealand in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth, following a competitive tender focused on safety, service and operational performance. Swissport has been appointed ground handler for Air New Zealand in four major airports in Australia, following a competitive tender focussed… Read the full press release

St. Regis Hotels & Resorts announces the signing of The St. Regis Melbourne, its first hotel in Australia

Through Exquisite Experiences and a Vanguard Spirit, the Renowned Luxury Brand set to Captivate this Capital of Culture Melbourne, Australia, 2018-Aug-31 — /Travel PR News/ — St. Regis Hotels & Resorts today (08/29/2018) announced the signing of The St. Regis Melbourne, marking the first hotel in Australia for the renowned luxury brand. Owned by Century… Read the full press release

Qatar Airways and renowned chef George Calombaris to create a new edition of Greek-inspired in-flight dining options for passengers travelling from Australia

Passengers travelling in First, Business and Economy Classes will be able to enjoy Calombaris’ signature dishes when travelling from Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, and Perth to Doha The new menu will be available from 1 September in Sydney, Perth and Adelaide, with Melbourne to follow from 1 October 2018 DOHA, Qatar, 2018-Aug-31 — /Travel PR News/… Read the full press release

Tourism Australia’s Business Events Australia Greater China Showcase to be held in Australia for the very first time this November

Sydney, Australia, 2018-Aug-29 — /Travel PR News/ — Tourism Australia’s major incentive showcase for the China market – the Business Events Australia Greater China Showcase – will be held in Australia for the very first time this coming November. Capitalising on strong awareness and demand for Australia by Chinese incentive planners, the Showcase will provide key… Read the full press release

Qantas Group to open its Pilot Academy across two locations in Australia

SYDNEY, Australia, 2018-Aug-28 — /Travel PR News/ — The Qantas Group has today (23RD AUGUST 2018) confirmed it will open its Pilot Academy across two locations in regional Australia to meet anticipated demand. The Academy is part of the Qantas Group’s plans to build a long-term talent pipeline for its airlines and the broader industry to meet… Read the full press release

Australia based travel start-up TRAVLR deploys Dolphin’s Booking Management Module and Admin API

LONDON, UK, 2018-Aug-15 — /Travel PR News/ — Australia based travel start-up TRAVLR have adopted Dolphin’s Booking Management Module to allow them to manage their booking admin in an efficient manner. They have also deployed Dolphin’s Admin API which will allow them to push their website bookings into the Dolphin system. They selected Dolphin as part… Read the full press release

Qantas to donate $3 million to Australia’s drought affected farming communities

SYDNEY, 2018-Aug-14 — /Travel PR News/ — Qantas, together with its customers, will donate $3 million to help provide relief to Australia’s drought affected farming communities. The national carrier has today announced a partnership with charity Rural Aid to help fund hay bales, water trucking, groceries and mental health counsellors for farming communities struggling to survive the… Read the full press release

IHG announces second voco™ signing for Australia

Denham, United Kingdom, 2018-Aug-10 — /Travel PR News/ — Entrepreneur Martyn Barnes has signed a management agreement to badge his new Yarra Valley property as voco™, IHG’s new upscale hotel brand, making it the second voco signing for Australia. Victoria’s Yarra Valley has built a reputation as one of Australia’s premier wine regions, famous for… Read the full press release

Swissport International kicks off the integration of the Aerocare organization in Australia and New Zealand

Opfikon, Switzerland, 2018-Jul-20 — /Travel PR News/ — Process integration of Aerocare into the Swissport network is in full swing. The global leader in Airport Ground Services and Air Cargo Handling kicks off the re-branding of its operation in Australia and New Zealand at Sydney Airport. The conversion of all locations and all Aerocare Ground Service… Read the full press release

Tourism Australia appoints Mandy Wu as Country Manager for China

Sydney, Australia, 2018-Jul-19 — /Travel PR News/ — Mandy Wu will join Tourism Australia in August as Country Manager for China, Australia’s largest and highest yielding international inbound market. Based in Shanghai, Ms Wu will set the direction of Tourism Australia’s marketing and PR activity in China as well as ensuring Australia has strategic working… Read the full press release

Marriott International to introduce the AC Hotels by Marriott® brand to Australia in 2020

Deal underscores Marriott International’s commitment to Australia, with 18 hotels open and 17 in the pipeline Sydney, Australia, 2018-Jul-11 — /Travel PR News/ — Marriott International Inc. today (07/10/2018) announced it has signed an agreement with Melbourne-based property development company Capital Alliance to introduce the AC Hotels by Marriott®, brand to Australia. The 200-room AC Hotel… Read the full press release

Brand USA and Air New Zealand partner to host 60 travel professionals from Australia, and New Zealand for a MegaFam

DENVER, COLORADO, 2018-May-23 — /Travel PR News/ — Brand USA, in partnership with Air New Zealand, is set to host a MegaFam to the United States in August this year. The MegaFam will see 60 travel professionals from Australia, and New Zealand, experience seven fabulous nights in the USA. The participants will initially be split into… Read the full press release

Swissport now holds 100% of Aerocare, the leading ground handler in Australia/ New Zealand

Swissport now holds 100% of Aerocare, the leading ground handler in Australia/ New Zealand Swissport International Ltd. successfully concluded the acquisition of Aerocare with effect from March 7, 2018. The Swiss company, global market leader in ground and cargo handling, now holds 100% of the leading ground handler in Australia/ New Zealand. Opfikon, Switzerland, 2018-Mar-12… Read the full press release

Boeing to develop its largest autonomous systems development program outside of the U.S. in Australia

Boeing to create Australian-developed, exportable autonomous systems capability Marks Boeing’s second collaboration with Queensland Government, businesses to develop autonomous systems enabling technologies BRISBANE, 2018-Mar-05 — /Travel PR News/ — Australia will be home to Boeing’s [NYSE: BA] largest autonomous systems development program outside of the United States following a new partnership agreement with the Queensland Government…. Read the full press release

AUSTRALIA: Holiday Inn® Sydney St Marys opens its doors

AUSTRALIA: Holiday Inn® Sydney St Marys opens its doors   Denham, United Kingdom, 2018-Jan-10 — /Travel PR News/ — Setting a new benchmark for accommodation in Greater Western Sydney, Holiday Inn® Sydney St Marys has opened its doors. Conveniently located between Parramatta and Penrith and close to the stunning Blue Mountains, the 119-room hotel represents… Read the full press release

IHG announces agreement with Franzé Developments to open and operate Holiday Inn and Suites Geelong, Australia

Denham, United Kingdom, 2017-Nov-24 — /Travel PR News/ — Travellers to Geelong will soon be introduced to the ‘Joy of Travel’, with IHG today announcing a 20-year management agreement with Franzé Developments to open and operate Holiday Inn and Suites Geelong, the largest hotel in the city. Opening in 2020, the 190-room property will be… Read the full press release

Qatar Airways inaugurates non-stop flights from Doha to Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sarajevo is the airline’s fourth Eastern European destination launch this year, following Skopje, Prague and Kyiv Award-winning airline continues rapid expansion of its global route network, adding 26 new destinations through 2018 Doha, Qatar, 2017-Nov-05 — /Travel PR News/ — The first Qatar Airways non-stop flight from Doha to Sarajevo touched down today at Sarajevo International… Read the full press release

Qatar Airways becomes the first airline ever to fly Airbus A350 to the Maldives

Award-winning airline launches its Airbus A350 starting 31 October Doha, Qatar, 2017-Nov-05 — /Travel PR News/ — In a move that makes history, Qatar Airways is proud to announce that it is the first airline ever to fly the state-of-the-art Airbus A350 to the Maldives. The airline has upgraded its current double-daily A330 service to an… Read the full press release

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group announces its first property in Australia

Hong Kong, 2017-Jun-28 — /Travel PR News/ — Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has signed a management contract for a new luxury hotel and branded residences to be developed in Melbourne, Australia. The project is expected to open in 2023, and is the Group’s first announced property in Australia. The hotel and residences will be located… Read the full press release

Australia hosted The World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards ceremony

Australia hosted The World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards ceremony   SYDNEY, Australia, 2017-Apr-10 — /Travel PR News/ — Last night (5 April 2017), Australia hosted The World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards ceremony at Melbourne’s historic Royal Exhibition Building. Close to 1,000 guests, including around 100 chefs and restaurant representatives, 300 media and the 26 Academy… Read the full press release

Australia kicks off World’s 50 Best Restaurants in Sydney

Sydney, Australia, 2017-Apr-03 — /Travel PR News/ — The highly anticipated World’s 50 Best Restaurants arrives in Australia on Saturday, 1 April. Over 90 chefs and restaurant representatives, as well as over 70 international media and the 26 Academy Chairs, will visit Australia for the week-long official event program, hosted by Tourism Australia and state partner,… Read the full press release