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11/05/09 - Accor Asia Pacific is expanding its resort network into Victoria’s spa country with a new Novotel in Daylesford. Opening in mid 2007, the new $55m Novotel Forest Resort in Creswick is developed by Forest Resort as part of a $200m fully-integrated development incorporating holiday villas, commercial outlets and leisure activities, which was launched in 2000 by Victorian Premier Steve Bracks. Situated 80km from Melbourne on the northern side of the Great Dividing Range, the Daylesford area is famous for its spas and health facilities. As part of the Forest Resort development, the existing 88-year-old golf course will be expanded to a par-72 golf course, designed by Tony Cashmore. On completion, the resort will feature its own luxurious health and beauty day spa in addition to a signature restaurant, alfresco dining options, and a spike bar for golf course members and guests. Extensive conference rooms, presentation technology and modern facilities will also be available to the MICE market and special events organisers. Guest facilities and activities will include jogging, walking and bike tracks; horse riding; trout fishing and canoeing plus picnics and local winery, country pub and antique tours. They will have easy access to a broad range of recreational pursuits and day tours, both on-site and around the area for those wish to explore the nearby attractions of Daylesford, Creswick and the picturesque Hepburn Shire. Over the past few years, the Daylesford region has matured as a destination, evolving into one of Australia’s respected golf and spa retreat destinations. Increased visitors from Melbourne, combined with new awareness for the region by savvy interstate and international travellers, means this is the right time for Accor to partner with Forest Resort and create a new Novotel that will not only pre-empt the growing demand for premium hotel suites by leisure clients, but provide fresh opportunities to build the conference and incentive market.
08/05/09 - According to the General Manager of the Grand Hotel Melbourne, Paul McConville, with the staffing shortages facing the hospitality industry set to only get worse, the industry needs to change its youth-centric attitude. McConville said that often an older person is more suited to certain positions than a younger person. The five star Accor Asia Pacific-owned hotel and their general manager hit the news with the announcement that they had decided that a person with the character profile of a typical Santa Claus was what they needed in a doorman. When a seven-month search for a new doorman for the heritage-listed hotel using the usual recruitment processes did not turn up a suitable person, McConville turned to a recruitment agency that was originally involved in finding Santas for leading retailers. The request was for a Santa-like personality with requirements including that the person be mature, happy, personable, well-groomed and understand what great customer service is. The process led to the appointment of Warren Page, a 64-year-old who had worked in the hospitality industry for many years in his younger days including time at the VIP rooms at Caulfield and Flemington. For a period of four and half years, however, Page had been unable to find a permanent position. McConville said that the recruitment of Page had generated strong feedback from hotel patrons. He has an amazing rapport with people and that is what needed. McConville said that the role for this hotel is important and the doorman only get one chance to make that initial impression as people come through those doors for the first time. Many hotels opt for young, good-looking doormen, but while managing such a grand hotel, which caters predominantly to senior business travellers, it makes far greater sense to have a more mature person who initially greets people.
07/05/09 - Sydney’s Blue Line Cruises hosted an industry open night mooring its five boats at King Street Wharf for trade members to inspect. The fleet have undergone a major refurbishment with the Sydney Showboat receiving a $1.5 million revamp. The boat is home to the new Harbour Ballroom which hosted a range of cruises including night disco cruises and lunchtime jazz sessions. Blue Line Cruises, which is owned by the Accor Asia Pacific group, claimed thousands of dollars worth of business was written over the course of the evening. Shinji Urayama from Nippon Travel (NTA) won a $7,000 party cruise aboard one of the vessels.
06/05/09 - Accor Asia Pacific have taken over the management of the Swiss-Grand Resort and Spa at Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach, and are planning a refurbishment as a part of their growth plans for the property. A popular base for holiday makers and for short breaks, the 4.5 star all-suite hotel is one of Sydney’s most successful conference and function venues. The 203-room property features stunning views and a resort-style feel in the heart of Bondi’s busy restaurant, retail and entertainment precinct. Resort facilities include a rooftop swimming pool and the Samsara Day Spa, offering Balinese massage and spa treatments in a lush, tropical purpose-built centre. The hotel offers a variety of restaurants and bars, including the signature Epic Brasserie and the Deck Bar and BBQ, which overlooks Bondi Beach. The Swiss-Grand’s conference and function facilities include a ballroom, meeting and board rooms, and the rooftop Bellevue Terrace, an exclusive reception venue that offers peerless beach views. Accor Asia Pacific are well-experienced in operating major beachside resorts and can bring a new level of hospitality to the famed hotel. Accor have operated major waterfront hotels such as the Manly Pacific, Novotel Brighton Beach and Novotel Northbeach, all of which have extensive conference facilities. Accor Asia Pacific will use this background and experience to build on the Swiss Grand's position. Bondi Beach is known throughout the world for its highly attractive beach and relaxed lifestyle and with the hotel’s outstanding position and views. Accor Asia Pacific look forward to bring larger numbers of international, interstate and local visitors to the hotel for conferences, weddings, meetings and indulgent holidays. Plans are developed for soft upgrading of rooms and the function areas, and introduce other new initiatives in facilities and services. Accor Asia Pacific’s hotel brands are Sofitel, Pullman, Novotel, Mercure, Suitehotel, Ibis, All Seasons, Etap Hotel, Formule 1 and Motel 6.
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