Issue 2543 - 2 October, 2020

    Australia opens up

    Australia will open its New South Wales and Northern Territories regions to visitors from New Zealand, from October 16. Other countries are under consideration for quarantine-free arrivals, reports Reuters. New Zealand tourists spent AUD2.6bn in Australia during 2019. However, the New Zealand government has yet to reciprocate by dropping quarantine requirements for Australians, or for [...]

    Room Mate offers testing

    Spanish accommodation brand Room Mate is to offer guests free covid-19 testing. The initiative aims to provide reassurance to both hotel guests, and operational staff, reports The Guardian. The antigen tests will be offered to guests on arrival, or at a network of Spanish clinics, allowing testing before travel. After a pilot at hotels in [...]

    Mailbox floats

    The Mailbox, a mixed use asset in Birmingham, UK will be the first asset to list on the new International Property Securities Exchange. The property, valued at GBP179m, will seek to raise GBP62.5m by a share placing. The office, retail and leisure block will be listed under a single asset Reit vehicle. Funds raised will [...]

    Ginger for Zirakpur

    Indian Hotels has signed to launch its Ginger brand in Zirakpur, Chandigarh. The 110 room new build will be part of the town’s Dhillon Plaza mixed use development. Ginger is partnering with Silicon Constructions on the development, and will lease the property. Ginger currently has 52 hotels open across India, with a further 22 in [...]