Issue 2561 - 28 October, 2020

    The Sebel grows

    Accor has signed three hotels in Australia and New Zealand to its Sebel brand. The properties, in Yarrawonga, Melbourne and Wellington will all open within the next year, reports Asia Travel Tips. The Sebel Yarrawonga will open next month, with 63 rooms at launch and a second phase of 54 rooms planned for 2022. The [...]

    Edinburgh setback

    A bid by Urbanist Hotels and Rosewood Hotels to build a landmark luxury hotel in Edinburgh has been stopped by the Scottish government. They ruled the scheme, to extend the listed Old Royal High School, would spoil a heritage site, reports The Guardian. The prominent neoclassical building would have been reused with extensions to provide [...]

    Marriott offers WFH

    Marriott has launched three “work from hotel” options – Day Pass, Stay Pass and Play Pass. The move comes as Hyatt expands its Work From Hyatt extended stay package. Day Pass offers a 12 hour day room hire, while Stay Pass combines a working day and overnight booking. Play Pass is designed for a family [...]

    Second fund for Pro-Invest

    Investor Pro-Invest has raised AUD300m to fund a second phase of IHG branded hotels across Australia. Backers of the second fund include a division of the Australian government, reports AFR. The fund will back development of more Holiday Inn Express hotels, as well as seeking conversions to build the Voco brand in Australia. Pro-Invest executives [...]