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February 15, 2018

The Latest Meetings and Events Updates From Australia




Melbourne, Australia // Photo by BoripanC/iStock/Getty Images Plus/Getty Images

From new hotels to the latest flight updates, there have been a number of updates to Australia's meetings and events sector. Here's what meeting planners need to know. 

Hotel News

Photo courtesy of InterContinental Perth City Centre

The InterContinental Perth City Centre Opens in Western Australia

The InterContinental Perth City Centre recently opened its doors in Western Australia. The 16-story hotel’s 240 guest rooms take on a luxurious and residential feel, offering city views courtesy of the floor-to-ceiling windows. 

Among the various room layouts, guests have the option to book Club InterContinental rooms, which allow for exclusive access to a top-floor lounge and an executive meeting room. The penthouse perks include a complimentary a la carte breakfast, afternoon tea service and an evening canapes and drinks under the city-lit skyline.

The sandstone lobby walls compliment glass encased stairwells. One of the hotel’s largest installations is its floating glass lobby sculpture, “Forest Drift”, created by Margaret River glass artisan, Gerry Reilly. Reilly shares that the sizable sculpture’s shape and color scheme was inspired by Western Australia’s stunning landscapes.

The Gallery Meeting Suites is set to be a multi-purpose business center, accommodating a variety of business gatherings. Five meeting spaces are connected by a large open gathering lounge for breakout sessions. The Gallery Meeting Suites also house two open kitchens available for live culinary displays along with a terrace bar.

There are four dining venues at the InterContinental Perth, including Ascua, a ground-floor Spanish restaurant complete with an open kitchen.

Perth, Western Australia’s capital city, is undergoing significant urbanization bringing in new restaurants, bars, and travelers each year, which explains why 2018 is expecting 2,000 new hotel rooms.

The InterContinental sits on Hay Street, just down the street from His Majesty’s Theatre. Guests are just a few steps from King Street’s high end retailers ranging from Chanel to Kailis Pearls, with plenty of room for exploration of Perth’s many charming laneways and cafes.

New Pullman Hotel Set for Western Sydney

A five-star Pullman Hotel will be built as part of the Western Sydney Performing Arts Centre, which is due to open in October of 2019. The Centre will have a 2,000-seat theater to cater for large conference groups and events.

Two Hotels, Conference Center Added to Brisbane Airport Precinct

A 132-room, five-star Pullman Hotel, a 3.5 star ibis hotel and an adjoining Brisbane Airport Conference Centre, has opened within a short walk to the Brisbane Domestic Airport.

Brisbane Set to Receive New Luxury Hotel

The Mantra Group has opened a new luxury property, FV by Peppers, in Brisbane’s entertainment precinct of Fortitude Valley.

Guests can enjoy a heated u-shaped skyline swimming pool with views of Queensland’s capital city and Story Bridge.

Art Series Opens New Hotel

The Chen, the latest Art Series Hotel, has opened in the Melbourne suburb of Box Hill.  The opening marks the first for Art Series Hotels new owners, Mantra Group. The 100-room hotel offers conference and event facilities, a rooftop pool and an in-house art library.

Restaurant Venues

Sydney, Australia // Photo by zetter/iStock/Getty Images Plus/Getty Images

Sydney’s Latest Restaurant Set to Open

A new 180-seat fine dining restaurant, Bea, opened in Sydney’s Barangaroo precinct on December 16. Head chef Cory Campbell has created a contemporary Australian menu featuring native and local ingredients. The wine list features both popular Australian producers and up-and-coming producers from smaller regions. There is also a focus on biodynamic and organic wines.

Sydney Harbour Restaurant  to Undergo Major Renovation

Sydney restaurant Quay will close its doors in March for three months to undergo a major renovation of its kitchen and fine dining area. Quay will reopen with a transformed menu by Australian celebrity chef Peter Gilmore. The restaurant will be repositioned to maximize its views of the Harbour Bridge and will feature a series of small and intimate dining spaces.

The Star Gold Coast Expands Food and Beverage Offerings

The Star Gold Coast has launched a new bar called Cherry serving seasonal cocktails and drinks. Cherry will have a 72-foot long bar for prompt service and four VIP booths for small groups.

The resort will also launch a ninth venue called Food Quarter - offering a casual dining space for guests. Food Quarter will feature an open plan kitchen and extensive menu. In time for the Commonwealth Games, The Star Gold Coast will also complete a refurbishment of their 596-room, five-star hotel.

Australian Pub Reopens in Isolated Ghost Town, Population Zero

Betoota, in a near-inhospitable area of Queensland, is about 100 miles from the nearest populated locality and its temperatures can exceed 50C. The last permanent resident died in 2004.

But the former town’s only remaining building – The Betoota Hotel, a sandstone pub built around 1890 – is now set to reopen.

Robert Haken, a smash repairer, said he saw the pub 30 years ago and has since wanted to revive it. He plans to open in August and will serve fuel and drinks  as well as sausages, bacon and egg rolls, steak burgers, pies and sausages rolls.

Flight News

Photo courtesy of Air New Zealand

Increased Flights Between North America and Melbourne

Air Canada has just last week commenced nonstop flights between Vancouver and Melbourne. The service will move to three times a week year-round in June. In addition, Qantas is preparing to launch a Melbourne to Los Angeles flight for mid-December.

Increased Access to Adelaide From New Zealand

Air New Zealand will increase its Auckland to Adelaide capacity by extending services from the peak summer period to year-round, starting the end of March. The move will increase passenger numbers to South Australia’s capital from New Zealand by 30 percent.

United Airlines Adds Nonstop Houston – Sydney Flights

In January, United Airlines began daily, nonstop service between its Houston hub and Sydney, Australia. The new flight, at 8,596 miles, is United’s second longest, just after United’s Los Angeles – Singapore service, which debuted in October. 

The new route also aims to serve more than 70 North American cities by enabling one-stop service to Sydney. United customers from Charlotte, North Carolina, for example currently must connect through Chicago to San Francisco before their flight brings them to Sydney. Come January 18, 2018, these customers and may others need only fly to Houston before taking off for Sydney.

United’s flight between Houston and Sydney is operated with Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, each with a total of 252 seats: 48 flat-bed seats in United Polaris business class, 63 Economy Plus seats and 141 seats in United Economy


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