Motels and Hospitality

Contributed By: Suzette Sutton - Founder, Australian Home Hosting Expo on

The recent trend in home sharing has brought the tourism industry a whole new pool of customers. And they are travelling to non-traditional tourist locations. Looking at the volume of travellers and destinations, (without getting into policy issues), a whole new and separate market has been created by the home sharing economy. Many home hosts around the world are listing their family home – the WHOLE home – for travelers to rent by the night, by the week or longer. Yes, there are a lot of rooms in private homes available on these platforms if you are a solo traveller or a couple, but have you ever tried to travel with 3 (orRead More →

Contributed By: Ben Hanley of TravelTripper on

In the digital age, online reviews have become an important digital currency for hotels—the more you have, the stronger your online position. Savvy online travelers frequently make their decisions based on the recommendations of others, and 95% of people say they read reviews before making a booking. Of all the review sites out there, TripAdvisor is still widely regarded as number one. But things are changing. A number of review sites are now stepping up their prominence in the hotel space. The power of social media is also creating a shift in the way travelers seek out suggestions and tips to inform their booking decision. InRead More →

Contributed By: Bonnie Tai of SpiceNews.com.au on

W Hotels, part of Marriott International, is set to open the first five-star hotel in Brisbane’s central business district in two decades. Located at 300 George Street, W Brisbane will mark the re-entry of the W brand into Australia, with room bookings to commence in November 2017. The new hotel will offer 312 rooms, including 29 suites, many with stellar views across Brisbane River to South Bank and Mount Coot-tha. For meetings and events, approximately 1,100 square metres of flexible spaces, fully equipped with the latest AV facilities, will be on offer. There will also be three onsite venues to eat, mix and mingle. WRead More →

Contributed By: Resort Brokers on

With 150 franchised properties across Australia, New Zealand and Fiji, Quest Apartment Hotels is the largest and fastest growing apartment hotel operator in Australasia, and a brand that business travellers have come to rely on. Learn about becoming a Quest franchisee at an upcoming seminar in Brisbane, on Tuesday October 17 at Quest Woolloongabba, from 6pm. With new greenfield and existing opportunities currently available in the Brisbane area, come along and listen to experts from Quest explain the Quest franchise business model, which has been created to remove some of the challenges of achieving success in small business. Quest’s partners Holmans Accounting, Mike Phipps Finance, Milicevic Lawyers and ResortRead More →

A few weeks ago we published an article exploring why onsite managers might want to consider jumping on the AirBnB bandwagon. It featured a number of pro-AirBnB comments we’d received from our members, many of which centred around the positive effect it had had on their revenue. But on the other side of the coin, we also received a substantial response from the opposing camp. The picture they painted was far from rosy – in fact the overall impression was that, as this article’s slightly sensational-sounding headline might suggest, AirBnB and strata living might never be able to peacefully coexist. This isn’t to say thatRead More →

Contributed By: Resort Brokers on

A PRIME Port Macquarie CBD riverfront accommodation property holding has changed hands in a landmark deal that underlines the rising tourism-related investment appetite for the Mid North Coast. Local development companies Lloyd Coastal Property and Bannister Constructions have sold the Palm Court Motor Inn, which they’ve owned in William Street since 1989, along with the management rights and 21 units in their adjacent 2007 development, Mantra Quayside, to a single buyer. The ‘hybrid’ deal negotiated by James Carrick of national accommodation specialists, Resort Brokers Australia, sees control of the key gateway precinct pass to an undisclosed private buyer from the Mid North Coast region. MrRead More →

Resort Brokers Australia has added two new brokers to its Queensland ranks, taking the agency’s growing national network of specialist brokers to 37. The two latest appointments, Todd Warner on the Gold Coast and Arron Bailey on the Sunshine Coast, follow significant recent expansion moves in Victoria and South Australia. Catering for management rights demand growth on the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, Resort Brokers has welcomed two sales professionals from former senior management roles with the world’s largest family-owned spirits company, Bacardi Martini Australia. Todd Warner, an experienced sales professional with a proven track record of leadership in the liquor and construction industries over some 25 years, will handle managementRead More →

A torrent of investment in large-scale infrastructure projects is set to stimulate widespread opportunities in the accommodation industry, particularly in regional centres, according to Resort Brokers Australia. The national industry specialist is urging accommodation investors and operators to “follow the infrastructure trail” as Australia embarks on a period of colossal investment in nation-building projects designed to stimulate economic productivity in the short and long term. Commitments, at Federal and State levels, are numerous.  Chief among them are the 1700km so-called ‘Steel Mississippi’ Inland Rail from Melbourne to Brisbane, the giant power-grid battery project dubbed Snowy Hydro 2.0, and the new Western Sydney Airport at BadgerysRead More →

A Property Manager’s ticket to freedom   HiRUM Software Solutions announces the launch of ‘HiRUM Anywhere’ today, a property management solution which will redefine the accommodation Industry. ‘HiRUM Anywhere’ has been designed to give Property Managers complete freedom, offering them the opportunity to access critical business information whilst on the go.  No longer will they be required to have access to a computer or the internet in order to keep an eye on their business. The benefits of the technology created by HiRUM is that it is ‘Mobile First’ not traditional ‘Cloud’. This allows the software to be accessed even without internet connectivity or power; and is designedRead More →

Think back to a time when websites were merely an imaginary idea, rather like the concept cars of the future, considered impossible by the masses. Most couldn’t even visualize Google, it was just a funny word, spoken but rarely understood. Most of us couldn’t picture in our minds how a customer in the United States might be able to tap a few keys on his keyboard to book a hotel in Australia. How could that possibly happen without a phone or a fax? And just what was this thing called the Internet that none of us could see but which was creating immense wealth forRead More →