Home' Hotel Management : HM AUG 2015 Contents The introduction of the first
Wyndham-branded property in South
East Asia was celebrated in July at the
official opening ceremony in Phuket,
Thailand, attended by prominent Thai
ministers and members of the local
tourism and hospitality industry.
Mrs Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul,
Minister of Tourism and Sports,
Mr Pornchai Rujiprapa, Minister of
Information and Communication
Technology and Mr Sommai Phasee,
Minister of Finance welcomed
the world’s largest hotel company,
Wyndham Hotel Group, to Thailand
with the opening of Wyndham Sea
Pearl Resort Phuket.
Wyndham Sea Pearl Resort Phuket will operate
as a mixed-use property for the use of hotel
guests and Club Wyndham Asia members. It is
the latest addition to the extensive Wyndham
Vacation Ownership portfolio, including more than
200 vacation ownership resorts across North and
Central America and the South Pacific.
“ We are very excited to welcome
Wyndham Hotel Group to Phuket,
Thailand and we believe the introduction
of this rapidly expanding global hotel
company is further proof that Thailand has
the potential to be the top tourism hub in
the Asia region,” said Wattanavrangkul.
Barry Robinson, President and
Managing Director of Wyndham Hotel
Group South East Asia and Pacific Rim
said the opening of Wyndham Sea Pearl
Resort Phuket was a significant milestone
for the company.
“The launch of our first Wyndham-
branded property in Thailand is an
important step in the growth of our
Wyndham Hotel Group brands in South East
Asia and the Pacific Rim, which is set to continue
across the region in the coming months and
years,” Robinson said.
Solar-powered, credit card-enabled swipe and ride bicycle hire has arrived in
Adelaide, with the opening of the first Spinway bicycle station in the heart of
the CBD at the tech-savvy ibis Adelaide Hotel on Grenfell Street during July.
ibis Adelaide has become the 10th AccorHotels property in Australia to
partner with Spinway, a bike hire program that has rapidly taken off at hotels
across the nation.
Spinway is featured in Adina, Autograph Collection, Crowne Plaza, Grand
Chancellor, Hilton, Hyatt Regency, ibis, InterContinental, Mantra, Marriott,
Mercure, Novotel, Oaks, Parkroyal, Rendezvous, Rydges, Sage and Vibe hotels
across Australia, with AccorHotels currently featuring the most number of
Spinway Adelaide provides lightweight, reliable bikes for hire 24/ 7, 365 days
a year. After collecting a free helmet, lock and map from reception, guests can
simply swipe their credit card, select their preferred rental period, and take off
to cycle around the sights of the city.
“It’s an obvious partnership for us, and we are delighted to be the first hotel
in Adelaide to launch this brand new bicycle experience to our guests,” said ibis
Adelaide General Manager, Nathan Frost.
“Adelaide is an ideal city for bike hire. It’s such a well-laid out city, and you
can ride from the city to the beach without any steep hills to slow you down.
“This is a great way for our hotel guests and tourists to easily and safely
enjoy our city, and it’s environmentally friendly too,” he said.
The Spinway bicycle station is located inside the entrance of the ibis hotel on
Grenfell Street. Spinway have purposely selected Avanti bikes, with comfortable
adjustable seats, puncture-resistant tyres and a low step frame suitable for a
wide range of riders to ensure guests have a hassle-free spin around town.
Spinway has grown rapidly over the past few months and has seen success
with their stations now rolling out across a number of cities in Australia,
including Sydney, Canberra, Newcastle, Wollongong, the Gold Coast, Perth,
Broome, Kalgoorlie and now Adelaide.
Spinway Founder and CEO, Matt Rennie, said ibis Adelaide was the first of
many stations to roll out across the city and the initial guest response was fantastic.
“ibis Adelaide has been the perfect property to launch Spinway in
Adelaide,” he said. “It’s the newest hotel in the city, the most high-tech in
town and owner James Hines is a passionate cyclist, so it really was a perfect
fit for the product.
“In the coming weeks, we will be deploying further stations in hotels around
Adelaide, giving both locals and tourists access to a low-cost, environmentally
friendly and fun way to both get around town and explore the city.”
Novotel Barossa Valley Resort is the next Accor bike station off the rank
and joins other AccorHotels properties involved with Spinway including:
Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour, ibis Sydney Darling Harbour, Novotel
Wollongong, Mercure Canberra, Novotel Canberra, Novotel Perth Langley,
Mercure Perth, Novotel Vines Resort and Country Club and Mercure Broome.
ibis Adelaide rolls out
popular bike hire program
WYNDHAM DEBUTS IN SOUTH EAST ASIA
Staff approval: ibis Adelaide GM Nathan
Frost with Kat O’Shea, Joe Pirrotta and
Hannah Asher try out Spinway’s bikes
The opening of Wyndham Sea Pearl Resort Phuket
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