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The team at Pullman Sydney Airport
Pullman Sydney Airport has o cially opened for
business, with the first guests welcomed at the hotel
The 229-room property has become the 15th
Pullman property in operation across Australia
and is the 700th hotel to join AccorHotels' rapidly
expanding network in the Asia Pacific region.
Spanning 12 floors and located on O'Riordan
Street, Mascot, the hotel is expected to be popular
with international and domestic business and leisure
travellers, due to its 5-star o ering and prime location
just 600m from Sydney's domestic airport terminal
and 3km from the International Airport.
On arrival, guests are greeted with a welcoming
and spacious, high-ceiling lobby which merges
seamlessly with Mobius Bar and Grill, an open
plan kitchen which allows guests to immerse in the
theatre of food preparation.
A stylish Executive Club Lounge remains a
hallmark of every Pullman hotel, and provides
guests with a sophisticated, intimate space to
check in, plug in and work remotely, or enjoy some
evening canapés and beverages with colleagues.
The Executive Club Lounge also caters to
those in transit, equipped with shower facilities
and televisions projecting flight arrival and
The hotel features a state-of-the art 24-hour
gym, flooded with natural light overlooking a
Pullman Sydney Airport General Manager,
Bernie Boller, said: "Since first announcing the hotel
18 months ago, we are delighted to finally open our
doors and welcome the hotel's first guests.
"Our ambition is to be known as a welcoming
sanctuary for business and leisure guests, away from
the hustle and bustle of the airport, a space where
travellers can be both productive and relaxed,
without being too far from the convenience of a
major international transport hub," he said.
The "longest federal election" is over and
now we need to establish if the government
of the day can actually prosecute the agenda
One of the key policies for the Liberal
Government was a cut to company tax, which
was a policy we believe would benefit our
members, particularly since our industry has
not had a tax cut for years for properties with
a turnover of more than two million dollars.
The Liberal Party must prosecute the political
agenda to restore business and consumer
confidence and reduce costs to doing
business. We look forward to working with the
new Government over the next term.
Another matter that is being dealt with by the
re-elected government is the Review of the
Disability (Access to Premises -- Buildings)
Standards 2010. The AAoA in its submission
to the Department highlights that the current
legislation is onerous, with respect to room
ratios for accessible rooms. The current
stock of accessible rooms is far in excess of
current and forecasted future demand. This is
highlighted more when you look at Airbnb that
is now boasting 70,000 sites in Australia with
no requirement at all to cater for our disabled
guests. All properties should have at least
one accessible room, but the current ratio of
requiring three rooms in a small 42 room motel
is out of balance. Our businesses have a long-
standing record of ensuring that guests with
disability are not subject to discrimination -- a
record our members should be proud of.
The AAoA Academy has been successful
in partnering with International Convention
Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) to provide
pre-employment programs and services
to the new venue opening in December
this year. Troy Schu t the Director of the
Academy will be responsible for delivering
pre-employment programs to new job ready
candidates for the venue.
ICC Sydney is an integral component of
tourism infrastructure, driving high yield
demand to our properties and we are looking
forward to making sure the best quality
candidates are referred to deliver world class
services to the delegates.
The recent announcement of an
accommodation alliance between AAoA and
Australian Timeshare and Holiday Ownership
Council (ATHOC) is also a very good
outcome for industry and you can read about
that in our Key News pages.
Lastly I wish to farewell a long standing
member of our Management team, Michael
Georgeson who has accepted the role of
General Manager of Golden Chain. Michael
joined the Association in 2010 and has led
the team of the AAoA for the past 5.5-years.
We will be seeking a replacement for
Michael in due course.
Richard Munro is CEO of the
Accommodation Association of Australia
Marriott's acquisition of Starwood is set to change
the hotel industry forever, according to Carlson
Wagonlit Travel (CWT).
CWT's latest white paper, launched in late June,
shows corporate travel buyers need to start thinking
about the implications now and start planning how
it will change their travel programs.
"Consolidation in the hotel industry isn't new but
the Marriott and Starwood tie-up is likely to change
the way corporate travel is bought and sold," says
Scott Brennan, CWT's EVP and Head of Global
"Everyone has to think very carefully about what
this means for negotiating corporate travel deals."
In 14 of the world's top 20 cities, the new hotel
group will have nearly a third of the corporate travel
hotel spend, rising to half in some places.
Also, CWT's analysis suggests Marriott, more
than any other chain, has chosen not to take part in
corporate travel RFP processes.
"The implications are potentially huge," Brennan
says. "We think the new Marriott-Starwood group
is going to have a lot of say in the market, which
could alter the way corporate rooms are bought
"We don't yet know the full impact and because
the new group won't be finalized in time for the
negotiations this year, we won't know until the 2017
negotiating season, in September next year," he says.
A further consideration is travel policy
compliance. One of the travel buyer's best
negotiating tools is compliance because they can
drive volume to preferred properties.
However, CWT says its analysis shows 22% of
non-compliant spend is with Marriott and nine
percent is with Starwood..
CWT says Marriott's Starwood takeover
will change the hotel industry forever
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