Home' Hotel Management : HM April 2017 Contents QT Hotels and Resorts is now officially in New Zealand, with the Museum
Art Hotel in Wellington rebranding under the hip label following a NZD$12
Now known as QT Museum Wellington, the refurbished public spaces
and soon-to-be-completed hotel rooms have been creatively conceived by
architect and designer Shelley Indyk.
Indyk has created a bold backdrop to display the quirky art, offering a
touch of Hollywood glamour whilst respecting the philosophy of the hotel.
The hotel’s room designs have been taken to a new level by Indyk
including luxury modern traveller perks unique to the design-driven brand –
from night caps to emergency bow-ties and other quirky amenities.
Finishing touches have been created by stylist Anna Roberts and staff
costumes by celebrated Broadway costume designer Janet Hine.
Event Hospitality and Entertainment Managing Director, David
Seargeant, said the refurbishment and rebranding represents the evolution
whilst paying homage to the unique history of the hotel.
“In acquiring this iconic hotel brimming with personality which has
become a favourite for visitors and locals alike, we wanted to evolve and
build on its unique character,” he said.
“ We have developed this by highlighting the eclectic feel whilst ensuring
the quirky character of the QT brand features strongly.”
The hotel’s eccentric and eclectic art collection amassed by former owner
Chris Parkin will continue to be displayed throughout the public spaces and
will continue to unfold, selected by Amanda Love, QT Hotels Art Curator.
QT Museum Wellington doesn’t stop at signature QT style in public spaces
and rooms. The Hippopotamus Restaurant and Bar will continue to serve
French-inspired fare under the direction of Executive Chef Laurent Loudeac.
Wellington can also expect a new eatery to rival the city’s exceptional
restaurant and bar scene mid-2017, in the form of a Japanese/ Korean street
food inspired bar Hot Sauce, as seen at QT Melbourne.
The hotel has operated under the direction of QT Hotels and Resorts
since its sale to Event in 2015.
Hilton enhances, rebrands Honors loyalty program
Hilton has re-branded and enhanced its
popular loyalty program Hilton Honors,
including becoming the only such program
that will offer members the choice to
flexibly combine points and money for a
The program’s name and logo has shifted
from HHonors (with two H’s) to Honors and
the company says this is part of the continual
evolution of the program.
Simultaneously, Hilton has also enhanced the
program through a points redeeming partnership
with Amazon.com; will now allow family and friends
to combine their Points for free; and is offering the
ability to extend Diamond status when life puts
travel on pause.
“At Hilton, we are committed to continually
innovating to deliver exceptional experiences for
our guests,” said Christopher J. Nassetta, president
and chief executive officer, Hilton.
“Enabling our Hilton Honors members to use
their Points to shop at Amazon.com, along with
the other industry-first perks we are announcing,
are some of the many ways we are honouring
Hilton Honors has become the only guest loyalty
program where members can redeem their points for
an award night or a stay using a flexible combination
of points and money. Beginning in late February,
members can use the new Hilton Honors Points and
Money slider to select how many points they want
to redeem toward a room. This means members will
now be able to use their points faster for hotel stays,
any time, with no blackout dates.
Beginning in April, Hilton Honors members will
be able to combine – or ‘pool’ – their points with up
to 10 friends or family members for free. A total of
11 members can pool their points for stays in great
locations for family reunions, trips with friends or
any other event that brings people together.
Whether bringing home a newborn, going
back to school or launching a new career,
Hilton Honors’ most loyal members have
shared that life sometimes puts travel on
pause. Eligible Diamond members may now
receive a one-time, one-year extension of
their status – for any reason. Hilton says no
other hospitality industry program offers this
level of flexibility.
“These new perks revolutionize how all
Hilton Honors members can use their Points.
Frequent travellers told us they want more
flexibility while less frequent travellers want to be
able to use their Points in more ways and more
quickly,” said Mark Weinstein, senior vice president
and global head, customer engagement, loyalty
“Now more than ever, Hilton Honors is the
most flexible, useful, and valuable guest loyalty
program – giving our members more of what they
As part of the rebranding of Honors, Hilton has
revealed a new corporate identity and logo. From
today forward, the company will no longer use
‘Worldwide’ in its name and be known simply as Hilton.
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