What’s new in Australia travel and tourism?
Virgin Australia and Air Canada codeshare
From 1 June 2017, Virgin Australia and Air Canada began a new codeshare agreement on flights between Los Angeles and Toronto, Calgary and Montreal, providing improved regional access to Australian destinations. As part of the strategic cooperation between the airlines, Virgin Australia plans to place its code on Air Canada’s direct flights between Australia and Vancouver in a subsequent stage of the agreement.
NEW SOUTH WALES
Antipodean restaurant adds to Australia’s native dining trend
In Sydney’s inner-city neighbourhood of Potts Point you’ll now find Antipodean, a restaurant where award-winning chef Grant King celebrates the very best of local artisans, fisherman, winemakers, brewers and even ceramicists. Guests can try pepperberry, creamy raw kangaroo, pickled muntries (a native cranberry) and more.
Handa Opera secured for a further three years
Presented by Opera Australia, Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour presents large-scale productions on a bespoke floating stage, with impressive sets, costumes and lighting against the backdrop of Sydney Harbour and the Sydney Opera House.
Elements resort in Byron Bay to reopen after extension
Byron Bay resort, Elements, is set to relaunch in October 2017 with 99 new luxury villas and 12 new leisure areas. The new Eco Education Centre will provide a hub for guests to learn about sustainable living including food production. The Centre will be 100% solar powered and include productive market gardens that will provide food for the resort’s five restaurants.
One of Melbourne’s top Italian restaurants to launch in Sydney
Celebrity chef Neil Perry has announced he is bringing Rosetta, one of Melbourne’s top Italian restaurants, to Sydney in 2018. Currently under construction, the restaurant is set to offer fine dining in opulent style.
Upgrade announced for Cairns Convention Centre
Plans have been revealed for an AUD 176 million expansion and upgrade of the Cairns Convention Centre. The project will include the refurbishment of the existing centre plus the addition of a new exhibition space and meeting rooms. Construction will begin in April 2018.
Brisbane’s newest ‘native dining’ experience
Detour is riding the new wave of Australian dining that confidently celebrates the country’s native ingredients. Food is by chef Damon Amos, who previously turned gastronomy on its head at one of Brisbane’s most celebrated restaurants, Public. On the menu, guests will find gunpowder-cured salmon accompanied by black native ants and a green curry cream.
One and Only ends Hayman Island management
Hayman Island owners Mulpha Australia and operators One and Only have mutually decided to end their agreement to brand and manage luxury property in Queensland’s Whitsundays.
The resort is currently closed for renovations until mid-2018 as a result of damage sustained from Cyclone Debbie in late March 2017. Mulpha Australia will be rebranding the Resort upon re-opening.
Ovolo Hotels expands to Brisbane with New Inchcolm Hotel and Suites
Ovolo Hotels has expanded to the Brisbane market with the purchase of the New Inchcolm Hotel and Suites.
The five-star heritage listed hotel features a 100-plus capacity conference and events space. The 50-room property has some of the largest rooms in Brisbane with an average of 35 square metres.
More additions to The Star Gold Coast announced
The Star Gold Coast, has announced five new food and beverage experiences will open ahead of the Commonwealth Games in April 2018. In addition, the existing building willconnect to the new luxury six-star tower which is nearing completion.
Australia’s first Mandarin Oriental to open in 2023
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is moving into Australia, signing a management contract for a new luxury hotel and branded residences to be developed in Melbourne.
Mandarin Oriental Melbourne will feature 196 rooms and suites along with a variety of meeting spaces and an executive club lounge along with a spa, all-day restaurant and a bar with a landscaped roof terrace.
Art Series Hotel to open new property in Melbourne
Named after and inspired by Chinese Australian artist Zhong Chen, The Chen will house 100 rooms, an events centre, rooftop pool, gym and four food and beverage outlets.
The Chen will encapsulate all of the Art Series Hotel Group’s signature amenities including their renowned art tours, dedicated art channels, artist documentaries and art libraries. Art Series branded Smart Cars and Lekker bicycles will be available to explore the area and further afield.
Jackalope Hotel opens on the Mornington Peninsula
Set on one of Mornington Peninsula’s most pristine vineyards is the new luxury boutique hotel, Jackalope. The hotel features 46 luxury rooms, a 30 metre infinity pool, art commissions and installations, fine dining and an on-property winery and cellar door. Winery restaurant and wine bar, Rare Hare, celebrates the region’s winemaking roots and serves the best of local produce.
New hotel in Hobart tells the story of Tasmania
New hotel MACq 01 has opened in Hobart and promises to tell guests tales of Tasmanian characters past and present. The 114 luxury rooms represent various Tasmanian characters and a Hotel Master Storyteller, who leads a team of full-time storytellers and takes guests on tours of Hobart’s waterfront.