Brisbane Insider November 2019
Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane set to reopen
Brisbane’s fabulous Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane is set reopen its heritage-listed doors this month. The hotel was forced to shut its doors in September 2018 after an incident beyond its control. It will be back better than ever when it opens for bookings from 25 November. Nestled in the Heritage-listed former Queensland Government Savings Bank building, the Adina Brisbane has 220 rooms and suites and includes an extra five levels designed to complement the historic building with expansive views and balconies.
Operators scoop up Queensland awards
Congratulations to our member operators who won at the Queensland Tourism Awards last week. Gold winners were Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort for the Steve Irwin Award for Ecotourism, the Bundaberg Rum Visitor Experience for Tourism Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries and The Calile Hotel for Luxury Accommodation. Silver winners included Australia Zoo, Bundaberg Rum Visitor Experience, Fun Over Fifty, Minjerribah Camping, Pterodactyl Helicopters, Dracula's Gold Coast, Moreton Bay Region Visitor Information Centres. Bronze winners included Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Spirits of the Red Sand, Discover Ipswich (Destination Marketing campaign), Sirromet Winery and W Brisbane. For the full list of winners, click here.
More gongs for Brisbane
Brisbane is raking in the awards. Congratulations to the Emporium Hotel South Bank for taking out Australia's Leading Boutique Hotel and Australia's Leading Hotel Residences at the 26th annual World Travel Awards Asia and Oceania ceremony in Vietnam last month. Bouquets also to Wine & Dine’m Catering who won National Events Caterer of the Year at the 2019 Restaurant & Catering National Awards for Excellence, staged at the Howard Smith Wharves.
Meanwhile, Brisbane took out top gongs in the 2019 HM Awards for Hotel and Accommodation Excellence, including The Fantauzzo for Hotel Interior Design, The Calile Hotel for New Hotel, Kristie Mancell from The Calile Hotel for Sales and Marketing Associate, Charles Martin from the Emporium Hotel South Bank for Rising Star, Hilton and Ovolo Hotels for Hotel Brand and Accor for Accommodation Chain.
Additionally, Rydges South Bank was officially inducted to the Hall of Fame for Best Superior Accommodation at the Queensland Hotels Association Awards of Excellence, after winning the category for three consecutive years. The hotel also received the Workplace Health & Safety Award and Guest Experience Supervisor Kait Einam was named Guest Services Employee of the Year. The hotel’s acclaimed Bacchus Restaurant was awarded Best Prestige Restaurant for the second year in a row. Eatons Hill Hotel also entered the Awards’ Hall of Fame for winning the Best Entertainment Venue category three consecutive years in a row.
BCEC menus focus on fresh local produce
Recently-appointed Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre Executive Chef, David Pugh, has unleashed his haute cuisine skills and love of fresh local produce on the Centre’s newly-released menus. Pugh, who reigned as Queensland’s Ambassador Chef for four years and was recipient of numerous chefs’ hats during his restaurant career, has set his much-acclaimed culinary talents at work celebrating the freshness, flavours and variety of local Queensland produce in this latest menu offering.
2020 season programs set to sparkle
Brisbane’s premier performing arts organisations are gearing up for blockbuster 2020 seasons. From Dracula to Don Quixote and Star Wars to The Sleeping Beauty, Queensland Ballet, Queensland Theatre and Queensland Symphony Orchestra are planning performances to make 2020 a year to remember. Adding extra sparkle, Queensland Ballet and Queensland Theatre will celebrate their 60th and 50th anniversaries respectively through gala celebrations.
Tap into the Chinese visitor market by using Chinese payment platforms
Chinese visitors are set to descend on Brisbane for Lunar New Year in January. Tourism and hospitality businesses are encouraged to tap into this market by ensuring they can accept payment via Chinese payment platforms. Find out how by joining Tourism and Events Queensland masterclasses that will also focus on the marketing opportunities these platforms provide.