A pool chemical mixing accident forced the evacuation of the Park Hyatt in The Rocks, Sydney on Monday morning.
Guests have been allowed back into the Park Hyatt Sydney at The Rocks after a chemical mix-up in the swimming pool area forced the evacuation of the hotel.
About 80 guests and staff members were evacuated at 9.20am after the smell of chlorine wafted throughout the building. Paramedics took six people - five staff members and one guest - to hospital after they were exposed to the fumes.
Fire and Rescue NSW spokesman Superintendent Ian Krimmer said the wrong chemicals had accidentally been mixed together in the pool area. "Because of the air-conditioning, that odour has gone throughout the building and it was evacuated as a precaution," he said.
Starwood announces quarterly dividend and special dividend
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.35 per share. The first regular quarterly dividend will be paid on March 28, 2014 to stockholders of record on March 11, 2014.
In addition, Starwood has realized approximately $500 million in net cash after capital expenditures from the recently completed St. Regis Bal Harbour residential project and sale of the hotel. The Company intends to return this cash to shareholders in the form of special dividends to be paid out quarterly over the next four quarters. The first special dividend of $0.65 per share will also be paid on March 28, 2014 to stockholders of record on March 11, 2014. It is the Company's intent to continue to return cash to shareholders through regular dividends, stock buybacks and special dividends contingent on business conditions, asset sales and other factors.
Booking.com's mobile bookings grow 160% in 2013
Booking.com continues to see strong growth in mobile bookings with the total transaction value of mobile accommodation bookings more than doubling from over $3 billion in 2012 to over $8 billion in 2013. Looking back at the 2011 figure where Booking.com saw $1 billion in mobile bookings, it is clear that mobile accommodation booking continues to grow rapidly year on year.
"Booking.com has more than 425,000 accommodations across 25 different accommodation types, bookable via all devices," says Booking.com CMO, Paul Hennessy. "We're seeing a shift in consumer behaviour from simply booking last minute accommodations on mobile devices to planning, researching, booking and utilizing post booking functionality on our mobile platforms."
The online mobile hotel and accommodation bookings referred to above were made through the Booking.com family of hotel booking apps including native apps for iOS and Android, and through Booking.com's mobile websites.