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Hotel News in Brief
Aug 04, 08 | 1:46 am
One of the world's largest, luxury airport hotels, meetings and events venues opens today at London Heathrow's Terminal 5 (T5). The 5-star, 605-bedroom Sofitel London Heathrow connects to T5 by bridge and is just 21 minutes from central London via the Heathrow Express. It also offers the largest onsite, undercover parking facilities in the area. At the heart of Sofitel London Heathrow are the legendary Sofitel values of luxurious 'art de recevoir' and noble 'hôtellerie savoir-faire'. These values ensure every guest enjoys moments of 'plaisir', élégance and 'bien être' during their stay. "The Sofitel London Heathrow is not an airport hotel, it's a five star luxury hotel which just happens to be at an airport," explains Surinder Arora, chairman of Arora International Hotels, owners of the Sofitel. The hotel's Concept Architect is Stephen Williams, who previously designed the Conrad Hotel in Chelsea Harbour, while the hotel's glamorous interiors have been designed by KCA International's Khuan Chew, who is renowned for her work on the Burj Al Arab in Dubai. Khuan Chew has focused on the concept of a 'gateway to the world' as her design inspiration and themes of country and continent resonate throughout the hotel. 'Antarctica', for example, takes centre stage in the entrance lobby with a dramatic water fountain centrepiece commissioned from RHS Chelsea winner, David Harber. Among Chew's touches in the hotel's fabulous 165m2 Imperial Suite are the first Swarovski crystal bathrooms featured in a European hotel.
Australia's largest hotel group, Accor, is inviting displaced Starbucks workers to submit resumes and expressions of interest to work at the group's 140 hotels across Australia. Accor has hotels in most locations where Starbucks stores are set to close, and with strong demand for experienced hospitality workers for its restaurants and function departments, Accor believes it can provide both full-time and casual work for some of the employees made redundant. Locations where Accor has hotels and Starbucks stores will close include the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Canberra, Newcastle, Port Macquarie, Sydney City, Darling Harbour, Parramatta, Bondi, Adelaide, Hobart, Melbourne and Ballarat. Accor operates hotel brands such as Sofitel, Grand Mercure, Novotel, Mercure, all seasons and Ibis. Starbucks workers are invited to email Accor's human resources team at email@example.com or visit the website www.accorhotels.com.au/careers and submit details of their background.Accor's Vice President - Australia, Simon McGrath, said that many of the Starbucks employees had built solid careers with the company, and their levels of training and operational skills would make them attractive potential employees for Accor's hotels."Experienced and well-trained hospitality staff are the key to our industry, and with Accor's current and future growth plans, we are always looking for qualified staff to help continue our growth momentum," said Mr McGrath. "There is always pressure in our industry to attract and retain skilled hospitality workers, and while the loss of jobs at Starbucks is regrettable, we will hopefully be able to provide alternative employment opportunities for at least some of the displaced workers. "With the multitude locations and brands, in city, regional and suburban locations, our network of hotels will hopefully provide an excellent range of job opportunities in our restaurants, bars and function departments for Starbucks workers."
Marty Fields, star of Blue Heelers and Sea Change, is performing as this year's Master of Ceremonies. The official opening of the Convention takes place on Tuesday, 5th August 2008 at 8.30am. Media are invited to attend sessions on Tuesday 5th of August for free. Please contact Shaun Greenwood or Jennie Everingham to confirm your attendance. A copy of the full Convention program is attached or, log on to: http://online.bestwestern.com/publish/01/syd/en/meetings___events.-generalContent-0006-DownloadFile.tmp/08_PROGRAM.pdf to download your copy
The Lakes Cairns Resort and Spa's housekeeping team scooped the pool at this year's inaugural Housekeeper Awards announced at a gala dinner on Friday, 25 July 2008 at Cairns Colonial Club Resort. The Lakes Cairns Resort and Spa's executive housekeeper, Jean Lapthorne received the ultimate accolade of "Housekeeping Trophy of Excellence" while the resort's housekeeping supervisor, Sue Affleck, was delighted to take home the "Rising Star Award". Completing the winning line up was Annie Shannon from Sebel Harbourlights who won the "Judges Encouragement Award". Destined to become an annual event, the inaugural competition was hailed a great success by organizers, the Far North Professional Housekeepers Network Inc. The awards were open to all Professional Housekeepers in Far North Queensland who were judged by an independent panel comprising Tracey Turner - Head of Hospitality and Tourism Faculty TNQ TAFE, Cam Charlton - past Chairman of TTNQ and experienced Tourism Awards judge and Tony Crook - retired former General Manager of Cairns International Hotel.
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