Eurowings expanding services

German low-cost carrier, Eurowings, has foreshadowed an expansion of long-distance services.

The Lufthansa subsidiary is taking bookings for a new timetable of flights that it says will start on March 26 2017.

Numerous new routes are included from Cologne/Bonn, Dusseldorf, Hannover, Berlin and Stuttgart in Germany and from Vienna in Austria.


According to the timetableGerman, Eurowings will introduce a Monday and Thursday service between Cologne/Bonn and the American city of Las Vegas from July 3 2017.

Eurowings says the service, which was originally planned to start in May 2016, will use an Airbus A330 long haul jet.

Cuba’s capital of Havana is also on the Eurowings timetable, with an intercontinental service there said to be possible as early as December 2016.

Other new services in the summer timetable include flights to and from the northern German island of Sylt; Pula in Croatia; Krakow in Poland; Faro on the Portuguese Algarve; the island of Ibiza, Spain; the Greek island of Mykonos; Larnace in Cyprus; Lyon, France; Pisa, Italy; Malaga and Jerez de la Frontera, Spain; Kavala in Greek Macedonia; Lamezia Terme in Calabria; and Zadar in northern Dalmatia.


Accor continues to boost Mercure brand in Australasia

Accor’s network of Mercure hotels is continuing to grow in Australasia.

The latest Mercure hotels has increased the network to 49 across Australia and New Zealand.

The Ballarat Lodge & Convention Centre, in the Australian state of Victoria, has been rebranded Mercure Ballarat Hotel & Convention Centre.image003

This 71-room hotel is located opposite Ballarat’s popular Sovereign Hill attraction and boasts two restaurants, 24 meeting and conference rooms, a Day Spa and swimming pool.

Hotel Launceston in Tasmania is set to be rebranded to Mercure Launceston, complementing Accor’s other Tasmanian property, The Sebel Launceston. Located within the city’s business area, Mercure Launceston features 70 guestrooms, a restaurant, bar and a newly refurbished conference room.

The 74-room Best Western Goulburn, in New South Wales, has joined the Accor network under the name of the Mercure Goulburn. The hotel is located in the regional city of Goulburn, about 200 kilometres by road south west of Sydney.

In New Zealand, the Abel Tasman Hotel in Wellington is becoming the Mercure Wellington Abel Tasman. This 73-room hotel is located in the heart of Wellington’s business and entertainment district, and is within walking distance of Lampton Harbour. Facilities include a restaurant, bar bistro and four main function rooms which can cater for up to 120 people.

Chief Operating Officer of Accor Pacific, Simon McGrath, said that, by bringing internationally branded hotels into these areas, the company looked forward to “fostering and growing tourism in the regions”.

The four Mercure hotels will join Accor’s expanding franchise portfolio of over 70 hotels.

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Sebel network continues Australian growth

The Sebel hotel and apartment network continues to grow in Australia.

Accor has expanded the Sebel brand in the Australian states of Queensland and Victoria.

In Queensland, the Sebel South Brisbane is situated at 50 Water Street in the state’s capital.

Near the commercial and entertainment hub of Brisbane’s South Bank, the 63-room hotel provides apartment-style accommodation, as well as conference and meeting faciliites – including a boardroom with seating for up to 14.

There’s also a pool, fitness centre and a sky-deck.

Yarrawonga development

In regional Victoria, a $A35M resort-style development is set to be built at the town of Yarrawonga.

Sebel Yarrawonga – a 120-room hhotel and serviced-apartment facility – will overlook Lake Mulwala and is expected to be open in early 2018.image017

Accor says guests will have access to “an impressive complex expected to include a bar and bistro, restaurant, 300-seat conference facility, pool, gymnasium and other health club amenities.

“The waterfront hotel will form the centrepiece of a broader resort and marina complex planned by development company, Lotus Living.”

The Sebel network currently offers 23 properties across Australia and New Zealand, accommodating the Accor group’s apartment portfolio while also maintaining traditional hotels.

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