The Holiday Club welcomes new staff members

0814-08Brian George

The Holiday Club is proud to announce Brian George as the General Manager for their newest property Shearwater Resort in Caloundra.

Brian has a wealth of knowledge in the industry and was previously employed by RCI Pacific from 2000 to 2012 in Affiliate Services and Business Development Roles before moving to WA to become the Assistant Manager of Silver Sands Resort.


0814-09Grant James

The Holiday Club is proud to announce that Grant James has started in the role of General Manager – Resorts.

Grant will oversee our 4 Management rights properties being Air on Broadbeach, Freshwater Point Resort, Rothbury Hotel & Shearwater Resort.

Grant has over 20 years’ experience in areas of hospitality and retail management, Grants last position was Regional General Manager for Outrigger Hotels & Resorts.

We welcome both Brian & Grant to the team.

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Government Cans T-QUAL Accreditation

0814-10The National Tourism Accreditation Framework known as T-QUAL Accreditation is no longer operational.

Austrade has developed a fact sheet to assist industry in understanding the implications of cessation of the T-QUAL Program.

Tourism Industry bodies across Australia are astounded by the Australian Government’s decision to renege on its commitment to transfer the national tourism quality assurance framework (T-QUAL) to industry.

T-QUAL Accreditation was the Australian Government’s quality framework for the tourism industry which assessed and supported quality assurance schemes and endorsed their members with its national symbol of quality, the T-QUAL logo.

The National Tourism Alliance has expressed dismay (refer below resource) at the Federal Government’s decision to reject the tourism industry’s proposal to run the national tourism quality assurance framework.

The totally unexpected decision has undone the extensive amount of work performed by industry, T-QUAL staff and tourism operators.

“The T-QUAL framework was introduced to elevate and standardise quality to ensure the sustainability of Australia’s tourism industry.  It also provided a national symbol that offered consumers and buyers a means of making more informed choices about tourism products and services.

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ATHOC Awards Winnners – ATHOC 23rd Annual Industry Awards – Gold Coast Arts Centre – Friday 25 July 2014

PrintWhat a terrific night for the industry with 78 nominees for the 17 awards up for grabs.

Congratulations goes to all of those nominated but in particular to the winners on the night. Well done to every-one.

What an atmosphere with over 280 attendees armed with flashing ICE clappers ready to support and celebrate the great wins and nominations of their colleagues.

It was also great to see the support of our Federal, State and Local politicians in attendance to really gain a terrific understanding of just how great this industry is.

The group enjoyed the festivities of the evening and danced the night away with Sex and Chocolate.

A special congratulations also goes to Greg Layton who has served 25 years in the Industry.

To view all winners, please go to the below link

Winners 2014 ATHOC Awards

Also all photos can be viewed at

Please contact Aldwyn for any photos you would like to purchase.

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Wyndham Recruits new Resort Manager for Ramada Shoal Bay

AngelasimonsWyndham is pleased to announce the appointment of Angela Simons as Resort Manager of its newest property in the South Pacific, Ramada Resort Shoal Bay.

Ramada Shoal Bay will operate as a mixed use property in a collaborative effort between Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific, Australia’s largest vacation ownership company, and Wyndham Hotel Group, the world’s largest hotel company with approximately 7,490 hotels.

Angela has been working for Ramada Shoal Bay (formerly Shoal Bay Resort & Spa) for the last two and a half years as Rooms Division Manager.

She will be a valuable manager to the resort team, with her wealth of knowledge about the region and extensive experience in the hospitality industry.

Angela has held several hotel supervisory roles in Scotland, Canada and New Zealand and most recently as Assistant Manager at Corinna Wilderness Experience in Tasmania.

She will be responsible for the day to day operations of the accommodation sector of the resort which features more than 200 luxurious self-contained apartments, villas and suites overlooking the waters of Shoal Bay on the New South Wales mid-north coast.

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New Regional Director Appointed at Wyndham

0714-9Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific is pleased to announce the appointment of David Tonkin to the position of Regional Director of Resort Operations for Victoria and Western Australia.

David will be based in Melbourne where he will oversee six Wyndham managed resorts in the region, along with Ramada Encore Dandenong, a franchised property within the Wyndham Hotel Group portfolio.

Having worked in the hotel industry for 20 years, David began his career with Rydges Hotel & Resorts, starting out as a cadet and moving on to manage hotels across Australia and the Middle East.

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ATHOC Awards Night & Nominees

PrintThe party is ready to begin. All 78 Candidates have now had their interviews and are impatiently awaiting an outcome.

Firstly, congratulations to the nominees. Just to have your company recognise that you are an industry champion is simply fantastic and you should be so proud to be seen as a part of the team that is the cream of industry talent. Well done!

Click here to view nominees


Help us celebrate the industry’s outstanding achievers at this year’s awards night at The Arts Centre Gold Coast. We will be dancing the night away to the “Sex & Chocolate”.

All nominees should have interview dates and times. Judging will commence from Tuesday 10 June until Friday 27 June.

This year’s theme is “SPLASH OF RED!”

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Take a TRYP to Brisbane’s newest rooftop bar and restaurant

0714-8Award-winning chef, Warren Turnbull will open two new exciting ventures at TRYP Fortitude Valley Hotel when it opens later this year, including Chur Burger and hip new roof top bar Up.

Turnbull is the brains behind some of Sydney and Auckland’s busiest restaurants and bars and has received a number of accolades including Chef Hats by the Australian Good Food & Travel Guide and the Sydney Morning Herald.

Chur will offer a range of burgers, snacks and larger plates made from the freshest ingredients and Up is going to have an upmarket vibe yet will have a casual and relaxing atmosphere with an airy, open space.

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TRYP Fortitude Valley Hotel Is Now Taking Bookings

0714-7Guests can now book reservations for Brisbane’s much-anticipated new hotel, TRYP Fortitude Valley. The new property, scheduled to open early September, will be the first hotel in Australia to open under the global, select-service TRYP by Wyndham® brand.

The four-and-a-half-star hotel is now accepting reservations for stays beginning
September 1, 2014.

“Located in the heart of Brisbane’s entertainment hub and the emerging corporate headquarters of Fortitude Valley, TRYP Fortitude Valley will offer corporate and leisure travellers the ultimate unique boutique experience,” said General Manager Warren Cullum.

To book a stay at TRYP Fortitude Valley Hotel, visit

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Industry unity brings success

QTIC joined other members of the National Tourism Alliance (NTA) on Tuesday in Canberra to discuss industry priorities with the federal government Ministers and the Shadow Minister for Tourism.  A key agenda item was a strong and united industry response to the recent surprise announcement by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) that the Survey of Tourist Accommodation would be cut after years of providing a critical source of information for investors, hotel operators, marketing bodies and government agencies.  QTIC was able to support a well-argued case for the retention of the data collection and by the end of the day, the government announced a reversal of the decision and advised the ABS Survey of Tourism Accommodation collection would be continued for at least another year. A temporary but significant outcome and we will keep up the pressure on your behalf.

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Accor Vacation Club ‘Splash Zone’ water playground opens at Turtle Beach Resort Mermaid Beach

0714-10Accor Vacation Club’s Turtle Beach Resort has completed construction on its very own Splash Zone, a fantastic and fun water play ground with 4 water slides, 2 toddler slides, dumping bucket, water cannons and more.

To compliment this incredible new facility, the Woodfire Pizzeria has also been renovated, with the deck extending over the Splash Zone and a brand new stadium screen of 3.5m x 2m, which shows cartoons, videos and movies during both day and evening. Our little Members and their parents are going to love it!

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