SPICE Issue 92 Autumn 2021

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Upfront

Opening: Next Hotels makes Melbourne debut

New + noteworthy

Next Hotel Melbourne opens its doors in March 2021, offering 255 residential-style guest rooms, alongside a sophisticated selection of bar and dining outlets. To prove that it’s serious about food and beverage, the property boasts an inhotel barrel ageing program for spirits and cocktails, taking the classic mini bar offering to new heights. Guests will also enjoy the hotel’s ‘Club’ offering, a loftstyle space for working and meeting.

InterContinental Hayman Island Resort Beach, QLD

A quick glance at some of the latest news, openings and insights. Product: Doltone House brings premium catering to you If the only option is virtual or hybrid, add a point of difference by delivering premium catering boxes to attendees’ homes or offices. Doltone House has launched a series of catering solutions for virtual events, from full conference boxes that include morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea, to antipasto platters for online networking. For even more interaction, their virtual activation experiences include pizza making kits, ‘PopFizz-Paint’ classes, gin tastings and cocktail masterclasses.

Research: Travellers willing to spend for responsible travel More than half of travellers (60 per cent) are looking for more environmentally and socially conscious travel in the wake of COVID-19, according to a global survey of 9,000 travellers conducted by IHG Hotels & Resorts. The research also revealed:

86% of Aussie adults are committed to their everyday sustainable habits when they travel Travellers will spend an average 31% more on accommodation that operates responsibly Post-pandemic, 58% of Aussie travellers will be more mindful of dining out and supporting local businesses

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