EXCLUSIVE BY RODERICK EIME With the announcement last week from Chara Hospitality MD, Gregg Currie, that lease negotiations had collapsed with landlords, Gerringong Developments Pty Ltd, and that he was obliged to “move on to new opportunities”, HM understands the owners, currently trading as Gerringong by the Sea, are currently in discussions with Accor Hotels for a possible management and branding deal.

After huge success in WA earlier this year the Online Presence Conference, tailored for accommodation and hospitality, is heading to Brisbane on the 9th of November providing a blueprint to maximise online performance.

Online Presence Brisbane will tackle all areas important to the industries giving delegates the chance to meet face to face with experts and company representatives to gain insight and a blueprint to maximise online success.

On average, online bookings for the accommodation sector comprise in excess of 40% of total room nights booked. Research undertaken on behalf of Wotif reveals that the growth of online business will continue to grow at a substantial rate over the coming years.



The conference features representatives from Australia and internationally from companies like Google, Trip Advisor, Wotif, Booking.com, Orbitz, TravelClick, TravelZoo, Quickbeds, Revinate as well as leading experts on Social Media, Search Engine Optimisation, Database Management and Reputation.

Areas to be covered include Property Website Design and Functionality, Direct Online Business, Indirect Online Business including distribution through Third Party Intermediaries (TPI’s), Online Travel Agents (OTA’s) and Wholesalers focusing on how to best present your product on these sites, SEO, Online Marketing and Social Media.

Delegates will join industry peers to hear from experts in the online market. The aim is to inform, educate and assist accommodation providers in providing a blueprint  to maximise online sales through improving their properties Online Presence.

Event details:
Online Presence Brisbane
Date: Wednesday November 9th, 2011.
Location: Brisbane Hilton
Cost: $399, includes food and beverages, workbook and gift bag

Registrations: www.onlinepresence.net.au
Email: info@onlinepresence.net.au
W A:     6317 0218
VIC:      8370 6283
NSW:   8203 4068
QLD:    3051 5838
SA :       8121 3361
NZ:       9985 3580

James Wilkinson

Editor-In-Chief, Hotel Management