Home' micenet eMag : micenet October 2018 Contents Emporium Hotel South Bank Brisbane opened
in mid-August with great expectation after
the group’s first property in Fortitude Valley
proved to be such a hit. We spoke to GM
Peter Savoff just prior to the opening.
WITH A GM
couple of months ago. Over the Christmas
break, our owner Tony John was approached
by the owner of the Ovolo Hotel Group in
Hong Kong to sell it. It enabled our owner to
focus 100 per cent on keeping the brand
growing with a brand new flagship property
in South Bank that is literally more than twice
the size than what the first property boasted
in Fortitude Valley.
Hotel South Bank?
features of this one. Until they finish the
Queens Wharf Casino precinct in 2022, we’re
going to have arguably the best rooftop bar
in Brisbane in a hotel. We’re looking down
over the South Bank parklands, down onto
the Brisbane River, across to the Kangaroo
Point cliffs that are lit up at night, right to the
whole transforming city skyline.
The last hotel had 102 hotel suites. This
hotel has 143. We have very deliberately kept
it boutique size because we’ve got a number
of other major five-star hotels already opening
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our main conference room, the Frangipani
Ballroom, which can seat up to 250 for a sit-
down dinner, or we can go up to 350-400 for
a cocktail party or theatre-style seating. That
room can be divided into three separate rooms.
In addition to that we have three bespoke
boardrooms that can seat 12, 14 and 20
people, and are all on the edge of the
building looking down onto Grey Street.
centre. We had a lot of challenges when we
opened our first hotel in Fortitude Valley, but
as our reputation grew people would actually
be working in the city or in other parts of
Brisbane and wanted to come back to
Fortitude Valley every night, to enjoy the
facilities of the hotel, and secondly, the
restaurants and the bars that were popping
up in the valley. Over here at South Bank it’s
even better. Here there is a massive
corporate mid-week presence and being in
the cultural centre of Brisbane we’re
expecting to be very busy on weekends with
the leisure visitor.
really wanted to make it very contemporary in
terms of architecture and design. There are a
number of signature Emporium touches. If
you recall with our last hotel, the big doors
going into the bar; they were these beautiful
laser cut stainless steel, polished to a mirror
finish, with a frangipani leaf pattern cut out of
the stainless steel. We’ve continued that sort
of signature style to any of our big entrances.
The red panelling that you saw in the lobby
[at Emporium Fortitude Valley] with the big
brass branches or screens, has been picked
up here. There are also a lot of very new
architecture and design in each of the outlets
that I think the public are really going to take
to. We have made great effort in many
different parts of the hotel to build entire
green walls to pay homage to our existence
here. There is nothing subdued about our
21st floor rooftop bar. The rooftop bar can
accommodate 120 people and we will be
hiring it out for private events but we will have
to pick and choose because a lot of people
will book to stay here to come and enjoy that
incredible facility. m
The property opened in mid-August and is now
available for bookings.
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D What in the hell is the events world
coming to? Or maybe it’s not so much
the events world but everybody else.
micenet has been out and about at
events this past month – you know, to
get ideas and because it’s our job
rather than just hanging around in our
office 24/7 – where we always enjoy
chatting to event peeps. We have to
say that we don’t get gob-smacked
much but we were on this occasion
when an event manager told us that
they had recently been asked to tender
for a charity event that they had been
doing FOC for the past five years.
We’re sorry? They what? You’ve been
organising a charity event for a charity
for five years or so free of charge and
they’ve asked you to tender for it if you
want to do it again? Not surprisingly,
the event company decided they
wouldn’t be tendering to do something
We like a good party like everybody so when we get invited to the opening of the
W Hotel Brisbane, how could we refuse? Some fine food, good company, and a great
performance by The Veronicas sent our social media into a spin.
C The Darwin Convention Centre turned 10 in June meaning it’s been doing great things
for 10 years now. In fact, things are so good that a Westin hotel is under construction
in the precinct, with an opening planned for 2021. Read Laura Bradley’s report on her
recent trip to the Top End from page 71 of this edition.
D Don’t blame the event, blame the silly young folk who decide to take drugs at them.
We’re talking about the recent tragedy at the Defqon.1 music festival in Sydney’s west
in which two people died due to suspected drug overdoses. Premier Gladys
Berejiklian came out all guns blazing and said the event should be shut down. But will
this solve anything? We think not. What would be better is stricter controls at the
gates, targeting drug suppliers, and more education on the dangers of drug taking.
C It’s great to know industry peeps, as micenet’s Jenny Gill discovered when her
Brisbane flight was diverted to Melbourne late on a Friday night in September thanks
to an unseasonal storm in Sydney. When her “exes” in Melbourne didn’t return her
calls, a Facebook post from micenet’s publisher Helen Batt-Rawden was answered by
Kerrie Mulholland from the Marriott family who found a room for Jenny at the Four
Points by Sheraton Melbourne Docklands. There was even a glass of wine waiting for
her when she arrived. Ain’t that nice! m
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