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Following the fact that Australian and New Zealand residents are be able to travel between the two countries with no quarantine restrictions which commenced April 19,  Ralph Hollister, analyst, travel and tourism, GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, offered his view on the situation:

P&O Cruises Australia is maintaining its optimism for the ultimate restart of cruising while, in the meantime, again taking a practical approach in extending its current operational pause to departures on or before June18 of this year.

W Hotels Worldwide, part of Marriott International, recently opened the doors to Melbourne’s first luxury lifestyle hotel – W Melbourne – at 408 Flinders Lane.

Hyatt Hotels Corporation recently announced with Salter Brothers the opening of Hyatt Regency Brisbane, the first Hyatt hotel in Brisbane and eighth operating Hyatt hotel in Australia.

Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) has recently announced the cancellation of the 2021 event, which was scheduled to be hosted at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and online in March, due to concerns brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

JW Marriott, part of Marriott International, has announced the opening of JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa, marking the debut of Marriott International's iconic JW Marriott brand in the Pacific region.

Wayne Taranto has been appointed as the director of operations for Ovolo Group in Australia. Based in Sydney, Taranto will be responsible for all operations for the Australia Hotels. He joins the Ovolo with 26 years’ experience as a respected leader in the vibrant Australian hospitality industry.

Due to the uncertainty about when international travel restrictions might be lifted, Princess Cruises is extending its pause in operations for cruises departing from Australia and New Zealand through May 31, 2021.

To celebrate some of the outstanding growers, farmers and talent that Victoria has on offer, CENTREPIECE at Melbourne Park, located in the heart of Melbourne and its surrounding premier events precinct, has teamed up with Tim Clark, acclaimed pastry chef and director of CACAO.

Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME), one of the leading meetings and conventions event in the Asia Pacific region, has recently announced tech-leaders Delegate Connect, as its new partner to power the hybrid event’s 2021 online platform – AIME Online.