Entries by Lisa

LOOKING FOR A MODEL WHILE FLYING BLIND

Depending on where you mark the beginning, December is either the ninth, tenth, or eleventh month since the COVID-19 coronavirus hit both the world economy and the gaming industry.  As the experts predicted, we are now enveloped in a second wave of infections.  This wave is worse than the first, and there is no immediate […]

AUSTRALIAN BUSINESSES ARE INNOVATION LEADERS

Australia has been a standout performer when it comes to innovation, according to a recent study. A new study commissioned by Microsoft and conducted by IDC Asia Pacific, found that more Australian businesses are leaders in a culture of innovation (32%) compared to the rest of their Asia Pacific counterparts, at an average of 8%. […]

AUSTRALIAN CASINO NEWS

1. Crown Sydney to commence first non-gaming operations on 28 December after regulator grants interim liquor license Australia’s Crown Resorts says it will commence the operation of some non-gaming attractions at Crown Sydney from 28 December 2020 after the NSW Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority (ILGA) approved an interim liquor license on Wednesday. The license, […]

PANANIA HOTEL USES THE “HOTEL CHARTER” AS INSPIRATION FOR MAJOR RENOVATION

Throughout the COVID-19 lockdowns, many publicans were faced with a dramatic change to their business model:  not just with the strict lockdowns for several months, but now following reopening with a changed attitude from customers who have reconsidered their own priorities. Licensee and owner of the Railway Hotel (Lidcombe) and the Panania Hotel, Mark Malloy, […]

UNITE & RAISE BUSHFIRE APPEAL

In February this year Smart Exposure and the Bushfire Appeal Committee held a hospitality industry fundraising event to assist south coast NSW communities that had battled valiantly through the devastating bushfires that marked the start of 2020 in Australia. Those communities are still trying to rebuild even now with many towns lacking even basic community […]

FOOD & BEVERAGE TRENDS FOR RESTAURANTS AND BARS IN 2021

Being an industry that relies heavily upon human interaction, the hospitality sector has been among those to suffer most this year amid lockdowns and restrictions. As health and safety protocols everywhere evolved to combat viral spread, and consumers adopted new behaviours and formed new expectations of the service industry, the “new normal” emerged. With mandated mask-wearing, social distancing and […]