Go back to the enewsletter When Pan Pacific Hotel

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterWhen Pan Pacific Hotels Group acquired its second Australian Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts property hotel – Pan Pacific Melbourne South Wharf– in July 2017, it did so with an ambitious plan to put its own stamp on the eight-year old hotel.Almost one year on, the hotel has officially launched following an extensive refurbishment and it’s definitely been well worth the wait!Located on the banks of the Yarra, the property first opened its doors as the Hilton South Wharf Melbourne in 2009, coinciding with the launch of the new Convention Centre and Plenary Hall at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre, and the eight-year-old building was due for a makeover.Pan Pacific Hotels Group engaged CHADA, one of the world’s leading interior design studios, to give the property a stylish and very comprehensive, face-lift. Taking almost 10 months to complete, the multi-million dollar refurbishment has completely transformed the hotel into a uniquely Pan Pacific experience. The end result is nothing short of spectacular.The overall look and feel of the hotel’s interiors are very much in keeping with its location at Melbourne’s South Wharf. A dramatic departure from dark red hues of the original entrance, the ground floor lobby now offers up a serene, light filled expanse of whites, blues and greys, interspersed with magnificent artworks that pay homage to the South Wharf precinct’s maritime history.All the key touch points including the Main Lobby, Lobby Lounge and Reception have been extensively refreshed, with new carpets and finishes added throughout, a key consideration when developing the design brief according to Pan Pacific Melbourne’s General Manager, Craig Bonnor. “For us the guest arrival experience is crucial, because you can’t make a first impression twice, and there is no doubt the new lobby delivers a much more stylish, contemporary and inviting guest environment than what we had previously.”Upstairs, the exclusive Pacific Club Lounge on level four with its panoramic city views, has also received an extensive facelift. Accommodating up to 120 people and available exclusively to Pacific Club guests, new furniture and finishes throughout the lounge and dining areas embrace traditional textures, delivered with a distinctly urban flare. The premium lounge offers up almost 370 square metres of functional spaces tailored to the needs of business and leisure travellers, with the new Small Zones compartments provide a clever alternative to the office or a café for meetings or just catching up – all of it is underpinned by Pan Pacific’s signature gracious and dependable service.And of course, Pan Pacific Melbourne’s 396 spacious Guest Rooms have also been fitted out with an array of fresh features designed specifically with guest comfort and functionality in mind. Rooms have been re-painted and re-carpeted in earthy tones. Other additions include chic desk lamps and sleek timber side tables, as well as contemporary armchairs and ottomans.Pan Pacific Melbourne is also the ideal base for exploring Melbourne. Located in a premium position in the heart of the city’s bustling South Wharf precinct, the hotel is close to some of the Melbourne’s most popular tourist attractions, as well as Southbank and Flinders Street Station, not to mention an array of numerous award-winning restaurants and unique retail offerings right on its doorstep.With direct access to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, the hotel is also the city’s premier venue for MICE travel, catering for everything from intimate gatherings to grand galas to major conferences, with state-of-the-art facilities spanning 400 square metres of flexible meeting and events space, supported by two premium dining outlets – Dock 37 Bar & Kitchen and Café Orr, and a 24-hour fitness centre.Bonnor says, “We are incredibly excited to unveil the new look Pan Pacific Melbourne to our guests. Not only does this mark a significant milestone for the hotel, more importantly, it will offer our guests a true Pan Pacific experience where every touchpoint is focused on easing life’s stresses in an otherwise fast-paced world and bringing back balance to travellers.”Visiting Australia to celebrate the official launch of Pan Pacific Melbourne and Pan Pacific Hotels Group’s global rebranding, CEO Lothar Lothar Nessmann couldn’t agree more: “This last year has seen the Pan Pacific Melbourne undergo a dramatic transformation. The result is an exceptional property that is perfectly in sync with Melbourne’s stylish and progressive personality. We are really excited to be able to deliver the city with an unparalleled accommodation experience that integrates warm people, intuitive design and thoughtful processes, and one which is fully reflective of PPHG’s ethos of sincerity, that we know will appeal to anyone contemplating leisure or business travel in Victoria’s capital.” Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

The US election is over Who will hold key science leadership jobs

first_imgIt’s finally over. Come January, Donald J. Trump will be sworn in as the new president, and dozens of freshly elected lawmakers will join the new Congress (the 115th).What will the election results mean for the leadership of the key agencies and congressional committees that shape U.S. science funding and policy?Here’s a quick guide to who is in, who is out, and who is not going anywhere. Click to view the privacy policy. 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They include cabinet-level positions, such as the head of the Department of Energy (DOE); leaders of independent agencies including NASA; and the heads of the National Institutes of Health (part of the Department of Health and Human Services), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (which belong to the Commerce Department). All of these positions also require Senate confirmation, which can take time.By tradition, however, the head of one major science agency—the National Science Foundation (NSF)—doesn’t automatically step down when the White House gets a new occupant. Although the NSF director serves at the pleasure of the president, the job also comes with a 6-year term. That means France Córdova, who was confirmed in March 2014, might remain until the runup to the next presidential election in 2020.Speculation has already begun about who Trump might pick for most of the science leadership posts, but the campaign has offered few hard hints. And some science lobbyists wonder, given the Trump campaign’s few apparent connections to the scientific community, how they will recruit candidates. “Where are they going to pull from?,” asks Benjamin Corb, director of public affairs at American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in Bethesda, Maryland. “With a more establishment Republican candidate you could maybe draw back to previous adminstrations and advisers. I just don’t know where the names are going to come from … from an agenda setting standpoint [that] is the big unknown.” Rumors do abound on his possible pick of energy secretary, with several oil and gas executives reportedly in the mix, including Harold Hamm, the head of Oklahoma-based Continental Resources, a leading fracking firm.CongressRepublicans maintained control of both the Senate and the House of Representatives, meaning they will appoint all committee chairs, hold a majority of seats on every legislative panel, and have extensive control over what legislation comes to a vote. In the House, Republicans will control at least 236 seats, a comfortable majority (the party now has 247). In the Senate, Republicans will have a smaller edge: at least 51 seats, and at most 52.Senate Democrats have so far picked up two seats, in Illinois, where Tammy Duckworth defeated Republican incumbent Mark Kirk, and in New Hampshire, where Democrat challenger Maggie Hassan has declared victory over incumbent Republican Kelly Ayotte. In Louisiana, Republican John Kennedy will face Democrat Foster Campbell in a December runoff election.Although Republicans will continue to control the Senate, there will be changes in the leadership of some science-related legislative panels.On the Environment and Public Works committee, for example, Senate rules prevent current chair James Inhofe (R–OK)—a prominent critic of climate science—from serving another term. A likely replacement is Senator John Barasso (R–WY), who like Inhofe is a strong supporter of the fossil fuel industry. The panel’s senior Democrat, Barbara Boxer (D–CA), is retiring; many Congress watchers expect her to be replaced by Tom Carper (D–DE), an outspoken advocate for government action on climate change.On the Senate appropriations panel—which sets federal spending—the head of the subpanel that sets the budget of the National Institutes of Health survived a re-election scare. Senator Roy Blunt (R–MO) held off an unexpectedly strong challenge from Democrat Jason Kander. Blunt has been a strong supporter of spending on biomedical research.The appropriations panel will be losing its senior Democrat, Barbara Mikulski (D–MD), a strong advocate for spending on space science and other fields, who is retiring. It is not clear who will replace her; possibilities includes Senators Patrick Leahy (D–VT), Dianne Feinstein (D–CA), Patty Murray (D–WA), and Jon Tester (D–MT).  In the House of Representatives, one big change will come atop the Appropriations Committee. Chair Harold Rogers (R–KY) is term-limited. His likely replacement is Representative Rodney Frelinghysen (R–NJ), who has extensive experience working on science-related budget issues.Another leadership change will occur on the House Energy and Commerce committee, where Representative Fred Upton (R–MI) is term-limited. The panel has a broad purview, including environmental issues and aspects of biomedical research. Possible replacements include Representatives Joe Barton (R–TX), John Shimkus (R–IL), and Greg Walden (R–OR). Barton led the panel from 2004 to 2007 and served as its senior Republican from 2007 to 2009, who has been a critic of the conduct federal science agencies in the past. With reporting by Jocelyn Kaiser. Email Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country The AdministrationTypically, a new president means an entirely new cast of cabinet members and political appointees—some 4000 senior positions across the federal government. Already, President Barack Obama has said he will ask his appointees to submit resignation letters that will take effect on Inauguration Day, 20 January.last_img read more