Brisbane Airport BNE Issue 4 - page 11

BNE August/September 2014 |
Test of
true grit
Crawling under barbed wire, jumping through
flames, battling through rope climbs, mud
pits and over sand bags may not sound like
a fun way to spend a weekend but that’s
exactly what hundreds of Spartan racers
will be doing on 6 and 7 September at a
rugged course 60km south west of Brisbane.
More than 20,000 Australians competed
in a Spartan Race last year, which is now
held in 14 countries around the world. Races
range from the 7km/15 obstacles Sprint to
the 42km/70 obstacles Ultra-Beast for the
truly masochistic. At Mt Flinders Road, Peak
Crossing, between Ipswich and Boonah. For
details see
Southern hub upgrades
rian Fitzgibbons remembers fondly playing
around his family’s hotel before he was 10,
building cubby houses down the back of
the property near Bulimba Creek and helping
around the hotel. The Glen Hotel (Gaskell
Street, Eight Mile Plains) has been a part of the
Fitzgibbons family since 1960 but Brian and his
brother Greg (also owners of Kerbside and Fringe
Bar in Fortitude Valley) have recently overseen
the biggest redevelopment of the property in
50 years. The $8 million project has added 43
hotel rooms and suites, a solar-heated swimming
pool, gymnasium and secure parking to the site,
while areas of the original hotel also have been
The Glen Hotel is on the doorstep of at least
four commercial business parks and close to
another major redevelopment on Brisbane’s
south side at Westfield Garden City. With a
$400 million investment, Westfield is putting
the garden back into Garden City almost 50
years after it replaced the fruit and vegetable
farms that once occupied the site. A key
feature of the new look centre, which will be
completed by mid-September, is the greenery
What’s Next in hotels
Record numbers of passengers continue to
travel through Brisbane, creating increasing
demand for hotels. Queensland welcomed
17.6 million domestic visitors in 2013, around
10 per cent of them from Sydney. They are
spending up big in the state splashing out $330
million during their trips. At the same time
visitors have spent $13.8 billion on travel to
Queensland according to Tourism Research
Australia. As Brisbane prepares to host at
least 7000 visitors for the G20 Summit in
November there is increasing demand for more
hotel rooms in the city.
The world’s first Next Hotel by SilverNeedle
Hospitality Group will open in Brisbane in
October on Queen Street Mall. Guests will be
able to use an app to check in even before they
arrive at the hotel or at kiosks in the hotel, they
will be able to access their room using their
mobile phone and control features within the
room, order room service, book a meeting in
one of the Executive Studios, arrange transport
or settle their bill using their phone and meals
can be charged using a QR code. A multi-
functional Club Lounge is open to all guests
24/7 at no extra charge. Launch rates under
$200 per night are being offered for stays
from 1 October to 12 November 2014. See
indoors and out with tropical open spaces in
which to play and relax and create a soothing
environment for shoppers. Greenery has
been mixed with botanical light sculptures,
customised pots and resort-style furniture.
The new restaurant and entertainment
precinct of the centre, Town Square, will have
a central water feature, a boardwalk, water
gardens, palm islands and quiet retreats. A
lush living wall, similar to a vertical garden,
features mixed plantings of up to eight
different varieties of ferns.
The Glen Hotel
Westfield Garden City
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