Voyages opens on-line bookings for properties

AYERS ROCK, Australia -- Voyages Hotels and Resorts' seven managed properties in the Northern Territory are now available for booking on the Web, and the company is spending $30 million to renovate some of its properties at Ayers Rock.

Agents now can book all seven properties with commissions on Pegasus Solutions' Web site at www.hotelbook.com.

The new Web-booking solution has a reservations form for each hotel that includes a travel agency field to fill out in order to get commissions.

Agents also can call HotelBook at (800) 448-8355 to make the reservations by phone.

In addition to the new booking solution, the hotels' owners, General Property Trust, will spend about $30 million expanding three of the properties at Ayers Rock over the next year and a half.

Ayers Rock Resort offers camel riding as one of its activities.The company has five properties at its Ayers Rock Resort and one property each at Alice Springs Resort and Kings Canyon Resort.

At Ayers Rock Resort, there are three hotels, a lodge and apartments. The hotels are the Sails in the Desert, Desert Gardens Hotel and the Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge. There also are the Emu Walk Apartments and the Spinifex Lodge.

Upgrades to these properties follow.

  • Fifty-eight rooms will be added at the Desert Gardens Hotel, and the existing 160 rooms will be renovated with new bathrooms.
  • The hotel restaurant will be expanded, and the lobby and reception area will be renovated.

  • Thirty rooms will be added to the Outback Pioneer Hotel, which currently features 125 rooms.
  • The hotel also will get a new lounge with Internet access for guests; the Cook Your Own BBQ restaurant will get a sprucing up.

  • Thirty-one rooms will be added to the Spinifex Lodge, which currently has 68 rooms. This hotel also will get a new pool, reception and lobby area.
  • At Ayers Rock Resort, there are many activities the hotel company offers, including camel riding at sunrise, walking tours, sightseeing by air and motorcycle tours.

    The renovations at the Ayers Rock Resort follow renovations to the company's other hotels last year.

    At Kings Canyon Resort, 202 miles southwest of Alice Springs, the company last year spent $4.8 million renovating the property and adding 32 deluxe rooms. Each of the new rooms has a hot tub on the balcony and floor-to-ceiling windows.

    The resort also has 92 standard rooms, four standard deluxe rooms, 36 budget rooms and 72 camping and camper-van hookup spaces.

    At Alice Springs Resort near Alice Springs, the company added 36 deluxe rooms with private balconies. That resort also has 108 standard rooms.

    To make reservations at any of the Voyages properties, visit the Hotelbook Web site ( www.hotelbook.com) or Voyages' Web site at www.ayersrockresort.com.au.

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