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Page 10 • MICEBTN - May-JULy 2016 THE A$25 million refurbishment and extension of the ParkRoyal Parramat- ta, Western Sydney is on schedule for completion in August. Located near the Parramatta River, the current 196-room hotel, will see an additional 50 Premier Rooms, 40 Club Rooms, a Club Lounge and a gymnasi- um by July. The extension will position the property as one of the largest hotels in the area with 286 rooms and the only hotel with ‘Club’ facilities in western Sydney. “As the corporate sector continues to grow in Parramatta, so too do the opportunities and the level of service and facilities expected. With the intro- duction of the Club Lounge the Park- Royal brand will be the first hotel that can offer executives doing business in Parramatta access to the same facilities that CBD Sydney affords them. Our hotel is paving the way” said Michael Johnson, general manager, ParkRoyal Parramatta. Designed by award-winning ar- chitecture firm Architectus, the new seven-storey tower features sweeping views of Parramatta’s skyline and dis- tinctive city-inspired interiors drawing on a palette of timber, stone and glass. An additional five meeting rooms were opened last month, giving the property 13 event spaces, the highest number of any meetings and events hotel in Parramatta. The renovations will also include extending the premises of the existing BAR:30 on the ground floor of the hotel into the adjoining Phillip Street to intro- duce an alfresco dining element that captures the vibrant local ‘eat street’ atmosphere. SyDney’s Metro Hotel on Pitt has received an Award of excellence from Booking.com in recognition of the property consistently delivering the best possible experience for its guests. The annual Award honours accommodation partners for their achievements over the past year as measured by their overall guest review scores. To win the award the accommodation must have an average review score of eight or higher, based on at least 10 guest reviews in the qualifying period. Pictured celebrating the award with Luke Wilson from Booking.com are hotel staff Tara Wilson, receptionist, Pamela Franklin, duty manager and Zuzana Kojnokova, reservations. ParkRoyal Parramatta to have only ‘Club’ facilities in western Sydney Metro awarded Marlene Tucker Anyone can have input on air rights THE ALLOCATION of capacity to Australian carriers on international routes now is seldom the battleground it once was, especially for routes with only limited opportunities. However, anyone – not just a competing carrier but shippers, forwarders and other stakeholders – has the right to make a submission to the International Air Services Commission on an applica- tion for capacity. This right is enshrined in legislation and IASC has an excellent reputation for taking submissions into consider- ation. As part of a revision of guidelines for capacity applications, determi- nation reviews and determination renewals the IASC has issued some very helpful guidelines on making a submission. Executive director Marlene Tucker says that anyone wishing to make a submission on an application before IASC should read the ‘advice to sub- mitters’ posted on www.iasc.gov.au The starting point is knowing that an application has been made. That is dealt with simply by asking to be on IASC’s email list. If you do decide to make a sub- mission IASC would prefer an early indication so they know something is in the works. And it is a given that the submission must be made by the stipulated dead- line. The guidelines from Tucker and her team point out that if late “it is likely that little if any weight will be able to be given to the submission, having regard to the commercial interests of the applicant”. There is no set format for submis- sions but IASC suggests consideration of its governing legislation, regulations and policy statement as well as proce- dures. “Submissions may address any issue which the submitter considers relevant. However, submitters should bear in mind the criteria contained in the Act and policy statement when preparing submissions as it is these criteria that the Commission is required to address.” On receipt by IASC, a copy of the submission will be sent to the applicant for response to issues raised. “The Commission operates with as little formality as is possible and in an open and transparent manner.” Be- cause of this, all submissions are placed on the register of public documents and posted on the Commission’s website. The only exception is where the IASC is satisfied – on the basis of information provided by the submitter – that it con- tains confidential information. In that case the submitter is required to also provide a non-confidential version to ensure full transparency. The existence and nature of the confidential informa- tion must be referred to in this version. Anyone making a submission is kept in the loop which might involve a draft decision or draft determination for comment or a call for further input. IASC welcomes enquiries.