History of Success
Hospitality Pty Ltd is one of the Western Australia’s largest wholly Australian owned motel and apartment management companies. From the time it developed Western Australia’s first modern motel, Hospitality has lead the way in the development of the Hospitality and Tourism Industries in Western Australia.
Since 1962, the Hospitality Group was formed with the name of Highway Motels and since then has been at the forefront of the development of Hospitality and Tourism ventures both in WA and nationally, and at one time successfully operated hotels and motels in every state of Australia and in New Zealand.
DEVELOPMENT OF HIGHWAY MOTELS
In 1961, at the request of The Hon. Sir David Brand (former Premier and Minister for Tourism of WA), John Pye founded the Hospitality Pty Ltd Group with a company known as Highway Motels Ltd and began the Hospitality journey. In 1962, the first motel in Western Australia was constructed.
The company developed and acquired motels in Kalgoorlie, Geraldton, Bunbury, Albany, Esperance and Carnarvon. Highway Motels steadily increased the number of its operations to cover the major Western Australian towns from Madura (in joint venture with the Shell Company of Australia Ltd) in the East to Esperance in the South and Port Hedland in the North.
The company also added other types of accommodation, from caravan parks to five star hotels, in Western Australia, other Australian states, and New Zealand.
Highway Motels took over the Village Motel Group, who operated motels in Victoria and Tasmania. It was renamed to Highway Village Motels Pty Ltd and built a new property at Mt Gambier in South Australia.
The Group also purchased the ill-fated Noah’s Hotel Group which was following its main owner, the Mainline Construction Group, into receivership, but was saved by John Pye’s team. It was eventually taken over and became the basis of the Rydges Hotel Group.
Earlier in 1980, the Company had re-branded its Highway Motels as Hospitality Inns and the main operating Company became Hospitality Inns Pty Ltd to create a unique name.
By 1987, the Group controlled two thousand rooms and employed more than 1,500 employees and was the biggest largely Western Australian owned operator of hotels and motels in Australia.
In 1987, John Pye retired from full time work and the former Highway Motels Ltd and Noahs Ltd companies completed an agreement with the Greater Union Organisation Pty Ltd (G.U.O) that saw the high rise hotel division of the company become part of G.U.O’s Rydges Hotel Group. Hospitality Inns Pty Ltd purchased back full control of its Western Australian motels and Hospitality Inns Pty Ltd. John’s younger son Chris Pye took over as CEO of the Group with John and his elder son David Pye and daughter Merrilyn Beros on the Board with their long term friends and investors Kevin Harrison, Harlan and Verna Mullins and Olive Barry. Olive Barry’s daughter Mary-Anne now owns that interest following the passing of her mother.
Hospitality Pty Ltd was formed and the second generation of the Hospitality Group began with a new journey and renewed enthusiasm for the future.
In 1989 Hospitality Inns purchased a 50% stake in one of Australia’s leading inbound tour operators “Great Aussie Holidays”. The interest in Great Aussie Holidays was sold in 2008 to AOT.
DEVELOPMENT OF QUEST APARTMENTS
In 1989 Hospitality Inns resolved to diversify into the Serviced Apartment sector of the Tourism Industry which presented a significant market opportunity for the Hospitality Group. As a result they acquired their first serviced apartment management contract over the Quest Arlington apartment complex in South Perth.
They subsequently acquired the management contracts for the Quest Victoria Apartments (now Quest Subiaco) complex in Hay Street Subiaco, the Quest West End Establishment in Perth and the Quest on James establishment in Northbridge all very successful developments undertaken by the Fini Group of Companies with consulting and management services provided by Hospitality Pty Ltd.
In 1995 the Hospitality Group established a very substantial franchise marketing and referral organisation for serviced apartments in a joint venture with Paul Constantinou’s Quest Inns Group based in Melbourne linking properties throughout Australia first under the “Quest Hospitality Serviced Apartments” banner and more recently as Quest Serviced Apartments.
The Quest Serviced Apartments brand has enjoyed enormous growth and now represents more than 2000 apartments in 111 properties around Australia, New Zealand and Fiji with more than 326 of those apartments in Western Australia. Quest Serviced Apartments is Australasia’s largest national master franchise operator for serviced apartments.
Today Hospitality Inns Pty Ltd recently sold back it’s 50% of the Quest Serviced Apartments International Brand to Paul Constantinou’s Group which has allowed them to “buy back the farm” but Hospitality still hold it’s 50% of Quest Apartments WA Head Franchise and interests in a number of the Quest Apartments businesses in Western Australian.
DEVELOPMENT OF BEST WESTERN IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
In 1992 Hospitality Inns created a statewide network of quality 3 ½ – 4 ½ star hotels and motels aimed at both the corporate and leisure markets, aptly named Hospitality Inns Australia in joint venture with Laurie and Marlene O’Meara. This then ultimately developed into a joint venture agreement with t the international hotel group “Best Western” in 1994 in a joint venture creating a new referral network “Best Western Hospitality” opening up a network of over 250 accommodation properties throughout Australia and being part of the “Worlds Largest Hotel Chain” with over 4200 properties in 80 countries.
The network became the most effective motel referral and marketing network in Western Australia.
Since the establishment of the network many other excellent Western Australian properties have joined giving Best Western a very substantial complement of highly sought after Western Australian motels and hotels.
In order to allow Best Western Australia to comply with certain internal Best Western network requirements the shareholders and directors of Hospitality Inns Australia agreed to sell back the ownership of the WA network to Best Western Australia.
In 2001 the Hospitality Group helped to establish a syndicate to bid for the Skywest Airlines assets from the receiver of Ansett Airlines, which eventually joined others in a small syndicate of WA investors who purchased Skywest Airlines. Hospitality Inns was the seventh largest owner of Skywest. This reflects the Hospitality Group’s ongoing commitment to the development of WA tourism projects and to support this very important and historically profitable WA regional airline. Once the Company was stabilised and operating efficiently and finally listed Hospitality Pty Ltd sold its interest – fortunately at a useful profit and reinvested the money in other WA Tourism activities satisfied that their part in saving an important piece of Western Australian Tourism Infrastructure was done.
In 2004, following a significant drop in the regional travel done by the corporate market and the steady growth of the internet killing the previously profitable travelling representative trade, the Hospitality Group launched an innovative tourist website, DriveWA.com. The aim of this was to attracked the leisure self-drive market to regional WA and, in particular, to their five motels in Esperance, Kalgoorlie, Geraldton, Carnarvon and Port Hedland.
DEVELOPMENT OF ECO RETREATS
2006 saw the formation of a new company, The Eco Company, which aims to develop and manage a series of eco retreats throughout Australia under the new Ecomodation brand. The Eco Company was initially an initiative and joint venture between Hospitality Inns with the well-respected Perth based investment and property group, the Hawaiian Group, and innovative builder and hospitality operator Karl Plunkett’s Eco Constructions.
This organisation developed a new eco accommodation brand, Ecomodation, with:
– Eco Structures providing the design expertise and building the tents and cabins.
– Eco Constructions offering building services where required.
– Hospitality Inns providing the management and its divisions.
The Hospitality Group through Ecomodation will provide sustainable managements for environmentally friendly retreats throughout Australia. The first eco retreat opened in April 2007 in the spectacular Karijini National Park for the Gumala Aboriginal Corporation.
Hospitality Inns has acquired the interests of Hawaiian and Karl Plunkett in the Eco Company.
DRIVING HOLIDAYS WA AND WA PASS
To assist Western Australian domestic operators to work together to improve the quality of the experience and numbers of people taking self-drive holidays around WA, the Hospitality Group has established the innovative WA Pass and Driving HolidaysWA, in addition to the Driving Holidays Information Centre, to provide great value holiday packages and exciting discount opportunities to people taking a Western Australian escape holiday.
The Driving HolidaysWA business and the Driving HolidaysWA Information Centre will offer clients information and packaged holiday options in the head office foyer at 206 Adelaide Terrace, Perth.
The Hospitality Group been working and investing in the development of Western Australia’s Hospitality and Tourism Industries for more than 47 years. The Group continues to lead the way with its five owned and operated regional motels under the Best Western branding, the Terrace Hotel Perth, Karijini Eco Retreat, the continual development of the serviced apartment sector with Quest Apartments, the development of a new eco retreat brand, Ecomodation and the encouragement of regional tourism through DriveWA.com, Driving HolidaysWA, and WAPass.