Hilton Melbourne South Wharf to become Pan Pacific Melbourne

By David Flynn, March 5 2017
Hilton Melbourne South Wharf to become Pan Pacific Melbourne

IN BRIEF | The Hilton Melbourne South Wharf will be rebranded as the Pan Pacific Melbourne later this year.

Singapore's UOL Group – which owns both the Pan Pacific and Parkroyal brands – will pay $230 million for property.

"The acquisition is part of the group's plans to expand its hotel property portfolio and hotel management businesses in the Oceania region" the company said in a statement.

"The property will allow the group to have a bigger presence in the city of Melbourne in addition to its Parkroyal Melbourne Airport.", adding that "the acquisition may also allow the group the opportunity to enhance the collective operating efficiency of the group's current hotels in Australia, through economies of scale and greater brand awareness of 'Pan Pacific' and Parkroyal."

This will be the brand's second property in Australia, alongside the Pan Pacific Perth.


David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

20 Feb 2012

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So no more Hilton for Melbourne. Other than the double tree. I wonder why Hilton chose to get rid of both it's properties (East Melbourne and South Warf)

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07 Feb 2015

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Both properties were sold by the old owner and new owners decided not to use Hilton. I guess Hilton didn't have much choice in these cases. However Hilton could work harder to recruit new properties instead of leaving a gap in one of the biggest hotel market in Australia.

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21 Jan 2014

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The offerings of Hilton and also IHG in Australia would leave one to conclude we are not a market they consider with a high regard as opposed to many of the Asian brands which are expanding in Australia.

18 Apr 2015

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Same could be said about Hyatt in Oz

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08 Sep 2012

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In fairness, Hyatt has just opened Hyatt Regency at the old Four Points site in Darling Harbour.  

21 Jul 2012

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Outside of Australia, Hilton tends to be more of a mid-range 3/4-star brand, so the 5-star South Wharf was a bit of an outlier.  My guess is we'll see a Conrad open in Melbourne at some point instead.

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13 May 2017

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I heard a rumor from a guy i know that works at CTrip.  He said that Hilton will be acquiring Pan Pacific hotels and the deal will be announced in June.  If that's the case, it seems like a strange acquisition.

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