Yotel - Starwood Capital Group US$ 250 million partnership
Orbis Hotel expands in Europe with 8 new hotels
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Bass Pro Shops acquires Cabela’s for US$ 5 billion
AccorHotels’ opens 800th hotel in Asia Pacific
The Ritz-Carlton Unveils Tropical Paradise in Malaysia
Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas to open first resort in India
Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Incorporated, two iconic American outdoor companies, announced they have successfully completed the transaction in which Bass Pro Shops acquired Cabela’s for $61.50 per share in cash, representing an aggregate transaction value of approximately $5.0 billion. As a result of the completion of this transaction, Cabela’s common stock will no longer be listed for trading on the New York Stock Exchange.
The completion of this transaction formally brings together three of the nation's premier sporting brands: Bass Pro Shops, a leader in fishing; Cabela’s, a leader in hunting; and White River Marine Group, a leader in boating, which is part of Bass Pro Shops. The combined company will now offer expanded product line and geographic footprint, creating enhanced benefits for outdoor enthusiasts.
The completion of this transaction marks a historic moment for American outdoor enthusiasts. The combination brings together three companies that share humble origins, an abiding love for the outdoors and a passion for supporting conservation and serving sportsmen and sportswomen.
“We look forward to growing and celebrating conservation as we work to provide our combined customer base with enhanced product offerings, unique outdoor experiences and unrivaled services,” said Johnny Morris, founder and CEO of Bass Pro Shops.
In connection with the transaction, Synovus Bank, a wholly owned subsidiary of Synovus Financial Corp.(NYSE: SNV) completed its acquisition of certain assets and liabilities of World’s Foremost Bank (“WFB”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Cabela’s Incorporated for approximately $1.2 billion. Synovus also completed the sale of WFB’s credit card assets and related liabilities to Capital One Bank (USA), National Association (“Capital One”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Capital One Financial Corporation (NYSE:COF). Capital Onewill be the exclusive issuing partner of Cabela’s branded CLUB Visa program pursuant to a 10-year program agreement.
Bass Pro Shops acquired Cabela’s for US$ 5 billion
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IHG opens Vietnam’s highest hotel in Hanoi
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, has announced the opening of the highest hotel in Vietnam, InterContinental Hanoi Landmark72 in Hanoi. Perched atop the towering Keangnam Landmark72 from the 62nd to 71st floors, InterContinental Hanoi Landmark72 is now welcoming guests to enjoy one of the 359 sophisticated and luxurious rooms.
The capital’s newest stand-out luxury hotel is within the wider Landmark72 complex, which comprises retail, commercial, and entertainment offerings, including a variety of meeting spaces ranging from 70 to 920 square metres. It is situated close to some of Hanoi’s major landmarks and attractions such as Hanoi Museum, Vietnam National Convention Centre, Garden Shopping Centre and the headquarters of many Vietnamese multinational corporations. The hotel is less than 40 minutes from Noi Bai International Airport, promising guests a smooth transit when visiting the capital city.
The hotel’s sophisticated and luxurious rooms, include 34 spacious and well-appointed suites, all offering panoramic views of the city skyline through floor-to-ceiling windows from the 62nd to the 70th floors. Club
Leanne Harwood, Vice President, Operations, South East Asia and Korea, commented: “Hanoi is truly a booming travel destination in the region, with double-digit year-on-year growth in international arrivals and attracting over four million visitors in 2016 alone. Opening our second InterContinental hotel in Hanoi puts us in even better position to offer top-notch luxury accommodation for travellers in the country.”
Carnival Corporation to build New Cruise Ship for iconic Cunard Brand
Carnival Corporation & plc, the world's largest leisure travel company, announced that it has signed a memorandum of agreement with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri S.p.A. to build a new cruise ship for the company's iconic Cunard brand.
The new ship for Cunard will be built at Fincantieri's shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy, with an expected delivery date in 2022. The as-yet-unnamed ship will join Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth as the fourth member of the Cunard fleet, marking the first time since 1998 that the luxury cruise brand will have four ships in simultaneous service.
The new cruise ship will be the 249th ship to fly the Cunard flag since the company's founding in 1839. Cunard will announce additional details about the new ship starting in 2018.
With this new ship agreement, Carnival Corporation now has 18 new ships scheduled to be delivered to its portfolio of leading global cruise brands between 2018 and 2022.
"We are very pleased to announce a fourth ship for our immensely popular Cunard brand, which is also one of the most legendary brands in the entire vacation industry," said Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation.
"Cunard offers a fleet of unrivaled vessels and one of the most unique travel experiences in the world, which together create an enchanting and memorable vacation for our guests. While today's news helps drive Cunard's overall strategic growth plans, we also look forward to launching this next-generation cruise ship to help meet increasing global demand and entice even more travelers to explore the Cunard experience."
Yotel announces US$ 250 Million partnership With Starwood Capital Group
YOTEL announced that a fund affiliated with Starwood Capital Group (“Starwood”), a leading global private investment firm, has committed to making a strategic investment of $250 million in YOTEL, including acquiring a 30 percent stake in the company and investing in real estate acquisitions for new build, hotel conversion and adaptive reuse properties as YOTEL expands its international scale.
Starwood’s investment in and ongoing partnership with YOTEL will further enable YOTEL’s rapid worldwide expansion, with a specific focus on Europe, North America and Asia. It also will help YOTEL strengthen its brand identity, expand geographically and enhance YOTEL’s innovative guest experience. Starwood have already secured city centre sites in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Amsterdam which are expected to open as YOTELs by 2019.
Cody Bradshaw, Managing Director, Head of European Hotels at Starwood Capital Group and Sarah Broughton, Senior Vice President, Starwood Capital Group will join the YOTEL board of directors, alongside representatives of the company’s major shareholders including the Al-Bahar Group, IFA Hotels & Resorts, United Investment Portugal and Kuwait Real Estate Company (AQARAT) which jointly own 65% stake in the company.
Talal Al-Bahar, Chairman of YOTEL and the lead investor said, “We are delighted to announce a new institutional investor into YOTEL alongside our existing shareholders. Starwood Capital Group’s investment validates the company’s strategy, provides strength and stability at a critical expansion stage and opens up new horizons for YOTEL to become the leading affordable luxury hotel brand.”
The Global Competitiveness Report 2017-2018: WEF
Ten years on from the global financial crisis, the prospects for a sustained economic recovery remain at risk due to a widespread failure on the part of leaders and policy-makers to put in place reforms necessary to underpin competitiveness and bring about much-needed increases in productivity, according to data from the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report 2017-2018.
For the ninth consecutive year, the report’s Global Competitiveness Index (GCI) finds Switzerland to be the world’s most competitive economy, narrowly ahead of the United States and Singapore. Other G20 economies in the top 10 are Germany (5), the United Kingdom (8) and Japan (9). China is the highest ranking among the BRICS group of large emerging markets, moving up one rank to 27.
Drawing on data going back 10 years, the report highlights in particular three areas of greatest concern. These include the financial system, where levels of “soundness” have yet to recover from the shock of 2007 and in some parts of the world are declining further. This is especially of concern given the important role the financial system will need to play in facilitating investment in innovation related to the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Another key finding is that competitiveness is enhanced, not weakened, by combining degrees of flexibility within the labour force with adequate protection of workers’ rights. With vast numbers of jobs set to be disrupted as a result of automation and robotization, creating conditions that can withstand economic shock and support workers through transition periods will be vital.
Rotana, one of the leading hotel management companies in the region with hotels across the Middle East, Africa and Turkey, has signed a strategic partnership with ConnecME Education, a leading education services provider based in Abu Dhabi, to become the company’s regional hotel partner.
The agreement was signed in the presence of Nasser Al Nowais, Chairman of Rotana, and Mohammmad Shadid, CEO of ConnecME Education, at a press conference marking the partnership.
As part of the partnership, Rotana properties across the region will be the exclusive host of ConnecME Education’s international crew, with room nights from this segment in Rotana hotels expected to exceed 25,000 by end of 2017. In addition, Rotana will also be the UAE’s official test centre for ACT, which is a curriculum-based education and career planning tool for high school students that assesses the mastery of college readiness standards.
“As a leading home-grown hospitality company, Rotana remains committed to playing an active role in driving the growth of the tourism sector in the UAE. Our partnership with ConnecME is in line with our focus on education as part of our sustainability platform Rotana Earth. The agreement will enable us to do this through tapping into the country’s growing prominence as a regional educational hub. By being the exclusive host of ConnecME Education’s international crew, we look forward to extending UAE’s warm and welcoming hospitality to members of the global educational community,” said Nasser Al Nowais, Chairman of Rotana.
Rotana signs partnership agreement with Abu Dhabi-based ConnecME Education
Home2 Suites by Hilton, part of Hilton's industry-first All Suites portfolio, announced its newest property, Home2 Suites by Hilton Pensacola I-10 at North Davis Hwy. Designed for travelers who want to maintain their normal routine, the hotel features 106 suites and a range of value, tech-focused and eco-conscious amenities. Home2 Suites by Hilton Pensacola I-10 at North Davis Hwy complements the county's major growth, as it experienced a 30 percent year-over-year increase in visitors and a 16 percent increase in visitor spending last year.
Owned and managed by A & R Hospitality, Home2 Suites by Hilton Pensacola I-10 at North Davis Hwy offers all-suite accommodations with fully equipped kitchens and modular furniture providing guests the flexibility to customize their suite to their style and preference. The hotel also features complimentary Internet, inviting communal spaces, and trademark Home2 Suites amenities such as Spin2 Cycle, a combined laundry and fitness area, Home2 MKT for grab-and-go items and the Inspired Table, a complimentary breakfast that includes more than 400 potential combinations. Guests can also enjoy an outdoor pool and patio area with a fire pit. Home2 Suites by Hilton Pensacola I-10 at North Davis Hwy is pet-friendly.
Located at 7753 North Davis Highway, right off Interstate 10, the new hotel is conveniently situated near an eclectic mix of attractions, from go-karts and boardwalk entertainment, to historic military sites and museums. Guests seeking a family-friendly adventure can explore Sam's Fun City, Pensacola's only amusement and waterpark or enjoy the challenge with Escape on Palafox. Along Pensacola Beach, guests can find options for snorkeling, kayaking and fishing along with shops, bars and entertainment venues. The property is located five miles away from Pensacola International Airport.
Home2 Suites by Hilton Opens Newest Property in Pensacola
IHG extend its midscale leadership with avid hotels
IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) revealed the name of its new high-quality midscale brand, avid™ hotels, alongside a brand logo and renderings of the hotel exterior, public space and guest rooms.
More than 150 owners have already expressed interest in the brand demonstrating the strong demand and great potential for avid hotels in this market segment. IHG expects the first avid hotels locations to begin construction in early 2018, and the first hotel is anticipated to open in early 2019.
Keith Barr, Chief Executive Officer, IHG, said: “We built our Holiday Inn Express® brand into a hugely successful, leading midscale brand. Now, with the introduction of avid hotels, we’re set to add another one and extend IHG’s leadership position in this segment. With 14 million potential customers looking for the type of hospitality avid hotels will offer, this new hotel brand represents a significant growth opportunity for IHG and our family of owners.”
This brand is designed for travelers who want a hotel stay that finally meets their expectations for the type of hospitality they value most – the basics done exceptionally well – at a price point expected to be about $10-15 less than IHG’s industry-leading Holiday Inn Express brand.
Elie Maalouf, Chief Executive Officer, IHG, The Americas, added: “Our extensive consumer research and conversations with owners identified a clear opportunity to reach an important set of business and leisure travelers in a vastly underserved $20 billion segment of the U.S. midscale market. We applied our insights, expertise and scale to deliver an experience that features modern and stylish designs, superior guest rooms and public spaces and great service – all at an excellent value. I have no doubt avid hotels will continue IHG’s success in delivering what our guests want, while driving superior returns for our owners.
Luneng Group and Four Seasons Hotels announce plans for
Four Seasons Hotel Dalian
Luneng Group, one of the major real estate developers in China, and Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, the world's leading luxury hospitality company, jointly announced plans to open a luxury Four Seasons hotel in Dalian, located in the Liaodong Peninsula in northeastern China.
Situated within the Donggang (East Harbour), Four Seasons Hotel Dalian will open in the redeveloped financial and commercial hub of the city. A growing and diverse urban centre, Dalian is home to leading industry, port activities and commerce, and is a popular destination for domestic and foreign travellers. Dalian is known for its cosmopolitan culture, showcasing traditional and modern architecture with global influences reflecting its long history as an important seaport.
The new mixed-use tower in the Donggang will feature office space along with the Hotel, and is ideally located to offer views of both the historic port and downtown core. Business and leisure travellers alike will have easy access to industrial and commercial centres; restaurants, bars and shopping; as well as other popular tourist destinations, including swimmable beaches and theme parks.
"We are proud to work with Luneng Group to introduce another Four Seasons experience in China in such a diverse and fascinating city," says J. Allen Smith, President and CEO, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. "Together, we are dedicated to introducing guests to the highest standard of quality and the most genuine and personal service – the markers of a Four Seasons stay the world over."
The Ritz-Carlton Unveils Tropical Paradise In Malaysia
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is pleased to announce the debut of The Ritz-Carlton, Langkawi, as the oceanfront resort opens on the Malaysian island. Set in a tranquil private bay, the resort is surrounded by an ancient jungle, while its beachfront is shelter by trees and gently lapped by the Andaman Sea. Designed to reflect the beauty and vibrancy of the nearby traditional villages – which are known as Kampongs – The Ritz-Carlton, Langkawi incorporates influences from local culture, creating a uniquely luxurious retreat with an authentic touch.
“We are thrilled to be introducing The Ritz-Carlton to Langkawi. This exciting opening marks our first resort destination in Malaysia, and the second property in the country following The Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur,” said Hervé Humler, President and Chief Operating Officer of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.C.C. “With spectacular coastal views, lush rainforests and a blend of cultures, Langkawi offers stunning natural beauty with a fascinating story. The Ritz-Carlton, Langkawi provides guests with the opportunity to experience the wonders of this unique island for themselves.”
Designed by Philippe Villeroux of Kuala Lumpur-based Tropical Area Architects, the resort has been carefully created to fully immerse travelers in the island’s natural ecosystem and local culture. Spacious interiors in the 70 guest rooms, 15 suites and 29 villas are framed by delicate references to Malay architecture, which can be seen in the intricately-designed features, large windows and gabled roofs. The rooms vertical lines fully integrate the living spaces into the surrounding jungle, while elegant overwater villas offer panoramic views of the sea, complete with magnificent Langkawi sunsets. Especially suitable to multi-generational families or other groups, the resort’s Villa Mutiara, offers deluxe accommodations for up to eight and boasts two pools and access to a private beach.
Intended to allow guests to soak up the island’s rich culture and beauty from their first moment, the resort’s Walkway of Wishes entrance offers a warm welcome with a water fountain inspired by the island’s mystical granter of wishes, Tasik Dayang Bunting, ‘The Lake of Pregnant Maiden.’ Each guest will be invited to write their wishes on a flat stone, which is then placed into the water in hopes that it will come true, as the first of many special memories to be created during their stay.
AccorHotels has announced that the highly anticipated Sofitel Singapore City Centre will open its doors in October and will be the group’s landmark 800th hotel in Asia Pacific. Nestled amidst historic shop houses and towering skyscrapers, the 223-room luxury hotel is elegantly designed, reflecting Singapore’s rich cultural heritage with undeniable French flair.
“The unveiling of Sofitel Singapore City Centre marks an important milestone for AccorHotels as we continue to strengthen our presence in the region,” says Michael Issenberg, Chairman & CEO of AccorHotels Asia Pacific. “I am pleased to announce that this flagship hotel is our 800th property in Asia-Pacific and opens at a time when we are focused on strengthening our luxury credentials globally.”
An oasis at the heart of historic Tanjong Pagar, the hotel is strategically situated just 20 minutes from Singapore’s Changi Airport. It will be AccorHotels’ 13th hotel in Singapore and will be shortly followed by a combined 782-room Novotel and Mercure complex which will open on Stevens Road, firmly cementing the group’s position as the largest hotel operator in Singapore.
Sofitel’s commitment to culture and design is brought to life with an outstanding collection of custom-made furniture and artworks including designer uniforms accentuated with floral prints, evoking the strong botanic theme that runs throughout the hotel.
The hotel’s interiors elegantly juxtapose vibrant rose gold accents with striking design features and botanical motifs, inspired by the sublime geometry of a traditional jardin à la française and the rich green spaces of Singapore, also known as the Garden City. Read more..
Sofitel Singapore City Centre opens as AccorHotels’ 800th hotel in Asia Pacific
Home2 Suites by Hilton opens First Hotel in Iowa
Home2 Suites by Hilton, part of Hilton's , All Suites portfolio, announced its newest property, Home2 Suites by Hilton Iowa City/Coralville. Designed for travelers who want to maintain their normal routine, the hotel features 102 suites and a range of value, tech-focused and eco-conscious amenities. Home2 Suites by Hilton Iowa City/Coralville joins a statewide tourism industry which reported a 25 percent increase in tax revenue in the last reported year.*
"Home2 Suites is a true hospitality success story. Opening our first Home2 Suites in Iowa is an important milestone, and indicative of the brand's growth since 2011 with more than 140 properties in North America." said Adrian Kurre, global head of Home2 Suites. "Home2 Suites offers guests a distinct stay experience with comfortable suites that allow for flexible living, and convenient amenities and services that reflect the brand's eco-conscious culture and unique spin on extended stay."
Located at 740 Coral Ridge Avenue just off Interstate 80, Home2 Suites by Hilton Iowa City/Coralville offers guests convenient access to nearby shops and restaurants as well as Kinnick Stadium, University of Iowa and Coral Ridge Mall, which features a multi-screen movie complex.
The long-awaited Radisson RED Cape Town opens its doors in the V&A Waterfront’s newly revamped Silo District. Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group’s innovative global hotel and lifestyle brand that appeals to tech-savvy guests with a millennial mindset. Radisson RED’s bold, inspirational design and philosophy is set to shake-up South Africa’s staid and traditional hotel scene.
“Radisson RED is a completely new and different hotel concept. It is bold and alive, and provides an experience like no other,” says Mark Willis, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group’s Senior Area Vice President for the Middle East, Turkey and Africa. “Radisson RED boasts a forward-thinking design and offers a new experience fueled by personal interaction and personal choice. Radisson RED guests are not defined by a certain age – they are united by an appreciation for unique but intelligent design, energetic social spaces, technology that makes their lives easier, and a customizable, personal experience.”
“For the City of Cape Town, developments such as this represent so much more,” says Dale Simpson, the hotel’s General Manager (also known as the ‘Curator’), who is in charge of bringing the brand’s bold experience to life by leading a staff of creative, expressive and service-driven people. He says that the opening of Africa’s very first Radisson RED will not only continue to drive local and international guests to the city, but will also serve to boost economic development through the creation of various job opportunities for locals in the newly revamped, trendy district.
Radisson RED opens in
Radisson RED to arrive in Riga, Latvia
The Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the most dynamic hotel groups worldwide and a member of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, is proud to announce the signing of the first Radisson RED in Riga, Latvia, in collaboration with the Astor Group. The hotel will be located on Elizabates iela, in the heart of the city. The 220 room Radisson RED Riga is expected to open its doors by 2020.
Radisson RED is Carlson Rezidor’s new lifestyle select brand, for the millennial mindset travellers. The brand is inspired by art, fashion and music. Radisson RED boasts a forward-thinking focus on enhancing every aspect of a guest’s visit – including design and detail, personal interaction, individual choice and recognition of the increasingly important role that technology plays in facilitating the best of everyday life.
“We are delighted to be bringing Radisson RED to Riga, and to continue our successful relationship with Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group,” adds Jizhaku Rubanenko, from Astor Group. “The brand fits well into our own hotel portfolio, and will bring a new, modern and exciting hotel concept to the city of Riga. It has a wonderful central location, close to all the key business and tourist sites – no doubt, it will quickly become a landmark hotel for us and the city."
Home2 Suites by Hilton Columbus Dublin Opens
Home2 Suites by Hilton, part of Hilton's All Suites portfolio, announced its newest property, Home2 Suites by Hilton Columbus Dublin. Designed for travelers who want to maintain their normal routine, the hotel features 126 suites and a range of value, tech-focused and eco-conscious amenities.
"With the numerous business and leisure opportunities that Greater Columbus provides, there is a growing demand for extended-stay accommodations that also can cater to shorter stays, from vacationing families to relocating professionals," said Jodie Hutchins, general manager. "Home2 Suites by Hilton Columbus Dublin offers spacious suites and convenient, comfortable amenities that allow our guests to create their own 'home away from home' while traveling."
Owned by Dublin-based Crawford Hoying and operated by award-winning Shaner Hotels, the Home2 Suites by Hilton Columbus Dublin offers all-suite accommodations with fully equipped kitchens and modular furniture, providing guests the flexibility to customize their suite to their style and preference. The hotel also features complimentary Internet, inviting communal spaces and trademark Home2 Suites amenities such as Spin2 Cycle, a combined laundry and fitness area, Home2 MKT for grab-and-go items and the Inspired Table, a complimentary daily breakfast that includes more than 400 potential combinations. Guests can also enjoy an indoor saline pool and two outdoor patio areas. Home2 Suites by Hilton Columbus Dublin is pet-friendly.
Located at 5000 Upper Metro Place, Home2 Suites by Hilton Columbus Dublin offers guests convenient access to historic Dublin, downtown Columbus, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Zoombezi Bay, Muirfield Village Golf Club and the new Bridge Park development.
Hyatt Regency Lucknow Opens in Northern India
Hyatt Hotels Corporation, announced the opening of Hyatt Regency Lucknow, the first Hyatt-branded hotel in Lucknow, capital of the northern state of Uttar Pradesh in India. Hyatt Regency Lucknow is the 27th Hyatt-branded hotel in India and further expands the company’s brand presence in South Asia by offering enriching, authentic and diversified brand experiences for guests.
“The opening of Hyatt Regency Lucknow marks a significant milestone for the Hyatt Regency brand as it continues to expand its footprint throughout India,” said Kurt Straub, vice president, operations for India at Hyatt. “Not only is the hotel strategically located for business travelers visiting Lucknow, it is also well positioned for leisure guests who are interested in enjoying a journey through the Uttar Pradesh Heritage Arc of Lucknow, Agra and Varanasi.”
Conveniently located in the corporate hub of Vibhuti Khand, Hyatt Regency Lucknow is designed to connect business and leisure travelers to all Lucknow has to offer. The hotel is in close proximity to the city’s High Court and multiple public sector head offices, and the Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport is less than 16 miles (25 kilometers) away. Additionally, landmarks and tourist attractions include Bara Imambara, La Martiniere College and Hazratganj Market.
Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the world’s largest and most dynamic hotel groups, announced the signing of a management contract with Phu Quoc Tourist Investment & Development JS Company to develop Radisson Blu Resort Phu Quoc.Scheduled to open in the last quarter of 2017, the new build hotel, with 522 rooms and suites, isset to be a focal point of Phu Quoc. The signing marks the second resort in Vietnam for the Group, following Radisson Blu Resort Cam Ranh Bay, slated to open in 2018.
Situated in Southern Vietnam, Phu Quoc is also known as Pearl Island, a stunning tourist destination famous for its pristine beaches, rich coral reefs and dense tropical jungles. Popular attractions comprise of Phu Quoc National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Din Cau Rock Temple and the spectacular Tranh Waterfall.
Strategically located along Bai Dai beach, the resort is a 27-km drive away from Phu Quoc International Airport, catering to a series of domestic and international flights.
Radisson Blu Resort Phu Quoc features an all-day dining and bar option that will serve international cuisine. Guests can also access the fully-equipped fitness center, outdoor swimming pool, spa and a VIP Lounge, as well as Casino Phu Quoc, the first in Vietnam to permit domestic entry.
The hotel is part of an integrated resort that caters to a host of recreational and corporate activities including a convention center, safari park, theater, water theme park, retail, multiple restaurants and a 27-hole golf course.
“We are honored to partner with Phu Quoc Tourist Investment & Development JS Company to deliver the benefits of Radisson Blu, an upper upscale global brand. The growth opportunities in Vietnam are immense and we are proud to be a part of the country’s economic growth story,” said Andreas Flaig, executive vice president, Development, Asia Pacific, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. “This latest Radisson Blu addition will provide travelers a full range of innovative design-led products and services, delivering genuine and relevant guest experiences with Radisson Blu’s distinctive Yes I Can!SM service philosophy.”
Carlson Rezidor Hotel expands in Vietnam with the signing Of Radisson Blu Resort Phu Quoc
Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas to open first resort in India
Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas is delighted to announce plans to open Six Senses Fort Barwara featuring 48 suites in Rajasthan, India. Situated 68 miles (110 kilometers) southeast of Jaipur, the property is located in the village of Chauth ka Barwara on the site of a 700-year-old fort which was owned by the Rajasthani Royal Family and sits directly opposite the temple, Chauth ka Barwara Mandir.
The Barwara Fort was constructed in the 14th century by the Chauhans (Indian Rajput caste) and was conquered by the Rajawat Dynasty from the Hadas in 1734. During World War II, Raja Man Singh from the noble family of Barwara along with Jaipur State Armed Forces fought alongside the British. In appreciation of his services he was bestowed with the title of Rao Bahadur. His grandson, Prithviraj Singh, is now restoring the fort to its previous glory in tandem with Espire Group. The project team will seek the five-star green rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA) certification, the highest classification of national sustainable design ratings in India.
Design efforts are being led by a team of conservation experts to preserve and protect the original fort structure. The 5.5 acre (2.2 hectare) site is encircled by an imposing 5-foot (1.5 meter) thick rock wall that rises up to 20 feet (6 meters) in some sections. Inside the historic fort, three buildings which traditionally accommodated the common, men’s and women’s palaces and two temples are being preserved and restored. Outside the fort, the property faces the local village to the west and protected land that will be reforested to the east. Read more...
St. Regis Hotels & Resorts Debuts in Kazakhstan's Glittering Capital
St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, announced the opening of The St. Regis Astana, marking the debut of the brand in Kazakhstan. Developed by MG Holding, The St. Regis Astana seamlessly blends glamour, unparalleled luxury and bespoke St. Regis service with the local traditions, art and architecture of Kazakhstan.
"The country's rich history and culture blend beautifully with The St. Regis Astana, whose design, services, and culinary offerings perfectly combine the rituals and traditions of St. Regis with those of Kazakhstan," said Lisa Holladay, Global Brand Leader, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts. "Astana is a vibrant destination that continues to grow in popularity and we look forward to offering a truly luxurious experience to the growing ranks of business and leisure travelers visiting the capital city."
Ideally located inside Astana's Central Park, The St. Regis Astana offers a serene escape from the bustling downtown. Guests are in close proximity to landmarks including the Bayterek Tower and Independence Square, as well as the Khan Shatyr Entertainment Center, Astana Opera and foreign embassies.
"Astana continues to cement its role on the world center stage with its heritage, world-class architecture and the recent World Expo," said Jenni Benzaquen, Vice President, Luxury Brands, Europe for Marriott International. "The St. Regis Astana is set to redefine luxury hospitality with its uncompromising services, modern luxury and refined elegance."
With 8 hotel openings in the up-coming few months in Romania (Mercure Sighisoara Binderbubi, ibis Styles Arad, Mercure Bucharest Unirii), Serbia (Mercure Belgrade Excelsior), Bosnia and Hercegovina (Novotel Sarajevo, MGallery by Sofitel Tarcin Forest Resort &Spa), Macedonia (Mercure Tetovo) and Hungary (ibis Styles Budapest Airport) and with a recordhigh number of 40 contracts in the pipeline, Orbis strengthens its development team in order to sustain the development pace in Poland and boost presence in new, promising markets in Eastern Europe.
“On one hand, Eastern Europe is a large market with - one of the highest GDP growth in Europe, generating a strong and still rising demand for business & leisure hotel services. On the other hand, we clearly see that developers and investment funds that have stayed away from the hotel-related projects in the past, are now recognizing a growing profitability in hospitality industry not only in Poland but in the whole Eastern Europe region. We want to speed up the asset-light development and make AccorHotels brands even more visible in the region and in new emerging markets such as Serbia, Croatia, Romania, Slovenia or Bulgaria. Therefore we have reorganized our development team in the region so that we can better achieve our goals.” – explains Gilles Clavie, CEO of Orbis S.A.
Frank Reul has already demonstrated his strong skills & results as Orbis & AccorHotels Area General Manager for Romania, Bulgaria and Macedonia since 2014 where he was also overseeing operations and development projects including in the Balkans and Croatia. Frank Reul is now nominated as Head of Development of Orbis and will lead all Orbis Group assetlight development activities in Eastern Europe reporting directly to the Management Board of Orbis S.A. Read more...
Orbis Hotel expands in Europe with 8 hotel opening in coming few months & 40 projects in pipeline
Curio Collection by Hilton Launches In The UK
Overlooking the world-famous Trafalgar Square, The Trafalgar St. James, Curio Collection by Hilton, has officially joined the exclusive collection of more than 35 hotels and resorts. As the first Curio Collection by Hilton hotel in the UK, the hotel was hand-picked to be a part of the global, upper upscale collection of one-of-a-kind independent properties all celebrated for their individuality.
Nestled in the heart of Central London, on the south side of the world-famous Trafalgar Square, The Trafalgar St. James offers unrivalled proximity to some of the city's most iconic attractions such as The National Gallery and Theatreland. The hotel boasts 131 bedrooms and 15 exquisite suites; each space is artfully accentuated with Art Deco design notes, tactile furnishings and bold colour choices creating a sanctuary of style.
A destination in itself, the hotel offers everything from contemporary bedrooms to a stunning rooftop bar with unrivalled panoramic views over the city, all in the bustle of central London. Opening this October, The Rooftop, formerly known as Vista, has been transformed into a year-round destination featuring a stylish lounge and dining area, with a menu full of small plates and healthy eating options. Complete with alfresco and canopy-covered seating, the 378-square-metre sky-high space features an open fireplace, heaters and blanket selection to provide warmth throughout the cooler months. For special occasions and intimate gatherings, Room - a glass-enclosed private dining Room with the capacity to seat 14 people - will be available for hire.
ibis Styles, the economy brand from AccorHotels has made its debut in the United States with the opening of ibis Styles New York LaGuardia Airport.
As part of AccorHotels’ continued expansion of its economy hotel brands worldwide, the global hospitality group announced the introduction of ibis Styles New York LaGuardia Airport - the first of the ibis Styles hotel in the U.S. The hotel will also serve as the flagship hotel for the brand in the country. Located at the former site of the LaGuardia Airport Hotel, the property has undergone a major renovation to cater to leisure and business travelers seeking a satisfying, comfortable, and thoroughly distinctive guest experience that plays off the vibrant culture of the city that surrounds it.
“As the AccorHotels portfolio grows in North America, I am very proud to announce the first ibis Styles hotel in the United States”, said Kevin Frid, Chief Operating Officer, North & Central America, AccorHotels. “ibis Styles has already seen much success in Europe and South America, and we anticipate the brand to be a standout in New York as well.”
ibis Styles New York LaGuardia Airport
Like each of the 339 mid-size ibis Styles hotels distributed across 30 countries worldwide, the U.S. flagship property is stylish and distinctly imaginative. Located just across Grand Central Parkway from LaGuardia Airport, the singular design of the 93-room hotel is inspired by the New York City Subway. Design details create a lively universe, from whimsical in-wall lobby seating to throw pillows and artwork that take cues from the colorful emblems, stations and route maps found throughout the underground cultural hub.
AccorHotels introduces first Ibis Styles hotel in the United States
Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced the official opening of Hyatt Regency Shanghai Global Harbor in Shanghai’s Putuo District. Hyatt Regency Shanghai Global Harbor marks the seventh Hyatt-branded hotel in Shanghai, joining Park Hyatt Shanghai; Andaz Xintiandi, Shanghai; Grand Hyatt Shanghai; Hyatt on the Bund, Shanghai; Hyatt Regency Chongming and Hyatt Regency Shanghai, Wujiaochang.
“We are delighted to welcome Hyatt Regency Shanghai Global Harbor to one of China’s largest cities,” said Christopher Koehler, vice president and managing director, China Operations, Hyatt. “This hotel has been thoughtfully designed to make guests feel welcome, comfortable and relaxed, so that they can socialize, connect and celebrate any occasion with us. We believe that through our collaboration with our owner, Yue Xing Group, the hotel will become a favorable choice for business and leisure travelers, and reinforce Hyatt’s commitment to growing its brands in markets where our guests are traveling most.”
Hyatt Regency Shanghai Global Harbor is designed to connect business and leisure travelers to all Shanghai has to offer. As part of the Shanghai Global Harbor, a mega complex that incorporates a high-end shopping mall, office tower, exhibition spaces, and restaurants, Hyatt Regency Shanghai Global Harbor offers a one-stop experience, designed with everything at guests’ fingertips. The hotel is nearby Zhongshan Park Commercial Area and Jing’an Temple Commercial Zone, and also has direct access to Metro Lines 3, 4 and 13. The National Convention and Exhibition Center (Shanghai), Hongqiao Railway Station and Hongqiao Airport is less than 25 minutes away.
“It is very exciting for everyone here at Hyatt Regency Shanghai Global Harbor to welcome our guests,” said Au Yong, general manager, Hyatt Regency Shanghai Global Harbor. “We are confident that the hotel’s spacious accommodations, premier meeting facilities and superior service will provide an authentic experience and one-stop convenience to business and leisure travelers.”
Hyatt Regency Shanghai Global Harbor Opens In East China
InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, one of the world’s leading luxury hotel brands, continues its trailblazing heritage by opening the doors to InterContinental Ljubljana in Slovenia’s beguiling capital. The city is one of the latest rising stars in a hot list of emerging destinations in Eastern Europe.
Located in a modern 20-floor building in the centre of Ljubljana, the luxury InterContinental® Ljubljana is just a short walk from the iconic Ljubljanica River, Park Tivoli and Ljubljana Castle. The hotel has 165 guest rooms including 15 suites, most with panoramic views, and features contemporary interior design with sophisticated details reflecting Slovenian authenticity.
Ljubljana, Europe’s hidden gem
With its blend of culinary, design and cultural influences from neighbouring Austria, Italy and Croatia, Ljubljana sits in the heart of one of Europe’s most diverse countries. The charming city centre is steeped in history, architecture and a hive of traditional and fusion cuisine, making it the ideal 48-hour city break for romantics and culture lovers alike.
Tom Rowntree, Vice President Brand Management, Luxury & Boutique Brands Europe at InterContinental Hotels Group commented: “InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts has been pioneering luxury travel in emerging destinations around the world for more than 70 years, and InterContinental® Ljubljana is a prime example of this. Slovenia is a country of rich diversity, fusing multiple European influences in its food, culture, design and landscape - InterContinental® Ljubljana brings this together in one very sophisticated and stylish offering.”
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Debuts In Ljubljana, Slovenia’
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