Hospitality Breaking News

IHG to debut Hotel Indigo in Ho Chi Minh City with 150 rooms

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IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) has signed a management agreement with Europe Trading Investment Company for Hotel Indigo Saigon The City. This is the second Hotel Indigo to be signed in Vietnam, and will be the country’s first when it opens its doors in 2019. Commenting on this signing, Rajit Sukumaran, Chief Development Officer, EMEAA East, IHG, says, “Since IHG introduced Hotel Indigo to South East Asia in 2015, the hotel brand has enjoyed great success across the region. Set in one of Vietnam’s most visited cities, Ba Son’s intriguing heritage makes it the perfect next step for Hotel Indigo’s regional growth. We are confident that Hotel Indigo Saigon The City will be an ideal choice for travellers who value an authentically local experience, with the consistency of one of the world’s leading hotel groups.” The hotels houses 150 guest rooms and three meeting rooms. The hotel will also feature a unique street-front destination neighbourhood cafe serving Vietnamese-inspired cuisine using locally sourced ingredients. Immersed in the lively pulse of the neighbourhood, which boasts a bustling street food scene, guests will also be able to explore famed attractions just a short walk away, including the Saigon Opera House and Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica.

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Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla to reopen on March 23, 2018

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Following months of restoration due to the impact of Hurricane Irma, one of the Caribbean’s luxury beachfront resorts and the largest resort employer on the island of Anguilla, Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla, will reopen on March 23, 2018. “While the logistics of delivering to the island the volume of necessary materials and systems required to complete our repairs have been challenging, we have worked tirelessly and leveraged Starwood Capital Group’s strategic relationships around the world to reopen as soon as possible. We recognise our position as the island’s largest private employer, and also realise the success of numerous local businesses such as restaurants, air, land and sea transportation providers, local attractions, and more is driven by our guests and we are eager to reopen to bring much needed revenue back to the island,” stated Roy Shanholtz, Vice President, Hotel Asset Management of Starwood Capital Group. “Everything at our Resort will be in the pristine condition our guests expect and our employees will be thrilled to welcome them.” “We are thrilled to reopen this iconic resort in our portfolio,” said Vince Parrotta, Four Seasons President, Hotel Operations – Americas. “This Resort gained significant popularity with our guests from around the world during our first year of operation as a Four Seasons. Guests are eager to return and we’re happy to welcome them back to the beauty of Anguilla.”

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Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham to open 20 hotels across India in a decade

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India is a key market for Wyndham Hotel Group within Eurasia as well as globally. Deepika Arora, Regional Vice President, Eurasia, Wyndham Hotel Group,says, “We expanded our footprint in India and neighbouring countries with 11 new hotels. Two-thirds of the new hotel openings were in India thus re-enforcing our presence in the country’s rapidly growing mid-market hospitality segment. Our hotel pipeline in the region also grew with 15 new signings. We also signed a non-exclusive development agreement with Ahmedabad- based Nebula Infraspace LLP, to develop at least 20 hotels under the Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham brand across India over a period of 10 years.”

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Hotel Indigo Venice – Sant’Elena, opens with 77 rooms

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Hotel Indigo Venice – Sant’Elena has opened with 77 rooms. The property will be composed of two wings joined in the centre of the property by a former chapel. The hotel will boast an interior courtyard and large windows with high ceilings, which draw inspiration from the local neighbourhood and existing architecture. Hylko Versteeg, Associate Vice President of Development Southern Europe, IHG, commented: “We are delighted to be partnering with H.n.h. Hotels & Resorts S.p.A to be opening another Hotel Indigo in Italy, especially in such a popular and iconic location as Venice. It is an exciting time for Hotel Indigo, Hotel Indigo Milan – Corso Monforte is set to open next year and the number of hotels open across Europe is set to double in the next 3 to 5 years. It is clear that the Hotel Indigo brand is resonating with guests and owners alike and we look forward further expanding our footprint across the industry’s fastest growing segment.”Luca Boccato, CEO of H.n.h. Hotels & Resorts S.p.A commented: “We are very pleased to be working with IHG to open this hotel. We have managed and owned the Hotel Sant’Elena since 2005 but we believe that the high quality and services of the Hotel Indigo brand will add tremendous value. Venice is a unique location that has a lot to offer travellers and we look forward to bringing the local neighbourhood to life through the design and décor of Hotel Indigo Venice Sant’Elena.”

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IHG debuts in Algeria with opening of the first Holiday Inn

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InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced the opening of Holiday Inn Algiers – Cheraga Tower. Featuring 242 rooms, Holiday Inn Algiers – Cheraga Tower is in close proximity to international business centres and embassies. Holiday Inn Algiers offers a selection of family friendly dining options with two restaurants including ‘Le 101’, which is located at the top of the hotel and provides a scenic view of the city and an all-day dining restaurant – ‘Ikosium’. Additionally, guests can enjoy an array of beverages and snacks at ‘LLB’ (lobby lounge bar) and ‘La Terrasse’. The hotel also offers Holiday Inn brand’s signature Kids Stay and Eat Free programme, where kids under the age of 12 can stay and dine for free – making it an ideal choice for Algerian families visiting the hotel and international business visitors alike. Guests at the Holiday Inn Algiers will also have access to a ‘wellness floor’ consisting of a fitness centre, an indoor pool, an outdoor pool, Hammam, sauna and a treatment & massage centre. Catering to MICE and corporate guests, Holiday Inn Algiers also has four meeting rooms, a large banquet hall and an expansive indoor parking on 3 levels. Commenting on the announcement, Pascal Gauvin, MD, IMEA, IHG: “We are thrilled to establish a footprint in Algeria in collaboration with our eminent partner, S.A.R.L Modern Towers and expand our presence in Africa. The opening of Holiday Inn Algiers – Cheraga Tower is a strategic move for us as Algeria’s proximity to Europe, airline connectivity, strong culture and heritage along with substantial business links creates a strong demand for international branded accommodation and a need for world-class hospitality.”

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Country Inns & Suites by Carlson is now Country Inn & Suites By Radisson

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Country Inns & Suites By Carlson has changed its name to Country Inn & Suites by Radisson. This name change will allow the brand and the individual hotels to leverage the global recognition and strength of the Radisson brand. The consumer-facing changes will be made in stages throughout the first half of 2018. Changes will include a new visual identity, updated logo and refreshed marketing and hotel collateral. “We are thrilled that Country Inn & Suites will have a new name aligning it more closely with our Radisson brands,” said Ken Greene, president, Americas, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. “By aligning with our Radisson brands, Country Inn & Suites hotels will benefit from increased name awareness among new and prospective guests, while retaining its brand essence of modern country warmth enjoyed by our current guests.” Country Inn & Suites by Radisson will continue to offer warm, personal service and amenities that make for a comfortable stay. Signature brand amenities will remain, including free Wi-Fi, complimentary hot breakfast, fitness centers and a Read It & Return Lending Library®. The brand has over 480 hotels in the United States, Canada, Latin America and India. In certain circumstances, some hotels might continue to use the former name past 2018

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India’s first voice-activated smart hotel rooms debut at Park Inn by Radisson IP Extension, New Delhi

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Park Inn by Radisson IP Extension has launched its voice assistant-enabled smart hotel rooms. Guests can manage basic room functions and service requests with just a tap of their personal mobile phones; without downloading any app. Additionally, guests can now request for services such as room cleaning, wake-up calls, laundry, in-room dining, and room check-out by speaking to the smart device. Saurav Dutta, General Manager, Park Inn by Radisson IP Extension said, “Internet of Things (IoT) & voice-enabled technologies are without a doubt the future and we are excited to pioneer these comprehensive & intuitive smart hotel room features in India. With the voice-activated in-room solutions we expect a 50 percent improvement in housekeeping efficiencies; ensuring speedier completion of service requests. Eventually, the intent is to diversify & grow the connected room features, as part of our on-going efforts to offer bespoke experiences that evolve with the needs of our patrons.” Once checked-in, guests can use their mobile devices to play videos and listen to music, such as Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, and YouTube; beamed onto the TV set. For a limited-period, complimentary in-room subscriptions to Amazon Prime Video are also on offer. The guests’ mobile can also be used as a remote control for the television and set-top box. What’s more, their phones can double as a keyboard and mouse, turning the TV screen into a computer interface. The studio rooms integrated with this new technology have been configured by Kamakshi Clouds, a Bangalore based software firm. M. A. Kannan, Director, Kamakshi Clouds said, “Almost every industry in the world is on the cusp of an Artificial Intelligence (AI) revolution, with a promise of improved efficiencies. Therefore, it is …

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The Fern – An Ecotel Hotel, opens in Akota, Vadodara, with 72 rooms

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The Fern Hotels & Resorts, has launched The Fern- An Ecotel Hotel, Akota-Vadodara. This is the second Fern property in the city. The Fern, Akota-Vadodara offers 72 rooms in two different categories- Winter Green and The Fern Club Rooms. Dining options include Zeste-a multi cuisine all-day-dining restaurant and 24 hours in-room dining service. The banqueting facility comprises of Magnolia and Terraco banquet halls and a meeting room – Aster. The COO of the group, Suhail Kannampilly said, “The Fern, Akota-Vadodara gives us another opportunity to host our guests in Vadodara. We have a strong presence in Gujarat with 9 hotels operational in 7 cities and we look forward to further consolidate this.”

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Conrad Bengaluru opens with 285 rooms and 21 suites

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Conrad Hotels & Resorts has expanded in India with the opening of Conrad Bengaluru. The 24-storeyed hotel is owned by Prestige Group and managed by Hilton. Featuring 285 guestrooms including 21 suites, Conrad Bengaluru offers five dining and bar experiences, a full-service spa and salon, 17,000 square feet of event space, a 24-hour fitness center and an outdoor temperature–controlled infinity pool overlooking the expanse of the city as well as a dedicated kids’ pool. “The impressive Conrad Bengaluru is an outstanding addition to our luxury portfolio in Asia Pacific and we are delighted to be partnering with the Prestige Group on this exciting project. The timely arrival of Conrad Bengaluru in India demonstrates Conrad Hotels & Resorts’ commitment to growing the brand’s presence in the country, complementing its sister property Conrad Pune,” said Daniel Welk, vice president of operations, luxury and lifestyle, Asia Pacific, Hilton. “This landmark property perfectly complements the vibrant city and will set the benchmark for luxury accommodation in Bengaluru.” “We are delighted to establish Conrad Hotels & Resorts in this vibrant capital city of Karnataka. Conrad Bengaluru enhances our fast growing portfolio of 34 properties and underscores our commitment to delivering exceptional hotels in key gateway locations to meet the growing needs of global luxury travelers,” said John T. A. Vanderslice, global head, Conrad Hotels & Resorts. “An inspiring destination, Conrad Bengaluru will delight guests with intuitive and customized service, as well as provide them access to a world of connections and inspired experiences.”

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AVANI to make Laotian debut in the city of Luang Prabang in March 2018

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AVANI Hotels & Resorts has announced the launch of its first hotel in the historic town of Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in northern Laos. The 53-room hotel is located on a narrow peninsula at the joining of the Nam Khan and Mekong Rivers. The Bistro serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, indoors or outdoors. The menu favours classic Bistro and Lao dishes and the upstairs bar with its street-side veranda offers the ideal perch from which to observe the daily rhythms of Luang Prabang local life. The AVANISPA offers two single and two double treatment rooms with a communal relaxation area. AVANISPA adopts a straightforward yet individual approach to wellness. Problematic body zones will be assessed and a treatment recommended, chosen from one of four results-driven options; Boost, Balance, Calm and Purify. AVANIFit focuses on lifestyle elements that promote a healthy body and healthy mind and the hotel’s Gym will offer a range of cardiovascular and strength equipment. Daily Yoga classes will also be offered and there is a 25m swimming pool and pool bar serving smoothies, fresh juices and shared-platters. An outdoor, covered sixty square metre Pavilion provides a multi-use space, ideal for small wedding ceremonies, social events and casual meetings. “Luang Prabang has long been a bucket-listed destination for travellers throughout South East Asia with its ancient temples, beautiful French UNESCO listed architecture and stunning riverside scenery,” said VP Operations, AVANI Group Hotel Operations, Alejandro Bernabe. “Plus with the recently launch Mekong Kingdom Cruises, that offer day trips or overnight cruises to the resort from Thailand, the new hotel is a welcome addition to the AVANI brand.

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