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Sherwood Suites Saigon gives families room to maneuver


Sherwood Suites, one of the newest apartment-only properties in Ho Chi Minh City is positioned as a family favorite due to its spacious suites, child-friendly facilities and convenient location just next to the busy central district. Travelling to Vietnam’s southern hub with a family is becoming an increasingly popular option. According to Sherwood Suites GM, Janet Fitzner, “Rooms in even the finest hotels in the city are often too small to fit multiple people comfortably, while the option of reserving an adjoining room only adds to the costs while failing to address a sense of separation. We offer a luxurious spacious option ideally suited to families.” Ho Chi Minh City has numerous compelling attractions for adults and kids alike such as its fantastic food culture, an array of cultural sights, a general air of dynamism and charisma. It is also a logical hub for exploring Vietnam. Sherwood Suites is making it easier for families to experience these attributes in style and safety. The apartment-only arrangement at the property includes 157 suites varying from studios to one-and two-bedroom configurations and penthouses. Room sizes for the family start at a generous 81sqm and extend to 118sqm, making them perfect for families ranging between three and six persons. Other family-friendly features in the apartments, meanwhile, include fully equipped kitchens ideal for rustling up snacks and meals, a washing machine and dryer to help keep on top of laundry and a living room with dining table where the family can share dinner or kick back and watch a movie or a show on the flat screen SMART television. All rooms feature elegant furniture from renowned brand B&B Italia, mattresses by Simmons of England as …

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Radisson Hotel Group goes tech savvy in five year plan: Raj Rana


Radisson Hotel Group has embarked on a five year plan which is focused around technology where the brand is investing in technology to drive the top-line of its hotels. Also, to make sure the new loyalty name, Radisson Rewards is well accepted by the guests. Raj Rana, CEO, South Asia, Radisson Hotel Group, says, “We are steadily growing, adding 7-9 hotels each year and signing 14-15 hotels. As the Udan Scheme takes off and as the infrastructure grows, especially road connectivity, we look forward to add more hotels on leisure as well as business front.”

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7 Lemon Tree hotels to open by end of this fiscal: Rattan Keswani

Rattan Keswani - Deputy MD, Lemon Tree Hotels - Director, Carnation Hotels Pvt. Ltd.

Lemon Tree will be opening 7-8 hotels by the end of this fiscal year. Rattan Keswani, Deputy Managing Director, Lemon Tree Hotels says, “There are a lot of exciting things happening in the group. The recent one was the successful IPO where we opened hotels one after the other post that. It continues to be that way in the sense that we have about 7-8 opening due by the end of this fiscal. Fair amount of growth is being added in terms of inventory. From a managed piece, there are a few contracts in play. The market is firmer now and occupancies are stable even tough its summer.”

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Rooms revenue contributed 53.6% to total hotel industry earnings in 2016-17


According to a latest research study by Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI), in 2016-17, rooms revenue contributed a notable 53.6 per cent to the total hotel industry revenue, an increase over its percentage share in 2015-16, and an improvement from the declining trend exhibited in the years 2012-13 to 2014-15. On the other hand, contribution from Food & Beverage and Banquets declined to 39.5 per cent from 41.5 per cent recorded in 2015-16. The contribution of the other operating departments has remained range-bound,with a marginal increase recorded in 2016-17 over the previous fiscal.

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Hilton Hotels & Resorts’ new Global Brand Head is Vera Manoukian


Hilton has announced the appointment of Vera Manoukian as Senior Vice President and Global Head, Hilton Hotels & Resorts. Manoukian will oversee the brand portfolio for Hilton Hotels & Resorts and will be responsible for promoting, elevating and growing the iconic brand. “We are thrilled to have Vera as the newest member of our brand management leadership team,” said Jon Witter, Chief Customer Officer. “She is extremely well-regarded within the hospitality industry, and given her diverse global business experience, I am confident she will be a tremendous asset to Hilton and our owner community.” As a seasoned professional with more than 30 years of hospitality experience, Vera is known for driving brand growth, maximizing operational excellence and delivering financial performance. She most recently served as President and Chief Operating Officer at Denihan Hospitality, where she led branding, sales, marketing and operations and managed the company’s growth and development pipeline. She previously served as Senior Vice President of Operations for Starwood, where she was responsible for their largest geographic region, seven brands, 68 full service and luxury properties, and $3.4 billion in revenue. “I am honored to be joining the team responsible for managing a portfolio of 14 industry-leading brands, and excited by the opportunity to work with the company’s flagship brand,” said Manoukian. “I have tremendous respect for the legacy of Hilton Hotels & Resorts, and look forward to being part of its continued development and growth around the world.” Manoukian holds an MBA from the University of Southern New Hampshire, specializing in Marketing, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Rivier University of New Hampshire. She will be based at Hilton’s global headquarters in McLean, Virginia and report to …

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Park Inn by Radisson reopens in Bratislava, Slovakia, with 240 rooms


Park Inn by Radisson has announced the re-opening of the Park Inn by Radisson Danube Bratislava in Slovakia – after an extensive renovation over the last two years. The hotel is located in the heart of the historic center, near to Bratislava Castle and the Danube River. Yilmaz Yildirimlar, Area Senior Vice President, Central & Southern Europe, Radisson Hotel Group said: “We are delighted to showcase a brand new look and international standards of Park Inn by Radisson in Bratislava. The new design is colorful, inspirational and contemporary delivered through exceptional personal service. The re-opening signals our commitment to grow Park Inn by Radisson in capital cities, around economic and tourist hubs. This hotel complements our award-winning Radisson Blu hotel in a city that’s visited by more than a million people every year.” Park Inn by Radisson Danube Bratislava is located within walking distance of many popular local attractions, such as the Gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral – a major element of the Old Town’s skyline. Guests will also have easy access to the city’s museums, river bars and restaurants. Park Inn by Radisson Danube Bratislava features 240 rooms and suites, including family accommodation and fully accessible rooms. All rooms have climate control, a smart TV and a free high-speed internet connection. The hotel also features an indoor swimming pool with unique views of the Bratislava Castle, a wellness center with treatment rooms, a sauna, a Jacuzzi and a fitness center. Guests can also look forward to an exceptional and authentic Italian treat at the company’s signature Bocca Buona restaurant, that is winning the hearts of foodies in Nice, Riga, Zurich, and Stuttgart. The hotel is well-equipped for Meetings & Events, …

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Hyatt Regency unveils its first property in Beijing with 348 rooms

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Hyatt Hotels Corporation has announced the continued expansion of the Hyatt Regency brand in China with the opening of the first Hyatt Regency property in the capital of China – Hyatt Regency Beijing Wangjing. “As the first Hyatt Regency property in Beijing, we are proud to bring upscale hotel hospitality into the Wangjing area,” said Till Martin, General Manager of Hyatt Regency Beijing Wangjing. “The dynamic energy and growth in Wangjing is exciting for us as we expect the Hyatt Regency brand will create a seamless connection between our guests and the very best that Wangjing has to offer.” Posed to be a landmark within the district, Hyatt Regency Beijing Wangjing is situated at the juncture of the new Central Business District and a charming residential area. As the new centerpiece of the area of Wangjing, the hotel projects the very core of Wangjing’s unique culture, from its history and local community to its ever-changing and modernized look today. Strategically located in the heart of the Wangjing Central Business District, the hotel is conveniently accessed via the Airport Express and is a short stroll from the Futong subway station on Line14 and the 798 Art District. Beijing’s excellent underground transportation network provides easy access to shopping on the hip Nanluoguxiang Street, the nightlife hub of Sanlitun, Olympic Park and other popular sightseeing and lifestyle destinations. Design and Guestrooms Designed by award-winning architect Kengo Kuma, the hotel’s architecture is inspired by the Chinese “Sanhe Yuan,” a three-sided courtyard style home embracing a green garden. With its unique location between green parks, Kengo Kuma has created an “urban forest” defined by a contemporary chic design and natural materials as a refreshing backdrop …

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Fern Hotels opens in Jamnagar with 40 rooms


The Fern Hotels & Resorts has added another hotel to its portfolio with the launch of Anaya Beacon Hotel in Jamnagar. This is the ninth hotel which is managed by the company under the Beacon Hotels brand. The other Beacon properties are located in Ajmer, Amritsar, Bhopal, Jodhpur, Mumbai, Rajkot, New Delhi and Udaipur. Anaya Beacon Hotel is a smart & efficient business hotel with 40 rooms. The hotel offers the finest of accommodations with a mix of Deluxe Rooms, Executive Rooms, Executive Premium Rooms, a Suite and has a multi-cuisine vegetarian restaurant. The hotel is centrally located and with easy access to public transport. The hotel inventory comprises of 18 Deluxe Rooms, 15 Executive Rooms, 6 Executive Premium Rooms and 1 Suite. Fiesta@Beacon, the multi-cuisine vegetarian restaurant offers an eclectic mix of Indian, Chinese & Continental dishes. Open from 07.00 a.m. to 11.00 p.m., the personalized service makes ‘Fiesta@Beacon’ the ideal location to pamper oneself. In Room Dining is also available round the clock for room guests. Beacon Hotels (a brand owned by The Fern Hotels & Resorts) are positioned as “Smart & Efficient” hotels in the economy segment, providing value-for-money accommodations and offering limited services with all the essential amenities for a comfortable stay.

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Lords Hotels & Resorts signs 46-room resort property in Chotila, Gujarat

(L-R) Mr. Rishi Puri, VP, Lords Hotels & Resorts with Mr. Ramzan V Halani, Director, Setu Joy Private Limited

Lords Hotels & Resorts has announced plans of launching another new resort in the State. Currently under construction, the resort is expected to commence operations in the last quarter of 2018 making it the chain’s 16th property in Gujarat. To be launched as Lords Resort Chotila, the 46-room resort will offer accommodation to pilgrims visiting the popular Chotila Mata Mandir. Being a resort property it will host all kinds of recreational facilities which will serve as great holiday stays for the leisure tourists too. The development is also in line with Lords Hotels & Resorts’ focus on capitalizing on pilgrimage tourism – a segment which is one of the support pillars of the Incredible India campaign. Chotila is a Hindu temple town located in Chotila Taluka of District Surendranagar near Rajkot. Lords Resort Chotila is a folk theme resort that will appeal to the tastes of both the pilgrimage as well as the leisure tourists. “We are delighted to announce our latest venture in Chotila. This will be our eighth property located at a pilgrimage site and we are consciously focusing on expanding in this segment. While Lords Resort Chotila will be a great place to stay for the pilgrimage tourist, the resort will be a fabulous retreat for the leisure traveller too. The resort architecture is inspired by the shape of a crescent moon and the rooms are designed in the traditional Bhunga style with adjoining private sit out areas overlooking water bodies built around it,” says P R Bansal, Chief Operating Officer, Lords Hotels & Resorts. “I wish to congratulate Mr Ramzan V Halani who owns the property and look forward to partnering for future ventures in the …

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AccorHotels acquires Adoria- European management solutions for corporate catering


AccorHotels announces the acquisition of Adoria, the SaaS platform that enables the catering industry to optimise supply management. Founded in France in 2003, Adoria is used by 2,700 organizations (30 catering groups) and brings together 300,000 active users and more than 800 manufacturers and distributors. Adoria offers centralised solutions for managing tendering, procurement, logistics and production. This modular suite guarantees that all stakeholders in the catering chain provide a quality service, from producer through to consumer, and ensures their profitability. Caroline Tissot, Chief Group Procurement Officer at AccorHotels, said, “I am delighted with the addition of Adoria to the Group’s range of services, complementing AccorHotels’ recent acquisitions in the catering sector. This acquisition is in line with our strategy to acquire the most innovative and visionary players in their markets, in order to provide our customers and partners with an increasingly wide range of complementary services. Our aim will be to support Adoria’s international development, while simultaneously benefiting from its expertise and from a highly qualified team.” Laurent Gueye, CEO of Adoria, said, “We are very pleased to be working with AccorHotels as we are both focused on the same goal: providing the most innovative digital solutions in order to enhance our customers’ experience. Adoria is growing structurally in its market and we are proud to be a recognized leader among organizations and medium-sized, large and global catering groups. By combining our strengths with those of AccorHotels, we are going to increase the performance of our customers.”

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