Hospitality Breaking News

Holiday Inn Dubai Festival City, the largest Holiday Inn in the UAE, opens with 508 rooms


InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has further strengthened its long term alliance with Al-Futtaim, one of UAE’s most progressive business conglomerates, with the opening of the highly anticipated Holiday Inn Dubai Festival City, the largest Holiday Inn hotel in the UAE. On this occasion, the partners also announced the signing of a management agreement for Staybridge Suites Dubai Festival City, which will debut the brand in Dubai. To mark this twofold celebration, IHG’s global leadership team including Global CEO, Keith Barr and CEO EMEAA, Kenneth Macpherson were present for the signing and opening ceremonies along with H.E. Helal Saeed Almarri, Director- General, Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce, Omar Al Futtaim, Vice Chairman, Al-Futtaim, Abdallah Hageali, Group Director, Mixed Use Real Estate and Hospitality, Al-Futtaim and Moutaz Duwaji, Director of Hospitality, Al-Futtaim Group Real Estate, Al-Futtaim. The new 508-room Holiday Inn Dubai Festival City features three food and beverage outlets, a rooftop bar (soon to be open), a pool and fitness centre, four meeting rooms and a conference centre with a capacity to seat 200 people. Situated 10 minutes away from the Dubai International Airport and in close proximity to business districts and tourist landmarks in the city, the hotel provides the perfect location for both business and leisure travellers. A city within a city, Dubai Festival City is a fully integrated mega project and a must-see destination which combines world-class shopping, hotels, entertainment and lifestyle, situated in one of Dubai’s most famous waterfronts. The ‘family friendly’ hotel is perfect for those travelling with children, offering direct access to Dubai Festival City’s retail and leisure facilities such as Toys “R” Us, Fabyland, a “futuristic” family entertainment destination for children of all …

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ibis launches ibism, for personalised experiences

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ibis hotels has launched a new approach to hospitality – ibism, inspired by the changing demands of travellers for unique and personalised experiences. A new identity change, ibism represents a cultural movement that does not judge or exclude and is designed for everyone, including families, friends, seniors, small businesses, couples travelling for leisure or partners on business. Placing people at the heart of everything, it is all about you – making guests feel welcomed, heart-warmed, incredible and like they belong. Taking the ibis brand further, ‘ism’ epitomises a personalised approach whether it’s being trendy, fun, young, distinguished, quirky or anything that makes you feel alive and at home. From the marketing collaterals to significant changes in the hotels themselves, ibism is present every step of the way, including: • Quirky and personalised communications across various touch points at the hotel, from signage at the front desk, security check-in, elevators, restaurants, bars and stationery in the rooms • A change in uniform for employees – characteristically trendy, comfortable, casually chic uniforms with printed doodles that reflect AccorHotels’ ‘Born in France, Made in India’ philosophy • Filled with zest and flavouring – dining experiences at ibis hotels will also have a new and unique palate of tang with Spice It, the multi-cuisine restaurant • Embodying the ibism attitude towards guests that is extra attentive, extra positive, and taking extra initiatives Announcing the launch, Arif Patel, Vice President Sales, Marketing, Distribution & Loyalty, AccorHotels India, said “ibism is our promise to be current and significant for our guests. ibism is a brand attitude that is all inclusive. Completely in sync with the Heartist journey by AccorHotels, the cultural change is the next step …

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AccorHotels records a growth of 9.5% in first-quarter 2018 revenue


AccorHotels witnesses a strong growth in first-quarter 2018 revenue: like‑for‑like increase of 9.5%. Sébastien Bazin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AccorHotels, says, “In line with the good trends of 2017, business remained strong in the first quarter in the vast majority of regions. Europe and Asia, our two key markets, continue to benefit from a buoyant environment. Our development continues at a sustained pace. At the same time, our new businesses are taking shape and gradually gaining momentum. To complement this, the Group is pursuing its strategy of growth and consolidation of its ecosystem through targeted acquisitions. Since the beginning of the year, this has resulted in Gekko, Mantis and ResDiary joining the world of AccorHotels. In short, the Group is continuing its fast-paced transformation to build an increasingly comprehensive offering to serve its customers.”

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Lemon Tree Hotels expands in Uttarakhand, signs properties in Rishikesh, Neelkanth and Mussoorie

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Carnation Hotels, the wholly owned subsidiary and management arm of Lemon Tree Hotels Limited has announced the signing of three individual management contracts for three new hotels in the State of Uttarakhand; one each in Rishikesh, Neelkanth and Mussoorie. With these new signings, Lemon Tree Hotels Limited, the largest hotel chain in the mid-priced hotel sector, further solidifies its presence in India as a market leader, thereby adding more depth to its leisure portfolio. Highlighting the group’s expansion strategy into the tourism heavy Uttarakhand, Rattan Keswani, Dy. Managing Director, Lemon Tree Hotels Limited and Whole Time Director, Carnation Hotels said: “We are excited at our fast paced growth in Uttarakhand. Being a tourism-rich state and one of the fastest growing State economies in India, it holds immense business potential. The addition of these three hotels opens new leisure locations for our existing customers thereby increasing our appeal in this domestic market.” Red Fox Hotel, Neelkanth, is an 80-room economy property located about 32 km from Rishikesh in the Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand, this hotel owned by M/s Hotel Mahananda is anticipated to open in February, 2019. Ensconced in the scenic locales of Mussoorie, just a short walk from the hustle and bustle of the Mall road, this currently operational hotel will be a rebranded as Lemon Tree Resort, Mussoorie. Poised to reopen in September, 2019, this resort-styled hotel with its 40 contemporary rooms and suites, modern facilities and impeccable services makes for a perfect getaway away from home. This hotel is owned by M/s Boulevard Hotel and Resorts Pvt. Ltd. Lemon Tree Premier, Rishikesh, is a 66-room upper midscale property. A green field project, it is expected to open …

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Royal Orchid opens Regenta Central Point in Srinagar with 46 rooms


Royal Orchid Hotels adds another property Regenta Central Point in Srinagar to its portfolio. Located at city centre, Regenta Central Point is 12 kms away from the airport and a 10 minute walk from Dal Lake. The four-star property has 46 rooms in a range of options – Deluxe Rooms and Executive Suites with modern amenities. Chander K. Baljee, Managing Director, Royal Orchid Hotels said, “We are happy to announce the opening of our new property in Srinagar. Srinagar is a well known travel destination and we are privileged to be associated with this beautiful city. This adds to our expansion plan with prime focus on mid market segment. Currently we operate 47 properties in 33 cities across the country with close to 3,500 rooms. Following our asset light model we are looking to add 15 more properties for FY19.” The hotel also offers a multi-cuisine all-day dining restaurant, specializing in Kashmiri cuisine and has an outdoor seating arrangement, gymnasium and steam and sauna.

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Samena Capital takes 35% stake in Bloom Hotels at INR 330 crore valuation


Bloom Hotels is swiftly moving ahead with its expansion plans after a primary capital injection of Rs 100 crores by Samena Capital in the company’s Series B investment round. The investment values Bloom at 330 crores and will help roll out the company’s innovative affordable brands to all Indian cities. With this investment Samena Capital has taken a 35% stake in Bloom Hotels. After pioneering its unique hotel concepts across key India markets like Bengaluru, New Delhi, Gurgaon and Goa, Bloom has recently picked up the pace of expansion in pursuit of its aim to set up 100 hotels across South Asia. The expansion coincides with India becoming the world’s third-largest airline market. Demand growth is also being driven by the emerging middle income group and growing discretionary consumption. Commenting on the investment, Mr. Shirish Saraf, Founder and Vice-Chairman of Samena Capital said “We are delighted to partner with Bloom, a truly differentiated company that can bring transformational change to the industry. Bloom has proven its unique business model by achieving operational profitability across its current portfolio in a very short period of time.” Sanjeev Sethi, COO of Bloom, said, “We are proud to have Samena on board as we grow the Bloom brand across South Asia in quick time. We look forward to benefiting from the Samena team’s proven track record in working with consumer facing companies at the high growth stage.” As part of the pan India roll out, in February this year, Bloom Hotels opened two properties in Calangute, Goa. This included the official launch of the newly minted BloomSuites brand at a 140-room hotel. The company has also lined up hotel launches in 20 other locations …

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Hotel accommodation prices rise 2% globally: HPI

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After three years of flat prices, price for overnight accommodation rose two per cent globally in 2017, according to the latest Hotel Price Index (HPI) from In a year, where cryptocurrencies flooded the market, hashtags took over the red carpet and political debate turned well, political, the needle also moved for travellers, with a two-point rise in the global index to 116, the closest it has been to the 2007 peak of 118. Every regional index, except for North America, grew in 2017, signaling strong growth in the travel industry. Johan Svanstrom, President,, said, “The slight increase in average accommodation prices globally combined with numerous markets having record visitor growth signals a strong travel economy and a growing desire from consumers to experience the world. Cultural events have inspired travel more than ever before as we aspire to not just stand by and observe the action, but to instead actually be part of it. ” Due to the implementation of new economic policies and GST in 2017, which introduced multiple tax slabs to cover different hotel categories, Indian hotel prices have witnessed an increase for the year.

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IHCL announces first Taj of Saudi Arabia


In a major milestone, IHCL has announced its foray into Makkah, Saudi Arabia, with a partnership with Umm Al Qura Development and Construction Company in the King Abdul Aziz Road (KAAR) project. The hotel, scheduled to open in January 2023, will have approximately 340 keys, banqueting facilities, and several restaurants to serve all tastes. Commenting on the signing of this agreement, Puneet Chhatwal, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, IHCL, said, “We are honoured to partner with Umm Al Qura Development and Construction Company in bringing the first Taj hotel to Saudi Arabia. This signing is aligned to our strategy of a strong focus on global growth markets and to be present where our guests travel to.” The hotel will be IHCL’s fourth venture in the MENA region. The company manages Taj Dubai located in the Burj Khalifa downtown area. It will also open another two hotels in Dubai in the next 12 to 18 months.

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Radisson Hotel Group signs first Radisson RED of Mandaue City, Cebu

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Radisson Hotel Group has signed a new property, Radisson RED Mandaue in Mandaue City, Cebu, Philippines. This will be the first Radisson RED for the city. Scheduled to open in Q4 2021, Radisson RED Cebu Mandaue will form part of Astra Centre, a new mixed-use development. The property will have 146 guest rooms, 24×7 facilities, and two F&B outlets among other features. The hotel’s Meet Event Studios take an outside-the-box approach to corporate functions by providing innovative spaces. “Expressive, technologically-savvy and social, Radisson RED is perfectly suited to Asia’s new generation of travellers who desire experience, flexibility, and connectivity above all else. Cebu City is the perfect location to introduce Radisson RED to the Philippines. The country’s first capital, this is a dynamic, fast-paced urban centre with a youthful vibe and positive outlook. We look forward to welcoming guests at Radisson RED Cebu Mandaue and introducing a new era of hospitality to the country,” says Katerina Giannouka, President, Asia Pacific, Radisson Hotel Group. Radisson RED Cebu Mandaue will become Radisson Hotel Group’s second hotel in Cebu, following the upper-upscale Radisson Blu Cebu, located in the North Reclamation Area. This hotel joins several other Radisson RED hotels in the Asia Pacific pipeline including Guangzhou in China, Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, and Mohali in India.

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Sarovar Portico Lonavala relaunches as Sahil Sarovar Portico, Lonavala

Sarovar Portico, Lonavala

Sarovar Hotels & Resorts has re-launched its hotel Sarovar Portico Lonavala located in the charming hill town. Back with a refreshing new look and heartwarming experience, Sarovar Portico Lonavala is an ideal destination for a magical summer holiday complemented with heartwarming services. Amidst a dreamy atmosphere, the hotel offers great facilities and comfortable rooms to create a quintessential vacationing experience. Sarovar Portico Lonavala features 23 well furnished rooms including three Dupleix rooms. Each room is equipped with modern facilities and carefully selected amenities. A multi-cuisine restaurant, The Restaurant at Sarovar Portico Lonavala, offers wide range of delectable delicacies ensuring guests a memorable stay. An appended bar serves a stunning scope of colourful cocktails, international selection of wines, mocktails and starters for some relaxing moments. The hotel offers excellent conferencing and banqueting services overseen by experts to keep your occasion hassle free and memorable. Outfitted with the latest audiovisual equipment, picture screens, overhead video and slide-projectors and advanced audio and microphone systems, the two meeting spaces at the hotel are equipped with a host of facilities tailored to cater to your business and social needs.

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