Category Archives: Destination

Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort to open doors on November 11

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Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort will open its doors on 11 November 2018, bringing a breath of fresh air and understated luxury to the shores of Abu Dhabi. Surrounded by natural beauty, this contemporary beachfront resort is just 10 minutes from downtown Abu Dhabi and 20 minutes from Abu Dhabi International Airport. Located on a stunning island, overlooking turquoise waters and protected sand dunes, the 293 room hotel values sustainable tourism and will be plastic bottle and plastic straw free. In partnership with Trust Your Water, the hotel will provide solutions to eliminate the need for single use plastic water bottles. Proposed measures include complimentary, reusable plastic bottles for all guests who will be encouraged to refill at water stations throughout the hotel. In addition, local filtered water will be served in glass bottles throughout the resort. General Manager, Linda Griffin, said: “This resort is a place like no other – there’s something for the young and young at heart. Guests can watch the sunset, embrace sunrise yoga or explore the island in all its glory by bicycle. Choose to relax in one of three infinity swimming pools, stroll along the pristine beach and during the turtle nesting season, there will even be a special opportunity to see the Hawksbill ‎turtles on the 9km sweeping beachfront.” The property’s 293 rooms include eight villas with private pools and 70 suites, a spa with 14 treatment rooms and a Moroccan Hamman plus a VIP couple’s suite with a private entrance. The stylish contemporary architecture is also decorated with marine themed touches that bring the outside world to life. Guests can enjoy expansive sea views or extended patios and outdoor space from the …

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HRAWI’s 18th regional convention to be held from June 27-30 in Sri Lanka

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The Hotel and Restaurant Association of Western India (HRAWI) will be hosting the 18th edition of its Regional Convention from 27th to 30th June 2018. For the first time the Association will hold its convention overseas in the port city of Colombo in Sri Lanka. Themed ‘Surfing The Wave Of Global Tourism’, the convention will host an interactive three-day programme with a focus on international tourism trends and best trade practices. Centred around hospitality, the event will integrate related business sessions and business networking opportunities for participating professionals. For recreation, post the convention the HRAWI is also organizing tours for delegates in Colombo and Kandy over the next three days. Mr Kumar De Silva, Chairman, Sri Lanka Convention Bureau, Mr Sanath Ukwatte, President of Hotel Association of Sri Lanka, Mr. Aravinda de Silva – Deputy Chairman, Ideal Motors Pvt. Ltd, Mr. John Amaratunga – Minister of Tourism Development and Christian Religious Affairs are some of the eminent personalities who will be part of the convention. “Annual Conventions offer an excellent opportunity to network with fraternity members, professionals, consultants, vendors and many others from the industry. The Association has invited industry leaders to share their experience and expertise through a series of four business sessions for the benefit of participating hotels and restaurants,” says Mr Dilip Datwani, President, HRAWI. “The registrations have been pouring in and the response has been fantastic and we feel positive that this convention will turn out to be a great success,” he concludes

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Hilton to eliminate plastic straws across its managed hotels in Asia Pacific

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Hilton has announced it will eliminate plastic straws across its managed hotels in Asia Pacific by end 2018, and transition away from plastic bottles from its conference and event spaces. This follows the company’s global commitment to cut its environmental footprint in half and double its social impact investment by 2030. The company will also double the amount it spends with local and minority-owned suppliers, and double its investment in programs to help women and youth around the world. These goals are part of Hilton’s Travel with Purpose corporate responsibility strategy to further the United Nation’s 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. “As a global hospitality company operating more than 5,300 hotels in over 100 countries and territories, we are committed to have a positive impact on the communities we operate our hotels in,” said Alan Watts, Executive President and President, Asia Pacific, Hilton. “We believe waste is a solvable problem. By focusing first on plastic straws and plastic bottled water, we take another step forward in our journey to ensure that the destinations where travelers work, relax, learn and explore are vibrant and resilient for future generations to come.” Hilton’s new 2030 goals include the following social and environmental targets: Cut Environmental Impact in Half to Help Protect the Planet • Reduce carbon intensity emissions by 61%, in line with the Paris Climate Agreement and approved by the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) o Presently, more than 50 hotels in Asia Pacific offer the Clean Air Program, which offsets carbon emissions generated from meetings & events, at no extra cost to the customer. Since 2015, its hotels have offset 14,118 tonnes of carbon in support of nine climate-friendly projects across the …

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Hyatt Regency Shenzhen Airport opens in China

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Hyatt Hotels Corporation has announced the opening of Hyatt Regency Shenzhen Airport in southern China’s Guangdong province. The 335-room hotel welcomes global travelers passing through Shenzhen airport to relax and recharge before their next journey. “Hyatt is a pioneer of airport hotels and we are proud to announce the opening of the first Hyatt Regency hotel in Shenzhen, a fast developing city with huge economic vitality,” said Stephen Ho, president, global operations for Greater China, Hyatt. “The first Hyatt hotel was founded near Los Angeles Airport in 1957 to provide greater convenience and comfort to our guests. With the same sense of innovation that inspired Hyatt over 60 years ago, Hyatt Regency Shenzhen Airport will provide Hyatt guests with an experience to make the most of their stay.” As a modern international airport and one of the busiest in China, Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport welcomed over 45 million travelers last year, and has become an important transportation hub in the Pearl River Delta Region. “We are very grateful for the vision and trust of the hotel’s owner, Shenzhen Airport Group, and together with our other hotels under their ownership – Hyatt Place and Hyatt House Shenzhen Airport, we look forward to welcoming global travelers with diversified hospitality choices,” Ho added. Hyatt Regency Shenzhen Airport is located on the west side of the terminal hall at Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport, a five-minute walk from the arrival and departure hall via an indoor pathway. With easy access to transportation by ocean, land or air, Hyatt Regency Shenzhen Airport enables business and leisure travelers to easily connect with the very best of China’s dynamic southern gateway city. “Every element of Hyatt Regency Shenzhen …

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Radisson Hotel Group appoints Ramzy Fenianos as Chief Development Officer, Asia Pacific

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Radisson Hotel Group has appointed Ramzy Fenianos as Chief Development Officer, Asia Pacific. Joining on 11th June 2018, Ramzy will be based at the company’s Asia Pacific headquarters in Singapore. He will also be a member of the Asia Pacific executive committee. In this key role, he will oversee all aspects of the group’s regional development activities, including leading the Asia Pacific development team in identifying new opportunities to drive growth and strategic expansion of our hotel portfolio. “In line with Destination 2022, our company’s new strategic and operating plan, we have ambitious goals for the expansion of our Asia Pacific portfolio in the next five years,” said Katerina Giannouka, President, Radisson Hotel Group, Asia Pacific. “It’s essential to have a highly experienced and forward-thinking development professional to drive this strategy and I am delighted that Ramzy fits the bill perfectly.” With more than 15 years of experience in the real estate and hospitality sectors, Ramzy has held key positions with several major companies, including Dubai Holding Group, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide and Minor Hotel Group. Most recently, he was Vice President, Development, EMEA, for Minor Hotels. Based in Dubai, he headed up the company’s development office for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and successfully closed multiple hotel deals in the region. “I am excited to join Radisson Hotel Group as the company is a solid industry player embarking on a transformational five-year plan,” said Ramzy. “Asia Pacific is the most compelling region in the world in terms of opportunities for hotel development and its diverse destinations are perfectly suited for the company’s distinctive and innovative brands. I look forward to working with the entire team here to …

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Apeejay Surrendra Park Hotels to manage 232-year-oldest hotel -The Denmark Tavern, Kolkata

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Apeejay Surrendra Park Hotels has entered into an agreement with the Government of West Bengal to manage the historic The Denmark Tavern, the oldest hotel in India, in Serampore. The Tavern was established in 1786 in what was then Fredricksnagore. The two-storeyed structure by the Hooghly is the place where the Danes had kept their flagstaff and cannons. The Tavern was a place to meet and stay for traders, clergy and travellers exploring Bengal. In 2010 – 11, more than 200 years after the tavern’s heyday, a group of restoration experts studied the building that stood in complete ruins surrounded by debris. It took around two years to restore the Tavern to its former glory as part of the Serampore Initiative, a restoration programme for several Danish heritage structures led by the National Museum of Denmark and funded by Realdania, a private trust in Denmark, in collaboration with West Bengal State Heritage Commission, and Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH).The refurnished building has a cafe, inspired by the double height central atrium of the Indian Coffee House in Kolkata and six high-ceilinged spacious rooms. Priya Paul, Chairperson, Apeejay Surrendra Park Hotels Ltd. said, “We are delighted to manage The Denmark Tavern on behalf of the West Bengal Government. THE Park Hotels will build on the rich legacy of the Tavern and bring it and the area back to life. The hotel will soon be buzzing with guests enjoying a quiet break on the banks of Hooghly and the sights and sounds of old-world Serampore and beyond.” Vijay Dewan, Managing Director, Apeejay Surrendra Park Hotels Ltd., said, “We are honoured to partner with the Government of West Bengal …

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Hyatt Centric brand comes to India

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Hyatt Hotels Corporation has announced the rebranding of Hyatt Bangalore MG Road to the Hyatt Centric brand, marking the brand’s first hotel in India and twenty-third worldwide. Located in prime destinations across world-class cities like New York, Miami, Madrid, Tokyo and Chicago, the Hyatt Centric brand is thoughtfully designed to enable exploration and discovery, and targets millennial-minded travelers who want to be in the middle of the action. Designed by Studio HBA, the hotel boasts a contemporary feel with eclectic touches that capture the city’s cosmopolitan vibe. Its 143 contemporary and playful guestrooms, including four suites with terrace gardens overlooking the aquamarine blue pool, have been stylishly redecorated and infused with local flare. Two distinct dining options are available for explorers looking to try something new: The Corner and The Bengaluru Brasserie. While The Corner offers a social atmosphere for coffee and light fare, The Bengaluru Brasserie delivers modern global cuisine with a focus on health and well-being. The hotel also boasts a customisable special events space, making it a perfect destination for any group event.

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IHCL signs a second Ginger hotel in Visakhapatnam

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The Indian Hotels Company has signed a new Ginger hotel in Visakhapatnam. It will be Ginger’s second hotel in the city. Deepika Rao, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Roots Corporation said, “We are delighted to partner with SSR Builders in Visakhapatnam for this hotel. We are happy to expand our presence in Visakhapatnam, a key city in Andhra Pradesh.” The new Ginger in Visakhapatnam with 56 rooms, an all day diner, meeting room and a fitness centre is located at Gajuwaka amidst a commercial hub with close proximity to companies like TATA Motors, Nestle, BHEL, GAIL and many others. The hotel is slated to open mid-2019. IHCL has two other hotels in the city – The Gateway Hotel Beach Road Visakhapatnam and a 68 room Ginger hotel close to the Visakhapatnam railway station.

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IHG sees major resort portfolio expansion of more than 2,000 rooms in Thailand

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InterContinental Hotels Group in partnership with Ratanakorn Asset, has announced the signing of eight new properties in Thailand’s key resort destinations of Pattaya, Rayong, Phuket, Khao Lak and Koh Samui. The multi-brand signing, consisting of new-builds and a conversion across the Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Staybridge Suites brands, will add more than 2,000 rooms and ramp up IHG’s presence in the country, which already boasts the group’s largest system size in the region. The hotels are set to open from this year to 2027. Clarence Tan, Managing Director South East Asia and Korea, IHG, commented: “As a top travel destination for business and leisure alike, Thailand has always been an important market for us, serving as the regional launch pad for some of our key brands including Holiday Inn Express, Hotel Indigo and Staybridge Suites. Together with our partner, Ratanakorn Asset, we are excited to strengthen our presence here with three of our most recognised and well-loved brands. Following the inaugural signing of Staybridge Suites in Bangkok last December, these latest additions will build on our growth momentum in the country and in our resort portfolio – a testament to our steadfast commitment to provide our guests with world-class accommodation, in some of the world’s best resort locations.” Ratanakorn Asset is a well-established Thai real estate company with properties exceeding THB30,000 million in worth, located mainly in Pattaya, Chonburi and Rayong. In addition to the eight upcoming IHG developments, its extensive portfolio includes residential, commercial, industrial and retail projects. Niti Ruangratanakorn, President, Ratanakorn Asset said: “Recognising the Thai Government’s Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) project is set to fuel growth across many industries, including tourism, we took a very …

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Hyatt opens 45-room boutique hotel in Istanbul

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Hyatt Hotels Corporation has announced the opening of Nish Palas Istanbul as part of The Unbound Collection by Hyatt. The 45-room boutique hotel is located in Nişantaşı. “We are thrilled to open a hotel in one of Istanbul’s most upscale and creative neighborhoods with an experience that embraces the city’s rich cultural history and charm,” said Cantekin Temizer, general manager of Nish Palas Istanbul. “With a team who is most knowledgeable and passionate about this area, we look forward to providing guests with an extraordinary and inspiring stay.” Providing guests with a space to call home, the charming 45-room boutique hotel will be the postmodern interpretation of a typical historical apartment, known as a “Palas.” Offering a sense of discovery for independent-minded travelers in Istanbul, the hotel features a rooftop bar overlooking the Bosphorus strait, and a spa housing a traditional Hammam with locally inspired healing treatments. Taking cues from the local culture, Glens, the hotel’s restaurant and bar, will serve authentic Mediterranean cuisine. Nish Palas Istanbul will be the first property in Turkey for The Unbound Collection by Hyatt. Launched in 2016, The Unbound Collection by Hyatt is a global collection of unique and independent properties that promise to create story-worthy and shareable experiences for the modern traveler. Guestrooms Stylish and uncomplicated guestrooms offer incredible views of the ancient city, the Bosphorus strait and Princess Island through floor-to-ceiling windows. Rooted in the culture of Istanbul, each guestroom features touches inspired by the local area, including photos depicting the history of the neighborhood and books hand-selected from local shops. The warm ambiance of the Terrace Rooms present a spacious and casual open plan living, with space for dining and entertainment …

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