Category Archives: Destination

Raffles Europejski Warsaw to open with 106 suites


Early 2018, Raffles Europejski Warsaw will open its doors to welcome a new chapter in an extraordinary history which spans 160 years. In the heart of the city, on the Royal Route, neighboring the cobbled streets of the Old Town with its own high-end retail space; 106 timelessly elegant suites will come alive mixing bespoke furniture, oak floors, a corner library and a carefully curated Polish art by Anda Rottenberg and Barbara Piwowarska. Proudly Polish, from the original 19th century cornicing, now restored, to the 21st century mural by Jarosław Fliciński specially commissioned for the Long Bar. The rich blend of Polish heritage, skilled local craftsmen and contemporary art at Raffles Europejski Warsaw is a narrative of the nation’s history. Built by Enrico Marconi in 1857 it quickly became enshrined in history, its glamorous New Year’s Eve ball parties, immortalized in the Polish 19th century classic, “The Doll” by Bolesław Prus. In the 1880’s, Polish artists such as Józef Chełmoński and Stanisław Witkiewicz had their studios there and the hotel resonated with fin-de-siècle glamour; its patisserie a well-known haunt of writers and poets. In the 20th century it witnessed Poland regaining its independence, the centenary of which is marked next year, before the devastation of World War II and the decades of communism that followed. Chris Cahill, CEO AccorHotels Luxury Brands says: “We are delighted to be opening the iconic Raffles Europejski Warsaw, such a landmark in the city of Warsaw, to which we will bring the legendary Raffles service, known for its benchmark standard across the globe, as well as a series of gastronomic delights, stunning ballroom and conference facilities, and a beautiful spa. The Raffles Europejski Warsaw will …

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Sarovar anticipates 10 per cent growth for the upcoming year


Ajay Bakaya, MD, Sarovar Hotels & Resorts, says, “I would anticipate a growth of 10 per cent next year based largely on the fact that new supply has dried up or is trickling in now. There is no big supply in most of our cities. Demand is going consistently and of the services sector of which hospitality is a part is still contributing positively to the GDP. Other sectors may not be that positive of as buoyant.” .

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WelcomHeritage to open properties in Amritsar and Nainital

Mr. Sunil Gupta

In a recent interview, Sunil Gupta, Chief Executive Officer, WelcomHeritage, says, “In the year gone by, we had 38 operational properties, and two properties were added; one at Kasauli and one at Ahmedabad. These are helping us in bridging the gaps. Overall room nights at the Brand Properties are experiencing a growth of 18%. We soon will be opening a property in Amristsar and Nainital.”

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Fairfield by Marriott, Indore, opens with 106 rooms

Pic 2 - Launch of Fairfield by Marriott Indore (Room Shot)

Marriott International has announced the opening of its brand new hotel in the city – Fairfield by Marriott, Indore. The hotel major currently has 9 Fairfield By Marriott properties, joining a portfolio of 90 hotels across 15 brands in India. Fairfield by Marriott is fast gaining popularity in Asia and India since its launch in the region in 2013. The brand is an established leader in the moderate-tier segment catering to the needs of India’s next generation traveler, who is looking to be productive on the road. It is known for its well-designed rooms, reliable service and offers customers exceptional value. Speaking at the launch, Neeraj Govil, Area Vice-President, South- Asia, Marriott International Inc. said, “Tourism in India is growing at a very fast pace with a lot of focus being generated towards the Tier 2 markets. We believe the timing is right and therefore ideal for our expansion. We are excited to launch our 6th Fairfield by Marriott property in the country within a short period of time this year. We are confident with our entry into this market Fairfield By Marriott fills a much needed gap in the moderate tier segment with its fresh, contemporary design, service excellence, and quality that comes from being a part of Marriott International”. Located in the business hub of Indore, The Fairfield by Marriott, Indore offers 106 guest rooms, banqueting and meeting room facilities with modern technology, a well-equipped business center and a state of the art fitness center. The hotel has an all-day dining restaurant – ‘Kava’ which features both authentic Indian and Western cuisine, buffet and a la carte options. ‘Kava Bar’, a modern mood bar and lounge that serves …

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The Ascend Hotel Collection opens three new hotels in South Beach, Florida

Ascend Hotel Collection.  (PRNewsFoto/Choice Hotels International)

The Ascend Hotel Collection welcomes the iconic Hotel Breakwater South Beach, Casa Victoria Orchid and Hotel Ocean properties in South Beach, FL. These three boutique hotels offer truly distinctive South Beach experiences for all travelers. Located in Miami’s historic Art Deco district, Hotel Breakwater South Beach is an eclectic hotel offering a rotating art program and aquarium-style pool; the Casa Victoria Orchid property is situated on the legendary Española Way and features inspired European charm; the luxurious accommodations and breathtaking ocean views of Hotel Ocean are the perfect setting for a true beach escape. Unique in their own right, the properties serve an essential role in the history of Miami Beach. The hotels, having roots in the 1930s, are an ideal stay for history seekers and modern travelers alike. The storied facades of Hotel Ocean and Hotel Breakwater South Beach are considered icons on Ocean Drive as they were originated during the colorful Art Deco epoch, affording travelers with a glimpse into the past while still maintaining modern amenities and charm. Tucked away in the stoned pathways of the Historic Española Way, Casa Victoria Orchid beckons its guests to take a journey back in time via its European-inspired stucco building with all the comforts of home. “We are delighted to welcome these beautiful properties to the Ascend Hotel Collection, all of which embody the local authenticity and sophistication of South Beach. These hotels are a true representation of what the Ascend Hotel Collection is all about,” said Janis Cannon, senior vice president of upscale brands for Choice Hotels. “South Beach is a hotspot for travelers seeking an experience that’s reflective of the community, and now guests can immerse themselves in …

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4th West India Travel Awards concludes in Ahmedabad


The fourth edition of the West India Travel Awards recognised and celebrated the achievers in the travel and tourism industry of western Indian region during a shimmering ceremony at Crowne Plaza Ahmedabad City Centre on October 15, 2017. Attended by the moguls of the industry in the region, the chief guest for the evening was Bhupendrasinh Manubha Chudasama, Cabinet Minister, Revenue, Education (Primary, Secondary and Adult), Higher and Technical Education, Legislative and Parliamentary Affairs. Gracing the glitzy event also were guest of honour, Nirav Munshi, Manager (Tours & Travels), Gujarat Tourism and Dr. Marisha Kaul, Gladrags Mrs. India–North along with prominent leaders of the travel industry. Saluting the best in industry for their accomplishments, the awardees of the West India Travel Show were selected based on a unique system of jury judgement and internet voting ensuring a fair and unbiased result.

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AVANI Gaborone Resort, Botswana, reopens


AVANI Gaborone Resort & Casino, the business and social hub of Botswana’s capital, is celebrating the completion of an extensive renovation, representing an investment of USD 7.5 million by Minor Hotels, the parent company. All 156 guest rooms and public spaces including the main entrance and porte cochere have been renovated with the aim of introducing AVANI’s signature design hallmarks. The new contemporary design and technological enhancements make for a modern, functional and relaxing experience. Situated in the heart of Gaborone’s business district, home to The Botswana Stock Exchange, Debswana Diamond Company, the Southern African Development Community headquarters and financial institutions, AVANI Gaborone is ideally located for leisure and business travellers and local residents’ seeking great food and a variety of entertainment options. The open plan, design for living lobby blends reception, lounge, eateries and chill out spaces. The interior is spacious and natural light has been used to great effect, allowing for a communal space where guests can relax, meet and eat. The Pantry offers fresh, quick bites for life on the move, comfort food, fresh fruit juices, barista coffees and more. The Conservatory, located in the centre of the lobby, provides an informal, communal eatery. Design elements include a leafy graphic design wall, ceiling punkah fans, wicker seating and parquet flooring. The menu features sandwiches, hamburgers, salads and pasta dishes and delivers on AVANI’s promise of honest food, using freshly sourced local ingredients as well as naturally raised poultry and sustainable meat and seafood. Guests also have the option of two other great restaurants, Savuti Grill and Mahogany. Set within lush gardens is a swimming pool and pool bar. The layout of the guest bedrooms and bathrooms has …

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MGallery by Sofitel opens in Versailles with 152 rooms


Hôtel Le Louis Versailles Château, MGallery by Sofitel is now a 4-star hotel inviting travellers to immerse themselves in the splendour of the Court of Versailles. The hotel’s resolutely contemporary design draws its inspiration directly from the neighbouring Palace of Versailles. Situated just 200 meters from the Palace of Versailles and its Gardens, Hôtel Le Louis Versailles Château enjoys a prime location. It is the ideal starting point from which to explore the most beautiful cultural and historic sites of the Royal City, such as the Royal Opera, the Centre de Musique Baroque and the Théâtre Montansier. Versailles is an international tourist destination boasting an exceptional heritage. It was conceived four centuries ago at the behest of King Louis XIV, and constructed by Jules Hardouin-Mansart and André Le Nôtre, respectively the principal architect and principal gardener to the King. The result is an authentic and welcoming city with nature ever present, an atmosphere that has been reproduced at Hotel Le Louis Versailles Château. Thanks to its proximity to the city’s two main railway stations, Paris is just a 20-minute journey away. Le Louis Versailles Château sits on the site of a former equestrian arena used by the Artillery, built by the War Ministry of Louis-Napoléon III in 1854. The impressive gateway from this period remains unchanged today and has been designated as an historic monument. Once through the gates, guests will discover a building of classical architecture of just four floors, since in Versailles, no building can be higher than the King’s chamber in the Palace. Inside the hotel, guests enter a truly timeless setting. The redesign of the hotel was entrusted to the Russian architectural firm, Sundukovy Sisters. In …

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Cambria Hotels to open in South Boston, Massachusetts, with 159 rooms


Choice Hotels International along with developer City Point Capital has announced the groundbreaking of the Cambria Hotel South Boston. Located at 6 West Broadway, the 159-room property is expected to open in 2019. The Cambria Hotel South Boston is conveniently located right outside of downtown Boston in one of the fastest growing communities in the country, which includes a popular neighborhood for young professionals as well as emerging technology companies. The property sits directly across from the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s Red Line T station, providing easy access to all points in the city as well as Cambridge. The hotel is also just minutes away from the Boston Convention Center, the Seaport District, world-class restaurants, popular historical and cultural attractions, as well as several corporations, such as Gillette, General Electric, Liberty Mutual and Wayfair. “Boston is a city steeped in rich history and tradition, and the groundbreaking of the Cambria Hotel South Boston marks the beginning of our own legacy in the area. As the Cambria brand rapidly expands in popular urban markets across the country, Boston is a perfect addition to the portfolio, as it is home to a robust and growing business community as well as numerous entertainment options,” said Janis Cannon, senior vice president, upscale brands at Choice Hotels. “More importantly, we found the perfect teammate in City Point Capital to build this new upscale hotel designed for the modern traveler.” The Cambria South Boston will feature a rooftop bar, leased restaurant space, stylish amenities and local art. The property will also include ample meeting space, a business center and state-of-the-art fitness center. The property will have contemporary onsite dining, serving a menu comprised of local specialties, …

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Carlson Rezidor adds three hotels to its African pipeline


Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has announced the addition of three hotels to its robust African portfolio. The new 530 rooms bring the group’s African portfolio to a tally of 80 hotels and over 17,200 rooms in operation and under development. “Africa remains a focus market for our growth journey and we remain committed to the continent” said Elie Younes, Executive Vice President & Chief Development Officer of Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. “The additional three hotels include two in Ethiopia, a Radisson Blu in Bishoftu and the first Park Inn by Radisson for the country in its capital city, Addis Ababa and a luxury hotel in Abuja. We are thankful to our partners for their trust in our brands and people – and look forward to long-standing relationships with them.” continued Younes Radisson Blu Bishoftu, Ethiopia: Bishoftu is a popular MICE and leisure destination within Ethiopia. It is located 35km southeast of the country’s capital city, Addis Ababa. It is also within easy access of the country’s first international five-lane highway, leading from Addis Ababa to Djibouti. The hotel will be located on Lake Babogaya, which forms part of the region’s renowned five crater lakes. “Radisson Blu Hotel, Bishoftu is a great addition to our Ethiopian portfolio as we expand outside of the capital city,” said Andrew McLachlan, Senior Vice President of Business Development, Africa & Indian Ocean for the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. “The hotel will be the first internationally branded hotel with the largest meeting and events center in Ethiopia, outside of Addis Ababa.” The 152-room Radisson Blu hotel will have a restaurant and terrace, a specialty restaurant and a pool bar on the terrace, offering picturesque lake views. …

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