Category Archives: Destination

The Leela to operate Mahatma Mandir and announces 300-room The Leela Gandhinagar

The Leela Palaces Hotels and Resorts has announced that it has won the competitive bid and management contract to operate India’s largest Convention and Exhibition Center – the 34-acre Mahatma Mandir – and launch Gujarat state capital’s largest hotel, the 300-room The Leela Gandhinagar, which is expected to open in January 2019. The agreements, effective April 1, 2018, are signed with Gandhinagar Railway and Urban Development Corporation (GARUD), a special purpose vehicle formed by the Government of Gujarat with the Indian Railway Stations Development Corporation Ltd (IRSDC). Both the Mahatma Mandir Convention and Exhibition Center and The Leela Gandhinagar, will operate in a complementary yet distinctive manner, guided by The Leela’s brand promise of world-class operational excellence delivered with the warmth and grace unique to Indian hospitality. Commenting on the development, Vivek Nair, chairman and managing director, The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts said: “The addition of Mahatma Mandir and The Leela Gandhinagar to our MICE portfolio reinforces our plans to expand further into the international conferences and events space, and underscores our asset light growth strategy. The projects combine grand space with global standards of service and cater to the growing demand for world-class venues. Together with the government of Gujarat, our endeavour is to help transform Gandhinagar into the convention capital of India.” Commenting on the announcement, R.K Beniwal (IAS), MD Gandhinagar Railway and Urban Development Corporation Ltd (GARUD) said: “Our tie-up with The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts will be a strategic one as The Leela has a very high brand value in the premium hospitality space. We are very confident that The Leela Gandhinagar and Mahatma Mandir Convention & Exhibition Centre will be ably managed for …

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Zabeel House MINI by Jumeirah opens with 150 ‘Pocket Rooms’

Jumeirah has now redefined the modest 3-star experience with its latest hotel: Zabeel House MINI by Jumeirah. The hotel houses 150 ‘Pocket Rooms’ and this 23 square metre space has been engineered to ensure a spacious experience. Its restaurants, C.U (named after the chemical symbol for Copper, due to the prevalence of the material around the hotel) offers a mix of Pan Asian and Middle Eastern dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. And unlike many hotels (particularly of the 3-star category), you can order breakfast eggs anytime of the day. Across the lobby, MishMash offers elevated streetfood from around the world, and for those who want to get out and explore the neighbourhood, there’s a Grab-N-Go for picking up a perfectly packaged meal.

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HNA Group to sell its Hilton stake

HNA Group has announced plans to sell some or all of its $6.3-billion stake in Hilton Worldwide Holdings. The sale was announced through a regulatory filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. HNA acquired an approximate 25 percent equity interest in Hilton from affiliates of Blackstone, establishing a long-term strategic investment in Hilton in 2016.

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Novotel debuts in Kerala with 128 rooms

AccorHotels along with the MuthootPappachan Group has announced the launch of Novotel Kochi Infopark. Featuring 128 rooms including eight suites and a room designed specifically for the specially-abled with signature in-room amenities and WiFi, the hotel offers the blend of local and international art elements of the city. Thomas John Muthoot, Chairman & Managing Director of MuthootPappachan Group said on this occasion “MuthootPappachan Group carries the legacy of 131 years of Trust, Service Excellence and Customer-centricity. We are delighted to partner with AccorHotels on the opening of the first Novotel hotel in Kochi. AccorHotels is indeed one of the largest & finest in the hospitality industry worldwide and the numerouno in the entire Europe. Our legacies and values therefore, are in harmony, towards offering our guests in Kochi, world class hospitality services. We look forward to working with our partners and ensuring our company’s continued growth in the hospitality segment and the best for all our customers in all the diverse & varied businesses & initiatives MuthootPappachan Group is into.” Inspired by the rich culinary legacy of Kochi, guests at the hotel can choose from an extensive selection of cuisines at three of the hotel’s eclectic food and beverage outlets. The Square is an all-day dining restaurant that offers a wide selection of quintessential Malabari delicacies and an array of local and international cuisines with live action stations that feature freshly prepared snacks. To unwind for the evening, The Bar, serves a range of single malts, cocktails, mocktails, spirits while The Sun Deck Bar on the sixth floor offers a lip-smacking melange of Indian culinary creations and live grills. “We are delighted to launch our first Novotel property in the …

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Reel Cinemas introduces Dubai’s first hotel-cinema

Emaar Entertainment has announced that Reel Cinemas, is further expanding its local footprint with the first hotel-cinema – located in Rove Downtown. The hotel-cinema will add to the convenience of hotel guests, catering to the needs of contemporary travellers and urban residents. Rove Downtown is the first hotel under Rove Hotels, a contemporary midscale brand, developed as a joint venture between Meraas and Emaar Properties PJSC. Highlighting Rove Hotels’ intrinsic focus on design, the new cinema – Reel Cinemas – Rove Downtown – will build on Rove Downtown’s ornate charm with stylised seating and a distinct inner-city vibe – providing an unapparelled level of casual-chic sophistication. With ticket price covering popcorn and a soft drink, the new location is set to be the go-to location for urban travellers and discerning residents, as it screens blockbuster titles as well as alternative content such as football and regional cinema. Damien Latham, Chief Executive Officer, Emaar Entertainment, the operator of Reel Cinemas, said: “Reel Cinemas is altering preconceptions of what movie-lovers expect from a cinema while diversifying the cinematic offering to suit every mood and occasion. By pioneering innovative trends, we’re changing the face of entertainment in the region with the new hotel-cinema concept. We are committed to delivering exceptional entertainment experiences and in taking the region’s cinema landscape to the next level.” Olivier Harnisch, Chief Executive Officer of Emaar Hospitality Group, said: “Rove Hotels is for the contemporary traveller who values culturally inspired settings in a vibrant social hub. As the first hotel under Rove Hotels, Rove Downtown has defined its niche in an exceptional location and effortless connectivity to business and leisure destinations in the city. With the addition of the …

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Hyatt Amritsar is now Hyatt Regency Hotel

Hyatt Amritsar has now taken a new step in enhancing the experience of its customers by re-branding itself as Hyatt Regency Hotel. The hotel offers a full range of services and amenities – remarkable restaurants and bars; technology-enabled ways to collaborate with associates; and space to work, engage and relax. Featuring 248 rooms (including 10 Regency Suites), Hotel Hyatt Regency is the idyllic holiday retreat to unwind at. Each of these rooms has bespoke design meant to facilitate effortless living. With chic interiors, these rooms are embedded with facilities that accentuate comfort for its guests. Some of these amenities include tailored beds, work desk area, sitting area, walk-in wardrobe, individually controlled air-conditioning and lighting, phone, in-room electronic safe, a spacious bathroom and a well-stocked mini bar. The culinary professionals of Hyatt Regency Amritsar take visitors on a gastronomic expedition not just to the different nooks & crannies of the country but also to the different cities of the world with their numerous eclectic recipes. • Punjab Province: Authentic flavors of Punjab • The White Box: International delicacies • Scotch Haus: Irresistible drinks & snacks • The Marketplace : Freshly baked confectionary Hyatt Regency Amritsar is ideal for all sorts of events, both social and corporate. It has a modest meeting space of 11,647 sq. ft. that comprises of Istana, the main conference hall, which in turn can be bifurcated into two sections; a ballroom and a tented garden that can accommodate up to 500 guests. In addition to this, it also has two meeting rooms that are equipped with the latest cutting edge technology and can host up to 12 people each. The banqueting spaces of the hotel are widely …

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Cygnett Lite Ramachandra at Visakhapatnam, opens with 42 rooms

Cygnett Hotels & Resorts has inaugurated Cygnett Lite Ramachandra at Visakhapatnam on April 3 2018, adding 42 keys to its repertoire. With the latest addition, the chain will now have a total of 15 operating hotels. Moreover, nine new properties are scheduled to open by December 2018, including Vishakhapatnam, and another eight hotels lined up for this financial year. “Our vision is to reinvent the definition of leisure and business travel, transforming the hotel into a preferred choice for guests. We are committed to creating memorable guest experiences by combining the Cygnetture brand experience and the city’s local attractions. Cygnett hotels are further expanding its brand portfolio, across the growing tier I and II cities in India and we foresee a great potential and opportunity in becoming the favourite hospitality brand for the travellers in the city,” said SarbendraSarkar, Founder & Managing Director, Cygnett Hotels & Resorts.

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Leisure Hotels debuts in Himachal Pradesh with property in Kasauli

Leisure Hotels has entered Himachal Pradesh with the launch of 7 Pines – An English Retreat in Kasauli. With this launch, Leisure Hotels are now available at four states in India including Uttar Pradesh and Goa. 7 Pines – An English Retreat, is located in the quaint hill town of Kasauli, home to one of the largest breweries in the world. A quintessential English Retreat, The ‘7 Pines’ is built with a British colonial décor and is a perfect weekend getaway. Kasauli has a colonial ambience which is complemented by windy paths, quaint shops, lovely homes with charming exteriors and rows of neat little gardens and orchards. While making the announcement, Vibhas Prasad, Director, Leisure Hotels said, “With travel to Kasauli on the rise and attractive hospitality opportunities in high demand, we are happy to add our luxury retreat in the city. Arguably, this new branded bespoke retreat will be a prestigious address in town, situated right across the hills of Shimla.” The luxury retreat in the Kasauli hills offers a populous range of luxurious rooms with comfortable double beds and verandahs overlooking the Shimla Hills. The Dining at 7 Pines- Kasauli comprise traditional homely meals prepared by in-house chefs.

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Hotel Indigo opens in Durham with 83 rooms

Hotel Indigo Durham, has opened in the centre of Durham. Occupying the Grade II-listed ‘Old Shire Hall’, the building was once a university building itself and acted as its administrative headquarters; it was office to the university’s Vice-Chancellor until 2012. Taking its design cues from both the charming neighbourhood and the building itself, all 83 boutique bedrooms feature ornate details to reflect the rich ties to the city’s famous trinity of cathedral, castle and university. The hotel features three distinct room types, from academia-inspired featuring the University’s official colour, purple, through to grand bedrooms with a sumptuous feel and tapestry detailing. Guests can enjoy small bites and choose from a selection of fine wines or local craft beers on offer at the hotel’s bar, Rotunda bar or can sit, relax and enjoy barista-style coffee and selection of freshly made sandwiches and pastries at the hotel’s resident café, Tinderbox Espresso Bar. For premium cocktails and a delicious dinner, Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill offers guests signature steaks and timeless English and French classics, delivered with Marco’s unique flair. Paul Borg, General Manager of Hotel Indigo – Durham commented: “Durham is one of the UK’s most beautiful cities with a rich history and diverse culture. Hotel Indigo Durham embraces the city’s character through the hotel’s creative design and we look forward to welcoming local and international guests alike to explore the neighbourhoods of Durham.”Tom Rowntree, Vice President of Brand Management – Luxury and Boutique brands, IHG, Europe commented: “We want to ensure each city is reflected through the design of every Hotel Indigo property, making each one completely unique. We are pleased that new and existing fans of Hotel Indigo …

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HRAWI writes to Environment Dept. on extending plastic-ban timeline

Post the Government’s decision to implement the ban on plastic effective March 23, 2018, the hotel and restaurant industry in the state has once again come under duress to comply with a ban that has come into immediate effect. With the need to do away with all kinds of plastic utilities which have been in use for over two decades, hotels and restaurants are in a fix over identifying and adopting a suitable replacement. The Hotel and Restaurant Association of Western India (HRAWI) while has appreciated the State Govt.’s intention to save the environment from the perils of plastic waste, has pointed out to certain practical considerations that may have escaped the attention of the State authorities before introducing the ban. In a letter to the Additional Chief Secretary, Environment, Govt. Of Maharashtra, the Association has highlighted the immediate repercussions to the industry and has requested that the Govt. reconsiders extending the timelines. “We are in favour of giving up the use of plastic and welcome the Govt.’s decision. However a ban on it with immediate effect has consequences which we are not in a position to deal with at this moment. There is a large stock of inventory of plastic items which is of high value. With the avenues for disposal or even transport of plastic being limited, the industry is faced with a massive write-off. We are requesting the Govt. to grant us a suitable transition time of about 60-90 days, to move to a plastic-free regime,” says Dilip Datwani, President, HRAWI. Other than not having sufficient time to find the suitable replacement for plastic, the Association has also raised the issue of chain establishments that operate in …

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