Category Archives: Destination

AccorHotels to bring Raffles, Banyan Tree brands into India in 2018

Affirming India to be a major focus area in the Asia Pacific region for AccorHotels, Gaurav Bhushan, Global Chief Development Officer, AccorHotels, reveals that the company is bringing its luxury brands into India this year. “We have a very interesting line up in 2018 for our luxury and leisure hotel brands. Raffles, Fairmont and Banyan Tree are the brands that we are bringing into India. We are very excited about the opportunity. While the mid scale segment is increasing steadily and doing well, there is also a very big opportunity in the luxury, the lifestyle and the leisure space. That is the new frontier from our perspective.” He adds that the company expects to add five hotels with an approximate key count of 1,000-plus rooms to its network in 2018. “We already have 45 operating hotels in India and are actively signing up new hotels. So India is a major focus for us in the Asia Pacific region. And we expect our growth to be very strong and very robust in the next few years,” Bhushan says.

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Northeast Odyssey to facilitate hotel and homestay bookings in the region

Northeast Odyssey is a unique online platform that features an extensive and unified handpicked database of resorts, hotels and homestays across the Northeastern states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Tripura and Nagaland. A carefully curated list of accommodation options vetted by team members provides travellers, tour operators and destinations managers information on everything from a resort’s distinct features, tariffs and special offers to places of interest and things to do nearby along with the latest news, historical and cultural facts about these eight states. Northeast Odyssey, in partnership with ResAvenue, one of the largest booking engines, also provides an online booking facility where travelers can directly book their stay from the site northeastodyssey.com. “North East Odyssey is the first and only dedicated and personalised platform bringing together the rich culture and heritage that North East India has to offer for the discerning traveler,’ says Viraj Oberoi, Director, The Elgin Group, an award-winning Luxury Heritage Boutique Hotels & Resorts in the Himalayas, Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Gangtok and Pelling in Sikkim. As this remote but breath-taking part of India grows in popularity as a travel destination, a website that offers comprehensive information on hotel options in the entire region, a region relatively obscured by a lack of attention as well as marred by misconceptions, benefits both the traveller as well as the destination. “I realise there are so many beautiful hotels and homestays that are run with great passion by owners, but they are all tucked away, unseen and perhaps unknown by so many. I envisioned that a platform is required to present them together online to have a wider reach. Also, often, people think that the Northeast does not …

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FHA returns to Singapore

An international food and hospitality biennial trade event in the region, Food&HotelAsia (FHA) will be held from April 24 to 27, 2018, at two venues – Singapore EXPO and Suntec Singapore. Food&HotelAsia, now in its 40th year, will house its biggest-ever industry congregation with 4000 international exhibitors from more than 70 countries and regions, an increase of over 800 exhibitors (25 per cent) compared to its last edition. “FHA’s growth reflects the changing landscape of the F&B and hospitality industries in Singapore and the region over the decades. Having FHA2018 span two of the largest exhibition venues in Singapore proves just how much the event has grown since 1978,” says Rodolphe Lameyse, Project Director, Food & Hospitality, UBM SES. “In today’s disrupted economy, innovation and internationalisation will serve as the main drivers reshaping Asia’s food and hospitality industries. Against this backdrop, we will continue to strengthen our partnerships with all our stakeholders, together explore new ways to create value to support the industries, and strive towards many more years of performance excellence,” adds Lameyse.

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Tribute Portfolio debuts in New York with The Wick Hotel

Tribute Portfolio has announced its arrival in Hudson, New York with the opening of The Wick Hotel at 41 Cross Street. With its captivating design and 4-star service, The Wick is poised to highlight Hudson as a destination for global business and leisure travelers while supporting the independent spirit of the local community. “We are thrilled to debut a Tribute Portfolio hotel in Hudson, a city driven by a creative energy that lends inspiration at every corner,” said Jennifer Connell, Vice President, Brand Marketing & Management, Tribute Portfolio. “We believe in seizing the moment to experience something new, to grow and expand, and we are excited to connect the community in Hudson with our indie-spirited design, sincere service and vibrant social scene.” Gaining popularity as an idyllic and residential yet culturally-robust getaway in New York state, the city of Hudson is known for its charming independently-owned shops lining the central Warren Street area. The city features dozens of art galleries, locally-sourced food purveyors and a diverse range of restaurants. With a long history as a flourishing arts community, Hudson is an urban gem with rich architecture preserved in landmark buildings and a lively arts and dining scene. Originally built in the 1860s, 41 Cross Street was a manufacturing hub for key industries of the time: first as a soap and candle factory, then textile manufacturing and later a knitting mill. The Wick is the latest adaptive re-use historic preservation by Redburn Development, and a nomination to the National and State Historic Registers is in process. “With The Wick, we saw a great opportunity for Redburn to bring our approach to historic preservation and green energy building to Hudson,” said Thomas …

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Four Points by Sheraton Milwaukee Airport opens with 178 rooms

Marriott International has announced the opening of Four Points by Sheraton Milwaukee Airport. Asset managed by BASK Develpoment & Management, LLC, Four Points Milwaukee Airport, previously under the name Clarion Hotel Milwaukee Airport, offers 178 spacious guest rooms, over 17,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, a 24-hour fitness center, business center and fast and free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. Guests will enjoy full-service dining at the hotel pub and the brand’s iconic Best Brews and BBQ program, which serves guests refreshing, curated local beers and seasonal BBQ-style appetizers. Louie’s Demise from Mikwaukee MKE Brewing Company is the Best Brew at Four Points Milwaukee Airport. Four Points Milwaukee Airport is just a short five minute drive from General Mitchell International Airport-MKE. It’s also a short drive from Miller Park, Home of the Milwaukee Brewers, as well as the Milwaukee County Zoo and Henry Maier Festival Park, home of Summerfest.“Designed with the everyday traveler in mind, Four Points by Sheraton Milwaukee Airport will be a convenient stay for anyone looking to enjoy the world-class attractions of Milwaukee,” said Callette Nielsen, Vice President & Global Brand Manager of Courtyard, Fairfield, Four Points, and SpringHill Suites. “Accessible to families and business travelers alike, the friendly design of the property will make anyone’s stay comfortable.” Owner of Four Points Milwaukee Airport, Amin Amdani, stated, “We are honored to be an exciting addition to the Marriott International Family at the General Mitchell International Airport. We look forward to welcoming guests to our hotel and being the destination of choice for leisure and business travellers from all over the world!” Four Points is the most globally distributed brand in Marriott’s Classic Select category, boasting 225 hotels in …

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144-room Hyatt Place Aguascalientes, Mexico to open in 2019

Hyatt Hotels Corporation has announced that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into a franchise agreement for the 144-key Hyatt Place Aguascalientes with affiliates of Promotora Comercial Abadan, S.A. de C.V. The hotel will be managed by Grupo Hotelero Santa Fe, one of the most respected hospitality companies in the Mexican hotel industry. Upon its expected opening in 2019, Hyatt Place Aguascalientes will be Mexico’s sixth Hyatt Place hotel. “It is our great pleasure to expand the Hyatt Place brand into Aguascalientes, the most populous city in the state bearing the same name and one of the fastest growing destinations in Mexico,” said Luciano Julio, regional director of operations in Latin America, Hyatt Place and Hyatt House. “This opening will mark the brand’s sixth hotel in Mexico and strengthens Hyatt’s strategy to grow its brands in key locations within the country, such as the ‘golden economic triangle’, to increase preference among guests.” Hyatt Place hotels offer casual hospitality and purposeful service in a smartly designed, high-tech and contemporary environment. Hyatt Place Aguascalientes will be located in the southern area of the city in close proximity to industrial parks, automotive manufacturing plants and downtown Aguascalientes, where all municipal and central government offices are located. Aguascalientes serves as an industrial and manufacturing hub with an extensive network of modern highways, multiple free trade zones, the two largest railway centers in Mexico, and Lic. Jesus Teran Peredo International Airport. “We are very excited to add a Hyatt Place hotel to our real estate portfolio” said Abadan’s General Director Felipe Colomo. “We are honored to collaborate with Hyatt on this project, a project that confirms that Mexico continues to be an attractive market to grow …

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ITC Narmada, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Ahmedabad to open on December 1, 2020

ITC Narmada, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Ahmedabad will be opening its door on December 1, 2020. The hotel will have 307 rooms and four meeting spaces. The 2,000-square-metre ballroom and three meeting rooms have been designed with local influences and outfitted with state-of-the-art technology. The hotel is an ideal gateway for exploring India’s fifth-largest city. ITC Narmada, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Ahmedabad is placed in the heart of the Vastrapur area. The city centre, government buildings, corporate offices, and retail shops can be easily accessed from our enchanting oasis. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport (AMD) is 6 kilometres away.

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Crowne Plaza Riyadh – RDC Hotel and Convention Center opens with 326 rooms

InterContinental Hotels Group has announced the opening of Crowne Plaza Riyadh – RDC Hotel and Convention Center. The newly opened hotel will be the 7th operating IHG hotel in Riyadh and the 31st in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The 326-room hotel is located in the Al Ra’idah Digital City (RDC), a mixed use district that is expected to accommodate over 20,000 employees and up to 10,000 residents. RDC is now welcoming multinationals, technology companies, government agencies, and many of the new ventures which are participating in the National Transformation Project 2020. Additionally, Crowne Plaza Riyadh – RDC Hotel is in close proximity to the new financial district, the Riyadh CBD, King Saud University, Diplomatic Quarter and lies within 25 minutes of King Khalid International Airport, making it an ideal choice for business travelers. The Crowne Plaza Riyadh – RDC Hotel and Convention Center offers a comprehensive range of facilities to meet the needs of corporate and MICE guests travelling to and within the Kingdom. The hotel features over 12000 m2 of exhibition and conference space including a three-level circular conference center, a ballroom, large pre-function areas and 12 daylight meeting rooms equipped with modern digital technology. During their downtime, guests can enjoy the hotel’s large outdoor swimming pool or re-energise with a game of tennis at the outdoor court. For a restorative experience, the health club offers a range of relaxing treatments to help guests unwind after a long day. An on-site business center is open 24 hours a day and is equipped with the latest technology to keep guests connected to their business and their families back home. Crowne Plaza Riyadh – RDC Hotel and Convention Center also …

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Marriott signs a five-hotel conversion deal with SAMHI for its Fairfield by Marriott brand in India

Marriott International has signed a five-hotel conversion deal with SAMHI Hotels for its Fairfield by Marriott brand in India. The brand expects to add a total of 583 new rooms to its existing portfolio, making Fairfield by Marriott one of the fastest-growing brands for Marriott International in the Asia-Pacific region. The addition of these hotels, located in exciting destinations across Chennai, Pune, Goa, Delhi and Bengaluru, will significantly increase Marriott International’s presence in the upper-midscale tier in India. “We are extremely excited about this venture with SAMHI Hotels, one of our leading and longstanding partners in India. With the conversion of these five hotels to Fairfield by Marriott, SAMHI Hotels will now have 14 hotels managed by Marriott International across a range of our brands in India as we look at further expanding across the country,” said Paul Foskey, Marriott’s chief development officer in Asia-Pacific. Ashish Jakhanwala, MD and CEO of SAMHI Hotels said, “We have had a strong and fruitful association with Marriott International in India and are happy to further strengthen this relationship with the signing of the five hotel conversion deal to Fairfield by Marriott. Our research and observations have concluded that the Indian market is extremely cost sensitive with a great affinity for midscale brands and we see great growth potential in the coming years.” The Indian tourism and hospitality industry has seen a paradigm shift in recent years where an increasing number of travelers are opting for upper-midscale hotels. Marriott International has embraced this opportunity through its aggressive expansion of the Fairfield by Marriott brand across the region. Fairfield by Marriott is an established leader in the upper-midscale tier that is specifically tailored to meet …

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