Category Archives: Environment

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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K K Beacon Hotel opens in Rajkot with 34 rooms

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The Fern Hotels & Resorts has added another hotel to its portfolio with the launch of K K Beacon Hotel, Rajkot. This is the eighth hotel which is managed by the company under the Beacon Hotels brand. The other Beacon properties are located in Ajmer, Amritsar, Bhopal, Jodhpur, Mumbai and Udaipur. Beacon Hotels (a brand owned by The Fern Hotels and Resorts) are positioned as “Smart & Efficient” hotels in the economy segment, providing value-for-money accommodations and offering limited services with all the essential amenities for a comfortable stay. The hotel comprise of 34 elegantly appointed and spacious air-conditioned rooms with all modern amenities including internet facility, cable television, direct-dial telephone, multiple computer/mobile phone charging points, mini bar, hairdryer and multiple dining options. The hotel is strategically located 3 km from the airport and in close proximity to the railway station and bus stand. Dining options include a 58-seater fine dine multi-cuisine restaurant “Kosmopolitan” and “Kookies N Kream”, a 22-seater bakery with indoor & outdoor seating, offering a wide selection of cakes, bakes and coffee. The COO of the group, Suhail Kannampilly said, “This is the second property which the group is managing in Rajkot. We already have The Fern Residency, Rajkot. With the launch of KK Beacon, we have further consolidated our position in Gujarat.”

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Avins Beacon Hotel opens in Udaipur

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The Fern Hotels & Resorts has added another hotel to its portfolio with the launch of Avins Beacon Hotel, Udaipur with 22 rooms. This is the seventh hotel which is managed by the company under the Beacon Hotels brand. The other Beacon properties are located in Ajmer, Amritsar, Bhopal, Jodhpur, Mumbai and Udaipur. Beacon Hotels (a brand owned by The Fern Hotels and Resorts) are positioned as “Smart & Efficient” hotels in the economy segment, providing value-for-money accommodations and offering limited services with all the essential amenities for a comfortable stay. The hotel offers the finest of accommodations with 19 Deluxe Rooms and 3 larger Executive Rooms. It has a multi cuisine restaurant, Flavours, and a Banquet venue, Iris, which is perfectly designed for small conferences and social events. The hotel is situated in close proximity to all the major sightseeing attractions in town and with easy access to public transport. The COO of the group, Suhail Kannampilly said, “This is the second property which the group is managing in Udaipur. We already have The Fern Residency, Udaipur. With the launch of Avins Beacon, we are looking to service a different segment of clientele in Udaipur which is growing at a very fast pace.”

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ITC Kohenur, Hyderabad to open soon

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ITC Kohenur, Hyderabad will soon be opening its doors to the guests. With 235 rooms, 9 suites and 27 serviced residences, the hotel’s services and facilities are designed to meet the diverse needs of the traveller. The hotel offers number of fine dining restaurants ranging from globally acclaimed Dum Pukht to the robust hearty Ottimo to the classic and contemporary selection of Chinese cuisine at Yi Jing. The signature spa brand, Kaya Kalp – The Royal Spa is spread over three floors offering superlative wellness experience.

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The Orchard Retreat & Spa, Srinagar, to open on 27th March

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The Orchard Retreat & Spa, Srinagar will be opening its door on 27th March, this year. Nestled in a serene apple orchard in Srinagar, The Orchard Retreat & Spa is paradise reimagined. Located just 40 minutes away from Srinagar International Airport, overlooking the breath taking Zabarwan Hills and Mount Mahadev, this stunning rersort offers design with luxury and exclusive comfort. Enjoy features such as butler service, swimming pool, massage, private villas, spa, sauna and steam showers. The Orchard’s unmatched level of service makes it unique and first of its kind.

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The Fern – An Ecotel Hotel, opens in Akota, Vadodara, with 72 rooms

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The Fern Hotels & Resorts, has launched The Fern- An Ecotel Hotel, Akota-Vadodara. This is the second Fern property in the city. The Fern, Akota-Vadodara offers 72 rooms in two different categories- Winter Green and The Fern Club Rooms. Dining options include Zeste-a multi cuisine all-day-dining restaurant and 24 hours in-room dining service. The banqueting facility comprises of Magnolia and Terraco banquet halls and a meeting room – Aster. The COO of the group, Suhail Kannampilly said, “The Fern, Akota-Vadodara gives us another opportunity to host our guests in Vadodara. We have a strong presence in Gujarat with 9 hotels operational in 7 cities and we look forward to further consolidate this.”

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Voronezh Marriott Hotel, Russia, opens with 221 rooms

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Marriott Hotels has debuted in Voronezh with the opening of Voronezh Marriott Hotel. Situated in the south of Russia on the Voronezh River, the city is recognised as an important centre of culture, science and industry in the region. This latest opening strengthens Marriott’s portfolio across the country and promises to enhance Voronezh’s hospitality scene.“The opening of Voronezh Marriott Hotel highlights our commitment to developing our portfolio in Russia,” said John Licence, VP Premium & Select Brands Europe at Marriott International. “Marriott Hotels is committed to evolving travel through every aspect of the guest’s stay and with this stunning new hotel we look forward to helping travellers explore this thriving destination.” Located in the centre of Voronezh just a short walk away from cultural attractions, Voronezh Marriott Hotel offers 221 stylish guestrooms characterised by warm hues and natural materials that create a modern and inviting environment for guests. For those staying in executive rooms and suites, the signature M Club Lounge is an exclusive space to enjoy complimentary breakfast, drinks and snacks throughout the day. The hotel features an extensive range of restaurant and bar options, including Grill & Grain, which serves the finest dry-aged beef and seafood, paired with an impressive selection of single malt whisky and wines. Olea is a casual all-day-dining Mediterranean restaurant serving local seasonal produce and pizza straight from the wood fired oven, while Avenue 38 offers coffee and pastries in the morning, transforming into the perfect space for a social gathering by night with spectacular views of downtown Voronezh. Situated on the eighth floor, overlooking the city skyline, the hotel’s conference and meeting facilities offer spaces suitable for a range of events. With a …

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Marriott to debut nearly 40 luxury hotels across eight brands in 2018

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Marriott has announced the company is set to open nearly 40 luxury hotels in 2018 as the company continues to cater to a new affluent traveller, offering an unmatched variety of transformative travel experiences. Providing globetrotters with a truly global perspective and an unparalleled portfolio of eight distinct luxury brands, Marriott International Luxury Brands include world-renowned hospitality hallmarks The Ritz-Carlton, Ritz-Carlton Reserve, St. Regis, W Hotels, The Luxury Collection, EDITION and JW Marriott. With an unrivaled network of landmark hotels and resorts in 60 countries today, Marriott International is set to expand its luxury footprint yet further with 200 hotels in the development pipeline, representing 25 new countries, from Iceland and Nepal to Cuba and the Philippines. “From former palaces in Venice and Vienna, to skyscrapers in Hong Kong and Dubai, to intimate, remote escapes in the Maldives and Mexico, the breadth of our portfolio is incomparable and allows us to surpass the expectations of our guests around the globe,” said Tina Edmundson, Global Brand Officer, Marriott International. “We see luxury as a launch pad for self-actualization, with bucket lists evolving from where you want to go to who you can be. With data showing a global shift in perception around luxury, we are uniquely positioned to provide personalized and truly differentiated experiences that resonate with this next-generation jetsetter.” Personalized Fulfillment is the Future of Luxury A global luxury study conducted in partnership with Skift, the largest travel industry intelligence platform, revealed that the number one priority for luxury travelers is centered around transformative travel and authentic experiences that provide a new perspective on the world. Edmundson continued: “Today’s global luxurian defies traditional stereotypes, moving far beyond the antiquated notion …

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The Heritage Hotel Kempinski Yangon, Myanmar, to open soon with 219 rooms

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Currently in the final phase of restoration, The Heritage Hotel Kempinski Yangon is scheduled to open its doors to guests in spring 2018. Located on The Strand, in the heritage district of Myanmar’s largest city and opposite the new riverside cruise terminal, this outstanding five-star deluxe hotel will define luxury in the city of Yangon. Built in 1927 as the New Law Courts, The Heritage Hotel Kempinski Yangon was created by architect Thomas Oliphant Foster and built by Doorman Long UK, the builders of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, as the first multi-level steel structure in the Far East. With its imposing columns standing three floors high, the Heritage hotel seems to stretch endlessly along the Strand. Over the last five years the building has been carefully restored from the inside out to preserve the spirit and grandeur of its past. This fine work has been done in partnership with the Yangon Heritage Trust, founded in 2012 by Dr. Thant Myint U, the eminent Burmese writer and historian. The building is the first property to receive Conservation Management Plan approval from the Yangon Heritage Trust focusing on local artistry and specialist skills by carefully undertaking the transformation into Myanmar’s finest luxury hotel. The Heritage Hotel Kempinski Yangon will offer 219 spacious rooms and suites with crafted décor and high ceilings. The dining experience will be truly gastronomic: it will feature a modern Cantonese restaurant as well as the Brasserie serving breakfast, lunch and dinner under a skylight. As breakfasts at Kempinski hotels fully reflect the European heritage infused by local customs, guests may expect a sumptuous experience ranging from best bircher muesli, baked bread and pastries right from the oven, freshly …

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