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4th West India Travel Awards concludes in Ahmedabad

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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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ibis Coimbatore opens with 129 rooms

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InterGlobe Hotels has announced the opening of ibis Coimbatore City Centre, marking the debut of the smart hotel brand in the second largest city in the state of Tamil Nadu – Coimbatore. The business hotel is strategically located in the city’s central business district at Lakshmi Mills Junction, within close proximity to local tourist attractions and shopping hubs, and a short drive from the city’s railway station and airport. With 129 well-appointed rooms, the hotel boasts of a contemporary design that offers unparalleled comfort and convenience, living up to the ibis promise of providing ‘well-being at the best price’. A modern retreat for business travellers, ibis Coimbatore City Centre offers guests a unique blend of modernity, comfort and availability synonymous with ibis hotels globally, and yet it succeeds in imbibing some of the local culture and heritage that Coimbatore is known for. Walking into the hotel, guests are welcomed by a warm and vibrant lobby featuring a colourful display of local craftsmanship. Paying homage to the city’s long term association with the textile industry, the walkways and corridors of the hotel feature wall art inspired by the weaves and thread work that have earned the city the title of ‘Manchester of South India’. The guest rooms are contemporary, comfortable and well-designed, replete with all modern in-room amenities including an LED TV and high speed Wi-Fi Internet access to ensure that guests can relax and work with ease. The hotel also guarantees its guests a good night’s sleep with the signature Sweet Bed™, an innovative bedding concept from ibis that ensures a quality sleep experience. Speaking at the hotel’s launch, Shwetank Singh, Vice President – Development and Asset Management, InterGlobe Hotels …

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Fairfield by Marriott, Visakhapatnam, opens with 121 rooms

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Marriott International has announced the opening of the – Fairfield by Marriott, Visakhapatnam. Fairfield by Marriott Visakhapatnam offers 121 spacious rooms designed with modern comforts in mind. Kava, the all-day dining restaurant, serves authentic local Indian favourites and international cuisine. The Bar and Lobby Lounge provides a lively atmosphere for guests to enjoy freshly brewed coffees, as well as a variety of evening cocktails. The hotel also features The Market, a unique 24/7 convenience store within the hotel, where guests can purchase snacks and beverages at any time of the day. “Recognised as one of the “Smart Cities” in India, Visakhapatnam holds tremendous potential for high economic growth, infrastructure development and further evolution of the services sector, we are excited to open our 5th Fairfield by Marriott in India. With our hospitality expertise, in conjunction with our astute owners Sri K. Subba Raju, CMD, KSR Developers, we are confident in delivering a seamless hotel experience at great value,” said Neeraj Govil Area Vice- President, South Asia, Marriott International. The Business Centre and meeting rooms are equipped with the state of art audio visual facilities and all public areas and guest rooms have high-speed Wi-Fi. “Adorning a contemporary style and pastel hues, Fairfield by Marriott Visakhapatnam is the newest addition to the port city of Andhra Pradesh. The property and staff aim to provide a comfortable and convenient stay to both business and leisure travelers,” said Sudhanshu Singh, General Manager, Fairfield by Marriott Visakhapatnam. “There is a lot of excitement and enthusiasm as we launch the Fairfield by Marriott brand in Visakhapatnam. As a Marriott International brand we strive to set the standards of delivering a great hotel experience through consistent …

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Hilton to invest $50 million in its Africa growth initiative

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Hilton has committed a total of $50 million over the next five years towards its Africa growth initiative to support the continued expansion of its sub-Saharan African portfolio. These funds are intended to support the conversion of around 100 hotels (roughly 20,000 rooms) in multiple African markets into Hilton branded properties- Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, and Curio Collection by Hilton. The hotels will receive all the benefits associated with Hilton’s industry-leading brand proposition and world-class commercial platforms. Guests will also be able to take advantage of Hilton’s innovative technology platforms such as online check-in and the ability to choose individual rooms when booking via the Hilton Honors application. Patrick Fitzgibbon, Senior Vice President – Development (Europe, Middle East and Africa), Hilton, says, “Hilton remains committed to growth in Africa, having been present on the continent for more than 50 years. The model of converting existing hotels into Hilton branded properties has proved highly successful in a variety of markets and we expect to see great opportunities to convert hotels to Hilton brands through this initiative. It enables us to rapidly grow our portfolio and deliver returns for owners by increasing exposure of their business to more international, inter-regional and domestic travellers, and specifically to our 65 million-plus Hilton Honors members who look to stay with us in our suite of industry-leading brands. We see huge potential here in key cities and airports, as well as allowing us to develop our offering in resorts and safari lodges.”

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IHG continues rapid expansion in Germany

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IHG strengthens its continued expansion in Germany with the opening of its sixth hotel and signing of its 13th hotel this year. IHG now has nearly 120 hotels open and in the development pipeline in the country. The recently opened 323-room Holiday Inn Express Cologne – City Centre is the largest Holiday Inn Express in Europe and brings the company’s number of hotels across Germany to 72 (over 14,600 rooms). Holiday Inn Express Goettingen is IHG’s 13th signing in the market this year, with the development pipeline now at 46 hotels. IHG’s progress in Germany has been driven through a strategic focus on Multiple Development Agreement (MDA) deals with selected partners, executed by a local growth team with a deep understanding of the lease-driven property market. IHG’s MDA partners have signed almost all of the deals in Germany so far this year, all of which have been under the Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express brands. Robert Shepherd, Chief Development Officer and SVP Growth & Transformation, Europe, says, “Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express are known and loved worldwide, welcoming millions of guests each year. At double the size of its nearest competitor globally, the Holiday Inn brand family is a powerful growth engine for IHG. These brands have enduring consumer appeal, and at the same time, our ongoing transformation programmes, including Open Lobby and Next Generation guest rooms, ensure they are more relevant than ever. This is recognised by hotel owners and investors here in Germany and reflected in our signings and openings across the country this year.”

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Tivoli Hotels & Resorts announces its expansion in Doha

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Tivoli Hotels and Resorts, part of Minor Hotels, has announced it is now operating the Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels in Doha, a collection of nine unique and historical buildings featuring intricate décor and architecture, nestled in the heart of the historic Souq Waqif. Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels, which is one of the many assets managed by Katara Hospitality, Qatar’s leading hospitality organisation, will now be known as Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels by Tivoli. The synergies of these two brands will enhance the development of the local hospitality sector and contribute towards the economic diversification, as envisioned in the Qatar National Vision 2030. Located within the renowned Souq Waqif and close to Doha’s Hamad International Airport, as well as major business hubs such as the New Msheireb Business and the Bank Street, Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels by Tivoli offers an immersion in Arabian tradition and culture, combined with the luxury service and personal attention for which Tivoli hotels are renowned. Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels by Tivoli specialise in bespoke services and facilities, tailored to the needs of today’s business and leisure travellers. From personal butler service and fine quality dining, to a fully equipped business centre and recreational facilities. The hotels provide a range of experiences to suit the most discerning guests. Traditional architecture fuses with contemporary spa facilities, along with a Moroccan hammam. Backed by its impeccable 80 plus years of heritage and experience, Tivoli Hotels & Resorts differentiate through the range of unique experiences offered, allowing guests to enjoy the most authentic features of every destination, along with innovative and outstanding service. As part of Minor Hotels portfolio of brands, Tivoli now adds Qatar to the collection of distinctive …

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Kempinski Hotels opens in Riga, Latvia, with 141 rooms

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Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga, Latvia’s first five-star luxury Kempinski Hotel, will open its doors to guests as of October. With the famous Latvian National Opera House by its side and the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, at its feet, the hotel presents a whole new level of comfort and elegance to both city guests and locals. Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga features 141 first-class rooms and suites, two restaurants and two bars, six spacious meeting rooms, including the Grand Ballroom, a world-class SPA and wellness facility. Breathtaking panoramic views of the capital, refined service and a rich cultural experience await guests from around the globe. “We are excited to welcome the first five-star luxury hotel in Riga and Latvia to our exquisite portfolio,” said Bernold Schröder, Chief Operating Officer Europe, Kempinski Hotels and Member of the Management Board. “Originally built in the 19th century and opposite the famous Opera house, this landmark looks back to a long history. The new Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga will provide an exceptional guest experience through living our passion for European Luxury and making the hotel the place to be in Riga again.” The alluring location of Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga is not just a coincidence; nor is the revival of the former Hotel Rome site, the most modern accommodation in Riga, dating back to the 1880s. The original building was almost entirely destroyed during WWII, but it took just a few years to rebuild it from scratch. The newly open Hotel Riga then housed the first-ever bar in Latvia and served the first cocktail in the whole Soviet Union, where Hotel Riga was considered to be among the best hotels in the whole …

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The Madison Washington DC, a Hilton Hotel, opens with 356 rooms

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Hilton (has announced that the Loews Madison Hotel will join Hilton Hotels & Resorts’ portfolio as The Madison Washington DC, a Hilton Hotel. The 356-room hotel, located in the heart of downtown Washington, D.C., has long offered sophisticated accommodations to some of the capital’s most esteemed visitors. In partnership with affiliates of Walton Street Capital and Waterton, The Madison Washington DC is poised to set a new standard for hospitality and elevate Hilton’s presence in this globally sought-after destination. Hilton planted its hospitality roots in Washington, D.C. more than 60 years ago when its founder, Conrad Hilton, purchased the hotel now known as Capital Hilton in 1954. In addition to Capital Hilton, The Madison Washington DC joins Washington Hilton, marking the brand’s third hotel in the city. “We are delighted this distinguished hotel will join the Hilton family, strengthening our presence in the nation’s capital,” said Shawn McAteer, vice president, global brand management, Hilton Hotels & Resorts. “We look forward to welcoming discerning travelers seeking an exceptional experience at the intersection of the city’s quintessential offerings.” A short walk to the White House, Walter E. Washington Convention Center and many key attractions, museums and landmarks, the hotel combines a reverence for history with modern luxuries and amenities, offering 356 guest rooms, including 27 suites. The Madison Washington DC offers more than 12,000 square feet of meeting space, including eight stylish meeting rooms equipped with the latest technology and high-speed internet access. Other amenities include a 24-hour business center, lobby bar, restaurant and lounge and fitness center, which includes floor-to-ceiling windows with great views of downtown D.C. as well as his-and-her steam rooms.

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Park Hyatt brand to debut in Mexico with two luxury hotels

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Hyatt Hotels Corporation has announced two new luxury hotel developments in Los Cabos and Mexico City, Mexico under the Park Hyatt brand. These two high-end properties, designed to meet the needs of the discerning global traveler, mark the anticipated debut of the Park Hyatt brand in the country, and will join the brand’s global portfolio in locations such as Bangkok, Paris, Tokyo, Vienna, Milan and Zurich, as well as two sister hotels in Latin America: Palacio Duhau-Park Hyatt Buenos Aires, and Park Hyatt Mendoza. “We are excited to announce the introduction of the Park Hyatt brand in Mexico,” said Pat McCudden, senior vice president of capital strategy, real estate and development for Hyatt. “Park Hyatt hotels and resorts are masters of detail, and we expect Park Hyatt Los Cabos and Park Hyatt Mexico City will deliver understated elegance and intuitive refinement for guests with an appreciation for world-class architecture, design and cuisine.” The Park Hyatt brand promises to unfold a journey of rare and intimate experiences for the discerning global traveler. At Park Hyatt hotels and resorts, guests encounter peerless quality and exceptional tailored service, grounded in mindfulness and presence in the moment. The brand invites travelers to unlock unique and enriching moments as they find themselves surrounded by contemporary luxury and artistry at its best – from original art works to the finest in culinary expression. Park Hyatt Los Cabos will be located in a 26-acre site within Cabo del Sol, a master-planned golf resort community that stretches along two miles of pristine beach in Los Cabos, Baja California Sur. Expected to open in late 2020, the hotel will feature 162 guestrooms and 28 Park Hyatt Residences that will …

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The Ritz-Carlton opens in Malaysia with 70 rooms, 15 suites & 29 villas

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The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company has announced the debut of The Ritz-Carlton, Langkawi, as the oceanfront resort opens today on the Malaysian island. Set in a tranquil private bay, the resort is surrounded by an ancient jungle, while its beachfront is shelter by trees and gently lapped by the Andaman Sea. Designed to reflect the beauty and vibrancy of the nearby traditional villages – which are known as Kampongs – The Ritz-Carlton, Langkawi incorporates influences from local culture, creating a uniquely luxurious retreat with an authentic touch. “We are thrilled to be introducing The Ritz-Carlton to Langkawi. This exciting opening marks our first resort destination in Malaysia, and the second property in the country following The Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur,” said Hervé Humler, President and Chief Operating Officer of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.C.C. “With spectacular coastal views, lush rainforests and a blend of cultures, Langkawi offers stunning natural beauty with a fascinating story. The Ritz-Carlton, Langkawi provides guests with the opportunity to experience the wonders of this unique island for themselves.” Designed by Philippe Villeroux of Kuala Lumpur-based Tropical Area Architects, the resort has been carefully created to fully immerse travelers in the island’s natural ecosystem and local culture. Spacious interiors in the 70 guest rooms, 15 suites and 29 villas are framed by delicate references to Malay architecture, which can be seen in the intricately-designed features, large windows and gabled roofs. The rooms vertical lines fully integrate the living spaces into the surrounding jungle, while elegant overwater villas offer panoramic views of the sea, complete with magnificent Langkawi sunsets. Especially suitable to multi-generational families or other groups, the resort’s Villa Mutiara, offers deluxe accommodations for up to eight and boasts …

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