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Hilton Busan, South Korea, opens with 310 rooms


Hilton has opened doors to the new Hilton Busan, marking its debut in South Korea’s second largest city. With its prime location on a pristine coastline in the East Busan Tourism Complex, Hilton Busan is set to be a hub for business and leisure travel to this dynamic region. The hotel will offer two innovative dining concepts, a rooftop swimming pool and versatile meeting space unparalleled for both function and style. “Busan is a key tourism destination and we’re delighted to be introducing Hilton’s trademark hospitality and flagship brand to the city, complementing the five hotels we currently operate in South Korea,” said Sean Wooden, vice president, brand management, Asia Pacific, Hilton. “Guests visiting Hilton Busan will enjoy a unique urban retreat with thoughtful amenities and offerings as captivating as its seafront location.” Hilton Busan provides a convenient base for guests looking to explore major attractions including the Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, BEXCO Convention Center and The Lotte Premium Outlet, which is only 1.6km away from the hotel and houses more than 150 local and international shopping outlets. “As Korea’s largest port city, Busan has always been a popular destination for both business and leisure guests, including fans of the annual Busan International Film Festival,” said Tim Soper, vice president, operations, Japan, Korea and Micronesia. “Thanks to Busan’s eclectic mix of leisure attractions including nature parks, museums and temples, it is also a popular destination for major meetings and events, which Hilton Busan will be well placed to accommodate. Having operated in Korea for decades, we are pleased to add another Hilton-branded property in this dynamic country and in an energetic city such as Busan.” Boasting a blend of nature and …

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Fortune Park BBD, Lucknow, opens with 63 rooms


Fortune Park BBD, Lucknow has now opened its door. This will be brand’s first hotel in Lucknow and 46th in the country. Fortune Park BBD has been tastefully designed as an upscale, full service, contemporary hotel that offers a wide range of facilities and amenities for the guests. Strategically located on Rana Pratap Marg, Fortune Park BBD has excellent connectivity to the airport and the railway station. The hotel is in close proximity to Hazratganj – the iconic commercial centre of Lucknow, the High Court, and all other major attractions of the city. Fortune Park BBD provides a perfect blend of comfort and elegance in an environment that is suited to the needs of both the business and leisure traveler.Fortune Park BBD offers a selection of 63 beautifully furnished and well-appointed rooms, Earthen Oven – serving authentic North Indian cuisine as well as handpicked Awadhi specialities, Orchid – a multicusine restaurant, Neptune bar & lounge that serves excellent spirits and snacks in a contemporary setting and Fortune Deli – the in house patisserie. Other offerings at the hotel include high speed Wi-Fi connectivity, swimming pool, well-equipped gymnasium, board room, travel desk and airport transfers. The hotel also offers state-of-the-art conference and banquet facilities that can accommodate up to 450 guests.

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Dusit to manage two new resorts in Huizhou, China


Dusit International has signed a management agreement with Huizhou Yuetai Investment Company to operate two new properties in Huizhou, in China’s Guangdong Province. Opening under Dusit International’s luxury Dusit Devarana and upscale dusitD2 brands respectively, both properties will be located in Huizhou’s Shuangyue Bay, one of the region’s most popular destinations renowned for its scenic hiking trails, white sandy beaches and crystal-clear water. Shuangyue Bay is located approximately 90 minutes by car from Huizhou’s Pingtan Airport and 45 minutes from the high-speed train station. Huizhou city centre and Shenzhen can be reached in two hours by car, while Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong Province, is a three-hour drive away. The deluxe Dusit Devarana Resort, Huizhou Shuangyue Bay will comprise 84 guest rooms and 64 villas, each exquisitely furnished and decorated. Dining and entertainment outlets will include an all-day-dining restaurant, a Chinese restaurant and a lobby lounge, while a 900 sq m pillarless ballroom and three meeting rooms will cater for meetings and social events. The resort’s comprehensive recreational facilities include a well-equipped gymnasium, outdoor swimming pool, kids’ club, and Dusit’s signature Devarana Spa, which offers luxurious, Thai-inspired treatments. The beach is only a five-minute walk away. Situated overlooking the South China Sea in a 29-storey tower, the dusitD2 Serviced Residence, Huizhou Shuangyue Bay will offer 550 well-appointed apartments, an all-day-dining restaurant, and a lobby lounge. Designed to appeal to millennial-minded travellers, the property will feature creative, vibrant décor and high tech applications. “In line with our strategy for sustainable and profitable growth, Dusit Fudu was created to bring Dusit’s gracious, Thai-inspired hospitality to China, and these new projects in Huizhou really demonstrate the growing significance of our brands within the …

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Sheraton Bodh Gaya Hotel to open on March 1, 2019


Sheraton Bodh Gaya Hotel will be opening on March 1, 2019. Whether you are organising a business or social event, the event professionals at the Sheraton Bodh Gaya Hotel will ensure a memorable success. Ballrooms and meeting rooms can accommodate up to 400 people and feature beautiful yet cosy surroundings, state-of-the-art technology, and superb catering service. The hotel will have 200 rooms.

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Meliá Melaka, Malaysia to open with 250 rooms

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Meliá Hotels International has announced the signing of Meliá Melaka, a new property located in the heart of Melaka, Malaysia. This marks the group’s fourth property in Malaysia, and its first entry into Melaka. The new agreement expands Meliá’s footprint in Malaysia, satisfying its guests’ diverse demands, ranging from cultural visits, medical tourism and investment opportunities for both local and international market. Managed by the Meliá Hotels & Resorts brand, and owned by Haleton Group, a multi-award winner and a leader in Malaysia’s property development, investment and asset management industry, the hotel is scheduled to open in 2020. As one of the largest mega-corporations in the region, Haleton Group has successfully integrated core businesses in project development and construction, commercial and asset management, retail leasing and hospitality divisions. The group firmly stands by its values of reliability, commitment and long-term relationships in order to maintain its legacy as the most trusted quality brand and has been the trendsetter for unique concepts. “We are confident that Melia Hotels International will contribute a tremendous boost to the tourism industry of Melaka while elevating the City to greater heights with their Spanish heritage and world-renowned hospitality standards,” said Ken Lin, Chief Executive Officer of Haleton Developments Sdn Bhd. “The expansion of our Malaysia portfolio in the center of Melaka is another important milestone for our presence in Asia Pacific,” said Bernardo Cabot Estarellas, Senior Vice President Asia Pacific of Meliá Hotels International. “Our company has an impeccable track record and has been an established leader in the resort segment for decades; coupled with our extensive hotel management expertise, we’ve always been the top pick for demanding hotel owners. Today we join with Haleton …

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DoubleTree by Hilton Shirdi to open with 125 rooms

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Hilton and DoubleTree by Hilton ahs announced the signing of a management agreement with Trillion Real Estate & Properties for a new DoubleTree by Hilton property in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Scheduled to open in Q1 2019, DoubleTree by Hilton Shirdi will be located at Shirdi’s historical town centre, marking Hilton’s entry into the popular pilgrimage destination. The latest addition increases Hilton’s pipeline of hotels in India to 19 properties. “With a fast-growing, global portfolio of more than 500 upscale properties, we are delighted that our award-winning DoubleTree by Hilton brand is gaining traction in India,” said Dianna Vaughan, senior vice president and global head, DoubleTree by Hilton. “With five DoubleTree by Hilton properties currently operating in India, DoubleTree by Hilton Shirdi will mark the brand’s sixth property in the pipeline in this burgeoning market. As the first upscale hotel in Shirdi, we look forward to delivering exceptional experiences to guests beginning with our signature, warm DoubleTree Cookie welcome.” Shirdi, famously known as the home of late spiritual leader Sri Sai Baba, is a popular pilgrimage town and an estimated 22 million tourists from across the country and overseas visit the famous Shirdi Sai Baba temple annually. Most recently, the city saw the completion of a new Shirdi Airport, which will facilitate greater access for pilgrims to visit the destination — religious tourism is a key focus in India’s tourism planning. “Our partnership with Trillion Real Estate & Properties to manage DoubleTree by Hilton Shirdi underpins our commitment to expand our footprint in India,” said Kaushik Vardharajan, vice president of development – India, Hilton. “Guided by our mission to be the world’s most hospitable company, we remain focused on …

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Patrick Pacious to become Chief Executive Officer and President of Choice Hotels

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Choice Hotels’ Board of Directors announced the CEO succession plan and the appointment of Patrick Pacious as incoming President and Chief Executive Officer. We are pleased to share that Pat will assume his role as President and Chief Executive Officer and is joining the Board of Directors on September 12, 2017. After serving on the DineEquity, Inc., board for more than five years, Steve Joyce was named the company’s Chief Executive Officer, effective September 12, 2017. This is exciting news for Steve and no surprise as he is a leader who drives growth and innovation. The CEO succession of Steve to Pat is the culmination of a deliberate, long-term planning process focused on maintaining leadership continuity and continued positive business growth. We are grateful to Steve for his many valuable contributions and wish him the best in his future leadership role. The Board of Directors is delighted to have Pat at the helm of Choice Hotels, as he is an accomplished leader in the organization. We know that Pat is the right person to drive continued success for Choice today and in the future. To enable Steve to focus on his new role, he will be stepping down from the Choice Hotels Board of Directors.”

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Hilton São Paulo Morumbi unveils introduction new room category


Hilton São Paulo Morumbi celebrates the completion of a multi-million dollar renovation campaign, with the debut of a new “premium” rooms category – 242 fully upgraded guest rooms offering a new accommodation experience for travelers visiting the exciting metropolis. The extensive plan kicked off in 2016 with a refreshed rooftop swimming pool, updated lobby and Caffè Cino coffee shop, and a brand new restaurant – Armazem Morumbi, completing the gastronomic experience at the hotel along with the well-known Canvas Bar & Restaurante. Hilton São Paulo Morumbi enlisted Hirsch Bender Associates (HBA), an award-winning architectural and design firm known for creating and transforming spaces, for the renovation. As part of the guest room renewal, HBA created an environment that delivers a worldly, authentic and refreshing feel, inspired by the surrounding city and its complex mix of old and new, urban and natural. Designers chose locally crafted lighting and décor and infused the rooms with a refreshing palette of cool grays and blues, inspired by São Paulo’s sky. Guest room design elements feature a comfortable, residential-style writing desk, a new built-in bench and accent table where guests can dine while enjoying views of the city. Updates to all remaining guest rooms and suites are planned for completion by mid-2018. “Our renovations to date give us the opportunity to offer guests a new hotel experience, inspired by our city of São Paulo,” said David Ecija, general manager, Hilton São Paulo Morumbi. “We want our guests to experience the city’s wonder at our doorstep, starting with the warm welcome of our new lobby and continued throughout the hotel.” Since kicking off the project in 2016, Hilton São Paulo Morumbi has completed a lobby renovation, …

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Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara opens with 312 rooms


The doors to one of Kuala Lumpur’s most anticipated hotels opened this month with the unveiling of Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara, the brand’s first hotel in Malaysia. Located in the heart of affluent Damansara Heights, the luxurious 312-room Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara is part of an 8.5-acre integrated development by GuocoLand, comprising two luxury condominium blocks, two corporate office towers, the hotel and a lifestyle mall. Designed by Wilson Associates, the hotel’s interior blends local heritage with a sophisticated feature wall depicting the country’s Wau Bulan otherwise known as the moon kite with French art vivre through an Eiffel Tower artwork. Stunning art-pieces and sculptures were specially created for the hotel paying homage to the rich Malaysian and French heritage and culture. Ranging from 43 to 105 square metres, the guestrooms feature the signature bedding concept by MyBed™, wifi and a selection of premium in-room amenities by Lanvin and Hermès. Guests staying in suites will have access to the Club Millésime executive lounge, which offers spectacular views of the city’s skyline and provides exclusive services including complimentary breakfast, all-day refreshments, evening cocktails and more. Home to five restaurants and bars, the signature all-day dining restaurant Kwee Zeen serves Pan-Asian cuisine while the Chinese restaurant Wan Chun Ting, which translates as Ten Thousand Springs pavilion, offers authentic Cantonese and Imperial cuisine with intricate fabrics, fine embroidery and gold damask velvet. Boasting four private dining rooms with plush furnishings, the restaurant features a sophisticated blend of east meets west décor with elements of Chinese-inspired silhouettes and traditional art pieces. Enjoy a selection of French wines and afternoon tea at Le Bar or relish authentic French cuisine at the casual French Riviera-inspired restaurant, …

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Dhevanafushi Maldives Luxury Resort opens

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AccorHotels announced its first luxury destination in the Maldives— Dhevanafushi Maldives Luxury Resort. Set on the private island of Meradhoo, the resort will be repositioned following further enhancements in late 2018, and join the iconic collection of Raffles hotels and resorts. Dhevanafushi Maldives Luxury Resort, Managed by AccorHotels presently boasts 21 island villas and 16 ocean villas with private pools, three restaurants, a scenic cocktail bar and an array of facilities and activities to relax, rejuvenate and reinvigorate the body, mind and spirit. These include an award winning luxury spa, over-the-water fitness centre, yoga programmes, water sports, private dining options, 24-hour butler and private chef service, along with snorkelling and diving at its finest – the resort’s PADI-certified dive centre offers adventures through the wonders of some of most breath-taking coral reefs in the world. “We are thrilled to announce our very first luxury resort in the Maldives at a time when the region is enjoying excellent growth, especially with travellers from Asia Pacific. AccorHotels is bringing to the resort our expertise in delivering unparalleled luxury experiences renowned in our Raffles, Fairmont and Sofitel brands, along with the benefits of our award-wining global loyalty programme, Le Club AccorHotels.” says Patrick Basset, Chief Operating Officer of AccorHotels, Upper Southeast and Northeast Asia. Vincent Yeo, Chief Executive Officer of CDL Hospitality Trusts, adds: “With active asset management being one of the key pillars of our management strategy, we believe the appointment of AccorHotels for the resort will allow us to optimise its asset potential and redefine this resort at the very top end of the luxury resort sector in the Maldives, following the re-positioning exercise in 2018.” Catering to discerning individual travellers, …

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