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Ibiza The Fern Resort & Spa, Kolkata, opens with 110 rooms

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The Fern Hotels & Resorts has opened one of the best and the biggest resorts in Eastern India, Ibiza The Fern Resort & Spa, Kolkata. Spread across a picturesque landscape, this 20 acre resort prides itself in providing state of the art facilities in tranquil and soothing milieu. Tired after rock climbing & rappelling, can you imagine the soothing effects of an alfresco Jacuzzi to your muscles, or after an intense round of gun shooting just relaxing by paddling in the middle of nowhere in blue waters. You can enjoy these and many other facilities along with family and friends in the most luxurious and fascinating settings. Ibiza The Fern Resort & Spa Kolkata offers 110 rooms in five different categories. The duplex Winter Green Premium rooms are spread over 1100 square feet and provide unmatched luxuries with breath taking view of the nirvana gardens. The property has one of the largest banqueting facilities both indoors as well as outdoors. The indoor space is spread over 5000 sq.ft and is an ideal venue for big conferences and cocktail dinners. The majestic green lawns occupy 45000 sq.ft of area and can be a perfect witness and venue for all the important and memorable events of your life. Dining options include a multi cuisine restaurant Dolce Vita meaning sweet life. The elegant Mediterranean décor restaurant serves Indian, Continental and Chinese cuisines. At the poolside bar, a guest can relax with a choice of spirits and lip smacking barbecues. The hotel provides a plethora of indoor activities, games, a splendid swimming pool and outdoor activities like no other. The COO of the group, Suhail Kannampilly said, “We feel proud to announce the opening …

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Minor to open three new hotels in Qatar under Tivoli and Oaks brands

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Minor Hotels, a hotel owner, operator and investor, currently with a portfolio of 157 hotels and resorts in 24 countries across Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Europe, South America, Africa and the Indian Ocean, is pleased to announce that it will open three new-build hotels in Qatar in spring 2018 under its Tivoli and Oaks brands. The three properties are owned by Katara Hospitality, a globally recognised hospitality owner, developer and operator. Launching in April, Tivoli Al Najada Doha Hotel is in the final stages of development in the centre of the Qatari capital. Facilities in the five-storey property will include 151 guest rooms and suites, a selection of dining options, a fitness centre, a swimming pool and a business centre, with guest rooms on the upper floors offering a panoramic view of the Doha skyline including West Bay. The hotel sits within a new development surrounding a large open piazza with cafes, restaurants and shops, with the hotel offering alfresco dining on the terrace. Tivoli Al Najada will also offer an impressive ballroom, designed to host elegant social occasions and corporate meetings and events, with a capacity of 250 guests. Oaks Hotels & Resorts will make its debut in Qatar with Oaks Al Najada Doha, also set to open its doors in April 2018. The 100 serviced apartments have been tastefully designed to reinvent the conventional residential concepts of compound and high-rise accommodations, with elegant, minimalist interiors and an Arabian artistic touch. Oaks Al Najada will offer a range of premier onsite facilities including an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness centre, alfresco dining, a pool bar and 24hr room service. This will be the third Oaks in the Middle …

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Mori Trust, Hilton Grand Vacations & Hilton announce new development in Okinawa

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Mori Trust, Hilton Grand Vacations and Hilton have announced an agreement to construct a new mixed-use development on Sesokojima Island, Okinawa, marking the first alliance between Mori Trust and Hilton Grand Vacations, as well as the latter’s first announced dedicated timeshare resort in the Japanese market. The new-build development, to be constructed by Mori Trust, will comprise a 132-unit timeshare resort that will be owned and managed by Hilton Grand Vacations, as well as a Hilton-managed hotel with approximately 300 rooms. Hilton Okinawa Sesoko Resort is set to open in 2020, while the HGV timeshare resort is expected to commence operations in 2021. Miwako Date, President, Mori Trust, said: “In addition to announcing our partnership with Hilton Grand Vacations and Hilton, Mori Trust is also delighted to introduce the attractions of Japan to international travellers through Sesokojima Island, a place surrounded by beautiful beaches and the ocean. Located near to Okinawa Chura-umi Aquarium, world heritage site Nakijin Castle, and Motobu Port, which is expected to support the arrival and docking of large cruise ships, Sesokojima Island is an excellent choice for extended-stay guests. Our cooperation with Hilton Grand Vacations and Hilton, which have a strong legacy in hospitality, ensures that both domestic and international travellers, including those planning mid- to long-term stays, will enjoy their experience.” Under Hilton Grand Vacations’ timeshare system, ownership of the resort is sold on a weekly basis, and owners can enjoy building a stay schedule that is based on their needs. Ownership styles range from “fixed week” and “flex week,” and on-season and off-season, and can be changed according to preference. Options of a spacious home-like accommodation with full kitchens, extra bedrooms and plenty of …

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Hilton debuts in Astana, Kazakhstan, with 253 rooms

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Hilton has announced the opening of Hilton Astana, the first Hilton Hotels & Resorts property in Kazakhstan. The 253-room hotel offers a wide range of amenities including unrivaled event space and a state-of-the-art spa, ideal for local and international travelers to Kazakhstan’s capital city.”Hilton is committed to providing our signature hospitality in the places that matter most to travelers, which is why we are so pleased to introduce the brand’s first hotel in Astana,” said Andreas Lackner, regional head, brand management, Hilton. “Astana recently hosted Expo 2017, raising its profile internationally and setting the scene for the city for years to come. While already recognized as a key business and MICE destination, travelers to Astana can also marvel at the city’s impressive futuristic architecture and visit a range of cultural attractions including the Palace of Peace and Reconciliation, the Independence Palace and the Batirek Monument.” Hilton Astana occupies a prime location, next to Silk Way, the largest shopping mall in Astana. It also offers excellent transportation links to top attractions in the city. It has easy access to Astana’s main roads, Mangilik Yel Avenue and Kabanbay Batyr Avenue, and is just four kilometres from the city centre. It is also less than 10 kilometres from Astana International Airport which has direct flights to a range of destinations including Moscow, Dubai, London and China. Hilton Astana boasts more than 4,000 square meters of events space, comprising nine meeting rooms and a ballroom that can host up to 900 people. The hotel is also close to the Expo’s main congress hall which can host up to 5,000 people. For guests looking to unwind, Hilton Astana features Hilton’s signature eforea spa. At over …

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Dusit signs to manage new luxury hotel in Zhouzhuang, China

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Dusit International has signed a hotel management agreement with Kunshan Yuanwanggu IOT Industrial Park Company Limited to manage Dusit Thani Zhouzhuang, a luxury hotel in Zhouzhuang, one of the most famous water towns in China. Phase one is anticipated to open in 2018, with phase two following in 2022. Located in the coastal province of Jiangsu, Zhouzhuang is often referred to as ‘Venice of the East’ due to its distinctive network of canals, rivers and lakes, well-preserved ancient houses and bridges, and splendid water views. Set within the Yungu Pastoral Valley, approximately 50 minutes by car from Shanghai and 40 minutes from Suzhou, the five-star Dusit Thani Zhouzhuang will comprise 30 rooms in traditional houses and 160 hotel guest rooms. The traditional houses will open next year in phase one of the development alongside an all-day-dining restaurant. The main hotel building will open in phase two and will include a main dining restaurant; a Chinese restaurant with private dining rooms; a well-equipped gym; an indoor swimming pool; and conference facilities. The family-friendly property will also have its own Mini Golf Range, Canoe Club, Kid’s Club, and Children’s Farm. Zhouzhuang’s main scenic spots and historical attractions that date back to the Ming and Qing dynasties are all within walking distance. Guests can also travel between the various sights aboard a traditional gondola. “We are very proud and honoured to be given the opportunity to manage such a luxury hotel in this stunning and historic location,” said Mr Lim Boon Kwee, Chief Operating Officer, Dusit International. “By exceeding guests’ expectations with each and every experience, the hotel will be perfectly positioned to meet the needs of domestic and international travellers alike. We …

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Indore Marriott Hotel launches with 218 rooms

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Marriott International brings its world-famous Marriott Hotels & Resorts brand to Indore with the opening of the 218-room Indore Marriott Hotel. Marriott Hotels brand is evolving everything from hotel design to associate training. The new Indore Marriott Hotel represents this evolution, echoing the sentiment that guests value personalized experiences and creativity. As the most populous city in Central India and the commercial powerhouse of the Madhya Pradesh province, Indore also offers interesting cultural and historic attractions making it a chosen destination for both business and pleasure. Neeraj Govil, Area Vice President, South Asia, Marriott International said, “The Indore Marriott Hotel is an exciting addition to the Marriott Hotels portfolio, our eighth in the country so far. This property embodies the brand’s drive to inspire its guests to Travel Brilliantly. With tremendous growth as a business hub during the past few years, Indore is set to become one of the most sought-after destinations for both leisure and business travellers in India. We are delighted to be a part of this incredible growth story and to bring our inventive service and products to this city” Each room reflects the Marriott Modern design aesthetic, upscale ambience with state-of-the-art technology and premium elegance, inspiring brilliance that fosters the guest’s inventive nature. The hotel also offers an inviting range of restaurants designed to captivate guests with distinctive dining options. At all-day dining venue Indore Kitchen, guests can interact with chefs at live cooking stations serving a selection of Indian, Italian and Asian cuisine. There will also be a Chaat Thela stand where guests can taste Indore’s popular savory street side snack food, chaat. The Indore Baking Company is an adaptation of a classic pastry shop, …

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Radisson Blu opens in Ajman, United Arab Emirates with 148 rooms

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Radisson Blu has announced the opening of its first hotel in Ajman, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Located just a few minutes from the city center and close to the Hamriyah Free Zone, the Radisson Blu Hotel, Ajman is also home to the Emirates’ newest entertainment destination, with seven distinctive, diverse restaurants and bars to experience. Mark Willis, Area Senior Vice President, Middle East, Turkey and Africa, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group said, “We are delighted to bring the iconic Radisson Blu brand to Ajman, and increase our presence across the northern Emirates. The UAE continues to be a key market for the Group, for both inbound and outbound travel. The UAE’s travel and tourism sector as a whole, continues to make an increasing contribution to the country’s GDP. We are pleased to be making our own contribution to this impressive growth with 11 new hotel openings projected in the UAE by 2019.” The Radisson Blu Hotel, Ajman is accessible through the main highways connecting Ajman to Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah. The hotel is located in a new and upcoming area – Al Jurf – which is close to government ministries, universities, and hospitals, as well as the Hamriyah Free Zone. The Radisson Blu Hotel, Ajman offers upper-upscale, stylish accommodation with 148 guest rooms and suites, all designed with soothing color tones that reflect the desert sands of Ajman. The hotel upholds the Radisson Blu’s international design heritage with bespoke Arabian artwork and design reflected in the interiors. One of the dining highlights is the signature restaurant – Nalukettu Royale – which is the only upscale restaurant in the UAE to serve authentic cuisine from the southern Indian state of Kerala. Radisson Blu’s Italian hotshot, Filini provides beautifully simple, home …

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Meliá Hotels accelerates its growth in Asia Pacific to reach 45 hotels in the region

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Gabriel Escarrer Jaume, Executive Vice President and CEO of Meliá Hotels International, as well as the COO, André P. Gerondeau and the Global Development Managing Director Maria Zarraluqui, have completed another annual tour of Asia Pacific accompanied by the Regional Vice President Bernardo Cabot, during which they visited several destinations in China, Vietnam, Malaysia and Thailand, amongst others. During the trip, Escarrer signed agreements for several new hotels with major local partners, taking the total number of hotels in the region to 45. Meliá has grown quickly in Asia Pacific, adding more than 30 hotels over the last 5 years and multiplying its portfolio in the region by five. Of the 44 hotels in operation or in the pre-opening phase, 16 are in Indonesia, 10 in China, 7 in Vietnam, 4 in Thailand, 5 in Malaysia, 1 in Mongolia and 1 in Myanmar. The company’s commitment to the region goes beyond growth in these markets, and it has also developed a service programme adapted to Chinese guests to ensure hotels all over the world are better prepared to meet the needs and expectations of this increasingly powerful feeder market. The company expects to add new hotels by the end of the year. In China, the company will add a new hotel under the Meliá Hotels & Resorts brand, Meliá Xueye Lake, which is in Shandong province next to the prosperous city of Ji’nan where Meliá already operates the MeliáJinan. In Thailand, one of the best destinations in Southeast Asia, the company adds two new Meliá Hotels & Resorts: the Meliá Chiang Mai in the second most popular tourist destination in the country, and INNSIDE Bangkok Sukhumvit, the company’s second hotel in the capital after the Meliá …

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Berggruen Hotels launches Keys Lite Mayfield Gurugram with 25 rooms

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Berggruen Hotels has announced the launch of its Keys Lite Mayfield hotel in the heart of the finance and technology hub of Gurugram. Keys Lite Mayfield, a new offering targeted towards both the bustling corporate segment and leisure visitors, is located in sector 44, Gurugram’s main business district. The new hotel gives Keys a stronger foothold in northern India. The brand now has a portfolio of four hotels in the region. This is the third hotel Keys has launched this quarter after opening the Keys Hotel in Port Blair and Keys Prima in Ramgarh. Berggruen Hotels currently has 22 hotels in 20 cities Berggruen HotelsCEOAnshu Sarin said, “Gurugram is an important market for Keys Hotels. Though it is located just over 30 kilometers southwest of national capital New Delhi, the city has emerged as a major finance and technology hub in its own right. We see it as one of the major gateways to North India and, crucially, the new hotel allows us to establish our presence in the region.”   This new hotel, under the brand promise of Your Happy Stays, allows its guests the luxury of a hotel with the warmth and comfort of a homestay. It also offers carefully-curated, multi-cuisine food as a part of the Keys Happy Menu. The sumptuous and delectable meals prepared by the chefs meet the highest standards for food. Guests can choose between dining in the restaurant and eating in their rooms. Keys Hotels’ signature ‘Ghar Ka Swad’ menu, also on offer here, presents its guests with the option of wholesome dishes that are cooked home-style. The hotel is located at a short distance from popular business areas such as Unitech Cyber …

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AccorHotels launches twin property in Chennai- Novotel & ibis

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AccorHotels has announced the opening of the Novotel and Ibis OMR Chennai. Being termed as the first combo in Chennai, the hotel has the advantage of being strategically located in the centre of the IT Expressway (OMR). The 342 (combined) rooms property is AccorHotels’ first joint development in the city. Featuring midscale and the economy brand under the same complex, the 153- room Novotel and 189-room Ibis Chennai OMR offers travellers a choice of offerings across different price points. The inauguration and the ribbon cutting ceremony on November 9, saw august presence of some illustrious guests from the group. They were: Catherine Suard, Consul General of the Republic of France for Pondicherry & Chennai, Jean-Michel Casse, Chief Operating Officer, India & South Asia, AccorHotels, Daniel Chao, General Manager Novotel ibis Chennai OMR and General Manager Delegate for AccorHotels Chennai and Kapil Bhatia, Executive Chairman, Interglobe Enterprises. At the press conference Casse said, “The Novotel and Ibis Chennai OMR joint development is one of our significant openings based on the success of co-locating the most relevant brands for different market needs. AccorHotels has a network of 53 hotels with India and especially Chennai being a key market for us.” Chao expressed, ” Chennai is India s fourth largest city and a leading business and leisure hub in south India. This winning combination of the Novotel and Ibis properties offers guests a unique value proposition and a distinctive choice where they can make themselves comfortable, relax, work and relish a delicious meal under one roof.”

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