Category Archives: Environment

Hilton opens in Boston, Los Angeles, Nashville and Toronto


Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Curio Collection by Hilton and DoubleTree by Hilton hotel portfolios, three of Hilton’s 14 market-leading brands, are introducing five new airport hotel locations. The hotels debut as guests’ desires for convenient airport locations continue to grow – with room demand at airport locations increasing nearly 17 percent between 2010 and 2015 alone. Hilton pioneered the airport hotel concept in 1959 and has steadily challenged travelers’ perceptions of what these properties can offer with features including creative and upscale dining options, modern design and state-of-the-art meeting facilities. With the introduction of these four new airport locations in three of North America’s most sought-after, growing destinations, Hilton continues to satisfy the ever-evolving needs of today’s modern traveller. Hilton Nashville Airport: Recently completing a multimillion-dollar renovation, the hotel features 382 fully-refreshed guest rooms as well as public spaces inspired by Nashville’s vibrant music scene. The new Atrium Bar, helmed by celebrated chef Jeremy Dobson, is designed to resemble a golden banjo and will offer guests locally crafted brews and southern-inspired bites. Conveniently located less than three miles from one of the nation’s largest airports, Nashville International Airport, and seven miles from the bustling streets of Downtown Nashville, the hotel is also home to a state-of-the-art fitness center and large indoor pool, 12,000 square feet of meeting and event space and the new Fresh Connect grab n’ go market. H Hotel Los Angeles, Curio Collection by Hilton: Inspired by the shape of both of the runways at LAX, H Hotel provides travelers a unique home base to explore everything the city has to offer. Guests are greeted in the lobby by eight pieces of art that were specifically commissioned for …

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The Mercure Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, opens with 310 rooms


The Mercure Kota Kinabalu hotel has opened its doors in the capital of the state of Sabah in Malaysia. In the heart of a city steeped in history and cultural heritage, the hotel is situated close to Mont Kinabalu, which is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. Located near Kota Kinabalu International Airport, the hotel, which features 310 rooms boasting a contemporary design, welcomes business travelers as well as leisure travelers in search of outstanding scenery. Confirming the brand’s global positioning, Mercure Kota Kinabalu offers a wide range of gastronomic options, taking inspiration from local delicacies, while also catering to the tastes of an international clientele thanks to its three restaurants: The Maupassant, with its menu of local and international flavors, the Phileas Café, for a full and balanced meal on the go and the Compass Lounge, superbly set on the rooftop, where guests can enjoy a glass of wine at sunset.

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InterGlobe Hotels to build ibis property in Hebbal, Bengaluru


InterGlobe Hotels has concluded an acquisition of land in Hebbal, Bengaluru to build another ibis hotel in this established commercial hub of north Bengaluru. The land acquisition is part of a longstanding JV between Accor Hotels and InterGlobe Hotels established in 2004. Currently, IGH has 15 ibis hotels operational in India with Ibis Pune Hinjewadi set launch next month and Ibis Kolkata launching early in 2018 With a total of 7 hotels now under development and planning, IGH’s total inventory in India is projected to be 3,700 rooms by 2021. Shwetank Singh- VP Development & Asset Management of InterGlobe Hotels, developers of IBIS Hotels, said, “In our continuous effort to roll out ibis hotels across key strategic locations, with this acquisition, we are marking our entry into one of Bengaluru’s established commercial hub – Hebbal. ibis Hebbal will be a perfect destination catering to both leisure and business needs. We are viewing this acquisition with a great deal of optimism and will continue with our strong focus on new expansions in the future as well. We already have a key presence in the city with two properties operational – one in the City Centre and the other at Hosur Road. Ibis Hebbal will be our third project in the city. Over the past decade, with the development of large IT parks like Manyata and Karle along with various other standalone commercial buildings, Hebbal has grown into a self-sustaining metropolis and has undergone a makeover. The last 3-4 years, has witnessed a significant growth in residential developments catering to the needs of people working in these IT parks.” Shwetank Singh also said – “InterGlobe Hotels as a Company is committed to …

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


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


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


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


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


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


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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