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IHG partners with SAMHI to expand Holiday Inn Express portfolio in India

InterContinental Hotels Group has partnered with SAMHI to rebrand approximately 2000 rooms (operating and under construction) within its India hotel portfolio, to Holiday Inn Express hotels. The recently signed portfolio comprises 14 hotels, including ten open hotels across key cities such as Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi NCR, Hyderabad, Kolkata, and Mumbai. The additional four hotels are under construction. The signing sees IHG grow its pipeline by 41 hotels, positioning IHG as one of the largest players in India’s growing midscale hotel market. All hotels in the portfolio will be closed while they are being refurbished and upgraded with the latest design directives, to ensure the portfolio is fully representative of the Holiday Inn Express brand globally. The hotels will feature the next-generation design, several additional public areas and feature brand hallmarks to enhance guest service delivery. Commenting on the announcement, Sudeep Jain, Vice President, Development, South West Asia, IHG said: “It is with great pride and excitement that we are announcing our partnership with SAMHI for conversion of their existing mid-market hotel portfolio in India to Holiday Inn Express. This is a significant move towards establishing IHG as a leading player in the midscale hotel segment in India, while we continue to build on our upscale and luxury offering in the country with InterContinental Hotels & Resorts and Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts.” Jain added: “With this signing, we now have close to 60 hotels open and in the pipeline, across the Holiday Inn Brand Family. SAMHI is keen to accelerate Holiday Inn Express’ highly efficient operating model and engage the brand’s growing familiarity in the country. Holiday Inn Express is the rest and go hotel brand that delivers a …

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Ascott expands in China with its third property in Shenzhen with 182 apartments

The Ascott Limited (Ascott), is expanding its presence in China with the opening of its third property in Shenzhen.Tan Tze Shang, Ascott’s Managing Director for China, said: “Known as the new Silicon Valley, Shenzhen is one of the world’s top innovation hubs and home to high-tech companies from all over the world, including new-tech giants such as Huawei, ZTE and Tencent. With the addition of Ascott Raffles City Shenzhen, Ascott now has more than 900 units across five serviced residences in one of China’s most competitive cities with high demand for accommodation. Out of the five properties, three are in operation while two more will open next year. Given its strategic location connecting prominent financial centres, proximity to transportation networks and being part of an integrated development under the iconic Raffles City brand, Ascott Raffles City Shenzhen offers business executives and leisure travellers the convenience of a one-stop work, retail and recreational destination.” In China, three other properties which are part of the Raffles City-branded integrated developments include Ascott Raffles City Beijing and Ascott Raffles City Chengdu, both of which are already operational, as well as Ascott Raffles City Hangzhou which is slated to open in 3Q 2018. He added: “China is Ascott’s fastest-growing and largest market, with more than 18,000 units in over 100 properties across 29 Chinese cities. Its increasing attractiveness for foreign investment and growing domestic business travel market has fuelled a strong demand for international-class serviced residences. The Chinese market makes up Ascott’s top customers at our properties globally with revenue surging by 35% year-on-year.” “Besides forming strategic alliances with property developers and capital partners, we also partnered new economy leaders such as Tujia and Alibaba’s …

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AVANI Metropolis Auckland Residences opens with 65 residences

The introduction of residences to AVANI Hotels & Resorts’ portfolio redefines hospitality as it appeals to both leisure and business travellers looking for an international upscale hotel experience served in a private apartment. Now open, AVANI Metropolis Residences offer a stylish city retreat with 65 contemporary, upscale residences available in one and two bedroom configurations. Guests can enjoy all the comforts of home in the heart of Auckland, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. AVANI Metropolis Auckland Residences take urban living to a new level, featuring an open plan well equipped kitchen, lounge and dining room, laundry facilities, complimentary WiFi, grocery delivery services and a thoughtful selection of high-tech comforts. Several residences also boast private balconies. When it comes to recharging, relaxing and working out, AVANI Metropolis Auckland Residences has a superb range of leisure facilities including, a 22 metre heated indoor swimming pool & Jacuzzi, sauna and high-class fitness centre. Guests will also have access to AVANI’s signature ‘Forget Me Not’ amenities, a service designed to take the stress out of leaving any essentials behind. From yoga mats to GHD hair straighteners, international power adaptors, and sewing and dental kits. Located on Kitchener Street, AVANI Metropolis Auckland Residences connects guests with Auckland’s myriad attractions and experiences; from where to find home-grown fashion labels, to the best eateries and mixologists, AVANI has all its guests covered. Auckland is a melting pot of cultures and cuisines. Epicureans will be in heaven whilst dining at one of the many speakeasies and “hatted’ restaurants. Gourmet markets are another stand out feature of the city. Head to the lively La Cigale French Market in nearby Britomart Street on Saturday or Sunday …

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Wyndham launches dual-brand concept in Miami with 445 rooms

Wyndham Hotel Group has announced the signing of the largest hotel development in the Brickell district of Miami to its managed hotel portfolio: a new 445-room, dual-branded hotel leveraging a never-before-seen combination of the Wyndham Grand and TRYP by Wyndham brands. The combination of brands celebrates Miami’s distinct spirit – both the upper-upscale Wyndham Grand brand and select-service, lifestyle TRYP by Wyndham brands embrace the charm and character of the local destination – incorporating Miami style into each brand’s’unique elements and enabling travelers to stay the way they want in one of the most diverse cities in the world. Owned by Brazilian developer Galwan and designed by award-winning firm Aquitechtonica, the agreement comprises 445 guest rooms in Miami’s trendy Brickell neighborhood. The hotel, expected to open in late 2019, is the first U.S. development for Galwan, one of the largest residential and hotel developers in Brazil. “With nearly 16 million visitors last year and projected increases for the years ahead, Miami continues to be one of the world’s most coveted travel destinations with a style all its own,” said Mark Kukulski, president of Wyndham Hotel Group’s management organization. “By combining our most worldly, destination-centric brands, we’re offering travelers a taste of Wyndham Hotel Group, Miami-style – with chic shared spaces, trendy dining options and their choice of brand experience via TRYP by Wyndham’s lifestyle flair or Wyndham Grand’s easy elegance.” Two Brands, One Destination Today, nearly 400 dual-branded hotels are open or under construction in the U.S. That number is projected to grow at a rapid pace over the next several years as travelers seek personalized experiences – the choice of brands allows guests to customize their trip without sacrificing …

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AVANI opens its first property in Thailand’s seaside town of Hua Hin with 196 rooms

AVANI Hua Hin Resort & Villas opens its doors on southern Thailand’s Gulf Coast. Hua Hin is known as a popular getaway for Bangkok residents and is historically a favourite with the Thai Royal family. Surrounded by lush gardens and facing on to a large lagoon pool, the 196 guest rooms, suites and villas offer comfortable and relaxing accommodation. Superior and Deluxe Guest Rooms feature a private balcony and Villas and Suites have either a plunge pool or Jacuzzi and gazebo. Bathtubs and separate walk-in showers make for indulgent moments, while the outdoor rainforest shower in select suites encourages guests to stay in touch with nature. The eleven One-Bedroom and two Two-Bedroom Lagoon Pool Villas have direct access to the main pool and are ideal for a group of friends or a large family wanting to be part of the resort action, but also having a private space to enjoy each other’s company. Reserve all villas to secure ultra-exclusivity for your wedding party or family for a special occasion. Culinary experiences celebrate authentic Thai dishes, rustic Italian flavours and international fare with an emphasis on fresh local produce. The all-day dining restaurant Staas serves international favourites and local dishes and delicious coastal Italian cuisine can be enjoyed at Brezza. A hotspot highlight of the resort will be the opening the Jazz Lounge on New Year’s Eve. The Tapas and Mezze menu, great cocktails and live music will appeal guests and visitors. An oasis of pampering awaits at AVANISPA, where trained therapists administer indulgent modern treatments to restore body, mind and spirit. The spa features nine treatment rooms including two couple’s treatment rooms and an authentic Hammam where guests can enjoy …

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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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Westin Hotels & Resorts debuts in Kolkata, Rajarhat, with 314 rooms

Westin Hotels & Resorts continues to expand its portfolio with the opening of its eighth hotel in India, The Westin Kolkata Rajarhat. The second hotel in Kolkata & East India under the Marriott International portfolio and the first under the Westin Hotels & Resorts umbrella, the property is set to bring the brand’s signature well-being offerings, empowering guests to be their best selves on the road. Located 8 kilometers from Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport and a kilometer away from the International Convention Centre, The Westin Kolkata Rajarhat distinguishes itself with the globally-acclaimed Westin experience of superb facilities, delicious cuisine, innovative wellness initiatives and tailored services, offering an invigorating environment and personal tranquility. The Face of Spirituality, a 105 ft mural by the lobby, intricately captures the spirit of the ‘City of Joy’, Kolkata, allowing guests a sense of calmness and serene energy. Built over 8 acres, The Westin Kolkata Rajarhat features 314 well-appointed guestrooms and suites. Each room boasts of an unobstructed view of the Kolkata skyline, and features the Westin brand’s signature Heavenly Bed® and upgraded Heavenly Bath® amenities, ensuring restful nights and blissful mornings. Mr. Neeraj Govil, Area Vice President, South Asia, Marriott International said, “The opening of the second Marriott hotel in Kolkata, and the first under the Westin brand, marks a great milestone for Marriott International. After tapping the luxury market, it was but a matter of time before we presented one of our premium brands to the city of Kolkata. The hotel will offer a restorative retreat in the heart of the new business district of Rajarhat with Westin’s signature offerings that will fuel and energize our guests’ experience.” For an enriching culinary …

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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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