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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

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

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

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

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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Sheraton Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin, Russia, opens with 176 rooms

Sheraton Hotels & Resorts has announced the opening of Sheraton Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin, marking the brand’s debut in one of Russia’s largest cities. Situated on the confluence of River Oka with the River Volga, Nizhny Novgorod is recognised as an important economic, educational and cultural centre in the vast Volga-Vyatka region, with significant tourism potential. This latest milestone also solidifies Marriott’s portfolio across the country, and promises to revolutionise Nizhny Novgorod’s hospitality scene through Sheraton’s distinct product offer coupled with its commitment to ‘Go Beyond’ for guests. “The opening of Sheraton® Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin highlights our promise to enhance and develop our portfolio in the Russian market, while reinforcing the brand’s position as a leader in global travel,” said John Licence, Vice President Premium and Select Brands Europe at Marriott International. “We are thrilled to build on Sheraton’s proud heritage in Central Europe, and look forward to helping our guests explore, relax and enjoy an exceptional stay in this gem of a destination.” Just a short stroll from the majestic Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin and the fashion boutiques on Bolshaya Pokrovskaya Street, Sheraton® Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin is ideally located in the historic quarter close to an abundance of cultural and heritage attractions. The hotel offers 176 deluxe guestrooms and suites that feature premium amenities specifically designed for comfort, including the signature Sweet Sleeper Bed®. For those staying in suites, the Sheraton® Club Lounge is an exclusive space to enjoy complimentary breakfast, drinks and snacks throughout the day. A state-of-the-art Sheraton® Fitness Centre and massage suite offer guests the chance to recharge or relax. The interiors of the hotel’s public spaces have been designed by Studio Jacques Garcia in warm hues to …

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Radisson Blu Bali Uluwatu opens with 111 rooms

Just a 40-minute drive from Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport lies Uluwatu ­– a rural jewel in Bali’s Bukit peninsula’s crown. On this southwestern tip of the Island, Indonesia’s first Radisson Blu resort, Radisson Blu Bali Uluwatu reinterprets Balinese style for modern travellers. Set to welcome guests from January 2018, the brand’s 100% Satisfaction Guarantee is evident in every dimension of the resort’s unique character. Bali’s best surfing beach is on the resort’s doorstep, and many more pristine shores and popular oceanside hangouts, such as Bali Collection in Nusa Dua, are within 25 minutes reach. The majestic, 11th-century Luhur Uluwatu Temple lies 6km to the west. A Cultural Park offering myriad Balinese experiences and a state-of-the-art 18-hole golf course designed by Ronald Fream, David Dale & Kevin Ramsey are also nearby, making Radisson Blu Bali Uluwatu an ideal base for the surfer, golfer, cultural explorer or serenity seeker. Guest accommodation comprizes 111 deluxe rooms in three categories, featuring private balconies on upper floors and private sundecks on lower floors, and 14 suites with stunning rooftop terraces giving guests views of the ocean, the pool orboth in full panorama. The all day dining restaurant, Artichoke, provides guests with incredible food bursting with local and global flavors. And Radisson Blu’s signature restaurant concept, Filini makes its Asia Pacific debut at the resort. This authentic Italian eatery offers Meditteranean flavours in an informal setting. Three distinctly different bars complete the F&B offerings with tapas and cocktail pairings at Lookout, poolside quenchers at Choka and cleansing juices at Lucid Liquids ensuring all tastes are catered for. SpaESC, a generous pool and a world-class fitness center ensure that wellness and fitness go hand-in-hand with relaxation. …

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Fern Hotels & Resorts targets three operational hotel properties in Nepal by March 2018

The Fern Hotels & Resorts is on an expansion spree not only in India but in neighbouring Nepal as well and is all set to close the current financial year with three operational properties with a total of 233 keys. The company recently started managing the 73-room Summit Hotel, a Nepali styled boutique hotel, located 7 km from Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. Located in the midst of the Valley, yet in a serene and beautifully landscaped location at Kupondole Height, the hotel carries a heritage of 35 years of gracious hospitality and service. “The Fern Residency, Bharatpur in Nepal is a 48 room property which will be operational by the end of the current financial year”, says, Suhail Kannampilly, COO. The company will also be managing another 112 room upcoming hotel property in Kathmandu under The Zinc brand. It is scheduled to be operational by year end as well. The company is looking to increase the key count to 500 in Nepal during the course of the next 18 months and aims to become one of the biggest hospitality players in Nepal by having presence in key destinations like Pokhara, Lumbini, Nagarkot, Biratnagar. The company already manages a chain of six boutique island resorts in Seychelles. “As of now we are managing 7 properties outside India and will add two more to our kitty by the year end taking our tally to 9”, he said. “In the Indian market we are going to open a property every single month in the current financial year and are expecting to reach a figure of 59 operational properties”, he added. “Our long-standing relationships with local Corporates and the Travel Trade, along with our …

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