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Washington Marriott Georgetown completes its transformation worth $28 million

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Washington Marriott Georgetown, the first Marriott hotel built in the nation’s capital in 1981, announces the completion of its $28 million transformation, an investment by hotel owner, Geller Capital Partners. Representing Marriott Hotels’ massive reinvention efforts, evolving everything from hotel design to associate training, this is Marriott International’s flagship brand’s first fully redesigned property in the Washington, DC metro area, and is a shining example of the today’s look and feel.The newly transformed Washington Marriott Georgetown, situated at 1221 22nd Street at M Street, NW, lies in the heart of the city’s West End neighborhood, an area noted for its tree-lined residential streets, embassies, and critically-acclaimed restaurants, including the city’s first Nobu, scheduled to open later this year. The neighborhood has also become the city’s fitness hub, with brands establishing West End footprints including SoulCycle, Orange Theory, Equinox and the forthcoming Squash on Fire, a 19,700-square-foot squash facility opening its doors in May. The hotel is within walking distance to historic Georgetown, Foggy Bottom, and Dupont Circle providing visitors quick access to shops, museums, and galleries. Washington Marriott Georgetown’s elevates the guest experience by adding 8,300 square feet of new public space, a completely reimagined food and beverage program, 18 meeting rooms, a new fitness center, and the M Club Lounge. The hotel’s guest rooms feature the new “Marriott Modern Design” room where the experience meets the needs of today’s traveler by offering flexibility, mobility and technology-enabled work surfaces. \

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Country Inns & Suites By Carlson opens near Florida State University with 51 rooms

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Country Inns & Suites By Carlson has announced the opening of Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Midway, FL. “We are thrilled to see our brand’s continued growth in the Southeast region with attractive and accommodating locations,” said Jeffrey Freund, senior vice president, Midscale Brands, Americas, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. “The hotel’s amenities and Be Our Guest service philosophy are guaranteed to provide a memorable experience for guests.” The hotel offers 51 guest rooms and suites. Guests of the hotel have access to free Wi-Fi, an outdoor swimming pool, business center and a 24-hour fitness center. The hotel also provides the brand’s signature and complimentary, hot Be Our Guest breakfast served daily on classic dining ware. Upgrades have recently been made to the hotel’s breakfast area and lobby. “We are excited to open our doors and welcome guests,” said Linda Harper, the hotel’s general manager. “Our quality and friendly staff will make guests feel right at home.” The hotel has a prime location for both business and leisure travelers. Along with being only eight miles from both Florida State University and the Tallahassee International Airport, there are many nearby attractions. Guests can visit the Museum of Florida History or explore the Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park. There is also plenty of shopping nearby at the Centre of Tallahassee and the Governor’s Square Mall.

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Rezidor signs two new Radisson Blu hotels in Dubai

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The Rezidor Hotel Group has announced the signing of two new Radisson Blu hotels in International Media Production Zone (IMPZ) and Dubai Studio City, United Arab Emirates. The new signings made in partnership with renowned, Dubai-based, Bin Haider Group, follow Rezidor’s recent announcement that it will open 14 new hotels in the UAE by 2019, and part of expansion plans to have 100 hotels & 20,000 rooms in operation by 2020, across the Middle East. Elie Younes, Executive Vice President & Chief Development Officer of The Rezidor Hotel Group said: “We are progressing our growth journey in the UAE where Dubai is a key primary market and welcome the Bin Haider Group to our business family’’. The two new Radisson Blu hotels are set to open in two upcoming media zones in Dubai, designed to support corporate travelers and media professionals visiting and working in the Emirates. Both properties will further enhance the Radisson Blu brand presence, which already has strong association with media zones in Dubai. Radisson Blu Hotel, International Media Production Zone (IMPZ), Dubai will feature 356 rooms, and, with construction already underway, has an anticipated opening date in Q1 2019. The hotel will hold a prominent location on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, close to the newly opened Al MaktoumInternational Airport (Dubai World Central). The hotel’s interior design will incorporate the brand’s new “Blu Print” design scheme and facilities include two restaurants, a bar and significant meeting facilities to support the free zone’s businesses.

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Balanced budget by the Finance Minister: Krishna Kumar, GM, Radisson Hitec City Hyderabad

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According to Krishna Kumar, GM, Radisson Hitec City Hyderabad, “The Finance Minister has outlined a very balanced budget. In my views there is enough for all sectors to look forward to, although there was not 1 major big bang announcement that was expected after the demonetization process. Hospitality sector is expected to stay course with pointers in the budget that will spur of the growth as well as the spend up marginally. The decrease of tax structures for the 2.5 lac to the 5 lac segment is likely to increase spend power from this segment that will benefit the Mid Scale brand of Hospitality industry.” He further says, “The encouraging factor in this budget in view is undoubtedly 2 major areas. – Firstly the emphasis and allocation for infrastructure as well as highway allocation which greatly increases the efficiency of commuting which will benefit the sector. Secondly the emphasis on rural sector also holds great potential for hospitality sector as supply chains are expected to be more efficiently executed. Lastly, positive signals in the attempts by the Minister to stress on the point of controlling inflation – something Hospitality Industry would cheer for as our Industry has a high exposure to High inflation”.

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Fairfield Inn Anaheim Resort gets a makeover

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Marriott International has announced a fresh chapter in the life of the Fairfield Inn Anaheim Resort as it has refreshed its public spaces to better accommodate the needs of the modern traveller. From the moment guests arrive at the hotel near Disneyland, they will be greeted by friendly faces and revitalised spaces that provide a more welcoming experience. The welcome center’s check-in desks have been relocated to allow easier access to the elevators, making travel more streamlined. With updates from top to bottom, the space now features new paint, flooring and a light-up accent wall. Additionally, new furniture provides comfortable places to read or convene with friends, family or colleagues. Lobby bathrooms also received a refresh, and the kid’s center was enhanced to keep little ones better entertained when they aren’t visiting The Happiest Place on Earth. Corporate travelers will appreciate a more formal business center, complete with complimentary Wi-Fi and an ADA accessible desk. Also, new to the Anaheim hotel is a fully equipped fitness center, featuring the latest in cardio, free weight and stretch equipment including three treadmills, a recumbent bike and two cross trainers. A medicine ball rack and yoga mats are also available. A remodeled meeting room provides state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment, accommodating up to 40 guests when there are room stays booked. During downtime, hungry travelers can grab a bite to eat at the on-site marketplace that features Seattle’s Best Coffee and Pizza Hut as well as kid’s arcade games.

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Aloft Hotels opens second property in Austin with 130 rooms

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Marriott International has announced the opening of Aloft Austin Northwest, the second Aloft in Austin. Owned by Pure Lodging Hospitality and managed by Lodgic Hospitality, Aloft Austin Northwest features 130 spacious loft-style rooms, 1,000 square feet of flexible meeting space and live music at W XYZ Bar. We are thrilled to expand the Aloft brand’s footprint in the vibrant city of Austin and expect that this vibrant new hotel will soon emerge as a popular choice among travelers due to its distinctive sense of style, innovative programming and buzzing social scene,” said Toni Stoeckl, Global Brand Leader and Vice President, Distinctive Select Brands. “Designed to meet to the needs of today’s hyper-connected global traveler, Aloft is now in over 100 dynamic destinations worldwide.” Aloft Austin Northwest is just steps from the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and Lakeline Mall, and close to the Lakeline station on Capital MetroRail, where visitors can catch a ride to the shops, restaurants and nightclubs of downtown Austin. Known as the “Live Music Capital of the World,” Austin offers an impressive array of live jazz, blues, rock and roll and country music performances and Aloft adds to this with their dynamic live music programming called Live At Aloft Hotels, the signature ongoing music series with live, intimate, acoustic performances and backstage moments by some of the hottest emerging artists at Aloft’s W XYZ Bar. The hotel is also close to numerous high-tech companies including Dell, Apple, Facebook Google, IBM and Oracle and 25 miles from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS).

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Lemon Tree aims for 100 hotels with 12,000 rooms by 2021: Patu Keswani

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Patu Keswani, Chairman and Managing Director of Lemon Tree Hotels shared his group’s expansion plans in Global Hospitality Conclave. He says, “Lemon Tree is planning to expand with 100 hotels with 12,000 rooms and 12,000 staff members by 2021.” Adding to this, he says, “By 2021, Lemon Tree hotels will consist of 25 per cent of mid-market space.” The Global Hospitality Conclave is an initiative organised by the alumni of the erstwhile Oberoi School of Hotel Management (OSHM), now The Oberoi Centre for Learning & Development (OCLD). The alumni include stalwarts like Rajiv Kaul, President – Leela Hotels, Ajay Bakaya, Executive Director, Sarovar Hotels, Rattan Keswani, Deputy Managing Director, Lemon Tree Hotels. The world of hospitality, like many other businesses, is imperatively moving toward an era of extensive collaboration and partnerships. Every day, the rules of the game are being rewritten in response to a transitioning and evolving market and new paradigms are being set to accommodate newer players with new approaches. The conclave touched upon trends and opportunities in the current hospitality landscape of the country and the world at large.

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Andaz Delhi Aerocity opens with a partial inventory of 401 guestrooms

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Hyatt Hotels Corporation has announced the opening of Andaz Delhi, marking the Andaz brand’s first hotel in India and 16th worldwide. Andaz Delhi opens with a partial inventory of its residential-style 401 guestrooms, including 45 suites. The hotel will also offer 129 serviced apartments, expected to open next year. Represented in world-class cities like London, New York, Tokyo and Shanghai, Hyatt’s luxury lifestyle brand celebrates local culture and the unique spirit of neighborhoods, and is now set to make its mark in India’s vibrant capital with the opening of Andaz Delhi in Aerocity. Similar to the brand’s other hotels, Andaz Delhi offers inspiring experiences through the neighborhood’s rich history and culture, helping guests get to know their surroundings more intimately and leave feeling like a local. “Andaz derives its name from the Hindi word for ‘personal style,’ and each location offers guests a fresh and stimulating hotel experience that fuels creativity and inspires them to engage in their own personal sense of luxury and style,” said Kurt Straub, Vice President of Operations, India, Hyatt. “The opening of Andaz Delhi marks a significant milestone for the brand.”

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Kairali’s ‘The Ayurvedic Healing Village’ joins hands with Lux Hotels

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Kairali Ayurvedic Group’s signature resort ‘The Ayurvedic Healing Village’ has joined hands with Lux Hotels. Speaking on the occasion Bhupesh Kumar, Director, Lux Hotels says, “We are elated to have partnered with Kairali Ayurveda for their global and national brand awareness and developing incremental business. Also, we want to increase the visibility of the brand in the global and national market.” Kairali Ayurvedic group, the epitome of a healthy lifestyle and fine living was founded in the year of 1989 with the aim of propagating the ideologies of Ayurveda throughout the world. The founders of Kairali passed down their vast experience and knowledge down through four generations of doctors who are equally committed to making Ayurveda relevant again.

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First Radisson Red to open in Mohali in 2017

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Carlson Rezidor and Bestech will invest USD 42 million in a joint venture to develop the first two hotels, Park Inn by Radisson Gurgaon Sector 88 and Park Inn by Radisson Chandigarh, Mohali. Speaking about Mohali, Rana says, “We are also very excited about our new hotel in Mohali at Chandigarh airport which is going to be our first Radisson Red in India. It will be a flagship property and is expected to open in 2017. Our growth has so far been North-heavy. So now we are expanding into other parts like South India. This year we will be opening a Radisson Blu in Coimbatore and a Radisson Blu conversion property in Bengaluru Atria. We also opened a hotel in Manipal as well as a Radisson Blu Plaza in Mysore last year. South India continues to be important for us.”

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