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Shangri-La Hotel, Xiamen, opens with 325 rooms

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Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has announced the soft opening of the 325-room Shangri-La Hotel, Xiamen.  Situated in the city’s important newly developed business district, Guanyin Shan Business Centre, the hotel is less than 10 minutes’ drive to the Xiamen International Conference and Exhibition Centre and 20 minutes from the Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport.  The hotel will hold a grand opening celebration in November. Located in a new 22-storey building, over 70 per cent of the guestrooms and suites at Shangri-La Hotel, Xiamen take advantage of the outstanding sea views and range from the 42-square-metre Deluxe Sea View Room to the elegantly styled Shangri-La Suite offering 168 square metres of living space.  The urban resort features unique Minnan-style architecture – that is often associated with the use of red bricks – to reflect Xiamen’s art and culture and complement the design theme of a botanical paradise in the hotel’s public areas. To mark Shangri-La Hotel, Xiamen’s opening, an introductory offer priced from RMB1,000 is available until 31 December 2017 and includes daily breakfast buffet for two persons, as well as a 50 per cent discount at the restaurants and bar.  For reservations or details, call (86 592) 838 5888 or email  The daily room rate is subject to Value Added Tax and 10 per cent service charge. Guests have access to two restaurants and a bar including Café Amoy, an all-day-dining restaurant with show kitchens serving a blend of Asian and international fare throughout the day.  Fu Gong, a harbour-inspired Chinese restaurant offers authentic Cantonese and Minnan cuisine, and regional specialties.  The Lobby Lounge, with its indoor and outdoor spaces, epitomises relaxed living and serves local snacks and outdoor barbecues in the evening. …

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TBO launches 1st BOHO Hotel in Rishikesh


Travel Boutique Online (TBO) Group has launched its budget hotel chain under the brand name- BOHO Hotels. “The focus with BOHO Hotels is to cater to the budget segment of travellers. We believe there is a lot of demand for budget hotels in the market and especially with GST being implemented, we felt it was the right time to venture into the Tier-II and Tier-III cities. To begin with, we have opened the first hotel in Rishikesh. The second hotel will be launched in a few months in Delhi,” said Ankush Nijhawan, Managing Director, Nijhawan Group of Companies. The company will soon venture into other cities like Jaipur, Pune, Hyderabad and Cochin, added Nijhawan.

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Dusit to manage two new resorts in Huizhou, China


Dusit International has signed a management agreement with Huizhou Yuetai Investment Company to operate two new properties in Huizhou, in China’s Guangdong Province. Opening under Dusit International’s luxury Dusit Devarana and upscale dusitD2 brands respectively, both properties will be located in Huizhou’s Shuangyue Bay, one of the region’s most popular destinations renowned for its scenic hiking trails, white sandy beaches and crystal-clear water. Shuangyue Bay is located approximately 90 minutes by car from Huizhou’s Pingtan Airport and 45 minutes from the high-speed train station. Huizhou city centre and Shenzhen can be reached in two hours by car, while Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong Province, is a three-hour drive away. The deluxe Dusit Devarana Resort, Huizhou Shuangyue Bay will comprise 84 guest rooms and 64 villas, each exquisitely furnished and decorated. Dining and entertainment outlets will include an all-day-dining restaurant, a Chinese restaurant and a lobby lounge, while a 900 sq m pillarless ballroom and three meeting rooms will cater for meetings and social events. The resort’s comprehensive recreational facilities include a well-equipped gymnasium, outdoor swimming pool, kids’ club, and Dusit’s signature Devarana Spa, which offers luxurious, Thai-inspired treatments. The beach is only a five-minute walk away. Situated overlooking the South China Sea in a 29-storey tower, the dusitD2 Serviced Residence, Huizhou Shuangyue Bay will offer 550 well-appointed apartments, an all-day-dining restaurant, and a lobby lounge. Designed to appeal to millennial-minded travellers, the property will feature creative, vibrant décor and high tech applications. “In line with our strategy for sustainable and profitable growth, Dusit Fudu was created to bring Dusit’s gracious, Thai-inspired hospitality to China, and these new projects in Huizhou really demonstrate the growing significance of our brands within the …

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Sheraton Bodh Gaya Hotel to open on March 1, 2019


Sheraton Bodh Gaya Hotel will be opening on March 1, 2019. Whether you are organising a business or social event, the event professionals at the Sheraton Bodh Gaya Hotel will ensure a memorable success. Ballrooms and meeting rooms can accommodate up to 400 people and feature beautiful yet cosy surroundings, state-of-the-art technology, and superb catering service. The hotel will have 200 rooms.

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DoubleTree by Hilton Shirdi to open with 125 rooms

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Hilton and DoubleTree by Hilton ahs announced the signing of a management agreement with Trillion Real Estate & Properties for a new DoubleTree by Hilton property in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Scheduled to open in Q1 2019, DoubleTree by Hilton Shirdi will be located at Shirdi’s historical town centre, marking Hilton’s entry into the popular pilgrimage destination. The latest addition increases Hilton’s pipeline of hotels in India to 19 properties. “With a fast-growing, global portfolio of more than 500 upscale properties, we are delighted that our award-winning DoubleTree by Hilton brand is gaining traction in India,” said Dianna Vaughan, senior vice president and global head, DoubleTree by Hilton. “With five DoubleTree by Hilton properties currently operating in India, DoubleTree by Hilton Shirdi will mark the brand’s sixth property in the pipeline in this burgeoning market. As the first upscale hotel in Shirdi, we look forward to delivering exceptional experiences to guests beginning with our signature, warm DoubleTree Cookie welcome.” Shirdi, famously known as the home of late spiritual leader Sri Sai Baba, is a popular pilgrimage town and an estimated 22 million tourists from across the country and overseas visit the famous Shirdi Sai Baba temple annually. Most recently, the city saw the completion of a new Shirdi Airport, which will facilitate greater access for pilgrims to visit the destination — religious tourism is a key focus in India’s tourism planning. “Our partnership with Trillion Real Estate & Properties to manage DoubleTree by Hilton Shirdi underpins our commitment to expand our footprint in India,” said Kaushik Vardharajan, vice president of development – India, Hilton. “Guided by our mission to be the world’s most hospitable company, we remain focused on …

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Patrick Pacious to become Chief Executive Officer and President of Choice Hotels

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Choice Hotels’ Board of Directors announced the CEO succession plan and the appointment of Patrick Pacious as incoming President and Chief Executive Officer. We are pleased to share that Pat will assume his role as President and Chief Executive Officer and is joining the Board of Directors on September 12, 2017. After serving on the DineEquity, Inc., board for more than five years, Steve Joyce was named the company’s Chief Executive Officer, effective September 12, 2017. This is exciting news for Steve and no surprise as he is a leader who drives growth and innovation. The CEO succession of Steve to Pat is the culmination of a deliberate, long-term planning process focused on maintaining leadership continuity and continued positive business growth. We are grateful to Steve for his many valuable contributions and wish him the best in his future leadership role. The Board of Directors is delighted to have Pat at the helm of Choice Hotels, as he is an accomplished leader in the organization. We know that Pat is the right person to drive continued success for Choice today and in the future. To enable Steve to focus on his new role, he will be stepping down from the Choice Hotels Board of Directors.”

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Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara opens with 312 rooms


The doors to one of Kuala Lumpur’s most anticipated hotels opened this month with the unveiling of Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara, the brand’s first hotel in Malaysia. Located in the heart of affluent Damansara Heights, the luxurious 312-room Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara is part of an 8.5-acre integrated development by GuocoLand, comprising two luxury condominium blocks, two corporate office towers, the hotel and a lifestyle mall. Designed by Wilson Associates, the hotel’s interior blends local heritage with a sophisticated feature wall depicting the country’s Wau Bulan otherwise known as the moon kite with French art vivre through an Eiffel Tower artwork. Stunning art-pieces and sculptures were specially created for the hotel paying homage to the rich Malaysian and French heritage and culture. Ranging from 43 to 105 square metres, the guestrooms feature the signature bedding concept by MyBed™, wifi and a selection of premium in-room amenities by Lanvin and Hermès. Guests staying in suites will have access to the Club Millésime executive lounge, which offers spectacular views of the city’s skyline and provides exclusive services including complimentary breakfast, all-day refreshments, evening cocktails and more. Home to five restaurants and bars, the signature all-day dining restaurant Kwee Zeen serves Pan-Asian cuisine while the Chinese restaurant Wan Chun Ting, which translates as Ten Thousand Springs pavilion, offers authentic Cantonese and Imperial cuisine with intricate fabrics, fine embroidery and gold damask velvet. Boasting four private dining rooms with plush furnishings, the restaurant features a sophisticated blend of east meets west décor with elements of Chinese-inspired silhouettes and traditional art pieces. Enjoy a selection of French wines and afternoon tea at Le Bar or relish authentic French cuisine at the casual French Riviera-inspired restaurant, …

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Dhevanafushi Maldives Luxury Resort opens

Dhevanafushi Maldives Luxury Resort

AccorHotels announced its first luxury destination in the Maldives— Dhevanafushi Maldives Luxury Resort. Set on the private island of Meradhoo, the resort will be repositioned following further enhancements in late 2018, and join the iconic collection of Raffles hotels and resorts. Dhevanafushi Maldives Luxury Resort, Managed by AccorHotels presently boasts 21 island villas and 16 ocean villas with private pools, three restaurants, a scenic cocktail bar and an array of facilities and activities to relax, rejuvenate and reinvigorate the body, mind and spirit. These include an award winning luxury spa, over-the-water fitness centre, yoga programmes, water sports, private dining options, 24-hour butler and private chef service, along with snorkelling and diving at its finest – the resort’s PADI-certified dive centre offers adventures through the wonders of some of most breath-taking coral reefs in the world. “We are thrilled to announce our very first luxury resort in the Maldives at a time when the region is enjoying excellent growth, especially with travellers from Asia Pacific. AccorHotels is bringing to the resort our expertise in delivering unparalleled luxury experiences renowned in our Raffles, Fairmont and Sofitel brands, along with the benefits of our award-wining global loyalty programme, Le Club AccorHotels.” says Patrick Basset, Chief Operating Officer of AccorHotels, Upper Southeast and Northeast Asia. Vincent Yeo, Chief Executive Officer of CDL Hospitality Trusts, adds: “With active asset management being one of the key pillars of our management strategy, we believe the appointment of AccorHotels for the resort will allow us to optimise its asset potential and redefine this resort at the very top end of the luxury resort sector in the Maldives, following the re-positioning exercise in 2018.” Catering to discerning individual travellers, …

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WelcomHotel Coimbatore to open soon


WelcomHotel Coimbatore is soon-to open a contemporary hotel in the heart of Kovai City, Coimbatore where rich history, wild sanctuary reserves and booming businesses effortlessly blend together. The WelcomHotel Coimbatore will feature 103 well-appointed rooms with modern amenities, a rooftop pool, an all-day dining restaurant and a lounge bar that offers an international selection of wines, whiskeys and premium cigars. The hotel is the perfect home-base for both business and leisure guests.

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Marriott consolidates in Japan with the opening of five Marriott Hotels


Marriott International and Mori Trust Group has announced the grand opening of five distinct Marriott Hotels across Japan, broadening the spectrum on the country’s scenic destinations. International and local travellers alike will be invited to explore the diverse beauty Japan has to offer, with collectively more than 800 rooms available for their journeys.“We are pleased to partner with the Mori Trust Group on expanding our flagship brand, Marriott Hotels, across Japan,” said Craig S. Smith, President & Managing Director, Marriott International Asia Pacific. “At Marriott International, we currently have 40 hotels open in Japan and 10 in the pipeline. Japan remains one of the top travel destinations in the world and we want to welcome a new generation of globetrotters to discover unique corners of the country, which will spark new ways of thinking about Japan as a destination.” Whether guests are seeking refuge from the big cities by embarking on an eco-tour into the mountains, or taking a dip in the healing hot springs, distinctive cultural influences can be uncovered in each of the deluxe resorts. Authentic regional cuisines can be savored at the hotels’ onsite restaurants, all named The Grill & Dining G Restaurant. The five hotels are gateways to exploring Japan’s stunning scenic beauty, from the lake area surrounding Mount Fuji to the white sandy beaches, temples, bamboo groves and modern art further afield.Set amidst a rich natural environment, the Karuizawa Marriott Hotel is located only 70 minutes away from central Tokyo. Spread across four wings, the 142 rooms are designed in a modern style fused with Japanese elements. Suites suitable for families are available as well as premium rooms featuring forest views and private hot springs. …

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