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Park Inn By Radisson Hasselt, Belgium opens

Park Inn Belgium

The Rezidor Hotel Group opens its second Park Inn by Radisson hotel in Belgium. Hasselt, the “Capital of Taste,” is home to the latest addition to the Park Inn by Radisson portfolio. The high-rise hotel is located in the heart of the city center, adjacent to the Radisson Blu Hotel, Hasselt. “This is our second hotel in Hasselt, and our sixth in Belgium, and follows very quickly on the heels of the Park Inn by Radisson Brussels Airport opening, which creates some really great momentum for the brand and our presence in the country and across Western Europe,” said Richard Moore, Area Vice President, UK, Ireland and Western Europe for The Rezidor Hotel Group. The hotel is part of a mixed-use development with retail, residential and office space. As part of the only high-rise complex in the city, it provides strong visibility and a convenient location for both business and leisure travellers. Hasselt, called the most sociable city in Flanders, is known for its many gastronomic restaurants and trendy boutique and designer shops, and the contemporary, 84-room Park Inn by Radisson Hasselt is in the center of the action, close to public transport and Grote Markt, Jenever Museum, the Fashion Museum and many other attractions. All guest rooms and public spaces offer free, high-speed Internet. Rooms come beautifully designed with plentiful working space, LCD TV screens, tea and coffee making facilities, bathroom amenities and a happiness guaranteed service all the way. Connecting rooms and accessible rooms are available upon request. The Live-inn Room offers guests fresh, healthy food and drinks all day in a cozy setting. There’s also a lobby bar with communal high tables and high-back alcove seating. For …

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The Anam to open in Cam Ranh, Vietnam with 117 villas and 96 rooms


The Anam, a 117-villa and 96-room resort that commands a stunning beachfront setting, a sublime 10 treatment-room spa and a 3-D movie theatre, will be opened on April 26 in Vietnam’s most compelling new destination. With a design that pays homage to both colonial-era and age-old Vietnamese aesthetics, the independently owned and operated Anam is blazing new ground in a destination now emerging as a high-end alternative to nearby Nha Trang. The alluring new five-star resort is set to cut the ribbon on a host of world-class facilities, including a spa, three restaurants and two bars, 3-D movie theatre, a ballroom, conference facilities, water sports centre, yoga room and deck, tennis court, kids club and three swimming pools. The Anam’s romantic design blends into the natural setting, evoking a nostalgic tone with its imperial Hue-style roofs, glowing lanterns, big-bellied water vases, decorative pools, customized mosaic floor tiles and stone pathways. Some 3,000 palm trees shade the 12-hectare property that fronts 300 metres of private beach overlooking the East Sea, where toast-brown sand, turquoise waters, dramatic headlands and offshore islands come together as one of Vietnam’s most picture-perfect seaside enclaves.

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‘Make it to India’ before ‘Make in India’: Hoteliers to Govt on liquor ban


Travel and hospitality associations came together to analyse the impact of the Supreme Court’s liquor ban judgement and will lay out a future course of action after due deliberations on the issue with the government after a week. “This is a very challenging time for us as an industry. We are going to analyse the judgment in detail and go through how we can still serve guests and how we can manage employment impact,” said Kapil Chopra, President, The Oberoi, during a press conference held in New Delhi. Associations such as WTTC, FHRAI, NRAI, HRAH and IATO participated in the press conference. Chopra said, “We totally respect the Supreme Court’s judgement but the biggest challenge that we foresee is the loss of employment in both the hotel and restaurant sector. Also I don’t know how the government sees it but if it has to be 500 metres, it at least should be motorable distance because when people go out to pick liquor, they go by road. Generally hotels and restaurants do not sell bottles of liquor, you have to sit and consume it; now that sitting and consumption can happen in your home or in your car. So there are lot of issues we need to discuss with the government before we actually make a verdict. “If you look at Prime Minister Narendra’s Modi first five points, tourism is among those and there is a lot of work that’s happening around e-visas but what are we going to do with those e-visas when people will not apply for it. We need to make sure that India is being seen as a welcoming country, with friendly laws, strong compliance and strong …

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Sarovar Premiere Lusaka opens in Zambia with 82 rooms

Ajay Bakaya,MD, Sarovar Hotels (L) with Vishnu Wadhawan, Director, Neelkanth Group Zambia

Expanding its overseas portfolio, Sarovar Hotels has announced the signing of its latest project in Africa, Sarovar Premiere Lusaka in Zambia. This development marks Sarovar’s presence in five countries of Africa, including Tanzania, Kenya, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Zambia. Sarovar Premiere Lusaka is an 82-key all-suite hotel conveniently located around the city centre. Built in elegant designs with all modern facilities, it is the only all-suite hotel in town which will offer the space and comfort of a personal apartment, an extension of a home. The hotel is being developed by Neelkanth Group based out of Zambia whose core business lies in steel, lime, copper cables and real estate. Sarovar Premiere Lusaka is expected to open in 2018. Sarovar Premiere Lusaka represents Sarovar’s exponential growth in Africa. Making its presence in Lusaka, the largest city of Zambia and one of the fastest developing cities in South Africa, the group hopes to spread the signature Sarovar hospitality across the continent here. Upon completion, Sarovar Premiere Lusaka will offer 82 guest suites, an all-day dining, a bar lounge and an alfresco diner. The hotel will also make for an ideal destination with its excellent banquet and conference facilities. Those looking for some leisure indulgences can unwind at the spa, swimming pool or the wellness centre equipped with the best of services and amenities.

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Radisson Blu Residence opens in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia with 92 apartments

Blu Saudi Arabia exterior

The Rezidor Hotel Group introduces its first residence property in Dhahran, bringing Saudi Arabia to a new standard of excellence. With 92 stylish and sophisticated apartments, a restaurant and a gym, guests will find everything they need to feel at home at the Radisson Blu Residence, Dhahran. “We are delighted to open our first residences in Dhahran as we see the perfect opportunity to cater to the increasing demand from corporate and leisure guests looking for spacious and stylish serviced apartments on a short-, medium- or long-term basis. We are confident that the combination of high quality, serviced apartments and the globally recognised Radisson Blu brand will prove to be a compelling proposition and will be in popular demand,” says Mark Willis, Area Vice President, Middle East & Turkey, The Rezidor Hotel Group. Located in the Aramco business district, Radisson Blu Residence, Dhahran is situated just a credit card’s throw from the famous Mall of Dhahran, the area’s major retail and shopping complex, and only a kilometer away from the city center. The Residence is also close to the Aramco headquarters and the corporate offices of many international companies. The Radisson Blu Residence is just 55km from King Fahd International Airport Dammam, providing the perfect hub for many of the city’s corporate travellers. Radisson Blu Residence, Dhahran provides comfortable and stylish accommodation, with a range of guest rooms and two- and three-bedroom apartments, ideal for guests to create a home-like atmosphere within the convenience and comfort of a hotel environment. All rooms are equipped with free, high-speed WiFi; flat screen TVs; and a range of complimentary amenities. Each apartment includes a kitchenette and is decorated with a warm and light …

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IntelliStay Hotels launches new brand, i-Stay Hotels, in Raipur


IntelliStay Hotels (IHPL) has launched its third brand, i-Stay Hotels, with its first hotel in Raipur, Chhattisgarh. The brand is a youth and transit hotel, which also provides shared accommodation for families and groups. i-Stay Hotels – Raipur Junction is located in the heart of the city, just besides the railway station, and 3 kms away from the bus stand. The central location makes it easy to access for transit stay travellers. i-Stay Hotels – Raipur Junction is located in the heart of the city, just besides the railway station, and 3 kms away from the bus stand. The central location makes it easy to access for transit stay travellers.

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Hilton Cambridge City Centre opens new Executive Lounge


Hilton Cambridge City Centre has announced the opening of its new Hilton Honors Executive Lounge. Guests staying in Executive guest rooms and suites at Hilton Cambridge City Centre can now enjoy the new Executive Lounge, where a variety of complimentary drinks and snacks are available. This exclusive first-class lounge for Executive room and suite guests, as well as their Hilton Honors Diamond members, will be open from 7.00 a.m. until 10.00 p.m. Serving continental breakfast, nibbles throughout the day and evening drinks with canapés. The newest addition to Hilton Cambridge City Centre provides a contemporary design with a relaxed and spacious ambience amidst the hustle and bustle of Cambridge City. Featuring three areas including a dining buffet, a salon lounge and a computer work section.

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One&Only Ocean Club, Bahamas re-opens


One&Only Ocean Club has been re-opened. New and returning guests will rediscover a resort that is better than ever, with a number of exciting elements including refurbished guestrooms and suites; a new Martini Bar , complete with a specialty olive menu in the former Library; as well as a larger, redesigned Dune by Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Dune Bar, new Resort Executive Chef, and new menus at all of the resort’s restaurants. “We are so thrilled to welcome guests back to One&Only Ocean Club,” says John Conway, General Manager, One&Only Ocean Club. “Our guests view this resort as their second home, and our team is beyond excited to once again provide them with the unrivalled service and experiences that the resort is known for. We cannot wait for our guests to rediscover One&Only Ocean Club.”

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Radisson expands to Long Island, opens with 209 rooms


Radisson has announced the opening of Radisson Hotel Hauppauge-Long Island. The 209 room hotel offers guests access to free Wi-Fi, an indoor pool and whirlpool, fitness center and business center. Free parking and a complimentary shuttle service is also available along with the option of onsite car rentals through Avis and Budget. The hotel features Fountain Grille which serves a menu of continental cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Spiritz Lounge offers creative cocktails, beer, wine and a menu of light fare. In addition, guests can start their morning with a cup of Starbucks coffee and a pastry at Café Pronto. “We are excited to welcome this hotel to our growing portfolio and expand to Long Island,” said Rich Flores, vice president of Operations for Radisson in the Americas. “As we continue to expand the Radisson brand we are focused on providing an experience that is centered around the individual needs of our guests and is guided by our signature Yes I Can!SM service philosophy.” In addition, the hotel also offers nearly 18,500 square feet of meeting and event space. There are a variety of event spaces to choose from and staff on hand to assist with everything from audio and visual needs to catering and floral.

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Park Inn By Radisson opens in Barrancabermeja, Colombia with 95 rooms


Park Inn by Radisson has announced the opening of Park Inn by Radisson Barrancabermeja, Colombia. The hotel offers 95 guest rooms featuring spacious floor plans, natural lighting, and access to free high-speed Internet. Each guestroom features fresh and vibrant aesthetics to create a colorful and welcoming environment where guests can relax after a day of meetings or exploring as well as in-room safes for guest’s convenience. To provide a hassle-free experience for business travelers, the hotel offers three flexible meeting spaces with state-of-the-art-equipment for corporate conferences, board meetings and more. The Park Inn by Radisson Barrancabermeja offers meeting rooms for groups of up to 120 guests with over 2,500-square-feet of conference space. The hotel staff is able to assist in all details of planned meetings and events including audiovisual equipment, to ensure all events go smoothly. “Our dedicated staff is excited to welcome guests to the Park Inn by Radisson Barrancabermeja,” said the hotel’s manager, Jacqueline Coll. “The hotel’s prime location coupled with our Adding Colour To LifeSM guest service philosophy, will make the hotel an enjoyable place to stay for both business and leisure guests alike.”

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