Category Archives: Technology & Equipment

The Oberoi Sukhvilas Resort to open reservations from December 1, 2016

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The Oberoi Sukhvilas Resort is now open for reservations for stays from 1st December, 2016. The Oberoi Spa will open in January, 2017. The Oberoi Sukhvilas Resort & Spa, Siswan Forest Range is a resort in New Chandigarh, surrounded by over 8,000 acres of protected natural forest at the foothills of the outer Himalayas. It is located thirty minutes from Chandigarh city centre and forty five minutes from Chandigarh airport. Harmonising traditional elements of Indian architecture, aesthetically landscaped gardens and beautiful water features, the resort has been designed so that guests can enjoy verdant views from every aspect. The Oberoi Spa is a tranquil, light-filled space (12,000 square feet) adjacent to the forest. Embellished with glass, fire and water features, it is a wonderfully relaxing environment in which to experience Ayurveda, Eastern, Western and signature Oberoi massage therapies, hydrotherapy, steam and infrared sauna, a Turkish hammam scrub or a Roman tepidarium. Accommodation ranges from the palatial Kohinoor Villa, to Luxury Villas with Private Pools, Royal Forest Tents with Private Pools, Royal Tents and Premier Rooms, with design elements inspired by Rajput and Mughal architecture, and all modern conveniences. Guests looking for a luxury dining experience can indulge their appetites at our all day multi cuisine restaurant, which has indoor and al fresco seating and live traditional music. Guests can also relax and unwind with an aperitif or a nightcap at our bar.

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OYO appoints Anil Goel as Chief Technology Officer

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OYO has appointed Anil Goel as Chief Technology Officer. Goel joins the leadership team at OYO to provide strategic direction and strengthen the technology infrastructure powering the company’s business operations. The appointment is pivotal to maintain the company’s momentum as it advances its offerings in the hospitality segment. Goel joins OYO following a 3-year tenure at Amazon.com as the Global Head of Technology (CTO) for Customer Returns and Reverse Logistics business. Prior to this, Anil was the CTO at Hike Messenger. He has also spent 15 years in Seattle, working in various technology development and leadership roles at RealNetworks, Capgemini and HyperQuality. A seasoned tech professional, Anil has nearly 20 years of experience in building complex software applications & systems, technology infrastructure and businesses to drive revenue growth, expand customer base and boost profitability.

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Best Western launches its new website

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Best Western Hotels & Resorts has launched of an all-new BestWestern.com. The company’s latest endeavor into optimising and streamlining customer interactions across all digital channels, the reimagined site incorporates highly visual, interactive elements and responsively adapts to the screen size of the device a customer is using – whether that be a smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop PC. The result is an intuitive, image-rich, engaging online consumer experience. “For five consecutive years, BestWestern.com has won Dynatrace’s Best of the Web. That said, we knew that we needed to demonstrate agility with our digital presence in order to continue connecting with Today’s Travelers,” said David Kong, Best Western Hotels & Resorts’ president and CEO. “Our team made the decision to start fresh, building a flexible new digital platform that would really resonate with our customers. We believe the new site will earn just as many if not more accolades as the last and that it will further position Best Western as an innovator as we progress through our 70th birthday year.”

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Westin Hotels & Resorts partners with Delta Air Lines

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Westin Hotels & Resorts has announced the latest in a series of sleep offerings that promise a better slumber for travellers, extending beyond just the guestroom. Challenging the staid in-flight sleep experience, Westin continues to power ahead in partnership with Delta Air Lines with the new Westin Heavenly In-Flight Blanket rolling out in Delta’s First Class cabins starting mid-November. Inspired by design elements of the signature Westin Heavenly Bed, this super-soft blanket will help ensure that travelers rest easy in the clouds. This marks an expansion to the Westin Heavenly In-Flight program; Westin Heavenly In-Flight Bedding, the iconic, luxurious white comforters and hypoallergenic pillows, have been featured in Delta One cabins since 2013.

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Tribute Portfolio debuts in Amsterdam

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Tribute Portfolio, part of Marriott International has announced further global expansion in Europe with the signing of The Apollo Hotel Amsterdam, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel. The 223-room hotel is scheduled to join Tribute Portfolio in April 2017, following a major renovation of its guestrooms, restaurant and public areas. Set in a tranquil, canal-front location in Amsterdam’s upscale Old-South (Oud-Zuid) district, The Apollo Hotel Amsterdam, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel, is within easy reach of the city’s abundant historic and cultural attractions, including the lively De Pijp area, known for its indie boutiques and dining experiences. An icon of the city’s hotel scene, The Apollo Hotel Amsterdam has served many notable guests and visitors over its almost 90-year history. This winter, renowned Belgian designer Will Erens will oversee an extensive renovation of the rooms, suites, reception, lobby and restaurant with the new design set to emphasize the hotel’s local essence and indie spirit. Marking a new era for this famed property, the 223 revamped guest rooms and suites will provide upscale amenities, as well as waterside or sweeping cityscape views.

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152-room Hyatt Place hotel marks the brand’s entry into Brazil

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Hyatt Place São José do Rio Preto has opene, marking the first Hyatt Place hotel to open in Brazil. Practical design aligned with comfort and technology are the leading characteristics of the new Hyatt Place hotel illustrating the success of Hyatt’s select service brand as it continues to create value for guests and owners worldwide. Hyatt, in joint venture with Elandis, intends to open multiple Hyatt Place hotels in Brazil.The Hyatt Place brand is rooted in extensive consumer insights indicating that guests seek stylish, comfortable, seamless experiences that accommodate their lifestyles and familiar routines. To embody this, the brand offers casual hospitality and purposeful services in a smartly designed, high-tech and contemporary environmendt.

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Deutsche Hospitality to open 20 hotels in India over the next 15 years

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Deutsche Hospitality is very ambitious concerning the Indian market. In a recent interview, Puneet Chhatwal, CEO of Steigenberger Hotels AG says, “We are very ambitious concerning our growth in the Indian market. In fact, we are already present there as partner in the joint venture “MBD Steigenberger”, which is currently in process of being registered under Indian company law. Together with our Indian partner MBD group, India’s largest education and leading hospitality company, we are planning to open at least 20 hotels in India over the next 15 years. The first hotel will be in Bangalore.”

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Carlson signs Radisson Red in Kuala Lumpur

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Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has announced at HICAP (Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific), the signing of Radisson RED Kuala Lumpur City Center in Malaysia with Masteron Sdn Bhd. The 166-room new build hotel is strategically located 800 meters from the iconic Petronas Twin Towers and is expected to open in 2022. With this signing, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group will introduce Radisson RED, an ageless millennial mindset brand, to the Malaysian market. The new property will be situated on the edge of Kuala Lumpur’s Golden Triangle, an area undergoing rapid transformation, and will respond to the growing demand for new lifestyle select hospitality experiences in the city.

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Hyatt to launch ‘World of Hyatt’, brand’s new global loyalty program

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Hyatt Hotels Corporation unveils ‘World of Hyatt’, Hyatt’s new global loyalty program, which will launch on March 1, 2017. World of Hyatt is about building community and engaging with high-end travellers. “At Hyatt, we are in the business of caring for people so they can be their best,” said Mark Hoplamazian, president and chief executive officer, Hyatt Hotels Corporation. “Inspired by our purpose, World of Hyatt is about celebrating our members by understanding the people, places and experiences at the heart of their world. The more we understand them, the better we can care for them and design unique experiences with them in mind.” Among the many guest-driven benefits for World of Hyatt members: 1. Base Points count toward tier status, including Base Points earned for dining and spa experiences. 2. Free night award for staying at five different Hyatt brands. 3. Confirmed suite upgrades at the time of booking for qualifying elite members.

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Marriott unveils its first property in East India with JW Marriott Hotel Kolkata

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JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts continues to expand its luxury portfolio with the opening of its eighth hotel in India, JW Marriott Hotel Kolkata. The first hotel in Kolkata & East India by Marriott International, the property towers over JBS Haldane Avenue and is located in the heart of the city, minutes from the old central business district. The hotel will feature an elevated guest experience with exceptional comforts and personalised service, housed within a warm environment designed to reflect the spirit of the ‘City of Joy’, Kolkata. Comprising 281 spacious rooms, modern meeting and conference facilities, as well as a host of dining experiences, JW Marriott Hotel Kolkata is a contemporary landmark of true luxury, delivered with passion, tradition and world-renowned JW Marriott hospitality. Boasting the largest ballroom in the city, the hotel is the destination of choice for weddings, corporate events and social gatherings. In a first for the city, the hotel features a unique bridal room, offering brides an exclusive, private space available for pre-wedding preparations. In addition to 38,370 square feet of indoor and outdoor event spaces measuring, the hotel offers five intimate studios for meetings, each one equipped with cutting-edge facilities. As part of the hotel’s commitment to the latest technology, the hotel is home to India’s largest in-built video wall measuring 32 feet x 18 feet and comprising 64 LED panels.

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