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5th Global Hospitality Conclave to be held on January 6, at The Leela Ambience Gurugram

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The National Capital Region is all set to witness yet another dynamic event in hospitality, the 5th Global Hospitality Conclave. Global Hospitality Conclave (GHC) is one of the finest platforms in the industry to share and gain knowledge and an enviable opportunity to network with the best in business. Now in its fifth edition, Global Hospitality Conclave 2018 will be held on January 6, 2018 at The Leela Ambience Gurgaon. The conclave, an independent initiative by the alumni of the erstwhile Oberoi School of Hotel Management (OSHM), now The Oberoi Centre for Learning & Development (OCLD), brings together a host of industry leaders to discuss the trends and developments in the hospitality, travel & aviation industry. This upcoming edition of GHC will see the participation of Pramod Bhasin, Vice Chairman Emeritus, Genpact; Jan Tissera, President Travel Click; Ajay Singh, Chairman & Managing Director, Spice Jet; Puneet Chhatwal – Managing Director & CEO Indian Hotels and Shyam Saran, Indian career diplomat, IFS as keynote speakers. Further, there will be panel discussions on topics such as Disruptive Innovation with Kaushik Dasgupta, Google, Aman Nath, Neemrana Hotels, and Vijay Shekhar Sharma Pay TM; Tourism Trends with Jamshyd Sethna, Banyan, Manoj Adlakha, CEO American Express, Deep Kalra, Chairman, Make My Trip and Mandeep Soin, Adventure Travel Expert and a session themed Young Turks with young achievers such as Advaita Kala, Author and Kainaaz Messman, Founder- Theobroma. The Conclave seeks to touch upon trends and opportunities in the hospitality, travel and aviation landscape of the country and the world, as well as, discuss priorities to arrive at all potential gateways and drivers of growth in the coming years. Organized annually, the Global Hospitality Conclave sees …

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Sunjae Sharma is the new Vice President, Operations – India, Hyatt

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Hyatt hotels in India has announced the appointment of Sunjae Sharma as Vice President of Operations for India. A seasoned hospitality professional, Sharma will lead Hyatt’s India operations and will be responsible for executing the company’s operational and growth strategy in his new role. He will assume his new position at Hyatt’s Gurgaon headquarters effective December 15, 2017, and will report to Peter Fulton, Group President, Europe, Africa, Middle East and Southwest Asia for Hyatt. Commenting on the appointment, Peter Fulton said, “Sunjae has been an integral part of Hyatt’s 34-year journey in India. His leadership skills, business acumen, industry foresight, and strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders speak volumes about his professional capabilities. He has been with Hyatt for over a decade, and we believe that with his operational skills and vision he is the ideal choice to lead Hyatt’s quest to be the most preferred hotel brand in India.” “I am looking forward to this role in these exciting times for Hyatt globally and in India, as we celebrate 60 spectacular years in 2017. I have been very fortunate to grow within an organisation whose purpose is to “care for people so that they can be their best”; and one that has been my second home for more than a decade. As I take on this wonderful opportunity, I look forward to making a difference and growing with intent towards an exciting future for Hyatt in India” said Sharma. Prior to being appointed vice president of operations for India, Sharma was the Area Vice President for South & West India and General Manager of Grand Hyatt Mumbai, where he oversaw the strategic and financial performance of 16 …

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Indian Accent opens in London

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After two successful outposts in New Delhi and New York, Indian Accent is now open in London. Restaurateur Rohit Khattar (Chairman, Old World Hospitality), “We are delighted to bring Indian Accent to London. After a successful run of our other restaurant, “Chor Bizarre” for 20 years at the same location, we hope London embraces Indian Accent with the same warmth.” Indian Accent offers an inventive approach to Indian cuisine. The New Delhi branch is the only restaurant from India on the World’s 50 Best list the past 3 years, and was also awarded the San Pellegrino Best Restaurant in India on Asia’s 50 Best List for each of those years. In 2017, Trip Advisor has rated Indian Accent No. 1 in India (an honour it has held for the past 4 years), No. 2 in Asia and No. 19 in the World. It’s New York location was ranked amongst the best new restaurants of 2016 by several publications, including Zagat, Eater, Time Out; and is currently among the top 5 restaurants in the city on TripAdvisor. Chef Manish Mehrotra reinterprets nostalgic Indian dishes with openness towards global techniques and influences. Dishes such as soy keema, quail egg and lime leaf butter pao; and kashmiri morels, walnut powder, parmesan papad, will excite the adventurous while satisfying traditional palates. Mehrotra highlights rarely seen Indian foods such as makhan malai, a medieval dish made of aerated milk infused with saffron; and playful presentations such as the ghee roast lamb with roomali roti pancakes, inspired by the format for Peking duck. The London location will also feature local produce and creative spins on British classics such as black pudding, stuffed here inside kulcha flatbreads. …

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Four Seasons Hotel Tunis opens with 203 rooms

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Just a short drive from the ancient Roman ruins of Carthage and the traditional village of Sidi Bou Said, a sanctuary of modern luxury and style has opened its doors on the Mediterranean shore of the capital: Four Seasons Hotel Tunis. “We are delighted to greet our first guests at Four Seasons Hotel Tunis,” says General Manager Ahmed Khalaf. “Already there has been great interest among our Gammarth neighbours and inquiries from around the world, and now I join my team in their excitement to show off our new Hotel, and invite guests to explore the ancient wonders of Tunisia, and the wonderful seaside lifestyle of the city.” Contemporary Arabesque architecture and design details including mashrabiya latticework screens reflect both the Hotel’s proximity to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and its easy access to the city. Spilling down toward the sea is a palatial complex of white buildings connected via arched walkways and surrounded by pools, fountains and gardens beneath swaying palms before giving way to a sandy beach edging the Mediterranean beneath a bright blue sky. Public areas are designed in an open concept to capture gentle sea breezes, while guest rooms and suites open to either garden or sea views. Be among the first to experience the new Four Seasons Hotel Tunis: An Introductory Offer featuring 20 percent savings on all room categories is available through March 2018, while the Stay Longer promotion invites business travellers and weekenders to enjoy an extra day in Tunis with complements of Four Seasons when booking two consecutive paid nights in a suite. Luxurious Accommodations While the 550 square metre (5,920 square foot) Presidential Suite with its enormous tiered terrace featuring a …

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Voronezh Marriott Hotel, Russia, opens with 221 rooms

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Marriott Hotels has debuted in Voronezh with the opening of Voronezh Marriott Hotel. Situated in the south of Russia on the Voronezh River, the city is recognised as an important centre of culture, science and industry in the region. This latest opening strengthens Marriott’s portfolio across the country and promises to enhance Voronezh’s hospitality scene.“The opening of Voronezh Marriott Hotel highlights our commitment to developing our portfolio in Russia,” said John Licence, VP Premium & Select Brands Europe at Marriott International. “Marriott Hotels is committed to evolving travel through every aspect of the guest’s stay and with this stunning new hotel we look forward to helping travellers explore this thriving destination.” Located in the centre of Voronezh just a short walk away from cultural attractions, Voronezh Marriott Hotel offers 221 stylish guestrooms characterised by warm hues and natural materials that create a modern and inviting environment for guests. For those staying in executive rooms and suites, the signature M Club Lounge is an exclusive space to enjoy complimentary breakfast, drinks and snacks throughout the day. The hotel features an extensive range of restaurant and bar options, including Grill & Grain, which serves the finest dry-aged beef and seafood, paired with an impressive selection of single malt whisky and wines. Olea is a casual all-day-dining Mediterranean restaurant serving local seasonal produce and pizza straight from the wood fired oven, while Avenue 38 offers coffee and pastries in the morning, transforming into the perfect space for a social gathering by night with spectacular views of downtown Voronezh. Situated on the eighth floor, overlooking the city skyline, the hotel’s conference and meeting facilities offer spaces suitable for a range of events. With a …

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Anantara Maraú Bahia Resort, Brazil, to open with 30 rooms

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Offering an exciting new gateway to South America, Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas will soon debut its authentic luxury in Brazil with the opening of Anantara Maraú Bahia Resort in mid 2018. Poised to be a flagship hideaway, Anantara Maraú Bahia Resort will boast a breathtaking beach setting next to the Bay of Camamu on the Maraú Peninsula in Bahia, along a stunning stretch of Atlantic coastline. Proudly showcasing the country’s rich cultural and ethnic diversity, Bahia in northeast Brazil is renowned for its remarkable blend of African, indigenous and European influences. Bringing five-star luxury with a sense of adventure to this extraordinary destination, guests of Anantara Maraú will be able to arrive in style, jetting in by airplane to the resort’s private landing strip. Lush forest surrounds create a natural haven of tranquillity. Sun worshippers can bask in a year-round tropical climate, with pleasant temperatures ranging from 23°C to 32°C. Celebrating Bahia’s ecotourism, the resort’s natural design and thatched roofing blends seamlessly with exotically landscaped gardens. Extensive manicured lawns are dotted with swaying palm trees, flowing on to a pristine beach of soft white sands. Luxurious accommodation in harmony with nature will envelop guests in Anantara’s luxurious comforts and signature amenities, initially with a choice of 30 guest rooms, suites and bungalows, which will be followed by the resort’s expansion bringing additional new suites and bungalows in exceptional beachfront and garden settings, some featuring a private pool. World-class resort facilities will tantalise and inspire. Guests can refresh with cool dips in the expansive swimming pool and relax on elegant loungers set out on the central pool island. Those with energy to burn can work out in the gym, play …

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Radisson RED opens in Miraflores, Peru, with 110 rooms

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Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has announced the signing of a new Radisson RED in Miraflores, Peru. The new-build hotel will offer 110 rooms and is expected to break ground early 2018 with plans to open mid-2019. Radisson RED Miraflores will be located between Calle Bolivar and Calle Alcanflores in the heart of Miraflores, a district of the Lima Province, which is known for its upscale shopping and beautiful coastline. “We are thrilled to announce our first Radisson RED in Peru and further expand the brand in Latin America,” said Ken Greene, president, Americas, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. “The philosophy of this lifestyle select brand is to inspire people through local art, music and fashion and Miraflores is a fantastic fit with a vibrancy that aligns perfectly with RED’s brand DNA.” Radisson RED appeals to guests who have an ageless millennial mindset. The hotel’s design will build flow between spaces, breaking down walls that separate areas such as the lobby, restaurants, bars and meeting spaces. The layout instead creates one integrated, flowing ‘social hive’. Unlike traditional hotels, RED doesn’t have a front desk and uses technology to simplify each guest’s experience.

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IHG opens fourth Holiday Inn Express in Bangkok with 206 rooms

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InterContinental Hotels Group has launched its fourth Holiday Inn Express hotel in Bangkok, Thailand, with the opening of Holiday Inn Express Bangkok Soi Soonvijai. Guests at the 206-room hotel can enjoy a great night’s sleep, surrounded by the capital’s best medical, business and lifestyle offerings from today. Ensuring unparalleled convenience for medical tourists, Holiday Inn Express Bangkok Soi Soonvijai is just a two-minute walk away from Bangkok Hospital and a short trip to Piyavate Hospital and Rama 9 Hospital. With its convenient location along Soi Soonvijai, which connects to Bangkok’s major roads, business travellers can enjoy a fuss-free commute to the main city centre and central business district a stone’s throw away. Those on holiday can take a leisurely stroll to some of the city’s best malls for shopping, entertainment and dining options, including SHOW DC, Central Rama 9, Terminal 21 and EmQuartier. Commenting on the opening, Clarence Tan, Chief Operating Officer, South East Asia & Korea, IHG said: “Holiday Inn Express is one of our fastest-growing hotel brands. This is fuelled by a rising demand from self-sufficient travellers seeking an engaging place to rest, recharge – and get work done. We’re excited to expand our select service offering in Bangkok, one of the world’s most visited cities, with the opening of our fourth Holiday Inn Express.” As with the over 2,500 Holiday Inn Express hotels around the world, guests can expect everything they need and nothing they don’t when they stay at Holiday Inn Express Bangkok Soi Soonvijai. Equipped with a function room for guests to host meetings, a self-service business centre, a zen rooftop garden where guests can relax and unwind and laundry facilities for everyday needs, the …

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Minor Hotels announces Anantara Sharjah Resort with 233 rooms

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Minor Hotels has signed a management agreement with Basma Group and ARADA for a new Anantara resort in Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. Scheduled to open in mid-2020, the 233-key Anantara Sharjah Resort will be located on a prime beachfront location in Sharjah, approximately 30 minutes’ drive from Dubai International Airport and 15 minutes’ drive from Sharjah International Airport. The new-build resort will offer a selection of accommodation options including Deluxe Rooms and Luxury Suites. Facilities will include multiple dining options with a specialty restaurant located on a pier, a male and female spa and wellness centre, a kids’ club, a swimming pool and a ballroom able to accommodate up to 540 guests for a banquet. Basma Group and ARADA will be the joint owners of the hotel, with the latter playing a developer management role in the delivery of the property. Both companies are headquartered in Sharjah, under the chairmanship of HE Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi. The third-largest emirate in the UAE, Sharjah is an established tourism destination which is growing significantly in popularity. Home to great beaches, it is well known for its commitment to art, culture and preserving the local heritage, with an impressive selection of museums, art galleries and beautifully restored traditional areas. The Sharjah tourism authority is continuing to enhance the tourism and hotel industries, with the Emirate having adopted a long-term development strategy aimed at diversification of the economy and becoming a cultural and leisure centre for the region. Sharjah International Airport accommodates a number of international carriers as well as regional airlines and is the official hub of Air Arabia, the Middle East’s first low-cost carrier. Anantara Hotels, Resorts & …

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