Category Archives: Trends

Preferred Hotels & Resorts adds two new hotels in India

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Preferred Hotels & Resorts has added 22 new member hotels, resorts, and residences to its collection of more than 700 properties around the world including two in India- Mosaic Hotels, Mussoorie and Gokulam Grand Hotel & Spa, Bengaluru. Whether travelling for business or leisure, travellers can access exclusive member rates and earn reward points at many of these properties along with 650 others around the world through the Preferred Hotels & Resorts I Prefer Hotel Rewards program. Free to join, the program extends points redeemable towards free nights and other on-property expenditures, elite status, and other complimentary benefits to members.

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Four Seasons Hotel Bengaluru to open with 230 rooms & 110 residences by 2018 end

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Four Seasons Hotel Bengaluru will be opening with 230 rooms & 110 residences by the end of 2018. The project is strategically located between the Central Business District and the Bengaluru International Airport and comprises a 230 keys hotel, 110 branded luxury residences, more than 50,000 sq. feet of retail space and a premium office tower. Four Seasons Hotel Bengaluru will be the pivot of Embassy ONE, a destination hub of shopping, business and residences in the dynamic city of Bengaluru embodying the essence of ‘modern luxury’.

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IHG signs a portfolio deal for four Holiday Inn hotels in India

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InterContinental Hotels Group has signed a management agreement with Lotus Trans Travel to establish a four hotel portfolio under the Holiday Inn banner. Slated to open between 2020 and 2023, Holiday Inn Bodhgaya, Holiday Inn Kushinagar, Holiday Inn Gorakhpur and Holiday Inn Shravasti together will a dd over 450 rooms to IHG’s system and establish company’s presence at the Buddhist tourism circuit. As a part of the agreement, Holiday Inn hotels in Bodhgaya, Kushinagar and Shravasti will be refurbished and upgraded, to ensure the portfolio is fully representative of the Holiday Inn brand globally. Holiday Inn Gorakhpur will be will be a new build hotel. Bodhgaya in Bihar, Gorakhpur, Shravasti and Kushinagar in Uttar Pradesh are some of the main pilgrimage centres for Buddhism in India and together form a part of ‘The Buddhist Circuit’ in the country that drives a great deal of religious visitors and international travellers to these states. With this signing, IHG is uniquely positioned as the first international operator to have presence in the Buddhist Circuit of India. Commenting on the announcement, Sudeep Jain, Vice President, Development, South West Asia, IHG said, “We are excited to be collaborating with Lotus Trans Travel Private Limited, who have a strong presence and a deep market understanding of Buddhist destinations in India. This signing adds to the rapidly growing presence of our well-recognized Holiday Inn brand across the country. The Holiday Inn brand family is IHG’s growth engine in India, and this agreement is in line with our development strategy for the South West Asia region He added: The Buddhist Circuit is an important landmark for religious tourism and is being further established, as a result of the …

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First Radisson hotel in the Middle East by Q4 2019

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Radisson Hospitality has signed its first Radisson hotel in the Middle East at Dubai’s DAMAC Hills in the United Arab Emirates. The new signing is in partnership with leading Dubai-based real estate developer DAMAC Properties. Radisson Hotel Group portfolio now features 81 hotels and more than 20,000 rooms in operation and under development across the Middle East region. The new upscale, full-service brand with Scandinavian-inspired hospitality, will be situated in Damac Hills. It’s part of a new 3.9 million square-meter residential community developed by DAMAC Properties in Dubailand. The hotel will also be surrounded by parkland, and the spectacular green fairways of an 18-hole championship golf course. Elie Younes, Executive Vice President & Chief Development Officer, Radisson Hotel Group, said: “We’re delighted to enter into partnership with DAMAC Properties, one of the most prominent and respected real estate developers in the region – and we appreciate their commitment and vision to develop such an exciting project. The Radisson hotel will enable their vision to materialize.” “Dubai continues to be remarkable in its never-ending evolution. We’re further delighted to introduce our new upscale Radisson brand that delivers its own Scandinavian-inspired hospitality to the region.” added Younes. “DAMAC Hills is one of Dubai’s newest communities and is already home to more than 1,000 families, who have moved into the villas, townhouses and apartments nestled around the fairways of its championship golf course, the Trump International Club Dubai,” said Hussain Sajwani, Chairman of DAMAC. “Our partnership with Radisson Hotel Group for this unique hospitality product will cater to the ever-growing number of tourists and business travelers who visit the Emirate, while making sure hotel guests receive the world-class experience that’s synonymous with the …

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India International Hospitality Expo 2018 begins at India Expo Centre & Mart, Greater Noida

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The four-day mega congregation of hospitality, retail, baking, housekeeping and F&B industry was announced as the biggest hospitality show built on a grand vision. The inauguration, was done by Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Union Cabinet Minister of Food Processing Industry, Govt. of India. IHE 18 has got a stellar board of industry stalwarts with over 40+ years of experience in the hospitality industry. A powerful networking forum, this show will play a host to celebrated influencers such as CEOs, GMs, executive chefs, hotel-chain owners, F&B managers, HODs of engineering, housekeeping and purchase function, distributors/wholesalers, procurement managers, designers, the all-important front-line hospitality personnel’s, and many more. Harsimrat Kaur Badal says, “I am honoured to be here at the first IHE. In a country like ours, with 1.3 billion people and one of the fastest economies, there is a 600-billion dollar retail sector out of which 70 per cent is food retail, set to triple by 2020. At the rate with which the hospitality industry is expanding, this will play a pivotal role in transforming the lives of people here and will also attract the rest of the world to our country. Food processing and hospitality are the two sunrise sectors. They have the potential to put India in a global spot. Our hospitality sector, be it hotels, restaurants, cuisines or cultures, is unparalleled. Every state of India is like a mini country in itself. The sector holds a lot of untapped potential. It is this sector which will help us achieve our aim of getting one per cent of the total global tourists by 2020 and two per cent by 2025. I hope this expo takes the lead in this segment.”

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SIHRA Convention to be held in Madurai from October 4-6

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SIHRA Convention is a significant first step towards bringing together all the southern states of India, providing abundant opportunities for the growth of the hospitality industry. It works toward protecting the interests of hoteliers and restaurant owners and serves as a platform to showcase the contemporary trends, cutting edge technologies and international best practices in the rapidly growing hospitality industry. It is the single largest business and networking platform in the hospitality sector that helps brainstorm on the various policies and programs affecting the sector. It fosters innovative ideas and suggestions to take the hospitality industry to the next orbit. THEME: SIHRA- Annual Convention 2018- “Together for a better tomorrow” “Unity is Strength” The theme of the convention is very aptly chosen to be “Together for a better tomorrow”, owing to the harmonious blend of traditional and modern cultures in building the hospitality and tourism industry. SIHRA looks at connecting the all the South Indian states and brings about varied opportunities in exploring the hospitality and tourism fraternity. This convention shall bring together individuals from varied sectors and aims at interlinking the common areas of interests within the mentioned industries. The sectors concentrated upon for this year’s convention are Emerging trends, culture & culinary arts, new trends in the beverage industry, women leadership in Hospitality industry etc.

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Jean-François Ferret is the new Chief Executive Officer of Small Luxury Hotels of the World

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Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH), has announced the appointment of Jean-François Ferret as Chief Executive Officer (CEO), starting in September 2018. Based in the company’s London headquarters, Ferret will take responsibility for SLH’s international teams and will lead strategic direction of the brand’s luxury portfolio of over 500 SLH hotels in more than 80 countries. Ferret has extensive broad sector experience and most recently worked at the French association Relais & Châteaux, where he held the position of CEO for more than six years. During his tenure, he significantly increased brand awareness, international sales and developed a brand new digital platform. Before that, he was the Director General of Hertz France and prior to that, he was the Managing Director and President of Manpower France. During his 30 years of experience, he also held travel and hospitality positions as Deputy Managing Director of American Express Travel (France), Managing Director of Thomas Cook (France) , Senior Vice President of Thomas Cook (West Europe) and Chief Financial Officer of Compass Group (Europe). A graduate of ESSEC, one of the leading business schools in France, Ferret is passionate about hospitality, new technologies and multicultural management. He is fluent in French, English, German and has also studied Russian and Japanese. Besides traveling and discovering various cultures around the globe, he is a keen supporter of the arts. Jérôme Tourbier, President of the Advisory Board of Directors of Small Luxury Hotels of the World says: “I am very pleased to welcome Jean-François Ferret as CEO. His experience and talent will enable the organisation to take another step forward in developing the activities of our hotel members and to grow the SLH brand internationally. …

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General Hotel Management to open Al Bait Sharjah on September 1

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General Hotel Management has announced September 1, 2018 as the opening date of Al Bait Sharjah, a 53-key property that celebrates the heritage of Arabia and that will stand as GHM’s second property on the peninsula after the award-winning Chedi Muscat. Developed in partnership with Shurooq (the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority), Al Bait Sharjah is making its debut with a refined level of luxury, sophistication and personalised service never experienced before in the Emirate. As a critical building block in the region’s biggest restoration project, known as ‘Heart of Sharjah’, the opening of Al Bait is a keystone in the re-establishment of Sharjah as the cultural hub of the United Arab Emirates. Paying homage to traditional Sharjah architecture, the heritage resort is rooted to the restored foundations of vintage homes that once belonged to noted Emirati families. Al Bait, meaning ‘The Home’, is carefully remodelled and designed to provide world-class hospitality services and luxurious experiences to its guests, through elements that are in harmony with culture, society, history and civilisation as well as quintessential Emirati hospitality and etiquette. “GHM has taken the lead in pioneering luxury hospitality in the Emirate, while connecting the modern traveller to Sharjah’s rich storied past,” said Patrick Moukarzel, the resort’s general manager. “We eagerly look forward to welcoming guests to Al Bait for an experience comparable to no other.” Al Bait Sharjah is home to world-class gastronomy featuring Arabian and multi-cuisine restaurants as well as The Café where diners discover the only remaining circular wind tower in the UAE, while sipping Arabic coffee and indulging in authentic European pastries or traditional Emirate desserts. The Turkish-inspired Ice Cream Shop brings a characteristic charm, and flavours …

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Sherwood Suites Saigon gives families room to maneuver

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Sherwood Suites, one of the newest apartment-only properties in Ho Chi Minh City is positioned as a family favorite due to its spacious suites, child-friendly facilities and convenient location just next to the busy central district. Travelling to Vietnam’s southern hub with a family is becoming an increasingly popular option. According to Sherwood Suites GM, Janet Fitzner, “Rooms in even the finest hotels in the city are often too small to fit multiple people comfortably, while the option of reserving an adjoining room only adds to the costs while failing to address a sense of separation. We offer a luxurious spacious option ideally suited to families.” Ho Chi Minh City has numerous compelling attractions for adults and kids alike such as its fantastic food culture, an array of cultural sights, a general air of dynamism and charisma. It is also a logical hub for exploring Vietnam. Sherwood Suites is making it easier for families to experience these attributes in style and safety. The apartment-only arrangement at the property includes 157 suites varying from studios to one-and two-bedroom configurations and penthouses. Room sizes for the family start at a generous 81sqm and extend to 118sqm, making them perfect for families ranging between three and six persons. Other family-friendly features in the apartments, meanwhile, include fully equipped kitchens ideal for rustling up snacks and meals, a washing machine and dryer to help keep on top of laundry and a living room with dining table where the family can share dinner or kick back and watch a movie or a show on the flat screen SMART television. All rooms feature elegant furniture from renowned brand B&B Italia, mattresses by Simmons of England as …

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Radisson Hotel Group goes tech savvy in five year plan: Raj Rana

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Radisson Hotel Group has embarked on a five year plan which is focused around technology where the brand is investing in technology to drive the top-line of its hotels. Also, to make sure the new loyalty name, Radisson Rewards is well accepted by the guests. Raj Rana, CEO, South Asia, Radisson Hotel Group, says, “We are steadily growing, adding 7-9 hotels each year and signing 14-15 hotels. As the Udan Scheme takes off and as the infrastructure grows, especially road connectivity, we look forward to add more hotels on leisure as well as business front.”

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