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Mandarin Oriental to manage Luxury Residences in Barcelona


Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced an agreement to brand and manage 34 luxurious Residences by Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona housed in a 20-storey tower, with a prime location at the intersection of Passeig de Gràcia and Avinguda Diagonal. The Residences are scheduled for completion in 2020. The spacious apartments will be designed in a contemporary styleand will provide panoramic views of the city’s landmarks. Owners will have access toa private,serviced lobby, a club lounge, a variety of meeting and entertaining spaces, fitness facilities and a luxury spa suite. A connecting footbridge will lead to an outdoor recreation deck and swimming pool. The building will also provide high-enddining options and private parking.As with all Mandarin Oriental Residencesaround the world, residents will benefit from a unique lifestyle offering the comforts of a private home combined with the legendary service of the Group. The central location of The Residences will provide owners with easy access to the city’s leisure, business and cultural attractions and is a short walk to Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona. Passeig de Gràcia is considered the city’s most exclusive retail street and is also home to some of Barcelona’s celebrated architecture, including two of Gaudi’s works: Casa Milà and Casa Batlló. The street leads directly to the city’s famous Old Town and Gothic Quarter, while Avinguda Diagonal is one of the most prestigious avenues in the heart of the city’s central business district. The project is a redevelopment of an existing office building, which is owned by KKH Property Investors: a joint venture partnership between KKH Capital Group and Perella Weinberg Real Estate Fund II LP, advised by Aermont Capital LLP. Barcelona-based architect OAB, which is the studio of eminent Catalan …

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Consul General of France in Mumbai, Yves Perrin and Madame Perrin host dinner for travel trade


An initiative of the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs in collaboration with French Embassies worldwide and Atout France – France Tourism Development Agency, the global culinary event Goût de France has gained momentum since its launch in 2015. This mega event that pays homage to France’s world renowned gastronomy – that finds place of pride on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List since 2010 – will amass a staggering 3,300 restaurants in 150 countries and five continents that will all serve French-styled menus to its patrons on March 21 this year. Each participating restaurant will donate five per cent of the proceeds of this evening towards a local NGO. As a prelude to the annual global Gout de/Good France mega culinary event that will take place on March 21, the Consul General of France in Mumbai, Yves Perrin and Madame Perrin invited travel agents to their residence for an informal networking dinner that took place on March 7. To create greater awareness about the event, the French Embassy in India in collaboration with Atout France – France Tourism Development Agency and in partnership with Air France, Rail Europe, Beaune Tourist Office and Dijon Tourist Office are organising a contest which will see a lucky winner win a holiday for two to Burgundy in France for four nights/five days in the cities of Beaune and Dijon. India has been an enthusiastic participant in this global event since its inception in 2015. This year, 63 restaurants across India will be celebrating the flavours of French cuisine on 21st March. A list of restaurants can be found online The event annually receives the formidable backing of the Embassy of France …

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Park Inn by Radisson Vilnius Airport Hotel & Business Center signed


Rezidor Hotel Group has announced the signing of the Park Inn by Radisson Vilnius Airport Hotel & Business Center. Expected to open in 2020, this 120-room hotel will be the group’s sixth hotel in operation and pipeline in Lithuania, and the fourth in the city. The group operates two Radisson Blu hotels in the city already and plans to add a Radisson RED. Radisson Hotel Group’s portfolio in the entire Baltics States rises to 18 hotels with more than 4,100 rooms. Elie Younes, Executive Vice President & Chief Development Officer, The Rezidor Hotel Group, said: “These are exciting times for Park Inn by Radisson, our upper midscale brand which is gaining fantastic momentum across Europe. It is a perfect contrasting fit for the baroque city of Vilnius. The area around Vilnius Airport is a fast-developing commercial zone, and Vilnius itself has been ranked one of Europe’s most promising cities for growing businesses that focus on innovation, technology and entrepreneurship. Demand has been increasing in the city year on year, and the Park Inn by Radisson Vilnius Airport Hotel & Business Center will showcase our commitment to making every moment matter for visitors of Lithuania.” The Park Inn by Radisson Vilnius Airport Hotel, located within the VNO Business and Retail Park, is just 300 meters from the Vilnius International Airport and 6km from the city center. According to the data collected by the Lithuanian Department of Statistics, 2017 recorded close to 2 million room nights, an increase of 3.7% over 2016. The hotel will offer its guests a variety of facilities, including a restaurant, lobby lounge and gym – as well as a 500sqm flexible meeting space. “We are pleased to …

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IHG expands luxury portfolio, acquires major stake in Regent Hotels & Resorts

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InterContinental Hotels Group has agreed to acquire a 51 per cent stake in Regent Hotels & Resorts for $39 million in cash, paid in three tranches of $13 million, the first upon the date of completion, the second in 2021, and the third in 2024. These amounts will be funded within IHG’s existing capital expenditure guidance of up to $350 million gross and $150 million net per annum, into the medium term. IHG will have the right to acquire the remaining 49 per cent interest in a phased manner from 2026. The group will bring Regent into its brand portfolio at the top end of the luxury segment and will accelerate its growth globally, supported by IHG’s powerful enterprise. The group’s intention is to grow the brand from six hotels today to over 40 hotels in key global gateway city and resort locations over the long term. The acquisition is part of one of IHG’s new strategic initiatives focused on continuing to expand its footprint in the fast-growing $60 billion luxury segment. This initiative is supported by the creation of a new dedicated division to further enhance its capabilities in this area and will be funded by IHG’s efficiency programme. IHG also announced that following an extensive refurbishment due to commence in early 2020, InterContinental Hong Kong will become a Regent Hotel in early 2021. Keith Barr, Chief Executive Officer, IHG, commented, “As one of the pioneers in defining luxury hotels both in Asia and around the world, Regent is an excellent addition to IHG’s portfolio of brands. We see a real opportunity to unlock Regent’s enormous potential and accelerate its growth globally.”

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Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island is now open


Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island – the only resort on the entire island – is the quintessential tropical escape. With the opening of its second resort paired with Four Seasons Resort Seychelles on Mahé, Four Seasons also offers the only opportunity for seamless island hopping between two luxury resorts in Seychelles. “Chances are that if you’ve gazed longingly at a stock image of a white sand beach fringed with palm trees looking out onto impossibly blue waters, that picture was taken in Seychelles,” says Edward Linsley, a world traveller who has now settled on Desroches Island as the Resort’s General Manager. “And the dream only gets better when you get here, put your toes in the sand, breathe in the clean air, swim the warm waters, trek through the jungle and finally fall into restful sleep beneath a canopy of stars. At Four Seasons, our entire mission is to create the perfect holiday for our guests, to realise all of their island fantasies and ensure that they’ll remember their stay with us for a lifetime.” Four Seasons sprawls over the southwestern portion of a 402 hectare (933 acre), sparsely populated and virtually untouched tropical paradise just 35 minutes by scenic flight from the international airport on Mahé island. Be among the first to experience this ultra-private island experience: For a limited time, Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island is offering a Breakfast & Dinner included package, and the full-board Paradise Escape offer. Adventures On-Site and Around the Island The first stop on any day of adventure, the Castaway Centre is headquarters for water sports including scuba diving, stand-up paddleboarding and ocean fishing; cycling treks through 15 kilometres …

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FSSAI’s FOSTAC gains traction with HRAWI’s initiative

HRAWI's Master Trainer Certification Programme in Raipur

The Hotel and Restaurant Association of Western India (HRAWI) which has collaborated with the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) to educate and equip hotels and restaurants with food safety and security standards has gained tremendous success over the last one year. As part of the Food Safety Training & Certification (FoSTaC) programme, the association organizes certification and training programmes where Subject matter experts from FSSAI counsel and guide representatives of hotels and restaurants through a series of conclaves held at various locations across the western region. In the month of February 2018 alone the Association trained and certified 111 personnel in Food Safety Supervisor in Advance catering and 35 in Master Trainer Certification Programme. Food Safety Supervisor Trainings in Advance Catering were conducted in Mumbai on the 1st, 7th and 28th February while the Master Trainer Certification Programme was conducted in Raipur, Chhattisgarh on 9th February, 2018. The association will continue to conduct the certification programmes across the western region. “We are pleased with the kind of success the initiative has received. The aim has been to make as many FBOs compliant and ready well before requisites becomes a mandate. More than being compliant, food safety must be a priority for any enterprise conducting business in this domain. A large section of hoteliers and restaurateurs understand this and have opted to get its staff trained and certified. We will continue to hold the training and certification programmes in the future, the details of which will be announced on our official Facebook page,” says Mr Dilip Datwani, President, HRAWI.

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5,000 crore to be allocated for 12 service industry sectors, including hospitality: Suresh Prabhu


Hospitality industry is an inbuilt part of our ancient tradition of India. Recently, Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation of India, said, “We like more and more tourists to come to India and enjoy Indian hospitality as its a part of our culture. I am very happy to announce that our cabinet has approved a proposal from my ministry to put almost a billion dollar, 5,000 crores for 12 champion sectors of India’s service industry and for each sector we are preparing a comprehensive plan. One of these sectors is hospitality industry sector. Whatever gaps exists that jeopardises the growth of this sector like infrastructure etc., will be addressed with this move. I am very happy to say that our Indian hospitality industry has responded to this extremely positively. Hospitality industry’s potential in our country has not been used at all. We are capable enough to attract millions of tourists to India. Luckily, domestic tourism is growing very fast. In fact, there has been an increase of 17-20 per cent in our aviation market in the last three years. This is highest in the world. Our growth is the fastest. With the number of airports planned for the next few years, the air connectivity will rise rapidly. We are providing connectivity to Tier-II cities as well. The cost of airfare is kept less than 40 dollars. Hospitality industry will rise rapidly with this support that we are providing to our champion sectors. We are also in the process of identifying high potential tourism spots and I am working with my colleagues in the tourism ministry to ensure that those spots will get complete facilities. Now …

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Hilton Copenhagen City Centre opens with 400 rooms


Hilton has announced plans to open a new hotel in Copenhagen, following a franchise agreement with BC Hospitality Group A/S (BCHG). Hilton Copenhagen City Centre, a Hilton Hotels & Resorts property, will open in the heart of the city in 2020. “Frequently hailed as one of the world’s most liveable cities, Copenhagen is praised for its culture, global connectivity, transport system and green spaces. By 2027, Denmark is expected to attract more than 14 million international arrivals, making it one of Europe’s fastest growing travel destinations,” said Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president, development, EMEA, Hilton. “With an existing portfolio of six trading hotels across the Nordics and a further two in the pipeline, we’re pleased to be working with BCHG, Denmark’s leading hotel and exhibition space operator to introduce three new hotels.” The seven-storey Hilton Copenhagen City Centre will feature 400 guest rooms, including 44 suites. It will provide easy access to Copenhagen’s Central Station and the financial centre, as well as the Tivoli Gardens, the city’s main tourist attraction. Other popular sites close by include the Copenhagen Opera House and Christian’s Church, as well as Copenhagen’s Old Town and the National Museum of Denmark. The hotel is conveniently located eight kilometres from the city’s airport. The hotel will feature a fitness centre, executive lounge, lobby, bar and two restaurants, one of which will boast panoramic views across the Copenhagen waterfront. For corporate events and gatherings, the hotel will offer more than 600 square metres of function and meeting space. “We are really excited and looking forward to working with Hilton to bring this exciting development to life,” said Allan L. Agerholm, CEO of BCHG. “This Hilton will not only …

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Fairmont Austin opens with 1,048 rooms

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Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has announced the launch of Fairmont Austin. The hotel boasts 1,048 guestrooms,five restaurants and bars, the largest outdoor pool and full service spa in Downtown Austin, a fitness center, nearly 140,000 square feet of event space, and direct access to the Austin Convention Center via the Red River Canopy Walk. Fairmont Austin debuts as the largest Fairmont property in the United States, as well as the second largest Fairmont hotel globally, in both number of rooms and total meeting and event space. “A strategic opening for AccorHotels, Fairmont Austin is the first in a series of high-profile luxury developments marking a time of significant growth for the Group and its brands in North and Central America,” said Kevin Frid, Chief Operating Officer, North & Central America, AccorHotels. “Other notable openings anticipated in the next 18 to 24 months include the iconic Fairmont Century Plaza in Los Angeles, Sofitel Mexico Reforma in Mexico City, Fairmont Costa Canuva in Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit, Fairmont Saint Lucia at Sunset Bay in the Caribbean, and several soon-to-be-announced projects with the potential to introduce new brands into the region.” Officially the largest hotel in Austin at 1,048 rooms, 37 stories and nearly 140,000 square feet of meeting and event space, Fairmont Austin is uniquely situated in the vibrant Central Business District, amid the lush greenery of Palm Park and Waller Creek, with exclusive direct access to the Austin Convention Center via the Red River Canopy Walk. Debuting as the second tallest building in the city, the hotel adds a new dimension to the downtown skyline, with a “lighted crown” programmed with an array of color options and a 170-foot tall architectural spire …

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