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HPMF Convention and Awards to begin from October 25


HPMF will be celebrating its 8th Anniversary along with the Convention and Awards from 25th October 2018 to 27th October 2018 at The Gateway Hotel Ganges Varanasi. Known to be hugely successful and fascinating event, the HPMF fraternity pulls out all stops to put up an event worthy of their large fraternity. The ceremony last year was the talk of the country, with over 250 members and over 50 suppliers, media persons and other members of the corporate world gracing the occasion. The show was absolutely royal, leading to speculation that this year would be even more spectacular. The delegates will explore the life along the holy Ganges River, experience the holiest, the oldest and by far one of the most fascinating destinations in the world. Visit through the narrow, hundreds-year-old lanes & alleys and along the dozens of ancient ghats that line the Ganges River. They will soak in the soulful music emanating from the holy temples and the ghats which will soothe their senses with a 3 day event at the majestic The Gateway Hotel Ganges Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.

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The Fern Residency, Parbhani, Maharashtra, opens with 35 rooms

Fern Parbhani Exterior

The Fern Hotels & Resorts has announced the opening of The Fern Residency, Parbhani, Maharashtra. The hotel is located in the MIDC area of the city. The 35-room hotel is a mid-scale property best suited for the needs of the business traveler. Facilities enjoyed by the guest include in room tea and coffee maker, mineral water, digital in-room safe, satellite tv, etc. The hotel also boasts of a swimming pool and various eating, and banqueting options. The dining options comprise of Cilantro, multi-cuisine restaurant which serves food between 7 am to 11 pm. One can enjoy cocktails and mocktails by the poolside Bar along with variety of starters and finger foods. Commenting on the opening of the hotel, the COO of the hotel, Suhail Kannampilly said, “The Fern Residency, Parbhani, will provide the best hospitality in this rapidly growing city. This is our 56th hotel, which we have opened in Maharashtra. We have a sizable presence in the state and we are keen to increase the number of hotels in the state. ”

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IHG relaunches Regent Hotels & Resorts brand and signs first property since acquisition


InterContinental Hotels Group has announced a signing for its Regent Hotels & Resorts brand in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, alongside its relaunch of the brand that set the standard for luxury hotels. IHG announced the acquisition of a majority stake in Regent Hotels & Resorts in March, bringing the much-loved brand into the top end of its portfolio, and increasing IHG’s presence in a fast-growing luxury segment worth $60bn. IHG has worked quickly to combine its expertise in luxury with Regent’s deep heritage and revered legacy, and through consumer research and feedback from owners and industry experts, has evolved the brand to appeal to the modern luxury traveller. Regent’s new positioning has been created to deliver on a bold ambition – to become world-renowned for new luxury and celebrated for bold new ideas. The relaunched brand comes complete with new brand hallmarks and design philosophy, a specially created service style, and a striking visual identity. Keith Barr, Chief Executive Officer, IHG, commented: “I’m delighted that we’re announcing the first signing for our Regent brand today. I’m confident that our impressive new positioning and brand identity will allow us to continue to take the brand to the world’s best destinations and help position Regent as a real leader within luxury hospitality. “We are already one of the world leaders in luxury with our InterContinental Hotels & Resorts brand, and alongside Regent and Kimpton, we have significant potential to expand our global footprint in the fast-growing luxury segment.” Steven Pan, Executive Chairman, Formosa International Hotels Corporation says: “IHG shares our vision for the Regent brand. It’s been four months since IHG acquired a majority share in Regent Hotels & Resorts and we have …

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Radisson Hotel Group signs two hotels in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia


Radisson Hospitality AB, part of Radisson Hotel Group has announced the signing of two hotels in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: the Radisson Blu Hotel, Riyadh Al Qurtuba and the Radisson Hotel, Qurayat. The signings take the group’s portfolio in Saudi Arabia to 41 hotels and more than 10,000 rooms in operation and under development. Both hotels are scheduled to open in 2020. Elie Younes, Executive Vice President & Chief Development Officer, Radisson Hotel Group, said: “We’re delighted to continue to grow our presence in Saudi Arabia and demonstrate our commitment towards the tourism sector in the Kingdom. Saudi Arabia remains a key market for the Group and we continue to execute our strategy, developing quality hotels not only in the commercial hubs of Riyadh and Jeddah and the Holy City of Makkah, but also in second-tier cities where we’re supporting the needs of business and leisure travelers. Our upper upscale Radisson Blu brand is well established across the Kingdom, with 25 Radisson Blu hotels and more than 5,300 rooms in operation and under development. We’re also pleased to introduce our new upscale Radisson brand to the Kingdom, underpinning our continued support for ‘Vision 2030’.” Radisson Blu Hotel, Riyadh Al Qurtuba The Radisson Blu Hotel, Riyadh Al Qurtuba will be part of the new upscale Al Jadah mixed-use development. The hotel will be conveniently located close to Riyadh city center – with direct accessibility to the road that links the city center and the international airport, which is just 12 km away. The hotel will feature 103 rooms and suites,and 16 villas. Dining options will include an international restaurant and a business lounge for corporate travelers. The flexible meeting room …

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IHG debuts in Udaipur with signing of Holiday Inn Udaipur Urban Square


InterContinental Hotels Group, has signed a management agreement with Bhumika Enterprises for Holiday Inn Udaipur Urban Square. The 195-room hotel will be the first Holiday Inn hotel in the city and is expected to be operational by 2022. The signing also marks IHG’s entry in Udaipur, a city that is increasingly becoming a hotspot for travellers. Boasting of an excellent location, Holiday Inn Udaipur Urban Square will be an integral part of the upcoming “Urban Square”, an integrated hospitality, retail and family entertainment destination spread over 1.8 Million square feet (approx.). ‘Urban Square’ is one of the largest malls in Rajasthan and features a multiplex, a food court and other F&B options, along with leading international and national retail brand outlets. The development also features large banqueting and conferencing facilities, top commercial office spaces and commercial studio suites. Providing convenient access to guests, the hotel will be a 30-minute drive from the Maharana Pratap Airport and a 7-minute drive from the city centre. Additionally, located on NH8, the hotel on opening will benefit from excellent visibility and frontage along the six lane roads connecting Ahmedabad, Udaipur, Jaipur and Nathdwara, a popular religious destination. In addition to the well-designed, fully equipped guest rooms, Holiday Inn Udaipur Urban Square will feature 12,000 sq ft of sizeable meeting space including a 10,000 sq ft ballroom to accommodate 800 – 1000 people, and will be well placed to meet the rapidly growing business from the MICE and destination weddings segment. Additionally, the hotel will feature an all-day dining restaurant, a specialty cuisine restaurant and a bar, providing guests with an array of dining options to choose from. Holiday Inn Udaipur at Urban Square will …

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Radisson Red Hotel to open in Noida with 350 rooms

Radisson RED Noida Expressway_Media Usage

Radisson Hotel Group has recently signed on management rights for a new Radisson RED hotel at a marquee location in Noida. With 350 keys, positioned strategically adjoining Noida expressway. “We are glad to partner Bayaweaver for managing this hotel which will give the brand unrivalled exposure in the Indian market due to its strategic location. Noida, with its burgeoning savvy and sociable audience, provides an ideal market for Radisson RED. With its vibrant and stylish design, Radisson RED will attract a significant number of domestic and international business travelers, especially those seeking a refreshing new way to work, stay and play,” commented Raj Rana, Chief Executive Officer, South Asia, ‎Radisson Hotel Group. The contemporary upscale hotel will feature 350 stylish guest rooms across 38 floors, all offering complete comfort and cutting-edge technology for a vibrant and stylish stay. The hotel will have an all-day dining restaurant, swimming pool and fitness center. Guests will be able to come together, share their stories, or catch up with their emails and social media in the hotel’s communal hangouts. The broader project development will feature a collection of F&B outlets. “Radisson RED fits perfectly with the vision we have for ‘Oh My God’. With its extremely prime location accentuated by a unique design, the project will house a retail mall, 800 luxurious studio apartments, F&B and commercial space in addition to the marquee 350-keys Radisson RED hotel. The project is a forward-thinking blend of products and services that will amalgamate into a lifestyle statement. We are excited to partner with Radisson Hotel Group to introduce Radisson RED into the hospitality segment in Noida; and are confident that guests will love this fun and stylish …

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Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel & Convention Center launches largest facility in a 5-star hotel


Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel & Convention Center has announced the launch of the largest convention centre in a 5-star hotel. The convention centre is a monumental venue with the largest pre-function area in the city. Equipped with state-of-the-art audio-visual facilities and located in the multinational IT hub of Bengaluru, the Convention Center promises to be defining element for any occasion – be it a corporate event, an elaborate wedding or a party. Sharing his views on the much-awaited launch the General Manager, Faiz Alam Ansari said “The hotel is elated to announce the opening of the grandest Convention Center in the city. The dynamic venue is the first of its kind in a 5-star hotel and a benchmark as the ideal MICE space. MICE contributes significantly to the year on year growth in our hospitality portfolio, therefore the launch will greatly add value and generate revenue for the property.” As a primarily business- oriented hotel, the Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel & Convention Center has a convention space which is designed to host a meeting capacity of up to 2000 people spread over 2,602 square meters and structured with a ceiling height of 50 feet. It is integrated with an ultra-modern audio-visual facility and technical specs such as the 13000 ANSI Lumens Projectors as well as an in-built stage. Convention centers are becoming a vital element for every hotel design, which are addressing the increasing demand for MICE venues. Since the MICE segment is growing rapidly, the facility of a Convention center becomes a necessity and not a luxury for hotels. The centers offer special conference packages and various F&B options to entice the MICE segment. Today, one of …

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Hyatt Hotels to acquire Two Roads Hospitality

Terranea, A Destination Hotel, Palos Verdes, CA, USA

Hyatt Hotels has announced an agreement to acquire Two Roads Hospitality, an international lifestyle hotel management company. Through the addition of Two Roads, its established lifestyle brands and the management agreements for the majority of its 85 properties in eight countries, Hyatt will expand its brand presence into 23 new markets while enhancing its offerings in lifestyle hotel experiences and wellbeing. With Two Roads and its distinctive collection of lifestyle hotels, resorts and vacation residences, Hyatt will offer an expanded and more powerful portfolio of brands with best-in-class offerings to deliver compelling experiences and benefits for guests and World of Hyatt members, expand its relationship with valued hotel owners, and drive growth for shareholders. “Hyatt and Two Roads share a commitment to genuine care and delivering distinctive experiences to discerning travelers. We are pleased to be coming together, and are dedicated to learning from each other and taking the best of both organizations forward,” said Mark Hoplamazian, president and chief executive officer, Hyatt Hotels Corporation. “Two Roads’ passionate team members, strong brands, global footprint and robust development pipeline will expand our lifestyle offerings and grow Hyatt’s brand presence in more places where our guests and World of Hyatt members want to travel. Importantly, combining Two Roads’ meaningful brand presence and development plans in Asia with Hyatt’s already strong position in this region will allow us to accelerate expansion in this critically important and fast-growing part of the world.” The acquisition consists of a base purchase price of $480 million, with the potential for Hyatt to invest up to an additional $120 million in the aggregate, contingent on the outcome of certain terms to be individually defined after closing. The base …

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The Hospitality First Show is underway in Mumbai


The Hospitality First Show (THFS) is being held from October 3-5 in Mumbai.  The India Hotel & Leisure Show (IHLS) and the ninth edition of Restaurant & Catering Show (RECA) under The Hospitality First Show were inaugurated today at MMRDA Grounds, Bandra-Kurla Complex, Mumbai. The show was inaugurated by Pradeep Gopalan, Director, Hospitality First India. Among the attendees were Reza Kabul, a leading architect, interior designer and urban planner, as well as Khozema Chitalwala, Partner & Principal Architect, Designers Group. Addressing the participants at the inauguration, Gopalan said, “The Hospitality First Show – the last word in hospitality business fairs – will cover the full range of segments within the HORECA industry. It is a capex and consumables-focused show that will truly support the supplier ecosystem in India.”

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Three-day SIHRA Convention begins from October 4 in Madurai


South India Hotels and Restaurants Association (SIHRA) is all set to host its annual convention from October 4-6 in Madurai, Tamil Nadu. The theme chosen for this year’s convention is ‘Together for a better Tomorrow’. Through the event, SIHRA also looks at connecting all South Indian states and bringing about varied opportunities in exploring the hospitality and tourism fraternity. The inaugural ceremony will take place on October 4 at Courtyard by Marriott Madurai. Business sessions will commence on October 5 and the valedictory function has been scheduled for October 6, 2018. More than 600 delegates are expected to participate in the event, which will be inaugurated by Vellamandi N Natarajan, Minister for Tourism, Government of Tamil Nadu, in the august presence of other state ministers, including SP Velumani, Minister for Municipal Administration and Rural Development; KA Sengottaiyan, Minister for School Education; Sellur K Raju, Minister for Co-operation; RB Udhayakumar, Minister for Revenue and Disaster Management and Dindigul C Sreenivasan, Minister for Forests. “Tamil Nadu continues to hold the leading position in tourist arrivals, both domestic and international, for the fourth year in a row. I am sure that SIHRA, which has over 1100 hotel and restaurant members, is playing a major role in providing comprehensive logistic support to all our tourists. I wish them success,” says Edappadi K Palaniswami, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.

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