Marriott expands luxury brands

December 13, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, Hospitality, News

BETHESDA, USA, 13 December 2017: Marriott International will open  more luxury hotels in 2018 as the company continues to expand its eight distinct luxury brands.

Marriott International’s luxury brands include world-renowned hospitality hallmarks: Ritz-Carlton; Ritz-Carlton Reserve; St. Regis; W Hotels; The Luxury Collection; EDITION and JW Marriott.

With hotels and resorts in 60 countries today, Marriott International is set to expand its luxury footprint with 200 hotels in the development pipeline, representing 25 new countries, from Iceland and Nepal to Cuba and the Philippines. Read more

Festive season celebrations

BANGKOK, 12 December 2017: Rembrandt Hotel presents its festive season calendar that feature special dining experiences in four award-winning restaurants.

On offer are party venues and fixed-price festive promotions from 24 December to 1 January 2018.

The four restaurant venues: Read more

Catalan crisis cuts hotel bookings

December 8, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, Hospitality, News

MADRID, 8 December 2017: Hotel reservations in Barcelona are down by 10% in the first quarter of 2018 over the same time last year due to Catalonia’s separatist crisis, which could lead to job losses in the sector, industry lobby group Exceltur said earlier this week.

If the trend continues “tourism company heads may have to start adjusting the number of their employees to adapt to lower levels of demand,” Exceltur — which groups Spain’s major hotel chains and tour operators — said in a statement.

Hotels expect they would have to reduce their staff by an average of 8.2%, while car rental firms predict they would shrink their payrolls by about 5%, it added. Read more

Meeting costs rise in 2018

December 8, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, MICE, TRENDING

BANGKOK , 8 December 2017:  The overall cost per attendee per day for meetings and events, worldwide, increased in 2017 and is expected to continue rising next year, according to the 2018 Meetings and Events Future Trends report.

Released  by CWT Meetings & Events (CWT M&E), a division of global travel management company, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, the report shows regional differences and cost projections as well as the latest industry trends and top destinations.

“Costs are rising in key M&E markets, globally,” said, CWT M&E senior vice president and global head, Cindy Fisher. “With a 3.7% increase in hotels and 3.5% rise in air fares projected for the coming year, that trend is likely to continue.” Read more

Wyndham wins Lombok project

December 7, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, Indonesia, News

LOMBOK, 7 December 2017: Wyndham Hotel Group takes its brand to Indonesia’s  Lombok Island with a scheduled opening in mid-2018.

The all-suite Wyndham Lombok Sundancer Resort is owned by PT Wisata Bahagia Indonesia.

It awarded the management contract to PT Wyndham Hotel Management, an Indonesian subsidiary of Wyndham Hotel Group. Read more

Dubai set for second Raffles

December 7, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, Middle east, News

CANNES, France,7 December 2017: AccorHotels signed a management agreement with Dubai-based master developer, Nakheel, to brand a new-build hotel in Dubai as  a Raffles Hotels & Resorts.

The signing ceremony was held, earlier this week,  at the International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM) in Cannes.

Nakheel is developing PALM360, a twin-tower development on the world famous Palm Jumeirah. It will feature the Raffles The Palm Dubai Hotel and Raffles Residences PALM360. Read more

Cosi targets the smartphone traveller

December 6, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, Thailand

SAMUI, Thailand 6 December 2017: The new COSI Hotel on Samui island is now officially opened and welcoming tech savvy travellers.

It is as different from a traditional hotel as the latest smartphone is from mobile phones of the 90s. Centara says its newest brand is a total rethink of what a hotel should be for the new generation of connected, freedom loving, anti price-frill travellers.

The result is an affordable lifestyle hub set in the middle of shopping, dining   and entertainment scene in the heart of Chaweng Beach. Read more

IHG expands brands in South Korea

December 1, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News

SINGAPORE, 1 December 2017: InterContinental Hotels Group will open a new 300-room Holiday Inn Express hotel in Seoul, South Korea in 2018.

JEJUair, is developing the hotel as part of Hongdae’s largest mixed-use complex, featuring a retail mall, dining options and an office tower.

IHG was given the management contract for the hotel component. Read more

Royal Cliff wins two awards

November 29, 2017 by  
Filed under Lens Lines, Thailand, Your Stories

PATTAYA, 29 November 2017: The Royal Cliff Hotels Group has gained recognition for its hospitality excellence by adding two prestigious Haute Grandeur Global Hotel Awards.

The awards cover two categories – Best Luxury Hotel in Thailand and Best Convention Hotel in Asia.

Recognized as the world’s leading awards initiative, the Haute Grandeur Awards is synonymous with status, acclaim and luxury. Read more

Centara plots expansion

November 28, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, Thailand

BANGKOK 27th November 2017: Thailand-based Centara Hotels and Resorts released details of a business plan that calls for the group to double revenue through inventory expansion over five years.

Centara identified three expansion strategies, Monday, starting with the group adding hotels and resorts through a combination of investments and management agreements.

It aims to be more prominent in Southeast Asia, the Indian Ocean and Middle East, but will also expand its footprint in East Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean. Read more

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