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Creed Court - site of a new hotel in London

Dominvs Group granted planning consent for Hotel in St Paul’s, London

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Dominvs Group has been granted planning consent from the City of London Corporation for an 82,500-sq-ft hotel on Ludgate Hill located in close proximity to St Paul’s Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Dominvs will develop and operate the hotel under a yet to be announced brand. The luxury hotel will offer guest bedrooms across six floors, with some offering uninterrupted views of St. Paul’s Cathedral. There will be a restaurant and spa, both of which will welcome hotel guests as well as local visitors and residents to enjoy a meal or treatment. Consent also includes the retention of an existing retail unit on the ground floor.

The scheme lies in the St Paul’s Cathedral conservation area and has been designed to a BREEAM Excellent level, representing the highest possible environmental and sustainability standards. The façade of Creed Court will be retained and existing buildings on the site will be demolished, followed by the construction of a new part-five and part-seven storey building with three basement levels.

In recommending the scheme for approval, Planning Officers stated that the proposed building would “preserve the character and appearance of the St Paul’s conservation area” and that the design would “minimise the potential impact on nearby residential occupiers in relation to privacy, overlooking, noise, daylight and sunlight”.

Preet Ahluwalia, on behalf of Dominvs Group and the Ahluwalia family, commented: “We are immensely grateful for the hard work that has gone into this proposal by the design team, planning consultants and the local council. That the final scheme has been deemed a valuable addition to the historic St Paul’s area is a testament to this hard work. Dominvs Group is committed to developing high-quality hotel accommodation, while remaining sensitive to the treasured London locations in which we build.”

This will be Dominvs’ second development in the capital, with work already underway on the conversion of the former Tower Bridge Magistrates Court into a luxury 200-bedroom hotel. The hotel will be in partnership with Marriott and part of the Autograph Collection. A further hotel development is planned for London on a site Dominvs acquired last year on Old Marylebone Road, Westminster.

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Minor Hotels, Nakheel join for new-build AVANI in Dubai

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Minor Hotels, currently with a portfolio of 156 hotels and resorts in 24 countries across Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Europe, South America, Africa and the Indian Ocean, has signed a management agreement with UAE master developer Nakheel for a new AVANI hotel in Dubai.

The 372-key AVANI Ibn Battuta Dubai Hotel will be developed by Nakheel and will be located adjacent to the recently-opened Ibn Battuta Metro Link, which is directly connected to Ibn Battuta Mall. The new-build 18-storey hotel will feature a pool, a spa, a gym, an all-day dining restaurant, a coffee shop and car parking.

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Launched by Minor Hotels in 2011, AVANI Hotels & Resorts is an upscale, contemporary brand appealing to millennial minded travellers who appreciate quality and value. AVANI currently has 17 properties in operation in Thailand, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Seychelles, Mozambique, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Zambia and the UAE and MH has plans to grow the brand across its global footprint.

Minor Hotels currently operates 14 properties in the Middle East across four of its brands – Anantara, AVANI, Oaks and PER AQUUM and has a further strong pipeline in the region with new properties under development in the United Arab Emirates (in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Ras Al Khaimah), Bahrain, Morocco and Tunisia.

Construction Begins on Magaluf Shopping Mall & Melia Hotels International's Newest Hotel

Construction begins on Melia Hotels International’s newest hotel

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Melia Hotels International, Calviá City Hall and the Balearic Government has begun construction of a new hotel and shopping mall in Magaluf, Mallorca, which marks the next phase in the repositioning of the destination.

Leading Spanish Hotel Group, MHI is supporting the venture by investing the largest private investment of €45 million (£37.8 million) and will oversee the creation of a new central social hub. It will further contribute towards the area’s international positioning and enhance the profitability and sustainability of Magaluf’s tourism industry.

Set for completion in 2018, the complex will include a modern hotel, underground parking space for 200 cars and more than 5,000m² of retail, food & beverage outlets and terraces, which will be located parallel to Magaluf’s beachfront. It will offer professionals and families holidaying in Magaluf and wider Mallorca, as well as residents, the opportunity to enjoy a variety of new quality international high-street retailers and F&B outlets to encourage visitors to spend longer in the destination.

Following a public-private sector cooperation agreement, the Calvia Beach regeneration project was launched in 2012. As part of the initiative, Melia Hotels International has renovated all hotels in the area, totalling more than 3,500 rooms, through the introduction of new brands and experiences. MHI’s achievements have received international recognition, as well as generating the best results for Magaluf in the Company’s history.

MHI’s new four-star hotel will be the only new-build property to be added to the Company’s Magaluf portfolio. Situated next to Magaluf’s promenade, the hotel will provide state-of-the-art facilities, more than 270 rooms, rooftop and upper terrace hanging pools with views over the Mediterranean, plus a restaurant at street level open to both guests, tourists and locals.

The Calvia Beach project is a strategic scheme for the Company as the conversion of its hotels have allowed MHI to improve business results, as well as having a positive impact on the image of the destination, the revival of visitor facilities and the creation of new jobs. The hotel launch is expected to create 200 jobs and will boost local consumption of existing or new leisure amenities.

The Duke of Gloucester, Prince Richard unveils a plaque to commemorate the official opening of Park Regis Birmingham alongside general manager Robin Ford.

Royal opening for Europe’s first Park Regis Hotel

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Royalty visited one of the Birmingham’s newest hotels last week as His Royal Highness, The Duke of Gloucester, formally opened the city’s Park Regis Hotel, the brand’s first in Europe.

Accompanied by Mr Simon Topman MBE DL, Deputy Lieutenant representing Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of West Midlands, Dr Keith Bradshaw, High Sheriff of West Midlands and Councillor Carl Rice, Lord Mayor of Birmingham, His Royal Highness visited the city centre hotel on Wednesday (23 November) to mark a formal opening and unveil a commemorative plaque, as well as receive a tour of the £50 million hotel which opened its doors to guests in March.

Distinguished guests joined The Duke for a celebratory toast while enjoying live music from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. A qualified architect with a keen interest in conservation, His Royal Highness was given a tour of the former 1960s office building Auchinleck House, which was transformed into the four-star Park Regis Hotel.

Named after Second World War Hero Field Marshall Claude Auchinleck, the building was converted under permitted development rights from an unused and tired site to the modern hotel, with the addition of an all-glass sky bar onto the building’s roof.

The Duke of Gloucester, Prince Richard unveils a plaque to commemorate the official opening of Park Regis Birmingham alongside general manager Robin Ford.

The Duke of Gloucester, Prince Richard unveils a plaque to commemorate the official opening of Park Regis Birmingham alongside general manager Robin Ford

Preserving the history of the building, a bronze statue of Claude Auchinleck was repositioned from within the former Five Ways shopping centre to a prime location on Broad Street, in front of the hotel’s reception.

Robin Ford, General Manager at Park Regis Birmingham, said: “It was fantastic to welcome The Duke of Gloucester to the city and to the Park Regis Hotel. Despite having been open to guests since March, it was a honour to welcome royalty to the hotel to provide us with an official opening. The stunning marble plaque that he unveiled will be hung proudly in reception for guests to enjoy.

“As a qualified architect and someone with an interest in construction, it was brilliant to be able to showcase the hotel to His Royal Highness as such an important piece of the city’s transformation. The building is almost unrecognisable from its former self. It is a truly standout structure and The Duke was impressed at the transformation.”

Cachet Hotel Group has announced the signing of a management agreement with real estate developer Wuhan King Land Co. Ltd. for the dual-branded property

Cachet Group to open dual-branded property in Wuhan

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Cachet Hotel Group has announced the signing of a management agreement with real estate developer Wuhan King Land Co. Ltd. for the dual-branded Cachet Hotel Apartments and URBN Boutique Hotel in Wuhan, China.

Set in the economic, cultural and transportation hub of Central China, the dual-branded property will include 196 rooms, multiple restaurants, and social gathering spaces. The hotel is scheduled to open in 2018 and marks CHG’s first dual-branded project in Wuhan.

Designed by world-renowned American architectural firm RTKL, Cachet Hotel Apartments Wuhan and URBN Boutique Hotel Wuhan are situated in a visionary mixed used development known as Ace-Mega.

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Occupying the top 18 floors of the property, Cachet Hotel Apartments Wuhan will boast 160 thoughtfully-designed, fully-furnished serviced apartments ranging from studios to two-bedroom suites, each featuring generous square-footage, a well-equipped kitchen, modern work space, stylish living area and complete home entertainment system.

An extensive suite of facilities and services are available to help busy executives, leisure travelers and families make the most of their stay. These include meeting spaces, complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi Internet throughout the property, a 24-hour fully-equipped gym, C-Lounge with cocktail hours, wine bar, board games and more. It also provides 24-hour reception, concierge, security, laundry and dry cleaning services.

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IHG, NOVUM Group sign landmark deal to develop 20 hotels across Europe

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InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) and NOVUM Hotel Group, one of the largest hotel groups in Germany, have both announced the signing of a Multiple Development Agreement spanning 20 hotels across Europe in markets such as Germany, Austria and Netherlands. The MDA is the first venture together between both companies.

IHG currently has over 650 hotels in Europe, including 64 hotels in Germany, and is going from strength to strength in a market that is seeing continued expansion.

Hamburg based NOVUM Hotel Group currently has 99 hotels across Germany including their own brand hotels, and those developed in partnership with IHG will be franchised.

Ron Shepherd, Chief Development Officer, IHG, Europe, said: “Europe is growing at pace and we are well positioned to take advantage of the appetite for branded growth. We cannot wait to kick off the beginning of this long-term partnership with NOVUM Group.”

Adds David Etmenan, Chief Executive Officer & Owner, NOVUM Group, “Franchise partnerships are of particular importance to our international expansion and we see IHG and its winning portfolio of brands as the optimal way to gain ground and advance our European expansion strategy.”

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Avani Riverside Bangkok Hotel to open

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Rising above the banks of Bangkok’s picturesque Chao Phraya River, the world’s first purpose designed AVANI hotel, AVANI Riverside Bangkok Hotel, offers a smooth blend of contemporary style, modern warmth and stunning views across Asia’s most dynamic city.

On arrival guests are immediately greeted by an arresting view of the Chao Phraya River from the vast lobby, located on the eleventh floor. The open plan design blends reception, lounge, meeting, chill out and restaurant spaces. The interiors are spacious, the driving ethos is modernity, fused with comfort and great craftsmanship.

All of the hotel’s 248 stylish guest rooms and suites, boast uninterrupted city and river views.

The neutral décor is a blend of comfort and modernity, natural materials and high-tech equipment, along with extra conveniences such as a rain shower, dedicated work station with free WiFi and a media hub docking station. Each of the spacious River View Junior Suites features a bathroom with a view, outfitted with a freestanding tub.

At the other end of the terrace is ATTITUDE, Bangkok’s newest rooftop hot spot to see and be seen. Different areas of the restaurant and bar, intimate or collective, are designed for socialising and include an indoor lounge with a DJ booth, an open show kitchen, wine wall and outdoor lounge-style restaurant and bar.

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Aberdeen City Council and Hilton sign for hotel at new AECC

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Aberdeen City Council and Hilton Worldwide have signed a franchise licence agreement to open a 200-room Hilton Hotels & Resorts property at the new AECC, which will be managed by Redefine|BDL Hotels – the UK’s leading independent hotel management company.

Hilton Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre, set to be the fourth Hilton property in the city, will connect directly to the new AECC and is expected to create approximately 350 jobs.

The hotel, which is due to open in 2019, will include an executive lounge and up to 10 meeting rooms of variable size to complement the outstanding facilities of the adjoining conference centre. The hotel will also include a cocktail bar, speciality restaurant, fitness centre and wet leisure and spa facilities for guests and visitors to the exhibition centre to enjoy.

Hilton Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre is to be managed by Redefine|BDL Hotels. The Glasgow-based firm’s portfolio includes DoubleTree by Hilton Edinburgh City Centre and DoubleTree by Hilton Dundee.

Hilton is well established in Scotland with 20 properties currently trading in the country. Hilton Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre joins three Hilton hotels in Aberdeen – Hilton Aberdeen Treetops, DoubleTree by Hilton Aberdeen City Centre and Hilton Garden Inn Aberdeen City Centre.

The new hotel will be built in to the new AECC, which will provide four times the exhibition space available at the current venue, double the seated entertainment. The foremost conference and entertainment venue will be competing not just within Scotland but on a global stage.

Nakheel partnering with Hilton for new Dubai hotel

Nakheel to partner with Hilton for new hotel at Dubai’s Jumeirah Village

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Dubai master developer Nakheel today signed a Letter of Intent with Hilton Worldwide to manage a new, 256-room hotel at Jumeirah Village Triangle.

Under the proposed agreement, the 18-storey hotel will be managed under the DoubleTree by Hiltonbrand, known for its warm, friendly service that provides upscale comfort for business and leisure travellers.

Announced three weeks ago as a major new feature of Nakheel’s upcoming Al Khail Avenue retail, dining and leisure hub, DoubleTree by Hilton will be directly linked to the mall’s 350 shops, restaurants and entertainment outlets.

The hotel will have 256 rooms (including four suites), an all-day restaurant, coffee shop, lounge, outdoor terrace, pool deck, gymnasium and car park, as well as a leisure club with preferential membership rates for residents of the Jumeirah Village Triangle community.

Nakheel awarded the AED1.5 billion contract to build the mall and hotel complex earlier this month. Construction will begin in October this year, with completion in 2019.

Nakheel’s growing hospitality portfolio includes nearly 5,200 rooms across 14 hotels and serviced apartment complexes at various locations in Dubai, while its retail project portfolio – the biggest in the Middle East – has more than 16 million square feet of lease space in operation or under development.

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Starwood Hotels ramps up Nigeria portfolio with new Four Points in Benin City

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Accelerating growth in emerging markets across the globe, Starwood Hotels & Resorts has announced the signing of Four Points Benin City, Nigeria.

Owned by Eagle Hospitality and Leisure Limited, the sleek new Four Points hotel is built for the modern traveler with an emphasis on approachable design and stylish comfort. Conveniently located in the heart of Benin City – the capital city of Edo State, one of the 36 states in Nigeria – the hotel is situated within a five-minute drive to the airport and no more than 10 minutes from the government and business district.

Four Points Benin City offers 176 spacious guest rooms and suites along with exciting food and beverage options including an all-day dining restaurant, a pool bar and the brand’s signature Best Brews™ program featuring local beers at the lobby bar and lounge – the ideal spot to watch sports matches and unwind with friends and colleagues.

Other hotel facilities include a state-of-the-art 24-hour fitness centre, an outdoor pool, 400 square meters of flexible meeting spaces and a fully equipped business center. The hotel will provide all of the brand’s defining elements including the signature Four Points bed, complimentary bottled water in all rooms and suites, fast and free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, and an energizing breakfast with fresh coffee that helps guests start and end the day right.

With over 200 hotels in nearly 40 countries around the world, Four Points continues to penetrate new markets, globally. The brand is on track to expand its portfolio of rooms by more than 50% in the next five years.

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Hilton to introduce two new brands to Kuwait

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Hilton and Al-Rai Real Estate have announced plans today which will see the luxury Conrad Hotels & Resorts and midscale Hilton Garden Inn open their doors to guests in early 2019.

The development forms part of an ambitious expansion project which will see almost $1 billion devoted towards solidifying the position of The Avenues Mall in Kuwait City as one of the world’s top retail destinations.

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This 158-guestroom luxury property will form part of the extension of the Mall’s popular ‘Prestige’ district, which opened in 2012. The district forms Kuwait’s largest luxury shopping destination, home to 47 luxury retail units under a 23 metre dome. The hotel will feature a ballroom, multiple dining options, and an outdoor pool and spa. The hotel’s design concept will complement the Prestige district’s use of copper and rare ‘Portoro’ stone, imported from the mountains of Italy.

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Adjoining two of the new districts being created under the fourth phase expansion, Hilton Garden Inn Kuwait will become the brand’s largest hotel in the Europe, Middle East, and Africa region. Boasting 430 guestrooms in an imposing tower structure at the Northern end of the Mall, the main entrance of the property will be located in ‘The Forum’ which will provide a central meeting point within the mall. The property will also border the new ‘Electra’ district set to create a vibrant international atmosphere inspired by the bright lights and high technology of cities such as Tokyo and Hong Kong.

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Jim Holthouser, executive vice president, global brands, Hilton Worldwide, said: “The Avenues is a truly world-class destination and a fitting home to two of our world-class brands. Both have celebrated landmark openings in the Middle East this year, with Conrad becoming our first luxury brand to welcome guests to Makkah, while Hilton Garden Inn has debuted at another of the region’s flagship retail spaces, Dubai’s Mall of the Emirates. We look forward to adding Kuwait to both portfolios.”

IHG to expand in Germany

IHG continues expanding in Germany with five new hotel signings

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InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced that the group will add five new Holiday Inn and Holiday Express hotels to its growing presence in Germany. Having signed 4,000 rooms (24 hotels) within the first half of the year, this is the company’s best signings performance since 2008.

Robert Shepherd, Chief Development Officer Europe, IHG, said: “The German hotel market is accelerating at pace and we are well positioned to take advantage of the appetite for branded growth. 57% of the market is unbranded, so there is a lot of opportunity for IHG to add value with our international brands. Several of our signings in the last few months have been with long-standing partners of IHG, who have signed multiple development agreements with the company. It’s a great start as we head into this quarter.”

The signings are confirmed to develop properties within the following regions:

As part of the MDA signed with long-standing partner TriStar, who will be the owner and franchisee of the hotel, Holiday Inn Express Pforzheim will be a new build with the advantages of our next generation design.

• Guests will enjoy the hotel’s most innovative and smart technology at every stage of their stay including a better more comfortable night’s sleep, a functional and flexible place to work and relax in the room, and a lobby that provides a welcoming space to relax or meet with friends or colleagues
• The 140-room hotel, set to open in late 2019, will be of benefit to the area given its position as an economic and cultural hub and ideal location, being situated between Karlsruhe and Stuttgart

InterContinental Hotels Group has announced that the group will add five new Holiday Inn and Holiday Express hotels to its growing presence in Germany

Baden-Wuerttemberg will also benefit from two further Holiday Inn brand family hotels within Mannheim. Holiday Inn Mannheim City – Hauptbahnhof (pictured, main) is ideally located outside Mannheim train station and within walking distance of the city centre, financial district and University of Mannheim.

It will open in 2018 and has been signed in conjunction with MDA partner Primestar. The second largest city in Baden-Wurttemberg after Stuttgart, travellers will be able to enjoy the iconic Luisenpark, just twenty minutes’ walk from the hotel’s location. It will also feature an Open Lobby, a central element to the development of newly built Holiday Inn hotels. The lobby enables dwell time for our guests and the community alike. Holiday Inn Express Mannheim will be located within Mannheim City Centre. Owned and franchised by MDA partner Foremost Hospitality, the new build hotel will have 160 rooms and feature next generation design.

Holiday Inn Express Regensburg will be constructed with Hubert Haupt Immobilienmanagement GmbH. The hotel will be franchised by Success Hotel Management GmbH, a MDA partner who already license four other Holiday Inn Express hotels.

• Holiday Inn Express Regensburg will form part of a new development retail and office site and also offer the next-generation design in each of the 182 rooms and public areas
• Regensburg is a UNESCO world heritage site with a renowned Christmas market, making it popular with leisure travellers, and with several global brands including BMW, Amazon and Toshiba recently setting up bases in the city, it has confirmed itself as a business centre. The hotel will open in late 2017

InterContinental Hotels Group has announced that the group will add five new Holiday Inn and Holiday Express hotels to its growing presence in Germany

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Franchised by TriStar, Holiday Inn Express Oberhausen will feature next-generation design and is set to open early next year (no, will not open early next year – they have not started construction yet, will probably open early 2018). Oberhausen is a city of cultural nuances: it annually hosts the International Short Film Festival, but is also a hub for the steel industry. The hotel will have 140 rooms.

IHG has 64 hotels in Germany and 33 in the pipeline, including 53 Holiday Inn brand family hotels open with 32 in the pipeline.

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Starwood to debut first hotel in Armenia – The Alexander

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Starwood Hotels is about to enter the Armenian market with the opening of The Alexander, a Luxury Collection Hotel, in the capital Yerevan.

The unique hotel is scheduled to open in summer 2017, underscoring Starwood’s strategy to meet the growing demand for experiential luxury travel in emerging markets around the globe.

The new-build property will feature 114 luxurious guest rooms, including 17 opulent suites and a Presidential Suite. In addition, The Alexander hotel will also offer event and meeting spaces including a ballroom, eight meeting rooms and a business center.

The unparalleled wellness facilities include an indoor pool, spa and a fitness center. Culinary offerings at The Alexander will include an all-day dining restaurant, a cigar club and a lobby bar.

“We are confident that The Luxury Collection brand’s unique and refined offerings will perfectly complement the hallmarks of The Alexander hotel,” said Anatoly Kondratenko, Senior Director, Starwood Development, Europe, Africa and Middle East. “In addition to being the first Starwood hotel in Armenia, the signing showcases our commitment to the burgeoning CIS travel market.”

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DoubleTree by Hilton to open first hotel in Lithuania

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Hilton Worldwide and Vičiūnai Group are bringing the upscale DoubleTree by Hilton brand to Lithuania for the first time. Construction of DoubleTree by Hilton Vilnius City Center is to begin this year, in the heart of the Lithuanian capital.

The 175-room hotel forms part of a wider project, in to which Vičiūnai Group has invested more than €20 million (£17.2 million), whqich will also create new public spaces, designed to attract residents and visitors to the city. Alongside the hotel, a modern outdoor terrace will be built to connect the property to the Vilnius Energy and Technology Museum, which will also benefit from a modern new 1,000sqm exposition hall.

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Set to open its doors in 2019, the hotel will also host a conference centre and spa, swimming pool, a restaurant, and a rooftop Sky Bar overlooking Gediminas Castle, the Cathedral and the Old Town. Once the hotel is operational it will create approximately 100 new full time jobs in Vilnius. The new hotel, will be designed by architect Algirdas Kaušpėdas, and built by Vičiūnai Group-owned real estate development company, Sunrise Kaunas.

Having joined Hilton in announcing its first project in Vilnius at a press conference last month, the capital’s mayor Remigijus Šimašius Vilnius greeted the news: “I am very pleased that the negotiations with the Energy Museum on this project were successfully completed, and Vičiūnai Group has committed to invest in the new premises of the museum and a modern public space for residents, which we all are eagerly anticipating.”

Dianna Vaughan, global head, DoubleTree by Hilton, said: “This hotel will be a fantastic addition to our portfolio in Eastern Europe which already boasts properties in Moscow, Warsaw and will soon include Minsk. We look forward to providing travellers to Vilnius with the welcoming comforts and hospitality common to all DoubleTree by Hilton hotels, starting with a warm chocolate chip cookie at check-in.”

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Innovative hotel project The Vault prepares to open

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An innovative £2 million scheme to create the UK’s first hotel for young people with autism and learning difficulties has been given the green light by Gateshead Council.

The St Camillus Care Group was last week granted planning permission to transform the former Rivers Edge Hotel at Gateshead into The Vault, which will not only provide respite care for young people with a range of learning difficulties but will also train them to work within the hospitality industry.

Initially 20 jobs will be created to carry out the refurbishment, with 30 jobs within the hotel when it is opened in October.

Already the ground floor of the hotel is operating as an American-style diner which is currently used by people with autism, but the hope is that eventually this will be open to the public. The hotel also has a function room which is currently used by groups, with a long term aim of this being available for hire for business meetings and celebrations.

Work will now begin on transforming the 28 bedrooms to make them suitable for respite care, while training has already begun on giving young people with autism and learning difficulties the opportunity to work alongside trained staff.

St Camillus Care Group has partnered with Gateshead College and its Project Choice scheme – which helps young people with autism and learning difficulties find internships – to help the young people learn the skills they need for a career in hospitality. John Heron, Managing Director of St Camillus Care Group, said The Vault was giving young people an unprecedented opportunity for a career in hospitality.

“This is a real chance for young people aged from 18 to 25 to learn alongside professionals in the hospitality industry in a real setting, so that they can hopefully go on to a full time career,” he said.

“At the same time it’s also a place for people with autism and learning difficulties to come to and enjoy the facilities.

“In particular the diner is a great place for families who may have young people with these challenges, knowing that they can come to a restaurant where people understand them and make no judgements.

“We are very excited about the opportunity to progress what is going to be an exciting opportunity and a first not just for the North East but for the UK.”

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Fairmont Austin: A hotel on a park

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Fairmont Austin, the new 37-storey luxury hotel opening summer 2017, has unveiled natural design elements that will pay homage to the neighbouring Palm Park, currently undergoing revitalisation by the non-profit Waller Creek Conservancy.

Fairmont Austin’s proximity to both Palm Park and Waller Creek inspired Warren Sheets, of San Francisco-based interior design firm Warren Sheets Design, to create an organic continuity from the hotel’s environment to the spaces within, realising the ‘hotel on a park’ concept in a multitude of spectacular and unexpected ways. “On a broader scope, I was looking at how important outdoor life is to Austinites and to the state itself,” said Sheets. “Because the hotel is on a park, I brought The Park into the hotel. All the interior elements down to the smallest details weave a cohesive narrative that honors this beautiful city and will serve to welcome guests with trademark hospitality.”

Upon entering, guests are greeted by two 24-feet-high by 26-feet-wide towering Heritage Oak trees which flank the reception desk; while The Park Lounge features a geometric, life-size topiary garden with majestically imposing tree, and moving lights aimed at the ceiling. Indigenous greenery and cultural references also appear throughout the hotel’s interior.

Fairmont Austin’s outdoor spaces were designed by dwg., an Austin-based landscape architecture studio. dwg. was selected to ensure a seamless integration of Waller Creek’s vision with Fairmont’s environmentally sustainable standards.

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“Our design for the landscape celebrates and embraces the unique location and proximity of the hotel to Waller Creek and Palm Park. The tagline we used for the project was a ‘hotel in a park’ and, subsequently the rooftop pool, gardens and event spaces became known as ‘a park in a hotel’. The vision for the landscape is very innovative and amplifies the unique and critical ecosystem of Waller Creek,” said Daniel Woodroffe, president of dwg. “This is accomplished by using native and adapted plants and trees and significantly reducing water consumption by harvesting the AC condensate from the hotel’s air conditioning system. Ensuring the brand standards of the hotel and the commitment to sustainability was very important to the success of our design.”

The Red River Canopy Walk, a 33-foot-tall elevated connection from Fairmont Austin to the Austin Convention Center, will allow the public and guests to view Waller Creek and Palm Park from a unique aerial perspective. The pedestrian bridge will include a stairway and ramp leading to Palm Park and three miles of new hike and bike trails. The elegant, open-air design of the Canopy Walk will reinforce Waller Creek’s mission of renewing urban parks to create authentic and uplifting experiences that reflect Austin’s dynamic spirit.

“Fairmont Austin is devoted to honoring public treasures like Palm Park and Waller Creek, while contributing in meaningful ways to the city’s future,” said Michael McMahon, director of sales and marketing for Fairmont Austin. “The revival of Palm Park, the transformation of neighboring Red River and Rainey Street Districts, coupled with the hotel’s distinct interior and exterior design will be nothing short of spectacular.”

Fairmont Austin is currently progressing at a floor-a-week pace and will open summer 2017.

New build £13m, 172-bed hotel in Manchester given green light

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A new hotel development in Manchester has been given the green light, with a scheduled completion cost of £13 million and should be finished at the end of 2017.

SimpsonHaugh and Partners has secured planning permission for the new hotel on the Cable Street regeneration project in Manchester’s city centre.

The new hotel will be designed for Axcel Hospitality who aims to establish a ‘distinctive sense of place’.

The 8,000-square-metre scheme will be nine storeys high and created in the place of a surface car park. The four-star hotel will have 172 bedrooms, a café / bar, fitness centre and meeting rooms.

It is thought the new hotel could be operated by AC Hotels, under the Marriott brand. Construction is expected to begin in September and be completed by the end of 2017.

“With its sculpted massing and careful attention to materiality, the new hotel seeks to provide an exemplar high-quality design to stimulate regeneration throughout the rest of the New Cross district,” says Partner David Green of SimpsonHaugh and Partners.

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Luxury Collection Hotels to debut in Changsha, China

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The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts has announced it will open The Luxury Collection Hotel, Changsha, an elegant and iconic property that will rise high above the Xiangjiang River. The graceful landmark, designed by Callison RTKL and offering 310 spacious guest rooms — including 6 suites and an expansive 270-square-meter Presidential Suite – is scheduled to open September 2016.

“The Luxury Collection Hotel, Changsha will offer an urban oasis of modern luxury where guests can enjoy serene river views, captivating culture and prime access to the city’s multilayered history,” explained Eddie Tang, general manager.

Tao Yuanming’s famous poem “Journey to the Immortal of Peach Garden” is the inspiration for the hotel’s design. The Luxury Collection Hotel, Changsha takes guests on a journey from a lost paradise to a quiet urban oasis, capturing elements of Changsha’s glorious past, present and future.

All rooms and suites will offer breathtaking views of the city, the Meixi Lake and the stunning Meixi Lake International Cultural and Arts Center, a masterpiece by renowned architect Zaha Hadid.

The Luxury Collection Hotel, Changsha, is the first luxury international brand in the city, and will present one-of-a-kind experiences through the Luxury Collection’s Golden Thread Concierge Services. A hallmark of the brand, the bespoke offering unlocks the cultural, historic and natural treasures of the region, including experiences such as a visit the all-female embroiderers who create exquisite Hunan Embroidery; pottery glazing in the Tungguan Kiln or participation as a player in the Hunan Huaju Drama.

In the beautiful setting, guests will enjoy a relaxing suite of guest amenities that include a 25-metre heated indoor swimming pool, a 1,100-square-meter spa with 14 treatment rooms, four distinctive restaurants ranging from casual to elegant to entertaining, 2,700 square meters of flexible event space on the third level overlooking Meixi Lake including the 1,090-square-meter Jin Mao Grand Ballroom, meeting and board rooms.

Agadir Hilton - Morocco

Hilton expands presence in Morocco with $33m coastal hotel

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Hilton is to open a 170 guestroom hotel within the Taghazout Bay Resort located 10 miles north of the Moroccan coastal town of Agadir.

Hilton Taghazout Bay Beach Resort & Spa is set to open in 2018 and will join three Hilton Worldwide hotels currently operating or under development in Morocco.

Hilton Taghazout Bay Beach Resort & Spa is part of Morocco’s new sustainable Taghazout Bay Resort complex, which is set in the peaceful foothills of the Atlas Mountains and overlooks the stunning Atlantic coastline.

A progressive open-skies agreement with Europe has removed the limit on EU flights to Moroccan airports. As a result there are a significant number of flight routes from key source markets including Germany, France and Spain, whose tourists increasingly flock to Taghazout Bay Resort for its peaceful beaches and striking mountainous scenery.

Hilton Taghazout Bay Beach Resort & Spa joins two Hilton Worldwide properties currently under development in Morocco. Hilton Tanger City Centre Hotel & Residences and Hilton Tangier Al Houara Resort & Spa are both set to open in 2017.

“Hilton Taghazout Bay Beach Resort & Spa takes us one hotel away from 50 Hilton Hotels and Resorts trading or under development across Africa,” said Jim Holthouser, executive vice president, global brands, Hilton Worldwide. “The brand has seen exceptional success across the continent since our longest trading hotel Hilton Addis Ababa first opened in 1969.”

The property will have stylish and spacious outdoor pool areas that overlook the bay’s curving beach, with direct access to the shore for guests of the hotel. In addition to its fully serviced spa the hotel will include two signature restaurants and a bar. For corporate travellers the hotel will include a ballroom suitable for up to 500 delegates and four meetings rooms.

North Hill City Resort, Chiang Mai

North Hill City Resort, Chiang Mai set to open in August

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North Hill City Resort, a new five-star luxury resort in Chiang Mai, is set to open in August 2016.

Perfect for business and leisure travelers alike, the boutique, 42-room resort offers a sophisticated and contemporary setting with outstanding views of Doi Suthep, ideal proximity to the new North Hill Golf Course, and unique amenities including an outdoor amphitheatre and outdoor swimming pool and deck.

The opening of the new resort in Chiang Mai coincides with the recent award by Travel + Leisure, whose readers voted Chiang Mai as one of the top 15 cities in the world, and the top city in Asia in Travel + Leisure’s “The World’s Best Cities” survey.

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North Hill City Resort enjoys an idyllic location just outside of Chiang Mai, making for a unique gateway to the region’s natural and cultural attractions. Inspired by the beautiful environs of the region, the resort features a fresh, contemporary design that maximises outdoor spaces. The resort offers 42 spacious guest rooms and suites with serene views of Doi-Sothep in the distance.

The modern guest accommodations are thoughtfully appointed with state-of-the-art technology and luxury amenities, such as complimentary, high-speed WiFi, a 40” LED TV with satellite channels, 600 thread-count bed linens and complimentary buffet breakfast. The resort features a fitness centre with state-of-the-art cardio equipment along with an all-day dining restaurant and business lounge.

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North Hill City Resort is an excellent choice for both leisure and business travelers. The resort is conveniently located 20 minutes from Chiang Mai International Airport and downtown Chiang Mai. The new modern city 18-hole North Hill Golf Course is right next door and favorite regional attractions are a short drive away.

Further, the resort features a five-star suite of unique and modern amenities that make it an outstanding destination for business meetings and distinctive special events. An outdoor pool, deck and barbeque offer panoramic views of the countryside and Doi Suthep in the distance, while a lovely outdoor amphitheatre is a memorable setting for weddings and cocktail receptions. Guests will also enjoy The Vivace Lounge where a unique selection of cigars are available purchase and a new restaurant concept offering flavorful Italian cuisine.

North Hill City Resort houses a private organic farm that is more than 6,000sqm featuring a variety of vegetables including broccoli, cauliflower, Chinese kale, Chinese cabbage, zucchini, lemongrass, garlic chives, Japanese mint, super-hot chilies and more. Additionally, guests will have the opportunity to take a farm-to-table cooking class, where they will pick these local Thai herbs and vegetables to be used for their meals.


Grupo Hotusa opens first hotel in Africa in Morocco

Grupo Hotusa makes its debut in Africa with hotel in Casablanca

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Eurostars Hotel Company, the hotel division of Spain’s Grupo Hotusa, is starting in Africa with the opening of its first hotel in Morocco, the Eurostars Sidi Maarouf 4*.

With this latest addition, the company has now reached 158 hotels in 16 countries in three continents and has opened the door to a destination where it intends to expand its portfolio in the coming months.

The president of the Grupo Hotusa, Amancio Lopez Seijas said:“Having a hotel in Africa was an objective we have had for a long time; we are sure that this will be the first of many. We have a lot of expectations in Morocco, a destination that has a great potential for growth in the urban segment”.

Grupo Hotusa opens first hotel in Africa in Morocco

The Eurostars Sidi Maarouf 4* is a new-build modern hotel, located in the La Colline district in the south of Casablanca. It stands out for the elegance and comfort of its facilities, perfect both for pleasure trips and for business trips or small business meetings. The hotel has a multi-purpose hall and two event halls with natural light, both perfect for holding company meetings. The rest of its facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, gymnasium, massage room and yoga room.

The Spanish company has another project on course in Casablanca and is willing to analyse opportunities in Morocco or other African countries, by means of lease contracts, management contracts with purchase of the building or other mixed options, such as franchise. According to Amancio Lopez, “we believe that our know-how, based on over 20 years’ experience running hotels, can be perfectly replicated in several African destinations.”

Accor Hotels in Nanchang, China

AccorHotels announces triple opening in Nanchang, China

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AccorHotels has announce the opening of three new hotels under the Pullman, Novotel and Mercure branding with Wanda Group in Nanchang, as a key development of the Nanchang Wanda Cultural Tourism City.

Pullman, Novotel and Mercure Nanchang Wanda will form part of the biggest hotel cluster featuring 1,388 guest rooms, 4 restaurants, 3 bars and 1,310 square metres of banquet and meeting space including an 800-square-metre pillar-less ballroom in addition to wellness facilities. The three properties combined will offer the largest guest room inventory under the AcccorHotels Greater China portfolio.

“The opening of three hotels in a single day symbolises AccorHotels’ continuous growth and development in the Greater China region,” says Michel Molliet, Chief Operating Officer of AccorHotels Greater China. “This is our first and biggest hotel project in Central China,” he added.

– Pullman Nanchang Wanda has 403 guest rooms including 16 suites. The rooms feature a garden and lake view with distinctive signature touches under the Pullman brand.

– Novotel Nanchang Wanda offers all the brand’s customary multi-service facilities geared to the needs of business and leisure travellers. The 481 spacious, modular guest rooms include eight suites and a family suite.

– Mercure Nanchang Wanda features 504 modern-style guest-rooms. Like all Mercure hotels, this mid-scale property combines the strength of an international network with a strong quality commitment and a distinctive local heritage.


Marriott Skopje

Skopje Marriott opens in Macedonian capital

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Marriott Hotels, the signature brand of Marriott International, has opened its first hotel in Macedonia, the Skopje Marriott Hotel. Situated on Macedonia Square, in the heart of the city’s business and cultural district, the new hotel has been expertly designed to offer the very best in comfort and style.

Each of the 164 beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites, including the luxurious Presidential Suite, offer a combination of traditional architecture and modern interior design.

The new hotel, which overlooks the Vardar River, boasts an array of innovative facilities and design features including Marriott’s signature Greatroom lobby, which offers an open and flexible welcoming lounge area for guests to relax, work or socialise in, as well as a restaurant and two bars, which provide a fantastic selection of local wines and handcrafted premium cocktails.

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The hotel offers excellent facilities for business travellers with flexible and stylish meeting spaces including seven separate event spaces, with the largest accommodating up to 400 people, along with a multi-functional space for open discussions, workshops and private meetings. Luxurious executive suites and the hotel’s Executive Lounge offer additional comfort and style.

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The hotel’s restaurant, Distrikt Bar + Kitchen, takes the city’s melting pot of cultures and combines the best local produce with Eastern European and Mediterranean influences. Culinary highlights include market fresh fish and a Josper charcoal grill, which gives a unique and delicious flavour to the aged-steak selection on offer.

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The hotel’s spa provides an array of relaxing treatments including a signature intensive age defying facial, and a green tea and cucumber body polish, using June Jacobs products, renowned for their natural botanic and patented anti-oxidant blend.

Marriott’s Meetings Imagined platform provides new opportunities and inspiration for events and meeting planners along with an online service that keeps guests in touch with guest relations managers 24/7.

A charming city with a fascinating history, Skopje is located in the northern part of Macedonia with the beautiful Vardar River flowing through the city. The hotel is located close to the city’s most famous attractions including the Stone Bridge, the incredible statue of Alexander the Great ‘Warrior on a Horse’, as well as an array of theatres, museums, bars and restaurants.

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Starwood targets 100 hotels in Middle East by 2020

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From the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC) in Dubai, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has announced that it is on track to grow its portfolio in the Middle East to 100 hotels by 2020.

This follows five new deal signings that will add over 1,200 rooms in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Starwood will also open five hotels in 2016 across the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

“The Middle East continues to be one of Starwood’s fastest growing markets and we are immensely committed to the trust that owners have in our world-class brands,” said Michael Wale, President of Starwood, Europe, Africa and Middle East. “Our long-established presence in the region, and the value we deliver, has set us ahead to further expand our footprint and strengthen our guest loyalty.”

“We continue to strengthen Starwood’s leadership position in the Middle East through an aggressive growth strategy that will increase our footprint by 75% in the next five years,” says Simon Turner, President of Global Development for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. Our flexible development approach, differentiated brands, loyal customer base and proven ability to drive asset value has made Starwood the ideal partner for developers in the region.”

Starwood’s newest hotel signings in the region include a Luxury Collection Hotel and Le Méridien in Lusail, Qatar; Four Points by Sheraton Jeddah Tahlia, Saudi Arabia; Four Points by Sheraton Unaizah, Saudi Arabia and Four Points by Sheraton Ras Al Khaimah, UAE.

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Marriott announces latest property in China – Zhejiang Taizhou Marriott

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Marriott International has announced the opening of its newest property in China – the Zhejiang Taizhou Marriott Hotel.

The hotel has 351 elegant and spacious rooms featuring gorgeous views of the city skyline. Each room is equipped with the state-of-the-art facilities and amenities ranging from high-speed internet, luxurious bedding with down comforters and cotton-rich linens to spacious marble bathrooms and 48” flat-panel TV.

Zhejiang Taizhou Marriott Hotel offers a total of 2,400 square meters of meeting space with an elegant pillar-less 1,000 square meters Grand Ballroom, the largest ballroom in town, as well as 14 meeting rooms that can be scaled for various functions and sizes.

“Local demand for Marriott Hotel’s brand is surging, driven by the region’s robust economic growth and rapid infrastructure development, and our hotel is well poised to serve increasingly refined hospitality needs in Taizhou,” said Mr. Mark Chan, General Manager of Zhejiang Taizhou Marriott Hotel.

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Foundations laid for One&Only Portonovi

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The first foundations have been laid for One&Only Portonovi – an integral part of the new luxury lifestyle development being built in Montenegro.

In a ceremony attended by the Prime Minister of Montenegro, other senior government ministers, and senior executives from One&Only Resorts and Portonovi parent company Azmont Investments, construction commenced on Europe’s first One&Only resort.

The luxury resort will be an integral part of Portonovi – a new 60 acre luxury lifestyle development being built on the picturesque shores of the Bay of Boka Kotorska in Montenegro. The first phase of the development is due to be completed in 2017 with One&Only Portonovi planned for opening in 2018. Jean-Michel Gathy and the team from Denniston International Architects are responsible for the architecture and interiors, as well as the design of the exterior spaces surrounding the resort.

One&Only has worked with Jean-Michel Gathy on many projects, most recently One&Only Reethi Rah where he was tasked with keeping three words in mind – luxury, space and privacy to ensure ultimate luxury is provided to guests, and the same will apply for One&Only in Montenegro.

One&Only Portonovi will boast nearly 120 luxurious guest rooms, suites and villas, dining and retail options, and a wellness and vitality centre in partnership with world-renowned wellness brand, Espace Chenot Health Wellness Spa, which will provide guests with an unrivalled destination wellness experience. Redefining luxury in the region, One&Only Portonovi will set a new level of guest experience through the impeccable service and offering, and will showcase the beauty of Montenegro’s natural elements.


Hilton Belgrade

Hilton expands European presence with entrance into Belgrade, Serbia

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Hilton has begun proceedings to enter the Serbian market after signing an agreement with local developers to open a Hilton-branded hotel in the capital city Belgrade’s ‘Old Town’ district.

The new-build, seven-storey Hilton Belgrade will be located in close proximity to major sights such as Square Slavija, St. Mark’s Church, the National Museum, Republic Square (Trg Republike) and the National Theatre. Also within easy reach will be government offices, financial institutions and major corporate offices.

“Growing our presence in city destinations in Southeastern Europe has formed a significant part of our regional growth strategy, as Hilton Belgrade joins Hilton Worldwide hotels trading or in development in approximately 30 European capitals,” said Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president of development, EMEA.

For those looking for upscale accommodation, Hilton Belgrade will offer travellers comfortable and stylish surroundings, with a restaurant and bar on the ground floor and a rooftop drinking and dining space which will be one of the only rooftop spaces of its kind in the city. Guests will also be able to use and enjoy the hotel’s fitness club, thermal facilities and executive lounge, along with retail space within the building.

Conferences and events facilities will include almost 1,000 square metres of meeting space, including pre-function facilities, a ballroom and several large function rooms – flexible space for both business and social events.

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Hilton announces development of Conrad Doha

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In an agreement with Assets Real Estate Development Company, Hilton has announced the development of the Conrad Doha as part of its luxury branch’s ongoing expansion. Hilton is one of many chains to begin expansion in the Middle Eastern country; already operating two properties in Qatar and seven others in the pipeline.

Located in the heart of Doha’s financial district, the hotel provides easy access to the city’s downtown and the new Hamad International Airport.

The 325-guestroom property will include 30 suites and approximately 10,700 square feet of event space, including the Grand Ballroom. A spa, fitness center, and outdoor pool will also make their debut along with seven onsite restaurants and bars.

“Momentum for growth in Qatar’s hospitality offering continues at a strong rate, owing to the significant focus being put on the country’s future as a truly international destination, in line with Qatar’s 2030 Vision,” says Carlos Khneisser, Hilton’s vice president of development for the Middle East and North Africa. We are delighted to have confirmed our latest Conrad hotel for the region, which joins a selection of prestigious properties in outstanding destinations worldwide.”

The Conrad Doha is slated to open in early 2019. Conrad Hotels & Resorts’ has a presence in numerous major cities around the world, including Dubai, Hong Kong, London, and New York. Eight new Conrad hotels will open in 2016 (including Conrad Makkah, slated to open this summer) and a further 23 hotels under development.

Hyatt Place Shenzhen Airport

Hyatt Place and Hyatt House Shenzhen Airport celebrate official opening

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Hyatt Place Shenzhen Airport and Hyatt House Shenzhen Airport opened this week in southern China’s Guangdong province. The opening of Hyatt House Shenzhen Airport marks the first Hyatt House hotel and the first combined Hyatt Place and Hyatt House hotels in the Asia Pacific region. Find out more about the properties below…

Hyatt Place Shenzhen Airport offers:
• 167 spacious guestrooms and suites with separate spaces to sleep, work and relax, as well as a Cozy Corner sofa-sleeper
• Free Wi-Fi everywhere
• Meetings Places with more than 3,200 square feet (300 square meters) of flexible and multi-functioning spaces equipped with the latest audio-visual technology and supported by the hotel’s expert Gallery Host team. Ranging from 650 square feet (61 square meters) to 750 square feet (70 square meters), the five meeting rooms are perfect for business gatherings, interviews and training events
• 24-hour gym featuring cardio equipment with LCD touch screens and free ear buds

Hyatt House Shenzhen Airport offers:
• 112 Suites, ranging from spacious studios to one-bedroom Kitchen Suites with fully-equipped kitchens. Each Kitchen Suite features a full-sized refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, and other small appliances and utensils, as well as a separate living space, bedroom and work area with a flat screen high definition television
• Free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel and guestrooms
• Gathering Rooms with more than 1,900 square feet (180 square meters) of flexible meeting spaces, Hyatt House Shenzhen Airport features three Gathering Rooms ranging from 645 square feet (60 square meters) to 688 square feet (64 square meters that can accommodate up to 50 people in a variety of meeting formats. With all-inclusive packages available, each meeting room comes fully serviced with extensive menu options, comprehensive event planning support and audio-visual equipment
• A 24-hour Workout Room to keep fitness routines going

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Hotel Jen Kuala Lumpur

Shangri-La announces new Hotel Jen in Kuala Lumpur

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Shangri-La has announced the development of the first Hotel Jen in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Opening in 2019, Hotel Jen Kuala Lumpur is the second Hotel Jen project under development in Malaysia, following the signing of Hotel Jen Kota Kinabalu in Borneo in September 2015.

The announcement was made at a signing ceremony held in Hong Kong to finalise a management agreement between Concorde Arch and Hotel Jen.

Concorde Arch initially acquired the land for building the corporate office; however, the opportunity of venturing towards hospitality became apparent with the advent of millennial travellers seeking more curated lifestyle and leisure accommodation inspired by this growing target market.

The hotel is strategically located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur at the intersection of Jalan Sultan Ismail and Jalan P Ramlee, just 800 metres from the city’s landmark Petronas Twin Towers and 300 metres from the KL Tower.

The property will cater to both business and leisure travellers, being in close proximity to the central business district and Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC), as well as having easy access to some of South East Asia’s largest shopping malls, street markets and a wide range of restaurants and entertainment.

Greg Dogan, president and CEO of Shangri-La, said: “The announcement of Hotel Jen Kuala Lumpur reinforces our interest and expansion in Malaysia, in the country’s capital city, where we will now increase the group’s presence with our third hotel and newest brand Hotel Jen”.

Fresh, friendly and fuss-free, the new brand launched a year ago to cater to a new “Jeneration” of independently minded business and leisure travellers. The brand launched quickly with the first ten Hotel Jen properties opening in major cities in Asia Pacific in under one year, followed by two new developments soon after Hotel Jen’s first anniversary. Shangri-La is targeting fast-track growth of the brand in key cities in Asia.