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England cricketer Joe Root signs for Village Hotel Club

England cricketer Joe Root signs for Village Hotel Club

Hotel  Spa 

While most England internationals would normally take great offence at being described as a ‘Village Cricketer’, Joe Root is only to proud to be labelled as one, and has joined forces with the team at Village Hotel Club to represent the brand’s 28 hotel and gym complexes across the UK. Root, one of the world’s most revered batsmen across all formats of the game, will utilise the modern facilities for important relaxation time throughout his busy summer schedule, while also keeping in shape at the Village Gyms.

Corinthia Hotels acquires Hotel Astoria in Brussels

Corinthia Hotels acquires Hotel Astoria in Brussels

Corinthia Hotels has acquired the Hotel Astoria in Brussels. This part-listed, trophy property has stood vacant for ten years, but will now be fully refurbished as the city’s leading luxury hotel, branded the Corinthia Grand Hotel Astoria. The Corinthia Grand Hotel Astoria will comprise 121 bedrooms and suites, as well as extensive banqueting, dining and spa facilities.

Canyon Ranch Kaplankaya, Turkey, set for July opening

Canyon Ranch Kaplankaya, Turkey, set for July opening

Hotel  Spa 

As a founding voice in the world of holistic wellness, Canyon Ranch has the wisdom and expertise of spending nearly 40 years helping its guests achieve well-being. Now, the life-enhancement brand that’s built a devoted global following is going global itself. Under the guidance of the brand’s new chief executive, Susan Docherty, the company has announced the development of its first-ever international destination, Canyon Ranch Wellness Resort at Kaplankaya, on a spectacular peninsula of the sun-kissed Aegean coast.

easyJet launches new Mobile Host smartphone app

easyJet launches new Mobile Host smartphone app

easyJet is helping to make travel easier for millions of its passengers thanks to real-time, personalised notifications which, through its mobile app, directly inform the traveller when they need to go to the gate or which baggage reclaim belt to head for. In the past year alone passengers who have signed up have received more than 4.5 million real-time notifications to help them travel through 14 European airports, including Amsterdam, Geneva, Milan Malpensa, Linate and Berlin Schoenefeld.

Saudi Arabia prepares for boom in Millennial travellers

Saudi Arabia prepares for boom in Millennial travellers

Millennial travellers are forecast to become the dominant consumer group globally by 2020, yet the future appears closer for Saudi Arabia. A new report by Euromonitor International prepared for the Hotel Show Saudi Arabia reveals that in 2016, 10.3 million people or 32 per cent of the Kingdom’s population are classed as Millennials or young adults (aged 18–36).

Malaysia Airlines Berhad overhauls economy class cuisine

Malaysia Airlines Berhad overhauls economy class cuisine

Malaysia Airlines Berhad has announced a new and improved Economy Class experience for passengers with a complete revamp of its Economy Class meals in a concerted effort on improving customer service. As part of its overall transformation, the national carrier will be investing significantly more on its existing menu with heartier three-course meals for guests on both short-haul and long-haul flights.

Genting Hong Kong signs with Lloyd Werft for ten vessels

Genting Hong Kong signs with Lloyd Werft for ten vessels

Genting Hong Kong has signed an order for ten ships with the Lloyd Werft Group, comprising of two mega cruise ships for Star Cruises and eight vessels for Crystal Cruises. Star Cruises has designed the Global Class of ships for worldwide cruising, each measuring 201,000 gross tons with 5,000 lower berths. Delivery of the series of ships will commence between 2019 and 2020 starting with one ship a year and eventually increasing to two ships a year.

Lufthansa relaunches flights to Denver from Munich hub

Lufthansa relaunches flights to Denver from Munich hub

Lufthansa German Airlines has re-launched its Denver to Munich route with the departure of LH480 from Munich 11:45. The inaugural flight is scheduled to touch down at Denver International Airport at 14:30, where it will be greeted by Lufthansa colleagues, airport executives, elected officials and tourism partners. The return flight, LH481, will leave Denver at 16:05 and arrive in the Bavarian capital at 10:05 tomorrow.

Turkish Airlines expands presence in Western Hemisphere

Turkish Airlines expands presence in Western Hemisphere

Turkish Airlines has added two more nations to its global reach by launching new routes to Bogota, Columbia’s capital, and Panama City, capital of Panama. These new routes join Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Toronto, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Washington, Boston, Montreal, San Francisco and Miami as Turkish Airlines rapidly grows its presence in the Western Hemisphere.

Jeddah hotel stock set to double by 2018

Jeddah hotel stock set to double by 2018

The number of hotel rooms in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, is forecast to double by 2018 according to a new report. The ‘Jeddah Hotel Market Overview’ report by JLL reveals that the current supply of 8,600 rooms in the city will double – with another 8,600 rooms forecast to be added to the market by 2018. With a total stock of 17,200 hotel rooms estimated by 2018, major projects in the Jeddah pipeline include: The Ritz Carlton, Jeddah; Radisson Blu Al Salamah; Movenpick City Star; Elaf Galleria and Assila Hotel & Residence by Rocco Forte.