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Avani to welcome Luang Prabang, Laos, property in March

Avani to welcome Luang Prabang, Laos, property in March

Avani Hotels & Resorts will launch its first hotel in the historic town of Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in northern Laos. The 53-room hotel is located on a narrow peninsula at the joining of the Nam Khan and Mekong Rivers.

Crowne Plaza London - Albert Embankment to open this spring

Crowne Plaza London - Albert Embankment to open this spring

Launching in May 2018, Crowne Plaza London - Albert Embankment is the first luxury hotel to open in the Albert Embankment area. This is central London’s latest area of regeneration, including the new home of the US Embassy and a whirlwind of high profile residential developments, from Battersea Power Station to Embassy Gardens.

St. Regis Hong Kong scheduled for 2019 opening

St. Regis Hong Kong scheduled for 2019 opening

St. Regis Hotels & Resorts has announced a collaboration with China Resources Property which is slated to bring the brand to Hong Kong by early 2019. Marriott International has nine properties in Hong Kong, but this will be the first property for the St. Regis brand in the city.

Mövenpick Hotels signs for property in Basra, Iraq

Mövenpick Hotels signs for property in Basra, Iraq

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts will open a new property in Basra early this year as it looks to capitalise on the city’s status as Iraq’s economic capital and a regional oil and gas hub. The global hospitality firm has signed a deal with Akeel Ibraheem Al-Khalidy to manage the five-star Mövenpick Hotel Basra, a 152-key property that is on track to open its doors in the first quarter of 2018.

Thomas appointed vice president business development at Centara

Thomas appointed vice president business development at Centara

Centara Hotels & Resorts has announced the appointment of Allen Thomas as vice president business development. Thomas has 28 years of experience developing hotel and resort businesses, a career that includes positions with HPL and Como Hotels and most recently Resorts Holdings International.

Kempinski Hotel Ajman reverts to Blazon brand following management takeover

Kempinski Hotel Ajman reverts to Blazon brand following management takeover

Hospitality veterans Reto Wittwer and Ulrich Eckhardt have announced the management takeover of the Ajman Hotel, formerly known as Kempinski Hotel Ajman. The hotel now carries the Blazon Hotels brand and premium service philosophy, as part of their newly established hotel management company Smart Hospitality Solutions.

DoubleTree by Hilton Chengdu – Longquanyi opens to guests in China

DoubleTree by Hilton Chengdu – Longquanyi opens to guests in China

Hilton has announced the opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Chengdu – Longquanyi, the first DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Chengdu. DoubleTree by Hilton Chengdu – Longquanyi is owned by Chengdu Baicheng Investment Company and managed by Hilton, and is designed to meet the growing demand for premium, international accommodations in eastern Chengdu.