The highly anticipated Dusit Devarana Hot Springs & Spa Conghua Guangzhou resort opened its doors, making it the first internationally branded lifestyle and hot springs luxury resort in the city. Consisting of 133 villas and guestrooms, Dusit Devarana Hot Springs & Spa Conghua is located approximately 40 minutes away from Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport and 60 minutes away from the central business district.
Enchanted Island Resort, the first international property managed by UAE-based hospitality group JA Resorts & Hotels, is hosting its inaugural event. Home to ten boutique style villas, the island paradise opened in January 2014 within one of the Indian Ocean archipelago’s protected National Marine Parks.
Hilton Worldwide has announced plans with prominent Qatar investors Al-Rayyan Hospitality to develop a magnificent new Hilton Hotels & Resorts property at Salwa Beach in Qatar. The development, the largest of its kind in the Middle East and a first for Qatar, will claim 104-hectares of prime land and coastline in the southwest corner of Qatar for the introduction of an outstanding new resort destination.
Nobu Hospitality has recently revealed an aggressive expansion plan with the latest announcement that its first European hotel, the Nobu Hotel Shoreditch will open in London in 2016.
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company will open 15 new hotels by 2016, growing its global footprint to 100 hotels and resorts. With new openings ranging from an iconic city property in Cairo to a beachfront resort in Bali, the pipeline of upcoming openings offers travellers unique experiences in both established and emerging destinations.
Strengthening its position across the Middle East and Africa as the hospitality company of choice, Marriott International announced 14 new signings at the 2014 Annual Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC). The new properties will see the organization expand its regional footprint in the UAE, and Saudi Arabia spanning several brands including Marriott Hotels, Renaissance Hotels and Residence Inn by Marriott to name a few.
Following the launch of a dedicated Middle East office earlier this year, the Luxury Hotels Group will exhibit at Arabian Travel Market in Dubai, May 5th to 8th, to promote its services to the regional travel trade.
The Ascott has brought its premier Ascott The Residence brand to Tokyo through a master lease agreement with Mitsubishi Estate Company, one of Japan’s largest real estate developers. The 129-unit Ascott Marunouchi Tokyo is slated to open in 2017, ahead of the 2020 Olympics to be held in the city.
Carlson Rezidor has reinforced its presence in Tunisia with the signing of two hotels, the Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Sousse and the Radisson Blu Pearl Resort, Sousse. Both are existing properties now undergoing full renovation and transformation before re-opening under the Radisson Blu flag in quarter two of 2016.
Accor has entered into two franchise agreements with Think Options to create two ibis budget hotels in Warrington and Knutsford. ibis budget Warrington Lymm Services and ibis budget Knutsford will be operated by the Signature Management Services and join the 86-strong ibis hotel family network in the UK.
One of Oman’s biggest tourism projects takes a significant step forward today as the ground breaking ceremony will take place for the $600 million Saraya Bandar Jissah development. Set to be the first Integrated Tourism Complex launched in seven years, it will offer residential units, five star hotels and recreational facilities, all situated on its stunning luxury location in eastern Muscat in the Al Hajar Mountains.
InterContinental Hotels Group has announced the signing of Holiday Inn Stavropol - the first internationally branded hotel in the city. IHG will manage the hotel on behalf of new owner Metropolia 26. Set to open in 2017, the 242-room newly constructed hotel will feature the Holiday Inn brand’s signature Open Lobby with a dining area, media lounge and bar as well as state-of-the-art meeting facilities including five meeting rooms and a ballroom.