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.
When it opens on September 1st this year, Raffles Istanbul will be the perfect embodiment of the ‘new’ face of Istanbul: cutting-edge, eclectic and energetic. The hotel is at the heart of the Zorlu Center, a new hub for fashion, food and the arts on the European shore in Beşiktaş - overlooking the Bosphorus, the Princess Islands and the historic peninsula.
Marriott International continues dynamic growth in China with the opening of the Courtyard by Marriott Hangzhou Qianjiang. Located in Hangzhou Qianjiang CBD area within walking distance to Qian Tang River, the 364-room hotel is the exciting new addition to the Courtyard brand in Asia – making it the 11th Courtyard hotel in China.
Dubai-based master developer Nakheel today signed a management agreement with Accor for its 250-room hotel at Dragon Mart. The hotel, one of nine planned by Nakheel over the next five years - will be managed by Accor under the ibis Styles brand. Construction is now substantially complete.
Centara Hotels & Resorts, Thailand’s largest operator of hotels, is continuing its expansion into the Middle East with the opening of a hotel in Muscat, Oman. Centara Muscat Hotel will be operated under a management contract and is scheduled to open on June 1st, 2015. Irfan International Hotel owns the property.
InterContinental Hotels Group has announced the latest addition to the growing Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts portfolio with the signing of the Crowne Plaza Panama Airport hotel. The new-build, 126-room hotel is expected to open in February 2015 and will be the second Crowne Plaza hotel in Panama.
Rotana, considered the World’s Leading Business Hotel Brand by the prestigious World Travel Awards, announced today the inauguration of its new hotel in KidZania, an educational environment for children and parents to enjoy, at The Dubai Mall in the UAE. Rotana is the first and the only hospitality brand to open at the award-winning interactive edutainment centre in Dubai.