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.
Minor Hotel Group has announced the addition of three properties in Mozambique to its portfolio and a 25 per cent equity investment in the properties. They will be reflagged to MHG’s Anantara and AVANI brands later this year and take the total number of MHG properties in operation to 108 and the total number of rooms to over 13,000.
Hyatt Hotels Corporation has announced the opening of Hyatt Regency Chongming, located on Chongming Island in Shanghai, China. The hotel introduces the Hyatt Regency brand to Shanghai and the first international upscale resort to the island. Located at the mouth of the Yangtze River and the East China Sea, Chongming Island is the world’s largest alluvial river island.
Pan Pacific Hotels Group has announced the opening of ParkRoyal Nay Pyi Taw, the first international hotel in the capital of Myanmar, Nay Pyi Taw. The launch also makes ParkRoyal the first international hotel brand in Myanmar to enjoy a presence in two major cities – the commercial centre, Yangon and the administrative seat of the government, Nay Pyi Taw.
Sunborn London Super Yacht Hotel will arrive at the Thames estuary, having travelled from Holland and will be towed by tug boats and a full escort up the river, under the Queen Elizabeth Bridge in Dartford to a temporary berth where she will undergo a full interior refurbishment. She will then be moved to her final berth in the Royal Victoria Docks today for her soft launch.
Hilton Hotels & Resorts has announced the opening of Hilton Bangalore Residences. The trendy upscale, full-service hotel is strategically located within the Embassy Golf Links Business Park, the hub of several Fortune 500 companies.
Park Hyatt New York, the flagship hotel of the globally recognised Park Hyatt brand, plans to make its grand debut this summer, offering unprecedented luxury in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. Guests of Park Hyatt New York will enjoy its prime location at 153 West 57th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, which is within walking distance from Central Park, as well as across from the historic Carnegie Hall.