When it opens this summer, 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.
Having been recognised as Seychelles’ Leading Hotel by the prestigious World Travel Awards, Raffles Praslin, Seychelles is riding high. Here Breaking Travel News sits down with general manager Christoph Ganster to discuss tourism in the country, what is on offer at the property and what improvements we can expect over the coming year.
In September 2013, Raffles Hotels & Resorts will arrive at a new milestone as expands its collection to ten hotels with the opening of Raffles Hainan – their second property in China. The luxury resort will open in Clearwater Bay, the new hotspot on the southeast coast of Hainan Island – China’s answer to the French Riviera and a rising star in the luxury tourism market.
Raffles Hotels & Resorts has announced the appointment of Simon Hirst to the position of general manager of Raffles Singapore – one of the most famous resorts in the world. One of the UK’s best-known hoteliers, Hirst moves from sister property Raffles Praslin, Seychelles to take up the position in Singapore on August 1st.
Raffles Hotels & Resorts has announced two key general manager appointments in Asia, with Richard Schestak moving from Raffles Hotel Le Royal, Phnom Penh, to oversee the opening of Raffles Jakarta, from August 1st 2013. Schestak’s position as general manager in Phnom Penh will be filled by Pieter van der Hoeven, with immediate effect.
Turkish superstar Ece Vahapoğlu has called in at the Raffles Makkah Palace, visiting the property to celebrate its success at the World Travel Awards. The property was recognised by the World Travel Awards at the Middle East’s Leading Luxury Hotel at an event hosted by Vahapoğlu.
Andrew Abram has been appointed general manager of Raffles Dubai, with immediate effect. Abram succeeds Peter French, who was promoted last year to president of Raffles Hotels & Resorts, having held the position of regional vice president - Europe, Middle East & Africa for Raffles Hotels & Resort as well as general manager of Raffles Dubai.
Raffles Hotels & Resorts is promoting seasoned hotelier Peter French to the role of Regional Vice President - Europe, Middle East & Africa as it continues its ambitious growth, with five new hotels set to open over the next 18 months.
Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor in Siem Reap, Cambodia, has announced it has received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, which honours top-rated lodging businesses, restaurants and attractions. To qualify, these businesses must maintain an average rating of four or higher out of a possible five, as reviewed by travellers on TripAdvisor.
A special introductory promotion is celebrating the opening of ‘penthouse hotel’ Raffles Tianjin in China’s future northern financial hub, Tianjin.The luxury hotel is opening for guests on March 18 atop Tianjin Centre, in the heart of the city’s business and financial district.
Raffles Hotels & Resorts continues its global expansion with Raffles Olympia resort, its first property in Greece, which is located near the ancient city of Olympia. The luxury resort is the centrepiece of the stunning 30-hectare beachfront development, and will feature 124 guestrooms and suites, up to 120 Raffles Residences for private ownership, a conferencecentre, RafflesAmrita Spa and a water sports centre.
Singapore’s legendary Raffles Hotel, home to the Singapore Sling cocktail, has been put up for sale by its owner Prince Alwaleed of Saudi Arabia for a price tag of up to £300 million.The Fairmont Raffles Hotel International group, part of the Prince’s Kingdom Holding Company, is seeking buyers as it tightens its purse strings in the global downturn.