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NEWS| offers hotel search service has launched a hotel search service on its online portal, which allows customers to search for and book accommodation across 4500 hotels in 320 cities in India. The portal also provides for the budget traveller with the option of accommodation at hostels, serviced apartments, guest-houses and villas.

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NEWS| APBAL launches Tiger beer in Mumbai

Tiger beer the flagship brand of Asia Pacific Breweries Ltd (APBL) has been launched by the company's Indian subsidiary Asia Pacific Breweries Aurangabad Ltd (APBAL) in Mumbai on 16 April 2008. The beer is currently manufactured at APBAL's brewery in Aurangabad, Maharashtra.

"APBAL seeks to enhance its brand offerings to cater to the various segments of the beer market and offer the consumers a greater choice. Tiger will aptly serve those who enjoy a beer with marginally lower alcohol content," says Vivek Chhabra, Regional Director, South Asia and Director, Group Business Development APBL. The beer will contain five percent alcohol. The European styled lager beer will be made available at trade outlets including wine shops, pubs and restaurants.

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NEWS| Intl| Hilton Recognizes the Top Performing Hotels of 2007

Hilton Hotels today announced the winners of its annual awards recognizing top performing North American hotels based on outstanding performance in the brand’s “Balanced Scorecard” rating system in areas such as customer loyalty, service, quality assurance and customer satisfaction ratings – as well as exemplary efforts in hotel renovation and diversity projects.

“With a stellar 2007 behind us it’s once again time to recognize the exceptional work of some of our top hotels, those that work tirelessly to create a transformative experience for our guests,” said Jeff Diskin, senior vice president of brand management – Hilton Hotels and Resorts. “We believe that the key to creating positive guests experiences is to provide inspired service in a consistent and hassle-free manner. The winning hotels have done just that and are representative of the high standards to which we hold our brand.”

The Connie Awards, named in honor of company founder Conrad Hilton, are awarded based on three key components, including: quality assurance audits measuring cleanliness, condition and brand standards; customer scores rating staff service; and customer service scores rating the quality of the hotel’s physical accommodations.

The hotels to receive Awards are:


* Hilton Villahermosa & Conference Center: Airport Hotel
* Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon: Commercial Hotel
* Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort: Resort Hotel

(Most year-over-year improvement in Balanced Scorecard results for Guest Loyalty, Overall Service, Physical Condition and Property Cleanliness)

* Hilton New Orleans Airport: Airport Hotel
* Hilton San Diego Mission Valley: Commercial Hotel
* Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort: Resort Hotel

(Best service recovery at property level measured by fewest number of guest complaints during prior year)

* Hilton Belem, Brazil: Under 500 Rooms
* Hilton Suites Toronto/Markham Conference Centre & Spa: 500 Rooms or Larger

(Highest Guest Loyalty score based on year-end Balanced Scorecard)

* Hilton Villahermosa & Conference Center: Under 500 Rooms
* Hilton Boston Logan Airport: 500 Rooms or Larger

(Best represents HHonors goals; recognizing HHonors guests, resolving issues and availability of HHonors redemption inventory)

* Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort: Under 500 Rooms
* Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza: 500 Rooms or Larger

(Renovation that best represents the “essence” of the Hilton brand)

* Hilton San Diego Mission Bay Resort: Under 500 Rooms
* Hilton Waikiki Prince Kuhio: 500 Rooms or Larger

(Hotels that achieved all green zones on their Key Performance Indicator Goals)

* Hilton Knoxville Airport
* Hilton Miami Airport
* Hilton Washington Dulles Airport
* Hilton Greenville, SC
* Hilton Suites Phoenix
* Hilton Vancouver Airport
* Hilton Naples
* Hilton Alexandria Old Town
* Hilton Cancun Beach & Golf Resort


Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon

* Best Overall Service - for highest year-end Overall Service SALT score
* Problem-Free Hotel - for lowest percent of guests with problems on the year-end SALT score
* Most Hospitable Front Desk - for highest Most Helpful Front Desk Staff year-end SALT score
* Best Overall Room Service - for highest Overall Room Service Index year-end SALT score

Hilton Villahermosa & Conference Center

* Best Overall Accommodations - for highest year-end Overall Accommodations SALT score
* Best Physical Condition - for highest Physical Condition score from hotel's most recent QA evaluation
* Best Overall Food & Beverage Experience - for highest Overall Food & Beverage Experience year-end SALT score
* Best Overall Restaurant - for highest Overall Restaurant year-end SALT score

Hilton University of Florida Conference Center Gainesville

* Best Loyalty In Local Market - for highest Loyalty index score on the year-end SALT Rival Tracker
* Best Overall Service in Local Market - for highest Overall Service score on year-end SALT Rival Tracker

Hilton Suites Phoenix

* Best Food & Beverage with Meetings - for highest Food & Beverage with Meeting year-end SALT score

Hilton San Bernardino and Hilton Vancouver Washington

* Cleanest Hotel - for highest Cleanliness score from hotel's most recent QA evaluation


(Highest year-over-year percentage gain in RevPAR Index growth as of year-end)

* Hilton Villahermosa & Conference Center: Airport Hotel
* Hilton Inn At Penn: Commercial Hotel
* Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa: Resort Hotel

(Highest number of Rover referrals sent during the calendar year)

* Hilton Newark Airport: Under 500 Rooms
* Hilton Americas-Houston: 500 Rooms or Larger

(Highest amount of Rover revenue booked during the calendar year)

* Hilton Pleasanton at The Club: Under 500 Rooms
* Hilton Chicago: 500 Rooms or Larger

(Highest number of POGs created during the calendar year)

* Hilton Springfield, VA: Under 500 Rooms
* Hilton Milwaukee City Center: 500 Rooms or Larger

(Greatest revenue produced from the highest number of new eEvents accounts signed up during the calendar year)

* Hilton Chicago O’Hare Airport: Airport Hotel
* Hilton New York: Commercial Hotel
* Hilton Waikoloa Village®: Resort Hotel

(Highest Hilton HHonors percentage of Occupancy during the calendar year)

* Hilton Crystal City at Ronald Reagan National Airport: Airport Hotel
* Hilton Sao Paulo Morumbi: Commercial Hotel
* Hilton Melbourne Beach: Resort Hotel

(Best site content (photography, descriptions, POGs, upgrades, off-site leisure, enhancements, etc.)

* Hilton Atlanta Airport: Airport Hotel
* Hilton Americas-Houston: Commercial Hotel
* Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort: Resort Hotel

About Hilton Hotels & Resorts
With more than 500 hotels and resorts on six continents, Hilton continues to be an innovative leader in the full-service hospitality segment and one of the most recognized global names in the industry. Hilton’s belief that Travel Should Take You Places® celebrates a commitment to the guest experience and to the idea that travel can and should be transformative. Hilton’s variety of services, amenities and programs are designed to give guests more choice and control over their stays so they can be at their best, 24/7 whether they travel for business or leisure. Each unique Hilton hotel and resort was designed to reflect the sense of place of its location; each team member chosen to reflect the local culture and community. Start your journey at available in English, Spanish and French.

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NEWS| Intl| Carlson adds 11 properties worldwide

CarlsonWith continual growth, the target of 1000 hotels is sure to be reached this year.

Carlson Hotels Worldwide today announced the addition of 11 locations to its global portfolio during March 2008.

The new hotels include one Regent hotel and six Country Inn & Suites By CarlsonSM hotels in the United States; three Radisson properties, with two in South America and one in Canada; and one Radisson SAS resort in the Ukraine. Carlson’s global lodging portfolio totals 986 hotels with 148,759 rooms in 71 countries. Carlson hotel brands also include Park Plaza® Hotels & Resorts and Park Inn®.

“We’re thrilled to have opened our first Regent property in the U.S. this year, offering visitors to south Florida the chance to experience unmatched service and luxury,” said Jay Witzel, president and CEO of Carlson Hotels Worldwide.

“With multiple openings this month, Country Inns & Suites By Carlson continues to be a mid-price brand of choice for developers across North America and we’re pleased by the continuing expansion of Radisson in the Americas and Europe. Our strong development over the past year has put us in position to open our landmark 1,000th hotel in 2008.”

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