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NEW HOTELS | Conrad Dubai coming up

Scheduled to open in 2010, the Conrad Dubai will be located in the heart of Dubai's commercial, business and entertainment district - Sheikh Zayed Road.


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The Conrad Dubai will include 550 luxury guest and executive floor rooms and suites.

The Conrad Dubai will also offer 30 meeting rooms and a fully equipped business centre, two ballrooms, which will accommodate 1,100 and 500-800 guests, three innovative restaurants and bars, a spa and health club with an outdoor swimming pool.

The Conrad Dubai will be strategically located on Sheikh Zayed Road, just 20 minutes from the Dubai International Airport and close to the Dubai World Trade Centre, International Convention Centre, Dubai International Financial Centre and the Dubai Metro System Station.

NEWS| IHG reshuffles once again, cost saving is the focus.

An IHG press release reported today:

"The Asia Pacific organisation is now being restructured and streamlined while giving greater focus to individual parts of the region. IHG's operations in Greater China are now of sufficient scale that they will become ...


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a separate business unit under the leadership of Keith Barr, Regional Managing Director based in Shanghai, reporting directly to Andy Cosslett, IHG's Chief Executive. A second business unit comprising IHG's operations in Southern Asia, Japan, Korea and the Pacific will be led by Jan Smits, Regional Managing Director based in Singapore. Mr. Smits will also report to Andy Cosslett.”

“This change is part of a broader cost saving programme involving streamlining various parts of the global organisation, discretionary cost control, improved efficiency and effectiveness and making greater use of IHG's scale to achieve purchasing savings.”


KNOW| Spaniards and Italians are the most demanding, the rest, readon..

Spaniards and Italians are the most demanding touristsm while the Dutch and British, on the other hand, are more concerned about practical aspects and less about the details of their room.

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Over 80% of European tourists think that a very important factor when booking a room is a shower or bath, and over 60% acknowledge that the first thing they do when arriving is check out the bathroom.

39% of users only visit the hotel restaurant if breakfast is included in the price, and 20% buy food outside the hotel to eat in their rooms

Europeans spend between 8 and 9 hours planning their leisure trip, although Spaniards and Italians may spend as long as 13 hours

Swimming pools and spas with long opening hours and massage services are what the hotels are most likely to pay an extra charge for in the hotel

More than 50% of Dutch guests think that the availability of rooms designed for men or for women is a good idea

The Dutch and the British, for their part, usually choose to sleep on the same side of the bed as they do at home .