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Showing posts from May 13, 2010

Abu Dhabi Hotel Boasts Gold Vending Machine

One of Abu Dhabi's ritziest hotels is guessing its customers want more than chocolate or candy during their stay. So it now has a vending machine that will let its guests buy gold.

Hotelier Dinesh Shetty Dies in Road Accident

Thirty-four-year-old Dinesh S Shetty, a native of Kalavara in Kundapur taluk of Udupi district, and a successful hotelier of suburban Andheri (East), died in a tragic road accident that occurred on the Pune–Mangalore national highway at Kiruvatti, near Kumta, on the night of Monday May 10.

The Claridges, New Delhi ranked among world’s best hotels in Expedia 2010 Insiders’ Select list

Expedia has ranked The Claridges, New Delhi among the world's best hotels in Expedia 2010 Insiders' Select list. The 2010 Expedia Insiders' Select list has been compiled based on more than one million traveller opinions, hotel reviews collected by Expedia, combined with a value rating and the local market expertise of more than 400 Expedia employees in local markets worldwide.

Shangri-La To Open Two New Hotels In Jiangsu

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has announced that, in 2012, it will open two new properties in the Jiangsu cities of Nanjing and Yangzhou.

The two Jiangsu Province hotels will join the group's six existing hotels in the Yangtze River Delta and two further projects in Shanghai which are due to ope in the next two years. By 2012, Shangri-La will operate 10 hotels in the region and be represented in all major cities of the economic, business, and leisure travel hub of China.

Best Western Signs Resort in Thailand

Best Western Internationa has signed a new resort in Thailand. Following a renovation project, the Phanganburi Resort & Spa on Koh Phangan, will open in November 2010.

The 105 room resort is located on popular Haad Rin Beach at the south of Koh (Island) Phangan, close to shopping, entertainment and nightlife enclaves and in the heart-of-the-action when it comes to the island’s world-renowned Full Moon Parties.

RIL in pact with Maker Builders for hotel projects in Mumbai

Reliance Industries (RIL) is going to foray into the hospitality sector through a JV with Mumbai-based Maker Builders. The partners will build two hotels at Bandra Kurla Complex in Mumbai with an estimated cost of about Rs 1,200 crore. One hotel will be a five-star property and the other will be a super luxury hotel.

Presently, the JV partners are in discussion with Mandarin Oriental of Jardine Matheson Group to run their hotels. The first project — Maker Maxity — is likely to come up in the open-air theatre ground in Bandra. Reliance and Maker are to hold 35 per cent stake each in the project, while Urban Infrastructure Venture Capital Fund and Zander Private Equity Fund will hold 15 per cent each.

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Aspri Sprits unveils Nonino Grappa in India

Wines and spirits distributor Aspri Spirits Pvt Ltd has introduced premium Italian Grappa brand Nonino in the India market. Aspri will launch four Grappa labels from the Nonino portfolio across key markets like Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru and Chennai before going pan India. Nonino grappa will be sold in India through retail and institutional sales.

Cleartrip launches to serve travellers in the UAE

Cleartrip has launched a new website to serve travellers in the UAE. With a full product offering customised for the UAE market, Cleartrip chose the 'Arabian Travel Mart 2010', which concluded recently, to announce its first foray outside Indian online travel market. offers global booking on hotels and Low Cost Carriers (LCCs) like Air Arabia, Air India Express and Tiger Airways. The portal also offers additional intuitive tools like; the at-a-glance Air Fare Calendar option and display and payment of fares in Dirhams for faster transaction times.

Speaking about the launch, Hrush Bhatt, Founder and Director (Product and Strategy), Cleartrip said, "With e-commerce in Dubai set to hit USD 36 billion by end of 2010, the UAE customer is demanding more choices in online travel and Cleartrip is launching a completely localised UAE product to meet this demand. This is a mature, internet savvy market with over 60 per cent internet penetration. We b…