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Rezidor announces the Radisson Hotel Zavidovo in Russia



The Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the fastest growing hotel companies worldwide and the leading international hotel operator in Russia/CIS, announces the Radisson Hotel Zavidovo. The 230-rooms property is scheduled to open in 2014. "Radisson is Europe's largest upscale hotel brand. I am delighted that this hotel allows us to further grow our contemporary and exciting portfolio on the emerging Russian market", comments Kurt Ritter, President & CEO of Rezidor.

The Radisson Hotel Zavidovo will be located in a picturesque resort area which is considered one of the most environmentally pristine areas of Russia. It stretches along the scenic Ivankovo Lake and borders a 1,250 km² nature reserve. The hotel is only 90 km northwest of Moscow and is easily accessible from the M10 highway, which is the main road linking Moscow and St. Petersburg. Planned as a popular retreat for the elite of Moscow, Zavidovo is also home to one of the official vacation residences of the President of Russia. The residence has also been utilized since Soviet times as a military hunting ground and as a venue to host foreign leaders. The surrounding area is rich in wildlife including bears, lynxes and foxes. Guests also enjoy an active sports and entertainment calendar which includes boating regattas, equestrian competitions, a rock festival, an aqua-bike world cup, extreme sports festival, etc. The hotel will also take advantage of the nearby 18-hole PGA Europe golf course to be opened in 2012.

Besides 230 guest rooms featuring Radisson signature services such as free high speed internet access, the property will offer 2 restaurants, a bar, a destination spa, conference facilities, and a yacht club. The hotel will be developed by ProfEstate, a Russian company developing a master-planned community in the area. "Zavidovo is an established resort and conference destination nearby Moscow with a lot of tourists, activities, special events, and yet a shortage of quality accommodation and services. Being the first 4-star hotel in the area, the Radisson Hotel Zavidovo will fill this gap and add a new momentum to the local development. We firmly believe in its success", says Sergey Bachin, President of ProfEstate.

The Rezidor Hotel Group currently has over 60 hotels with a total of more than 14,500 rooms in operation and under development across Russia/CIS. The region belongs to the company's focus areas for future business development, and is managed out of a full service branch office in Moscow.

About The Rezidor Hotel Group | The Rezidor Hotel Group is one of the fastest growing hotel companies in the world. The group features a portfolio of close to 370 hotels in operation and under development with more than 78,300 rooms in 58 countries.

Rezidor operates the brands Radisson Blu Hotels & Resorts, Regent Hotels & Resorts, Park Inn and Country Inns & Suites in Europe, Middle East and Africa, along with the goldpoints plusSM loyalty programme for frequent hotel guests. Rezidor has signed a worldwide license agreement with the Italian fashion house Missoni, in order to develop and operate a lifestyle hotel brand of the same name: Hotel Missoni.

In November 2006, Rezidor was listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange. Carlson Companies is the main shareholder.

The Corporate Office of the Rezidor Hotel Group is based in Brussels, Belgium.

For more information on Rezidor, visit www.rezidor.com

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CONTACT
Christiane Reiter
Phone: +32 2 702 9331
Email: Christiane.Reiter@Rezidor.com

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Early Priceline.com iPhone App Data Suggests Mobile Device Users May be a 'Different Breed' of Online Travel Consumers

Priceline.com (NASDAQ:PCLN) released today its first set of findings on iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users who are booking hotel rooms through Priceline's Hotel & Rental Car Negotiator app. The app, which is available from the App Store on iPhone and iPod touch or at www.itunes.com/appstore/, ranks among the top 10 free travel apps on itunes.com.

To sample booking trends among mobile device users, priceline.com looked at a two-week sampling of app activity and compared it to customers using desktop computers to book through priceline.com's online hotel service.

In September 2009, priceline.com President and Chief Executive Officer Jeffery H. Boyd suggested that, given time, mobile devices might change the way people buy their travel online by shifting bookings to the very last minute, possibly even after they arrive at their destination.

"Early data supports the notion that mobile device-enabled travelers buy their travel differently compared to those on a desktop," said priceline.com Senior Vice President John Caine, who is part of Priceline's mobile development team. "If this is the case, then travel companies may need to tweak existing offerings and technologies, or create entirely new ones to address this segment of the traveling community."

Here are the key findings from Priceline's early data on mobile-enabled customers:

  • 82% of mobile device-enabled priceline.com customers booked their hotel rooms within 1 day of arrival, compared to 45% among priceline.com's non-mobile Name Your Own Price hotel customers.
  • 58% of mobile device-enabled priceline.com customers were within 20 miles of their hotel at the time of booking (35% were within 1 mile of their hotel). This suggests that those customers had already arrived at their destination before making their reservation.
  • 79% of mobile device-enabled priceline.com customers booked stays of only 1 night, versus 62% for non-mobile Name Your Own Price hotel customers.
  • 82% of mobile device-enabled priceline.com customers chose hotels of a 3-star or higher quality level. 75% of non-mobile priceline.com Name Your Own Price hotel customers choose hotels of 3 stars or higher.

Priceline's Hotel & Rental Car Negotiator App, lets travelers use iPhone or iPod touch to quickly find and book last-minute hotel rooms using priceline.com's Name Your Own Price® hotel service and save up to 50% over published hotel rates. The Hotel & Rental Car Negotiator App also contains an option for browsing priceline.com's broad assortment of published-price hotels for a particular city or town. Rental car customers can use the App's Name Your Own Price® service for booking rental cars at savings of up to 40% over published rates.


CONTACT
Brian Ek
Phone: 203/299-8167
Email: brian.ek@priceline.com

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Top Travel Marketing Work Being Submitted For HSMAI Adrian Awards



Considered one of the most prestigious awards in travel marketing, the deadline to submit entries in The Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) 54th annual HSMAI Adrian Awards competition is Sept. 10, 2010.

Hundreds of examples of innovative work in travel advertising, public relations, and digital marketing have already been entered, including in new categories such as Top Loyalty Program Consumer and Loyalty Programs, Best Tradeshow Marketing Campaign, Best Social Media Campaign and Best Mobile Campaign. Additionally, the 54th Adrian Awards marks the inaugural year for entries being considered for the Leader in Sustainable Tourism Award presented in conjunction with National Geographic Traveler.

"Year-in-and-year-out, the HSMAI Adrian Awards is honored to recognize the most innovative, inspiring, and impactful campaigns in our industry," said Robert A. Gilbert, CHME, CHA, president and CEO of HSMAI. "We encourage all hospitality and agency professionals to take this opportunity to enter their best work before the September 10 deadline."

Submitting campaigns for award consideration is easy and done entirely online. To do so, entrants must complete an online statement of communication and submit supporting electronic creative materials. Complete entry requirements can be found at www.adrianawards.com.

The HSMAI Adrian Awards competition is comprised of multiple categories in three entry divisions: advertising, public relations, and digital marketing. Additionally, top achievers will be considered for specialty awards: The DEPARTURES Luxury Marketing Achievement Award, which goes to the best award-winning print advertising campaigns produced for the luxury travel market, and the TRAVELCLICK eMarketer of the Year, which recognizes the best integrated eMarketing program in the hotel industry.

2010 winners will join the ranks of industry heavy-hitters who have proven their creativity drives not only awareness but also bottom line. Included in these ranks are, The San Diego Zoo and its agency, M&C Saatchi, as 2009 "Best of Show" in advertising for creating a pair of computer-generated mammoths living the good life in Southern California circa 12,000 B.C. to launch a new exhibit at the Zoo. Additionally, the Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau won a 2009 "Best of Show" in the Web Marketing category for its "Life in a Brown Paper Bag" video and the 2009 Public Relations "Best of Show" winner, Tourism Queensland and its agency, Cummins Nitro, for the "Best Job in the World" campaign.

"We were very honored with the Best of Show in the HSMAI Adrian Awards. Our video project was done in-house and for under $500 illustrating that this competition recognizes the great and productive work being done in the hospitality industry regardless of budget," said Dale Lockett, President/CEO of the Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The judging panel for the competition consists of more than 200 industry experts from advertising, public relations, media, and digital marketing disciplines, along with leading members of the travel community. Industry professionals can apply to join the judging panel by contacting Desiree LaFont at (703) 506-3297 or dlafont@hsmai.org.

Winning entries will be honored at the Adrian Awards Gala, a black-tie event taking place Jan. 31, 2011, at the New York Marriott Marquis. Winning entries also will be showcased in the online winner's gallery.

Nominations are also still being accepted for the 2010 HSMAI Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds in Sales and Marketing. The list, which recognizes the remarkable achievement of sales and marketing professionals in the hospitality, travel and tourism industries, is presented in conjunction with HSMAI's Adrian Awards. Nominations should be submitted online at www.hsmaitop25.com by September 10, 2010.

For more information on the Adrian Awards competition please contact Desiree LaFont at (703) 506-3297, email AdrianAwards@hsmai.org, visit www.adrianawards.com, or follow Adrian Awards news on Twitter at www.twitter.com/AdrianAwards.


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Patrick Beaury has been appointed Hotel Manager at Four Seasons Amman in Amman, Jordan.


Beaury began his journey with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts in 2003, joining the pre-opening and opening team at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica in the role of Food and Beverage Director. In 2005, he occupied a similar position at the company's hometown property in Toronto, Canada followed by Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza, prior to moving to Four Seasons Hotel Amman. Born in France, Beaury completed his secondary education at the Institution des Chartreux in Lyon, before continuing to obtain several management and hospitality certifications including INCAE, H.C.S, B.T.H and C.A.P. His international career path has allowed him the opportunity to be perfectly multilingual, being fluent in his native French, as well as English, Spanish and Portuguese.

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Olivier Thomas has been appointed Hotel Manager at Four Seasons Hotel Prague in Prague, Czech Republic.

Born in France with a MBA from Switzerland, Olivier joined Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts in 2008 as Hotel Manager in Amman, Jordan. Prior to joining Four Seasons, Olivier had been working in the hotel industry for 16 years with Starwood Hotels in France, Italy, Switzerland and USA, including the St. Regis Hotel in New York. Olivier is married and has a five-year old son and one and a half year old daughter. He spends his free time with his family, enjoys skiing, any water sport, and running. Olivier speaks French, English and Italian.


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Christer Larsson has been appointed Vice President of Food & Beverage at Carlson Hotels in Minneapolis - MN, United States.


Larsson reports to Thorsten Kirschke, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Carlson Hotels, The Americas. Larsson's appointment supports Carlson Hotels' Ambition 2015 growth strategy, the company's initiative to expand its portfolio to more than 1,500 hotels around the world by 2015. Larsson has 30 years of experience in the hotel industry, working in chef, sous-chef and executive chef roles for the Westin Hotel Corporation, Hyatt Corporation and Aquavit in New York. He has also been a restaurateur, developing and operating Christer's Restaurant Group and, later, Alta Restaurant. Larsson returned to the hotel industry in 2005, taking a position as a consulting chef at Itchycoo Bar & Kitchen at the Radisson Blu Edinburgh in Scotland. He joined The Rezidor Hotel Group in 2005 as a consultant for Food & Beverage Brands and has acted as vice president of Rezidor's Food and Beverage division since 2009. In May, Carlson became the majority shareholder in The Rezidor Hotel Group.

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Accor, Starwood ramping up India operations

PUNE: Global hotel chains Accor and Starwood Hotels and Resorts are ramping up India operations. The hospitality majors will open more hotels and bring their upscale and economy brands in India.

The US-based international hospitality chain Starwood, which has two of its top brands in Pune—the Westin and Le Meridien, will soon get a third brand, the Four Points by Sheraton, said Stephan Winkler, general manager, the Westin Hotel, Pune.

The global hospitality major that runs brands like Sheraton and Le Meridien, Starwood has eight brands in its portfolio. It's fine-tuning services in some of its full-service hotel brands to include branded spas or branded food and beverage (F&B) outlets. The Starwood brand yet to debut in India is W, but it could come soon in Mumbai, said Mr Winkler.

This move is being seen as an effort by international chains to retain the star rating of the brand in India. "The group's forte is branded F&B. So, Le Meridien in Pune will have newer F&B outlets. They could add a spa, the Heavenly Spa brand of the group," Mr Winkler added.

The Accor Group, which is present in India through its partnership with InterGlobe, has brought in a new partner for its India expansion—an investment fund comprising an affiliate of the Singapore government-promoted GIC Real Estate Pte and the New York Stock Exchange-listed Host Hotels and Resorts.

Under the new arrangement, the GIC Real Estate affiliate, Pacifica Partners, and Host Hotels and Resorts, will together hold 36% equity. Accor and InterGlobe will each hold 32%. Jean-Michel Casse, senior vice president, operations India, AAPC India Hotel Management, declined to comment.

However, Accor Group's international website has details of the tie-up. Mr Casse said an announcement to this effect will be made in Delhi by the hospitality group's global chairman.

The statement on the website states that the existing relationship will be consolidated through the new investment fund which will initially invest in seven hotels in India. This will amount to 1750 rooms with a value of approximately US $325 million. All the seven hotels will open between 2011-13 in Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai.

Mr Casse stated that so far, all of the Accor Group's properties have been developed through investment, indicating the need for more funds. Responding to questions on international chains positioning their properties in India in a higher category than that brand's international position, Mr Casse said Accor began the process of cleaning up its brands in 2005-06.

"In India, the Novotel is positioned as a five-star brand while globally, it has been a four-star property. Now, under our Novotel NextUp 2015 programme, the global positioning of the brand is at par with India, which means that internationally, the brand is a five-star property. In fact, our first Novotel which meets these international norms will the one in Bangalore, which will open soon. It is nearing completion," Mr Casse remarked.

Added Accor's regional director sales and marketing, India, Daniel Tannenbaum, "We have 40 properties in the pipeline, from our top-of-the-line Sofitel, Pullman, Novotel, Mercure and ibis. We see great potential for the mid-scale and economy range hotels, where we have the Mercure and the ibis. We are also adding International Convention Centres, the first one having opened recently in Hyderabad and the second at Lavasa will open shortly. We are looking at developing a dense network in the mid-scale hotel segment," Mr

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Leela patriarch charts plan to protect empire

MUMBAI: With ITC breathing down his neck, Hotel Leelaventure chairman Krishnan Nair has put in place a plan that he hopes will keep the hospitality empire he founded within the control of his family.

Better known as Captain Nair in Mumbai corporate circles, the 89-year-old Leela chief has convinced his sons, Vivek and Dinesh, to reach an understanding that one brother will not sell the shares he controls to an outsider without offering the stock to the other.

Cash-rich tobacco giant ITC owns 10.2% shares of Hotel Leela. These are shares that ITC bought over the last 12 to 15 months in open market transactions. Along with the Oberoi family-promoted East India Hotels (EIH), in which ITC owns 14.8% shares, there have been speculations that ITC may make a hostile bid for Hotel Leela.

Helped by a team of legal advisors, the agreement framed by Mr Nair vests the right of first refusal with each son. For the Leela founder chairman, it's also a way to minimise possible friction between the two brothers.

"They will work together and jointly grow the business and flourish... The family is united and committed to making the Leela brand amongst the best in the luxury hotel groups in the world," said Mr Nair, who will soon step down as Leela chairman and hand over the reins to Vivek and Dinesh.

Under the new management structure, which will be disclosed next month, elder son and Leela vice-chairman & MD Vivek will be the chairman of the company while Dinesh, currently joint managing director, will be the vice-chairman.

According to a person familiar with the development, "The recent understanding entered between the brothers is the key element in the succession plan in the Mumbai-based business family... The intention is to ring-fence the company as much as possible and discourage external suitors from buying a part of the promoter holding." The move assumes significance with Reliance Industries stepping in as a white knight in EIH.

Since the entry of Reliance almost shuts the door for ITC in EIH, the tobacco giant may sharpen its focus on Leela. The combined shareholding of Mr Nair, his wife Leela (after whom the company is named), Vivek and Dinesh is 54.8%. At present, Vivek, 57, looks after finances and day-to-day operations while Dinesh, 54, spearheads the projects, architecture and interior development of the hospitality group.

The inheritance issue is being addressed when Leela is looking at ways to raise cash and prune its Rs 3,000-crore debt raised to fund aggressive expansion plans in New Delhi and Chennai. The project cost for the Leela Palace Chanakyapuri, New Delhi is estimated to exceed Rs 1,500 crore while the Leela Palace Chennai may cost over Rs 800 crore.

"With the commissioning of the Delhi and Chennai properties, the margins should start improving," said analyst Himani Singh at Elara Securities. "Leelaventure is looking at hiving off non -core assets and land banks to generate cash. The group requires cash for Euro 39.2 million (US$49.9 million) foreign currency convertible bonds coming up for redemption this month," Ms Singh said.

At 89, the ex-army officer of the Maratha regiment is still obsessed with every small detail at the hotels he built from scratch. The group, which has premium properties in Kovalam, Goa, Bangalore, Udaipur and Gurgaon besides Mumbai, plans to add five luxury properties at New Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, Hyderabad and Pune, which will add 2,600 rooms.

Leela closed 2009-10 with a net profit of Rs 145 crore on revenues of Rs 582 crore, up from a net of Rs 41 crore on revenues of Rs 463 crore in 2008-09. Leela shares traded at Rs 55.95 on Tuesday, down 1.58% from the previous close.

Mr Nair is not interested in offering stakes to either private equity investors or German group Kempinski, with which it has a marketing alliance. The family's third generation is already being groomed to run parts of the business. Vivek Nair's daughter Amruda has a Masters from Cornell University and other daughter Aishwarya has finished her education from the Culinary Institute of America, while son Aushim is studying hotel management in Switzerland.

Dinesh Nair's only child, Samyukta, has finished her Masters in International Business from the UK and is pursuing her post graduate programme at the Lausanne Hotel School. Samyukta has been assisting her mother, Madhu Nair, with designing the interiors of the Leela Palace Udaipur and Leela Palace New Delhi.

Mr Nair continues to be optimistic about the future of the hotel industry. "Considering the shortage of hotel rooms in the country, the industry is poised for a big leap forward. The prime minister has recently asked for a review of the national tourism action plan, which shall be presented to him by the tourism minister, Kumari Selja," said a beaming Nair.

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Rezidor announces the Radisson Hotel Zavidovo in Russia



The Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the fastest growing hotel companies worldwide and the leading international hotel operator in Russia/CIS, announces the Radisson Hotel Zavidovo. The 230-rooms property is scheduled to open in 2014. "Radisson is Europe's largest upscale hotel brand. I am delighted that this hotel allows us to further grow our contemporary and exciting portfolio on the emerging Russian market", comments Kurt Ritter, President & CEO of Rezidor.

The Radisson Hotel Zavidovo will be located in a picturesque resort area which is considered one of the most environmentally pristine areas of Russia. It stretches along the scenic Ivankovo Lake and borders a 1,250 km² nature reserve. The hotel is only 90 km northwest of Moscow and is easily accessible from the M10 highway, which is the main road linking Moscow and St. Petersburg. Planned as a popular retreat for the elite of Moscow, Zavidovo is also home to one of the official vacation residences of the President of Russia. The residence has also been utilized since Soviet times as a military hunting ground and as a venue to host foreign leaders. The surrounding area is rich in wildlife including bears, lynxes and foxes. Guests also enjoy an active sports and entertainment calendar which includes boating regattas, equestrian competitions, a rock festival, an aqua-bike world cup, extreme sports festival, etc. The hotel will also take advantage of the nearby 18-hole PGA Europe golf course to be opened in 2012.

Besides 230 guest rooms featuring Radisson signature services such as free high speed internet access, the property will offer 2 restaurants, a bar, a destination spa, conference facilities, and a yacht club. The hotel will be developed by ProfEstate, a Russian company developing a master-planned community in the area. "Zavidovo is an established resort and conference destination nearby Moscow with a lot of tourists, activities, special events, and yet a shortage of quality accommodation and services. Being the first 4-star hotel in the area, the Radisson Hotel Zavidovo will fill this gap and add a new momentum to the local development. We firmly believe in its success", says Sergey Bachin, President of ProfEstate.

The Rezidor Hotel Group currently has over 60 hotels with a total of more than 14,500 rooms in operation and under development across Russia/CIS. The region belongs to the company's focus areas for future business development, and is managed out of a full service branch office in Moscow.

About The Rezidor Hotel Group | The Rezidor Hotel Group is one of the fastest growing hotel companies in the world. The group features a portfolio of close to 370 hotels in operation and under development with more than 78,300 rooms in 58 countries.

Rezidor operates the brands Radisson Blu Hotels & Resorts, Regent Hotels & Resorts, Park Inn and Country Inns & Suites in Europe, Middle East and Africa, along with the goldpoints plusSM loyalty programme for frequent hotel guests. Rezidor has signed a worldwide license agreement with the Italian fashion house Missoni, in order to develop and operate a lifestyle hotel brand of the same name: Hotel Missoni.

In November 2006, Rezidor was listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange. Carlson Companies is the main shareholder.

The Corporate Office of the Rezidor Hotel Group is based in Brussels, Belgium.

For more information on Rezidor, visit www.rezidor.com

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CONTACT
Christiane Reiter
Phone: +32 2 702 9331
Email: Christiane.Reiter@Rezidor.com

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Forest lodges and bungalows in North Bengal likely to cancel bookings during Durga Puja holidays over elephant census

Tour operators and resort owners in North Bengal are worried that bulk bookings would have to be cancelled during the Durga Puja holidays, as an elephant census scheduled for the last week of this month has been postponed to late October 2010. The decision to defer the census has thrown a spanner in the plans of all those involved with tourism. Forest lodges, hotels and bungalows in the Dooars have already been booked for a month from the middle of October but as a rule, visitors are not allowed to enter the forests when an animal census is on.

According to a report in The Telegraph, S B Patel, Chief Conservator of Forests (wildlife), North Bengal said, "Earlier, we had decided that the elephant census in North Bengal forests would be held from September 27 to 29, 2010 and accordingly, preparations were in progress. However, we had to give a second thought to the decision as the monsoon was getting prolonged in the region. It has been decided now that the census will be conducted at the end of October as we expect that the rainy season to be over by then."

Sumita Ghatak, Divisional Forest Officer (wildlife II), said guests wouldn't be allowed in the department's properties during the census period. Visitors also won't be allowed to enter the forests as their presence can affect the census. Patel said the forest department was yet to fix the new dates for the census, but indicated it would be after puja. "Although I am yet to receive further instructions on the matter from higher-ups, the census is likely to take place at the end of next month."

Kamal Bhowmik, Secretary, Lataguri Resort Owners' Association, feared block cancellations. "We had come to know earlier that the forests would remain closed in September end. But we were not worried as the Puja season begins in the first week of October and continues till mid-November. But now that the census has been postponed to October-end, tourism will be hit hard in the Dooars. We are receiving bookings on a large scale and all of them have to be cancelled now. This is one of the best business seasons for us and our earnings would be hit," he said.

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Hilton Hotels & Resorts voted top hotel brand in Asia






Hilton Hotels & Resorts has been named as the top hotel brand in Asia for 2010 by global research company Taylor Nelson Sofres (TNS), in conjunction with one of the region's leading media, marketing and advertising publications, Media. This is the second consecutive year Hilton clinched the title since the study's 'Travel & Leisure' category was introduced in 2009.

According to a report in www.hotelnewsresource.com, the results were based on interviews conducted with more than 3,300 people across 10 markets including Australia, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand. Consumers surveyed were asked to name brands in different categories that they trust the most or have the best reputation in terms of product and service standards. The other major product and service categories include financial services, retail, automotive and consumer electronics.

Dave Horton, Global Head, Hilton Hotels & Resorts brand said, "Being named the top hotel brand in Asia is a strong endorsement of the efforts being made by our teams who consistently deliver exceptional, quality accommodations and services. We will strive to maintain this enviable position as the hotel brand of choice."

Hilton currently has 47 hotels in operation in Asia and more than 530 properties worldwide. Hilton Beijing Capital Airport, China's first luxury airport hotel, opened in July and the brand's extensive development pipeline includes 33 properties in the Asia Pacific region. Hilton Hongqiao Shanghai (China), Hilton Pattaya (Thailand), Hilton Chennai Guindy (India) scheduled to open during the next two months.

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Hotel Fort Canning in Singapore to open in October 2010






Hotel Fort Canning (Hfc) will open in Singapore in October 2010. The hotel will feature a collection of 86 rooms and suites. Both rooms and suites will have a selection of award-winning furniture from Poltrona Frau amongst others. The bathrooms will feature eco-friendly amenities from award-winning THANN Spa.

According to a report in www.asiatraveltips.com, THANN Sanctuary at Hfc is the brand's first venture outside its homeland, Thailand. The spa, set within the very modern two-storeyed glass block, will offer a wide range of spa treatments based on THANN's art of natural therapy. Other facilities will include a gym which will feature the latest state-of-the-art TechnoGym equipment and two full-sized swimming pools filled with mineral water treated by a 'state-of-the-art' system.

In the F&B segment, there will be an all-day 'modern Asian' bistro - The Glass House. The bistro will feature the best from cuisines across the region including Japan, China, Korea, Thailand and Singapore. Signature dishes will include 'customised' Laksa, Hainanese Chicken Rice and hand-crafted deli sandwiches.

Other epicurean delights at the hotel will include Gattopardo from Singapore-based Garibaldi Group, which will serve contemporary Italian and Mediterranean cuisine with a charcoal grill and wood-fired oven for baking gourmet pizzas. Besides there will be the Tisettanta Lounge, which specialises in Italian inspired cocktails with flavours such as fresh herbs, tangy citrus, aromatic nuts and rich chocolate, healthy detoxifying remedies and drinks inspired by top Italian designers.

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