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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 …

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," …

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 pro…

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 shareho…

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 for…

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 chairma…

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 …

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 …

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, "…

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,…