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Accor opens 10th hotel in Mexico

Mexico City -- Accor opened its 10th hotel in Mexico – the ibis Hermosillo. This achievement extends the network to a total of more than 1,400 rooms in the country, including two Novotel brand hotels (Mexico City and Monterrey) and eight units under the economy hotel brand ibis in Mexico City, Monterrey (2), Guadalajara, Aguascalientes, Merida, Chihuahua, and most recently, Hermosillo.
Accor started its operations in Mexico in 2002. The Group in Mexico has been largely recognized by the development of ibis brand hotels that offer the best value for money in all locations, consistent with the growing demand in the country for low-cost hotels with services of international quality required by the frequent travelers, including 24/7 food service in all its units.
"In Mexico, as in other countries, we have identified a particular growth potential for economy class hotels in major cities with a high number of business travelers," said Michael Flaxman, COO of Accor for the Americas.

The company also has two Novotel locations in Mexico: Mexico City-Santa Fe and Monterrey-Valle.

"Opening our 10th hotel in Mexico represents the acceptance and trust of our guests in Accor products and services, as well as the credibility and confidence of our partners in the country," said Jean-Philippe Claret, General Director of the company in Mexico.
In the past year, Accor has opened four hotels in Mexico as part of its long-term development plan and has currently three additional hotels under construction: ibis Ciudad Juarez Consulado (opening late 2010), ibis Cancun Centro (opening January 2011), and ibis San Luis Potosi (opening mid 2011) as well as one more unit under development in Mexico-Tlalnepantla.

London hotel unveils new Jimi Hendrix-themed suite

The new Hendrix-themed suite, which has been set up at the Cumberland Hotel off Park Lane, has a giant bed strewn with velvet cushions and zebra throws, the Sun reported.

The hotel is where Hendrix is said to have given his last ever interview, and the suite is being unveiled for a special public viewing next Saturday to mark the singer's death anniversary on September 18, 1970.

The fifth-floor suite overlooking Marble Arch also has on an iPod an hour-long recording of Hendrix talking to his music writer friend Keith Altham, 69, about reforming his band The Experience.

"Everybody should have a room where they get rid of all their releases. My room was a stage," Hendrix can be heard saying.

Altham advised Cumberland owners Guoman Hotels in designing their tribute suite.

A Hendrix-inspired Flying V guitar hangs on the wall alongside framed copies of NME articles, while a rainbow swirls giddily across the ceiling past a cascading light in the form of a human figure.

A mirror swings towards the bed, reflecting satin and sequins, a crimson carpet, orange curtains and, naturally, a haze of purple.

The Hendrix Suite at London's Cumberland hotel costs 399 pounds a night for two people, which includes a bottle of Hendrix's favourite Smokehead scotch and breakfast. (ANI)

Detroit hotels Hilton, Omni in distress

The 198-room hotel one block from Comerica Park and Ford Field will stay open, according to the lawsuit filed Thursday in Wayne County Circuit Court. The new owners are the original lenders of the $20 million loan on the property -- Wells Fargo and Capmark Financial Group. They now own the hotel through a Maryland limited liability company named after the hotel's 351 Gratiot Ave. address.

Attorneys for the new owners did not return calls late Thursday.

The lawsuit states the previous owner -- two companies listing the Ferchill Development Group's home office in Cleveland as their address -- defaulted on the $20 million loan in May. Ferchill executive Timm Judson is named as the main officer for both companies. John Ferchill, president and founder of the Ferchill Group, is listed as the guarantor of the defaulted $20 million loan taken out in 2007.

The Hilton Garden hotel opened in 2004. Its estimated cost at the time was $27.5 million.

When Ferchill was contacted late Thursday, he declined comment and referred calls to his lawyers, who couldn't be reached.

The lawsuit says the Ferchill team has an outstanding balance totaling $24.5 million on its loan, including fees and penalties. Wells Fargo and Capmark want the Ferchill officials to pay off the $5.5 million gap that the $19 million foreclosure sale price a week ago Thursday didn't cover, according to the lawsuit. The new owners also want a court-appointed receiver to oversee management of the hotel, which is still run by the Ferchill firms.

The Hilton Garden Inn isn't the only Detroit hotel in flux.

The Omni Detroit Hotel at River Place could close by mid-October if the current owners cannot finalize a sale by a potential buyer. Hotel officials have told state officials 76 workers at the Omni would lose their jobs.

Omni Hotels bought the River Place Inn in 1998, hoping to exploit its location on the Detroit River.

Sheraton Expands Footprint in China

Sheraton Hotels & Resorts is embarking on a wave of expansion in China, opening 8 hotels there by year's end, which brings its 2010 total to 11. It plans to add 26 more in the next four years, far beyond its average of 4 per year.

The class of 2010 includes the 490-room Sheraton Shanghai Hong Kou Hotel, which has five restaurants, a fitness center and an indoor pool. The hotel, which is to open on Nov. 1, is about a mile from Shanghai's historic Bund district. In the central business district of Guangzhou, China's third largest city, a 445-room Sheraton will adjoin a shopping mall and metro station.

While these hotels and new ones in Zhongshan, Tianjin, Wenzhou and Jiangyin seek to attract business travelers, a 342-room Sheraton Wuxi, which opened last month, is in a dining and entertainment district suitable for recreational travelers. The same is true of the 307-room Sheraton Shenzhou Peninsula Resort in Wanning, which is to open in December. It will have access to Hainan Island beaches.

Top chefs to demonstrate at 2010 Mold Food & Drink Festival

ORGANISERS of The Mold Food & Drink Festival have announced the names of top chefs who will appear at this year's event.

Graham Tinsley MBE and Brian Mellor will be showing off their culinary skills at the event, which takes place on Saturday, September 25 and Sunday, September 26.

Graham Tinsley, a founder member and manager of the Welsh Culinary Team and one of the chefs on ITV's Taste The Nation makes a welcome return to the festival and will take to centre stage in the Rangemaster Cookery Theatre on the Saturday where he will be doing three different demonstrations.

Born in St Helen's, Graham began his career in catering at the Midland Hotel in Manchester under the guidance of Gilbert Lefevre.

After a five-year apprenticeship and winning a collection of culinary competition medals, he worked at the five-star Atlantis Sheraton in Zurich, Switzerland, and then at the prestigious Dorchester Hotel in London under Anton Mosimann.

W Hotels Worldwide Moves from Backstage to Center Stage at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York

As part of a new fashion initiative called Fashion Next, Fashion Director Amanda Ross, has hand-picked four rising stars who W will support during fashion week and beyond. Chosen for their sense of style and design aesthetic, W's Fashion Next will give the designers a platform that will help them grow their businesses. Starting with Fashion Week, W will host the official presentations of designers Monique Pean, Bibhu Mohapatra, Sophie Theallet, and Rebecca Moses in the Box presentation space at Lincoln Center. After fashion week, the designers will travel to W Hotels around the globe for trunk shows in important fashion markets and have the opportunity to design exclusive pieces for W's next Global Glam collection. W will also provide the designers with additional exposure through Fashion Next segments on W Vision, the hotel group's in-room TV channel viewed by W's more than 1.8million guests globally, and through other marketing and retail programming all year long.

Global Glam Presentation and Celebration with Artist Roisin Murphy

In another industry first, W Hotels will formally launch its Winter 2010/Resort 2011 Global Glam collection with a presentation at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. A fashionable interpretation of W's continued global growth, Global Glam is a seasonal line of fashion and accessories inspired by the design of new or upcoming W Hotels. Curated for the first time by Amanda Ross, this season's collection includes exclusive pieces from 16 renowned designers, including Porcelain, Behnaz Sarafpour, Fallon, Kara Ross, Minnie Mortimer, Olivia Harris by Joy Gryson, Duro Olowu, Christys of London, Roberta Freymann, Jennifer Creel, Simone, Melissa Obadash, Lulu Frost, Saga Furs, Glamourpuss, and Leigh & Luca. For W's latest collection, each designer was inspired by the design narrative for W Retreat & Spa - Vieques Island (now open), W London - Leicester Square (opening early 2011), and W St. Petersburg (opening early 2011).

The presentation for W Hotels' Global Glam collection will be held in the Box at Lincoln Center on Sunday, September 12th, with Amanda Ross and many of the Global Glam designers in attendance. The presentation will feature three dramatic vignettes representative of each destination. Oversized screens hung from the ceiling will surround the collection, displaying artfully produced videos of the Global Glam look book shoot, shot on location at W South Beach by noted fashion and celebrity photographer Guy Aroch. W's Global Music Director Michaelangelo L'Acqua has produced the music soundtrack for the event inspired by this season's Global Glam, while Charlotte Voisey, the celebrated mixologist of W New York - Downtown, will create signature cocktails inspired by each destination. Following the presentation, W Hotels will hold a VIP celebration headlined by avant-garde musician, video artist and DJ Roisin Murphy. Global Glam is sold exclusively at W Hotels The Store locations and online at

The Pride Hotels launches Pride Park Premier in Gurgaon

The Pride Group of Hotels has announced the inclusion of Pride Park Premier as the tenth hotel under the Pride Umbrella. Pride Park Premier, Gurgaon encompasses 94 guest rooms and suites. All the guest rooms are fully air conditioned and replete with contemporary elements, Wi-Fi Internet access, attached bath, telephone and television. It offers facilities that include a speciality restaurant with culinary choices, bar stocking exotic cocktails, 24-hour room service, conference rooms and banquet halls. It features a wide variety of lifestyle activities including Spa, health club with sauna, steam, Jacuzzi, swimming pool, games area.

According to the company release, Kulbir Singh Punihani, Managing Director, Park Premier said, "Pride Hotels is among the few hotel chains in India which manages its own property apart from entering into management contracts with third parties. Over the years, it has followed very innovative ideas by acquiring ready built hotels and turning around their fortunes rapidly.

Sanjeev Kapoor, BVB join hands to open restaurant chain

Celebrity chef Sanjeev Kapoor has joined hands with corporate multi-brand entity Better Value Brands (BVB) to launch a global chain of Indian restaurants, called 'Indii'. The Rs 100 crore joint venture plans to set up 70 Indii outlets (both franchise and company owned outlets) across the country, and aims to reach out to the Indian diaspora in different continents in the next 12 months. The first outlet, with a tentative size of 4,000 sq ft, will be opened in Mumbai.

"Around Rs 1.5 crore is required to open one such outlet," Harsha Bhatkal, director, Better Value Brands Limited said, adding, "We are about to open our first outlet in one of the high streets of Mumbai. We will enter tier II and III cities soon. Also, we plan to open Indii's outlets in the US, the UK and middle-east countries where we have a substantial Indian population."

Maintaining that Indii was a concept waiting to happen, Sanjeev Kapoor added, "Indian food offers a palate of flavours with aromas that travel far and wide. As more and more food lovers enjoy Indian cuisine, it was imperative to put together a product that was 'Indian food of today and tomorrow' and would integrate a fine blend of taste, health and tradition."

"At BVB, we have enjoyed taking on successful brands and giving them a pan-India presence. For a company that traverses fitness, education and the cultural arts, food was perhaps the next logical vertical to occupy. With a proven track-record in creating national brands, and given Sanjeev's expertise in food and successfully running award-winning restaurants, we are proud to present Indii," concludes Bhatkal.     

PATA Travel Mart 2010

The city of Macau is more ready than ever to welcome PTM2010 delegates to experience Macau through the five senses "See Macau, Taste Macau, Touch Macau, Feel Macau and Hear Macau'. In 2008, the city hosted a record-breaking number of over 30 million visitors and the Macau Government is continuing its investment in the development of business tourism and the MICE industry.

The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is a membership association acting as a catalyst for the responsible development of the Asia Pacific travel and tourism industry. In partnership with PATA's private and public sector members, we enhance the sustainable growth, value and quality of travel and tourism to, from and within the region.


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Tuesday 5 August 2008


HotelCorp launches Manathai Hotels and Resorts

HotelCorp, one of Thailand's largest privately held hospitality management companies, has launched Manathai Hotels & Resorts, featuring their flagship suite property the Manathai Resort, Surin Beach-Phuket and the cozy Manathai Village Chiang Mai.

According to a report in, the boutique 52-room Manathai Resort, Surin Beach-Phuket is surrounded by an array of day and night shopping, as well as food and beverage venues. The resort offers two choices of accommodation wings. The Suite Wing providing a choice of three different experiences, with variations of spacious bedrooms, separate living areas and private terraces or balconies. Guests can choose from a Studio Suite, Pool Suite or Duplex Suite. The Lanai Wing, features rooms that encircle the private centre-courtyard pool.

The Manathai Village, Chiang Mai is an intimate boutique hotel. The 29-room hotel are clustered in four guest houses replicating the Thai Lanna style of Chiang Mai.

Bernhard Ollmann, Director and Chief Operating Officer, HotelCorp said, "We are delighted with this exciting opportunity to upgrade these two outstanding resorts, not only by enhancing the product for our guests comfort, but more importantly, by instilling the passion and service, that Thailand is renowned for."

Wyndham Hotels and Resorts unveils eco-friendly beverage menu

Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, LLC has launched a new eco-friendly beverage menu, which will be available in North American and Caribbean properties across the brand's portfolio. Properties also will be able to customise the menu to include local and regional selections and offer promotions that will allow customers to contribute to the environment.

According to a report in, created with the environment in mind, the eco-friendly beverage menu is produced with natural and recycled materials, including post-consumer recycled materials that are carbon neutral, Green-e certified and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified, which identifies products that provide an assurance of social and environmental responsibility on the part of the producer. FSC certification also ensures that forest products come from forests that are managed to the high standards covering social, environmental and economic issues.

The menu, designed with the help of MarkeTeam Inc., a leading sales promotion marketing agency serving the food and beverage industry, features a variety of fresh, new cocktails as well as a varied selection of high-quality organic wines, cocktails and spirits. In areas where organic breweries are located, hotels will also offer organic beers. Additionally, every page within the menu includes an 'Eco Tip' to help enlighten and educate guests about the environment.

Fernando Salazar, Vice President of Food and Beverage at Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, "We are dedicated to integrating green initiatives throughout the Wyndham Hotels and Resorts brand portfolio and to maintaining our leadership role in the hospitality industry. We have always been passionate about supporting the environment, preferring foods that are organic or embrace sustainable practices – extending that philosophy to the Wyndham spirits, beer and wine programme and subsequently its menu, was a natural evolution of this core value."

As part of the brand's 'Ecology Mixology – Have a Drink, Plant a Tree' initiative, every menu will feature Wyndham's new TRU Blue Signature Organic Cocktail, a special martini made with TRU organic vodka, FRUIT LAB organic orange liqueur, fresh lemon juice and naturally blue-tinted simple syrup. For every organic cocktail ordered, GreenBar Collective, the artisan makers of TRU vodka, FRUIT LAB liqueurs and CRUSOE rums, will plant a tree on behalf of Wyndham Hotels and Resorts in rain forests throughout Central America to help restore the planet's forests and preserve the environment. In addition to the TRU Blue Signature Organic cocktail, individual properties will also offer additional cocktails inspired by the cities and towns in which they are located.

Aston International to manage favehotel in Langkawi, Malaysia

Aston International will manage a favehotel in Langkawi, Malaysia. The favehotel Cenang Berach, Langkawi will be a 100 room two-star hotel. The hotel will feature facilities that are usually not associated with select service hotels such as an outdoor swimming pool and a trendy café shop. The favehotel Cenang Beach, Langkawi will be Aston's first favehotel outside Indonesia.

According to a report in, Norbert Vas, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Aston International said, "The site is extremely promising as it enjoys a privilege location right of the beach and within walking distance of Cenang's many restaurants and boutiques. We are confident that the new hotel will be one of Langkawi's most convenient and popular hotels."

Minor explosion in hotel in Danish capital of Copenhagen

According to Al Jazeera, a man has been detained after a minor explosion in a hotel in Copenhagen, the Danish capital, police have said.

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