Aura Thai Spa Services Private Limited (ATSSPL), a Dubai-based Spa and Wellness service brand is soon coming up with four centres in Delhi and one centre each in Goa, Allahabad and Varanasi via franchising. Also, the company is aiming to open 300 spas by 2015.
Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas, a leading developer and operator of luxury hotels, resorts and spas, is rapidly expanding in the Middle East with the latest addition of its first city hotel, Eastern Mangroves Resort and Spa by Anantara, counting a total of five properties in Abu Dhabi, UAE by first quarter of 2012.
Hilton Worldwide announces an agreement with the Al Hamra Real Estate Development company to take over management of the Al Hamra Fort Hotel in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE. The landmark hotel and adjoining convention centre, independently operated by the owners since 1999, will open under the Hilton Hotels & Resorts brand from Q1 2013.
Recognised for world-class personalised instruction, Peter Burwash International has been selected to coordinate professional programs and energising tennis activities throughout the summer at Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire.
The Centaur Hotels' website, centaurhotels.com, appears to have compromised personal information of its hotel guests, in what seems to be a case of poor internet security protocols implemented by the site.
ATLANTA Some 25,000 employees and executives with IHG are switching their business email servers to Google Inc.'s Gmail, replacing Microsoft Corp.'s Outlook in one of the hotel industry's biggest cloud migrations ever.
AUSTIN, TEXAS Two glass panels fell more than 20 stories from balconies of unoccupied units at W Austin Hotel & Residences, injuring four people when the glass landed in the hotel's pool area.
It is unclear what caused the panels, located on the 24th and 25th floors, to fall on the evening of June 10. Hotel officials have assigned engineers to investigate the incident, and the pool area remains closed until further notice.
Challenging market conditions continue to affect UK provincial full-service hotels, leaving sales growth flat and profits down, while London sales and profit growth is being tempered after remarkable recovery in 2010.
VANCOUVER The British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal has ordered Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre to pay a C$5,000 fine for discriminating against an organization that sought to book a block of guestrooms.
RAS AL KHAIMAH, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES Hilton Worldwide has signed a deal with Al Hamra Real Estate Development to take over management of the 249-key Al Hamra Fort Hotel in Ras Al Khaimah.
The hotel and adjoining convention center, independently operated by the owners since 1999, will open under the Hilton Hotels & Resorts brand in early 2013.
ABU DHABI Anantara Hotels Resorts & Spas will operate the upcoming Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa in Abu Dhabi after rival Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts withdrew, citing disagreements over how to develop the project.
The Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino & Spa has won the 2011 Pinnacle Award, the symbol of excellence
among meeting planners, bestowed upon resorts and hotels with a proven
track record for delivering a superior meetings experience.
Kolkata-based steel manufacturing firm, SPS Group, has chalked out plans to diversify into the hospitality sector. According to a report in Hindustan Times, the company plans to invest around Rs 5,000 crore over the next four years for this venture including the development of luxury hotels.
KUALA LUMPUR Hyatt Hotels Corp. has signed an agreement with Bahagia Investment Corp. to manage the 412-key Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur. The hotel, which is under construction and is expected to open in 2012, marks the debut of the Grand Hyatt brand in Malaysia.
By the time you read this, chances are that you would have read several other reviews of Hakasan the new Asian, Michelin starred restaurant in Bandra, a suburb in Mumbai. The Michelin starred rating obviously conjures up enough expectations, that you try and balance the excitement with the possible disappointment. Yes, there is always room for that.