A White Lodging employee since 1998, Dharmesh Bhakta was recently named the General Manager at the Courtyard by Marriott located near the airport in Austin, Texas. Prior to his move to the Courtyard by Marriott, Bhakta was the General Manager at the Residence Inn by Marriott Austin North. While in that position, the property received the most improved guest service scores and had the highest profit percentage in Region 1.
Hilton Hotels & Resorts today announced the opening of its newest property in Hangzhou Province, China, Hilton Hangzhou Qiandao Lake Resort. Located in Chun'an County, on the shores of the stunning Qiandao Lake, the hotel comprises seven grand towers and 349 rooms. The opening of the resort expands Hilton Worldwide's footprint in mainland China to 18 operating hotels.
The next big battle among hospitality players is expected to shift to the Noida-Greater Noida Expressway. Current trouble over land acquisition in the area notwithstanding, the 25-km stretch could be the next hotspot for tourism, conventions, glitterati events, nightlife and shopping as several big hotel groups such as Marriott, Hyatt, Starwood and Oberoi, are firming up their plans already.