Moevenpick Hotel & Spa Bangalore has officially opened its doors today, becoming the first property in India for the international upscale hotel company. The five-star hotel is superbly designed as a contemporary business destination whilst also offering exciting leisure opportunities for relaxation, dining and entertainment.
Conveniently located near the main business districts of the city and a 30-minute drive from the airport, the modern hotel boasts a stunning water feature at its entrance and an illuminated glass staircase, lending a warm feel to the corporate traveller focused property.
The hotel's services are every bit as progressive as the design, with guests enjoying complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi in all rooms and public areas, a first in the city. All 182 rooms contain flat screen LCD TV with integrated media systems.
Guests staying in executive club rooms or suites enjoy a variety of convenient benefits including a 24-hour rate starting from the moment they arrive, which will help the majority of international travellers taking early morning or late evening flights.
The opening further augments the close ties between India and Switzerland, which covers everything from trade to movies, with the European country's stunning scenery providing the backdrop to many Bollywood films.
Jean Gabriel Peres, President & CEO of Moevenpick Hotels & Resorts said he was excited about launching the first Moevenpick property in India, in the heart of its 'Silicon Valley'.
"It is a contemporary property which is in keeping with 21st century India and its rising stature on the global stage," he said. "This opening marks a new milestone for our company entering the Indian Subcontinent with the Moevenpick Hotel Bangalore. We are convinced that the hotel's facilities, in combination with our personalised service delivery and the Swiss approach to quality, will appeal to domestic and international travellers alike."
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The 2011 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) were held last night awarding
winemakers from around the world.
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From over 12,000 entries this year, 25 top wines won International
Trophies. These wines will now be able to display a medal sticker to show
consumers that the wine they are buying is at the top of its class.
To bring these fantastic wines to consumers, Decanter has partnered with
Enomatic to host wine tastings around the world. From Mumbai to San Paolo,
New York to Paris, Shanghai to Moscow 21 countries will host DWWA Global
Tastings to bring the highly acclaimed wines to the doorsteps of consumers.
Wines to be looking out for on the shelves which performed particularly
well last night include the ‘traditional’ Old World Wine producers; Wines
from France, Italy, Portugal, Germany, Spain, Greece and Slovenia all won
Traditionally famous for its wine, France won a total of 12% of the
International Trophies, including a win in the Chardonnay under GBP10
category. Overall French wines were awarded medals for 63% of their wines
entered, up by 2% from last year, proving once again that France is a force
to be reckoned with.
The Royal Opera House played host to the Decanter World Wine Awards last
night with some extraordinary wines winning top awards.
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The most surprising win was the He Lan Qing Xue from China winning the
International Trophy for the Red Bordeaux Varietal over GBP10 - beating
Bordeaux blends from around the world, including Argentina, USA, Australia,
and Bordeaux itself. The category is open to any region that produces a
Bordeaux varietal grape and this blend included Cabernet Sauvignon and
Merlot grapes. This winemaking region of Ningxia has been rapidly improving
in past years, so the judges were delighted to award this wine with the top
‘China is not traditionally known for its wines so it was with great
surprise and pleasure that we found this delightful blend. The producer was
trained in the famous French wine region of Bordeaux so his experience is
very credible,’ said Steven Spurrier, Chairman of the awards. ‘This is what
the awards are about - finding hidden gems and putting them on the map.’
Mr Demei Li from He Lan Qing Xue commented ‘This is an amazing win for
us and the Chinese wine industry. We can’t believe we won the International
Trophy from the most reputable and most trusted wine competition in the
world- this is sure to boost our own wine sales and encourage more wine
production in China!’
Cedar Fair Continues Strong Performance Through Important Summer Season
- Revenues up approximately $33 million, or 4%, through Labor Day Weekend year-over-year
- Company reaffirms full-year revenue and adjusted EBITDA guidance
- Company on track to pay 70 cent distribution in December, totaling $1.00 per unit to be paid in 2011
SANDUSKY, Ohio, Sept. 8, 2011 - Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (NYSE: FUN), a leader in regional amusement parks, water parks and active entertainment, today reported that it has continued its strong performance through Labor Day weekend.
As of September 4, 2011, year-to-date revenues increased approximately $33 million, or 4%, to approximately $857 million compared with $824 million for the same period a year ago. Driving this year-over-year growth was a 2% increase in attendance to 19.1 million visitors, coupled with a 2% increase in in-park guest per capita spending to $40.10 and a 5% increase in out-of-park revenues to approximately $90 million.
The summer of 2011 is proving to be another strong operating season for Cedar Fair,” said Dick Kinzel, chief executive officer. “Our new rides and attractions, including WindSeeker, a 301-foot-tall thrill ride introduced at our four largest parks, continued to attract guests during the peak vacation month of August. Our creative marketing efforts and pricing initiatives also continued to drive growth, particularly at Canada’s Wonderland, Knott’s Berry Farm, Kings Island and California’s Great America.
“As we head into our award-winning Halloween season, we feel very good about the steadily increasing momentum we are building across our well-maintained and diversified portfolio of parks,” added Kinzel. “Should these trends continue throughout our important Fall season, we will generate full-year net revenues at the high end or slightly above our previous guidance of $975 million to $1.0 billion. At the same time, assuming similar trends, we believe our full-year adjusted EBITDA will be at the middle to upper end of our guidance of $350 million to $370 million.”
Kinzel concluded by noting the Company is on track to pay a 70 cent per unit distribution in December, bringing the total amount of distributions paid in 2011 to $1.00 per unit. The Company continues to target an annualized distribution rate of $2.00 or more per unit in 2013.
Cedar Fair is a publicly traded partnership headquartered in Sandusky, Ohio, and one of the largest regional amusement-resort operators in the world. The Company owns and operates 11 amusement parks, six outdoor water parks, one indoor water park and five hotels. Its parks are located in Ohio, California, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Missouri, Michigan, and Toronto, Ontario. Cedar Fair also operates the Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park in California under a management contract. Cedar Fair’s flagship park, Cedar Point, has been consistently voted the “Best Amusement Park in the World” in a prestigious annual poll conducted by Amusement Today newspaper.
With more than 30 years of hotel management experience, as well as a wealth of knowledge about the Windy City, Pinto previously served as vice president of Oakbrook Hotels & Resorts and general manager, Pheasant Run Resort, the Midwest’s largest entertainment resort, located in the Chicago suburbs. Pinto also served as general manager for various Wyndham hotels and was the regional vice president of operations for Wyndham’s Midwest region. Additional leadership positions include a successful career with Marriott International, where he was the director of operations at Marriott Suites, O’Hare Airport, and opening general manager of multiple Courtyard by Marriott hotels. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management from Michigan State University and began his career with Marriott in the Detroit and Washington DC areas.
Buffalo Lodging Associates, LLC is proud to announce that Lindsey Brodeur has been brought on as general manager for the Hampton Inn & Suites Hartford/Farmington hotel located at 301 Colt Highway in Farmington, Conn. The 3-story, 124-room, Farmington hotel is located off I-84, 9 miles outside of Hartford. Brodeur joins the Hampton Inn & Suites Hartford/Farmington from the Waterford Hotel Group, where she spent the last nine years working for various hotels within the company. Most recently, Lindsey served as the general manager for a Holiday Inn Express in Southington, Conn. She currently resides in Rocky Hill, Connecticut with her husband.