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NEWS | Meliá Hotels International to open a new Innside by Meliá hotel in Wolfsburg, Germany

Meliá Hotels International has recently announced the addition of a new hotel in Wolfsburg, Germany, which will be operated by the Innside by Meliá brand, one of the best positioned and most valued by customers in the country.

Innside Wolfsburg, whose construction will start in 2012, is a modern four star hotel with 219 rooms, located in the heart of the city, next to the railway station in Wolfsburg, Lower Saxony. The hotel, which will be added to the Company under a lease contract, will also have a large conference area and a modern Sky Bar.

The property will be the twenty third hotel of Meliá Hotels International in Germany - which is the third country with the largest Spanish company's presence - and the tenth of the Innside by Meliá brand. In addition, it is its second hotel in the city of Wolfsburg, where it already operates a TRYP by Wyndham hotel.

The Innside brand joined Meliá Hotels International in 2007 adding a number of hotels characterized by their urban and avant-garde nature to the company portfolio. Each of them has been designed by a different architect, focused on achieving guest satisfaction in modern urban settings. The German GBI AG has been appointed to design and develop this project, after collaborating with Meliá Hotels International in the Tryp Centro Oberhausen and TRYP Frankfurt hotels.

The rooms reflect the avant-garde image thanks to the use of different materials: steel and glass. In addition, the latest in communications equipment, fresh dinning options and a professional service for business guests define the essence of the brand Innside by Meliá.


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NEWS | Jumeirah at Etihad Towers opens its doors in Abu Dhabi

Jumeirah at Etihad Towers opened its doors to the world today on November 1, 2011, with its very first guest checking into the property. The luxury hotel located on the Arabian Gulf in the Ras Al Akhdar area of Abu Dhabi, which is close to the central business district and ministry compounds, is the first Jumeirah property to open in the UAE's capital.

Consisting of 382 guestrooms and suites, 199 fully-serviced residences, 12 restaurants, bars and lounges, Talise Spa and one of the largest conference centres in Abu Dhabi, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers stands 280 metres tall and is furnished throughout in a modern contemporary design using rich materials including highly prized Italian marble, custom-designed hand-tufted carpets and photographic art works depicting life in Abu Dhabi during the 1960s from the private photographic collection of His Highness Sheikh Suroor bin Mohammed Al Nahyan.

With a focus on comfort, quality craftsmanship, and an ability to support and enrich the urban lifestyles of modern professionals, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers offers both convenience to business travellers, as well as resort relaxation for guests seeking leisure experiences thanks to the hotel's own private beach. The rooms, suites, residences and food and beverage outlets offer superb vistas of Abu Dhabi's Corniche, city skyline and coastline.

In addition to the luxury accommodation and hospitality services on offer, a major attraction of the property will be its gourmet experiences. Among the 12 restaurants, bars and lounges to operate within the property, two signature restaurants, Li Beirut and Quest, will offer a unique modern interpretation of Lebanese and Asian cuisine respectively, and will form a new social focal point for Abu Dhabi's culinary scene. Additionally, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers' own Talise Spa will also provide a unique relaxation experience within the capital with its fully contained treatment suites, Turkish hammam and Rasoul treatments.


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NEWS | Hyatt Regency Danang Resort and Spa Opens In Vietnam

Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced today the opening of Hyatt Regency Danang Resort and Spa on Vietnam's central coast. Conveniently located between Hoi An, a UNESCO world heritage site and the bustling city of Danang, Hyatt Regency Danang Resort and Spa is situated on an immaculate stretch of white sandy beach with views of the ocean and the magnificent Marble Mountains. The resort is a 15 minute drive from Danang International Airport.

"Vietnam is fast joining the ranks of the region's most popular tourist destinations as well as becoming an increasingly important center for business," said Willi Martin, Area Vice President, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts. "Hyatt Regency Danang Resort and Spa is the second Hyatt hotel in Vietnam, joining the award winning Park Hyatt Saigon, and we believe the resort will further strengthen our brand portfolio in South East Asia."

The contemporary design of Hyatt Regency Danang Resort and Spa is accented by Vietnamese-style architectural elements, and the hotel's 200 guestrooms feature modern design with oversized balconies and floor to ceiling windows. Additionally, there are 182 luxurious residences and 27 private Ocean Villas each with a private pool.


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NEWS | Rezidor announces the Radisson Blu Hotel Mersin in Turkey

The Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the fastest growing hotel companies worldwide, announces the Radisson Blu Hotel Mersin in Turkey. The former "Taksim" hotel featuring 246 guest rooms will be rebranded in Q4 2011.

"Turkey is an important growth market for us - the country has a strong economy and ambitious development plans. We look forward to further strengthening our portfolio in this emerging region", said Kurt Ritter, President & CEO of Rezidor. After establishing a presence in both the capital Ankara and the commercial hub Istanbul, Rezidor has expanded into Cesme, Antalya, and now Mersin.

The Radisson Blu Hotel Mersin is a true landmark: It is located on the top floors of the 52-story Mersin Tower, the second tallest building in Turkey with outstanding visibility. All rooms offer stunning views of the city of Mersin and the Mediterranean Sea.

The hotel has been fully renovated over the past 12 months and shows a unique, sophisticated and minimalistic design by Eren Talu, one of Turkey's most famous interior designers. It comprises 190 rooms with Radisson Blu signature services such as free high speed Internet access, and 56 suites - including 3 elegant presidential suites with a surface of 100 square meters each. Further services include 2 restaurants, 1,700m2 of meeting space, and a spa.

Mersin, located on the southern coast of Turkey, is a dynamic and economically diverse city and a key link between Europe and the Middle East. It is home to a massive port and a free trade zone, which is one of the largest in the region and has attracted numerous international firms. With a seafront, cultural attractions and a pleasant climate, it is also a popular regional tourist destination.


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NEWS | Sheraton Set to Open Five More Properties in China before End of Year

Adding even more muscle to its portfolio in China, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced that its iconic Sheraton® brand will open five more hotels in China before the end of year. In addition to these new openings, seven new Sheraton hotels and resorts debuted in the region this year in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chongqing, Zhenjiang, Hainan and Jinzhou. With the addition of these 12 hotels, Sheraton will grow its portfolio to 46 hotels in Greater China by year's end, moving Starwood closer to its goal of operating 100 hotels in Greater China by the end of 2012.

In the next two years, nearly half of all new Starwood hotels slated to open in China will fly the Sheraton flag. This fall, Sheraton will open its first hotel in Hangzhou and Daqing, its second hotel in Xian and two hotels in Changzhou. This surge in new hotel openings will grow the Sheraton brand's footprint not only in China's largest and most established cities, but also in many of the country's fast-growing metropolises and resort destinations.

"Sheraton has leveraged its first-mover advantage in China, where we are now one of the country's strongest global brands and the engine of Starwood's growth," said Hoyt Harper, global brand leader for Sheraton Hotels & Resorts. "Sheraton is focused on meeting the needs of Chinese travelers within China, as well as across our portfolio of more than 400 hotels around the world."

China will play an outsized role in global travel over the next decade, with 100 million outbound travelers expected by 2015. China also continues to be the richest source of new loyal travelers for Starwood, as evidenced by the 71% jump in Chinese enrollment in Starwood Preferred Guest® last year. Starwood's first-mover advantage in China dates back to 1985 with the landmark debut of The Great Wall Sheraton Hotel in Beijing, the first international branded hotel in China

NEWS | Aloft Hotels Makes Landmark Debut in the United Kingdom

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.® (NYSE:HOT) today announces the debut of its new destination sensation brand, Aloft® Hotels, in the United Kingdom with the opening of Aloft London Excel.

In the same year that Starwood launched its world-renowned W® Hotels brand in London, the innovative hotel giant has once again reinvented hotel design and launched a second new brand in the UK market. Aloft has been created to shake up the staid and traditional mid-market hotel sector and is redefining the category by delivering urban-influenced, modern and vibrant design and a social guest experience at an affordable price point.

Situated in the heart of London's Docklands, next to the ExCeL International Exhibition and Convention Centre, Aloft London Excel features 252 loft-like guest rooms, a buzzing bar scene, a grab-and-go food pantry and industrial design elements throughout. Aloft London Excel is owned by ADNEC (Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company) which also owns ExCeL London as well as Aloft Abu Dhabi, the Middle East's first Aloft hotel, which is located adjacent to the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

"The launch of Aloft in the UK underscores the strength of the Starwood network and the power of the Aloft brand," said Brian McGuinness, Senior Vice President, Speciality Select Brands for Starwood. "Aloft's emphasis on high design combined with its tech-savvy features and social atmosphere all at an affordable price point translates globally and is attracting a growing group of loyal travellers. Aloft's international expansion so early in the brand's life cycle is unprecedented."

With more than 50 hotels open since its June 2008 debut, Aloft Hotels has become the talk of the hospitality industry by going global while in launch mode. Aloft currently operates hotels in seven countries – the United States, Canada, China, the United Arab Emirates, India, Belgium and now the UK. Aloft is continuing its global expansion with further openings planned in China, India and the United States as well as brand introductions in Thailand, Colombia and Costa Rica.


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NEWS | Wyndham Hotel Group Announces Second Wyndham Hotel in Turkey

Wyndham Hotel Group, the world's largest hotel company based on number of hotels and part of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN), today announced the signing of an agreement to open a second franchised Wyndham Hotels and Resorts® property in Turkey, the Wyndham Istanbul Kalamis Marina.

The hotel, owned by Reisler Deri Sanayi Ve Ticaret Limited Siketi, is due to open in autumn 2012.

The signing of the Wyndham Istanbul Kalamis Marina adds to Wyndham Hotel Group's steady growth in the country, following last month's announcement that Turkey's first Wyndham® hotel, the Wyndham Petek Istanbul, is set to debut in 2012. Wyndham Hotel Group currently has seven hotels open and operating in the country under the globally renowned Ramada® brand.

"Turkey plays an important role in our plans to expand Wyndham Hotel Group's portfolio in Europe and the Middle East and continue providing travellers with first-rate accommodations around the world," said Eric Danziger, president and chief executive officer of Wyndham Hotel Group. "The opportunities in Istanbul make for an exciting time to introduce a second Wyndham hotel here. With its incredible location and five-star offerings, the addition of Wyndham Istanbul Kalamis Marina further demonstrates our commitment to work with respected partners to bring high-caliber products to key, vibrant markets."

With stunning views of the Marmara Sea, this five-star property will be located directly across from the exclusive Kalamis Marina on the Asian side of Istanbul. The hotel will feature 211 rooms over five floors, one presidential suite and eight meeting rooms. A large spa and fitness centre will offer 12 treatment rooms, one indoor pool and one rooftop pool. Dining options will include three restaurants: one offering all-day dining and two speciality restaurants. A lobby bar and room service will also be available.

Wyndham Hotel Group, part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of companies, is the world's largest hotel company with approximately 7,190 hotels and approximately 611,200 rooms in 65 countries under the hotel brands: Wyndham Hotels and Resorts®, Ramada®, Days Inn®, Super 8®, Wingate by Wyndham®, Baymont Inn & Suites®, Microtel Inns & Suites®, Hawthorn Suites® by Wyndham, TRYP by Wyndham™, Howard Johnson®, Travelodge® and Knights Inn®. In addition, the company has a license agreement to franchise the Planet Hollywood Hotels, Dream® and Night® brands and provide management services internationally.


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