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NEWS | Westin Hotels to Make Landmark Debut in the Dominican Republic

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NEWS | Best Western: Strongest Hotel Brand In The World Expands Further

Listing the most present hotel brands worldwide Best Western the unchallenged front runner: with more than 4,100 hotels and 308,000 rooms under the identically named umbrella brand the hotel chain is worldwide the number one - ahead of hotel brands such as Holiday Inn, Marriott, Comfort Inns & Comfort Suites, Hilton and Holiday Inn Express.

NEWS | Starwood Hotels' Eco-Wise Element Brand to Deliver Fresh, New Option in Greater Newark

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) today announced plans to open Element Harrison in Summer of 2014, just five miles from Newark Liberty International Airport. Owned and developed by Harrison Hotel 1, an entity of Ironstate Holdings, LLC, a Hoboken, NJ-based developer, and managed by Crescent Hotels & Resorts,

NEWS | Andrew Mosblech has been appointed of Food and Beverage at La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla - CA, United States.

Mosblech brings more than 10 years of industry experience to La Valencia, as he has previously managed, directed and consulted some of the nation’s most renowned restaurants, bars and F&B programs including the Daniel Patterson Group, COI and A16. Prior to joining the La Valencia team,

NEWS | Hannah Filer has been named Director, Communications at Onyx Hospitality Group in Bangkok , Thailand.

Hannah joins the marketing team at ONYX’s Head Office in Bangkok and will oversee international PR activity across the group’s four brands, Saffron, Amari, Shama and OZO. Hannah brings to the role over five years’ experience in hospitality and communications.

NEWS | Richard Cuello has been appointed General Manager at Hilton Evian-les-Bains in Evian, France.

Avec plus de 20 ans d’expérience, Richard Cuello a fait toutes ses classes au sein du Groupe Hilton Worldwide. Ainsi, après avoir débuté sa carrière au Hilton Barcelona en occupant successivement les postes de business development manager, director of sales,

NEWS | Sascha Lenz has been appointed Director of Food and Beverage at Andaz Liverpool Street in London, United Kingdom.

Sascha brings over nine years' experience in hotel Food & Beverage management and joins from Hyatt Regency Ekaterinburg in Russia where he worked for almost three years and most recently was responsible for directing the Hotel's seven food & beverage outlets,

NEWS | Rising debt pushes Leela, DLF, Eros and others to put hotels on the block

Several key hotel assets are up for grabs across India, as their owners look to encash them to retire rising debt or generate working capital. In recent times, companies like DB Group, DLF, Eros, Leela and Royal Orchid Hotels, among others, have put their hotels in various parts of the country on the block. Though the company denied it, DB Hospitality is in the process of selling its under-construction hotel, the Park Hyatt on Marine Lines in Mumbai, and also the new Grand Hyatt in Goa,

NEWS | Starwood's luxury brands in global partnership programmme with Bentley Motors

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. has announced a global partnership programme between Bentley Motors and the St. Regis and The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts. The partnership is set to create signature experiences for guests, residents and customers with driving programs, special events, brand initiatives and house fleets at flagship hotels around the world. "Starwood's luxury brands continue to grow globally and so does the global nature of our guests,"

NEWS | Mobikon introduces Konekt Feedback application to increase guest loyalty

Mobikon Technologies Pvt. Ltd has launched Konekt Feedback, a web based application designed for the hospitality industry to know their customers, track service levels and engage on the digital media. The feedback application works on iPad or on any smartphone via QR code, which can be placed on front desk or handed over to guest on billing. Konekt Feedback helps in increasing guest loyalty by allowing establishments to reward customers based on frequency of visits and an option to promote events and offers on the interactive touch screens.

NEWS | Cetis Inc to launch Mobile Key by Openways solution in India

Chicago-based Cetis Inc, is currently in talks with the InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG), Hilton Worldwide, Choice Hotels and Ascot Hotels in India to launch their product Mobile Key by Openways, in the market. Zephyr India is the company's Indian representative. As per a release, the technology solution enables guests to access their rooms with a code provided on the cell phones, eliminating the need for keys or key cards. According to Shajan Koshy, Director, Zephyr India,

NEWS | IRCTC mulling special 7-day tour train from Indore to Kathmandu

The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) is mulling a special train from Indore to Nepal to facilitate visits to the famous Pashupatinath temple. The train will start from Indore and halt at Raxaul in Bihar from where the passengers would be taken by road to Kathmandu by private operators, as per a report by Rageshri Ganguly in The Times of India.