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Four Seasons opens at Guangzhou International Finance Center
Image: The hotel is in the building's upper third

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has held an official opening ceremony for its 88th hotel in the upper third of the 103-storey Guangzhou International Finance Center (IFC) in China.

The landmark 440m (1,444ft)-tall building has been designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects and was built by Yuexiu Property Group at a cost of £280m (US$441m, EUR357m).

Guests enter Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou through a 70th floor lobby, with its facilities including a number of restaurants on various floors and the 1,070sq m (11,517sq ft) Hua Spa.

The spa takes its name for the Mandarin word for flowers and features nine treatment rooms - three of which are double-size VIP s…

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Sent from BlackBerry® on Airtel From: Leisure Opportunities <leisuremedia@dial.pipex.com> Date: Tue, 31 Jul 2012 13:11:12 +0100 (BST) To: Editor Hospemag<editor@hospemag.com> Subject: Leisure Opportunities Instant News

Morgans to operate luxury hotel in London

Morgans Hotel Group has announced plans to open and operate a 234-bedroom luxury hotel in London, UK, during 2015.

Located in Great Scotland Yard in the centre of the city, the Hudson London hotel will be located in a 102-year-old Edwardian building ? formerly used by the Ministry of Defence.

Westminster City Council has granted planning consent for the hotel, which is being purchased from the Crown Estate by Sansar Investments. Morgans has been appointed to operate the site as part of a partnership agreement.

Hudson London at Great Scotland Yard will be Morgans' fourth property in London, joining the Sanderson and St Martins Lane properties. The other ? Mondrian London at Sea Containers House ? is set to …

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Centara announces plans to expand portfolio to 100 properties
Image: Centara Grand Island Resort and Spa Maldives

Centara Hotels and Resorts is planning to expand its Asian portfolio to 100 properties over the next five years as part of efforts to become one of the region's leading operators.

The group is a division of Central Group - one of Thailand's leading retail conglomerates - and opened its first hotel nearly 30 years ago in Bangkok's Ladprao district.

It currently has a portfolio of 55 hotels and resorts - both managed and owned - across the Asia Pacific region, although some of these are in the pre-opening phase.

Centara has set a target of acquiring more than 45 hotels and resorts over the next five years, having reached its initial aim of 50 …

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Sent from BlackBerry® on Airtel From: Leisure Opportunities <leisuremedia@dial.pipex.com> Date: Thu, 2 Aug 2012 10:21:06 +0100 (BST) To: Editor Hospemag<editor@hospemag.com> Subject: Leisure Opportunities Instant News

Four Seasons signs deal to operate Serengeti National Park lodge
Image: An infinity-edge pool overlooks the Serengeti

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts is to take over the operation of Bilila Lodge in Tanzania's Serengeti National Park after signing an agreement with the property's owner.

The deal will come into effect during the third quarter, with the property to be renamed Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti. James Kostecky has been named as general manager.

Facilities include a 4,000sq ft (372sq m) spa with six standalone treatment rooms. All of the treatment rooms contain a full shower/steam shower, while one offers dual soaking tubs.

Four Seasons has confirmed there will be some design alterations made to the spa, which it will operate. The group is also…

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Sent from BlackBerry® on Airtel From: Leisure Opportunities <dontreply@mailings1.leisuremedia.com> Date: Fri, 3 Aug 2012 16:32:55 +0100 (BST) To: Editor Hospemag<editor@hospemag.com> Subject: Leisure Opportunities Instant News

Two new Turkish properties confirmed by Viceroy Hotel Group

Viceroy Hotel Group (VHG) is to make its first move into Turkey with the opening of two new properties - Viceroy Istanbul and Viceroy Bodrum - during the next two years.

The group has been named operator of the Nef Bebeköy resort development in Istanbul, which is to include a resort spanning 68,000sq m (732,000sq ft) and being led by developer Nef.

WATG are the project architects, with Viceroy Istanbul due to open in late 2013. Facilities will include an outdoor garden and forest area and a full-service fitness centre and spa.

Meanwhile, Viceroy Bodrum is the result of an agreement with real estate firm Safir Grup and is expected to open in late 2014. It is also being designed by WATG.

Facilities w…

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Sent from BlackBerry® on Airtel From: Leisure Opportunities <leisuremedia@dial.pipex.com> Date: Tue, 7 Aug 2012 11:02:13 +0100 (BST) To: Editor Hospemag<editor@hospemag.com> Subject: Leisure Opportunities Instant News

Sheraton opens first hotel in China's Jiaozhou New District
Image: A Shine-branded spa is among the facilities

Starwood Hotels and Resorts has opened a new Sheraton property in Jiaozhou New District near Qingdao city in China's Shandong province - the brand's first in the locality.

The 270-bedroom hotel is also Starwood's first managed property located in the district and is part of the group's expansion plans for second and third tier cities across China.

Qingdao Greentown Jiaozhou Bay Real Estate Development Company owns the hotel, which includes a 2,300sq m (24,757sq ft) Shine-branded spa with eight treatment rooms.

Hong Kong-based International Leisure Consultants (ILC) was involved with creating the spa at Sheraton Jiaozhou, which will be op…

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NEWS | Ascott to manage The Cavendish Hotel in London from Q4 2012

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NEWS | Wyndham converts 20 new managed hotels in one day

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