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Resort operator Dusit looks to expand presence in Australia

Asian hotel operator Dusit International has partnered with Hotel Representation Australia (HRA) to strengthen its sales presence in the lucrative Australasian market.

Banyan Tree to launch urban resort concept in Chin

Both resorts will offer spa facilities Singapore-based luxury operator Banyan Tree is to launch its urban resort concept in China with properties in Shanghai and Tianjin opening in October and November respectively.

Banyan Tree relaunches Maldives resort as all-pool villa property


Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru in the Maldives has relaunched as an all-pool villa property after a full renovation that added private dipping pools adjacent to jet pools in each of its 48 villas.

Guests to the resort are now able to take advantage of having their own pool and jet pool set within the private garden area of each villa.

Facilities at Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru include one of the world's first Marine Biology Lab to be built and funded by a private resort, as well as the Banyan Tree Spa Vabbinfaru.

The spa boasts five outdoor spa pavilions amid lush tranquil settings, two massage beds and open-air showers. Three of the pavilions feature private Rain Mist Rooms.

Best Western opens new hotel in Kuala Lumpur




Best Western International has announced the opening of a RM280m (US$90m, EUR71.5m, £56.6m) hotel in Kuala Lumpur - the chain's first property in the Malaysian capital.

The 364-bedroom hotel - the Best Western Premier Dua Sentral - is located in the city's new business hub and is operated by the Trinidad Group of Companies.

AmanahRaya Hartanah owns the property, which includes a 221sq m (2,379sq ft) Bhuvana Spa with four treatment rooms - one for couples and three single guests.

A steam bath is also among the facilities at the Best Western-operated spa, which will offer an extensive range of treatments using Dermalogica and OPI products.

Best Western Premier Dua Sentral forms part of the chain's Malaysian expansion strategy, which will see 11 Best Western-branded properties operating in the country by 2015.

Raison d'Etre to launch online spa management course



Sweden-based spa consultancy Raison d'Etre is to launch its first English-language spa management course in October.

The course will be conducted in six online modules ? finance;
sales, PR and marketing; leadership and strategic planning; human resources; service quality management excellence; and writing a Business plan.

Anna Bjurstam, managing director of Raison d'Etre, said: "We are excited to see that we can fulfill or business objective of growing people and enhancing wellness within a sustainable and profitable framework and grateful for the opportunity to do this in so many areas.

"Our passion with increasing value for our clients, guests and course participants is paying off and it shows that living by our core values of integrity and trend-maker among others is truly rewarding."

She added that the new course comes at a time when many emerging markets are increasing their interest in spa and wellness.

"We are finding our primary markets to be Russia and its neighbors, Northern Africa and Middle East and we are seeing a huge interest in implementing wellness solution into residential projects and are working with four residential projects that all have come in during the first half of 2012," Bjurstam said.

The company's education branch launched its first online spa management course earlier this year in Swedish, having conducted class-lead courses for the past eight years.

As a company, Raison d'Etre is divided into three branches - ownership, consultancy and education. It has completed more than 100 projects in 60 different countries and is currently working on the two first Baccarat Spas to open in Morocco within the next two years. Details: www.raisondetrespas.com

Rezidor opens new Radisson Blu-branded resort in Bukovel

The Rezidor Hotel Group has opened a new 252-bedroom Radisson Blu-branded property amid the Carpathian Mountains at the western Ukraine ski and spa resort of Bukovel.

Among the facilities at the new Radisson Blu Resort, Bukovel is a 2,000sq m (21,528sq ft) spa and wellness facility offering a full range of treatments using Anne Semonin products.

Led by Yana Shchebelskaya, the spa has been designed by Bost interior design group and houses 12 treatment rooms and four VIP rooms, along with Finnish and bio saunas.

The spa also incorporates a steamroom and a caldarium. Elsewhere, an indoor swimming pool, a Technogym-equipped fitness room and an Entertainment Centre are open to guests.

A spokesperson for the resort said: "The hotel spa complex boasts an extensive range of health and beauty treatments and exceeds the needs of well-travelled guests."

JOBS | Operations Manager

Operations Manager - International Restaurants & Fast Food Group in Abu Dhabi, UAE Arabic is a plus, Pizza Chains, Sturbucks or similar experience is required.

NEWS | MTDC to organise conference in Aurangabad from Sept 8-9, 2012


The Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) will hold a two-day conference of consul generals of 35 countries, including the USA, from September 8-9, 2012 in Aurangabad, in order to showcase traditional art, craft, culture and tourist destinations of Maharashtra. The conference will be inaugurated by Prithviraj Chavan, Chief Minister, Government of Maharashtra. Addressing a news conference in the city, yesterday, Dr Jagdish Patil,

NEWS | Hotel Price Index reveals rise in hotel prices globally


For the first time in five years, travellers paid more on average for their hotel rooms during the first six months of 2012 in all parts of the world, according to the latest Hotel Price Index report by Hotels.com. The global four per cent rise, compared to the same period the year before, demonstrated that the economic recovery in the hotel industry was well-established. The index stood at 108 for this period meaning that, despite the latest increase, hotel prices in general were still considerably lower than in the first half of 2007 when the HPI was at its peak of 119.

NEWS | Leisure facilities at Newcastle Gateshead Marriott Hotel MetroCentre get facelift


The 150-room Newcastle Gateshead Marriott Hotel MetroCentre is undergoing a GBP 500,000 refurbishment to its leisure facilities. The property is getting a major facelift at its leisure club, which includes a new sauna and steam room and the upgrading of its dance studio, gym and swimming pool. The leisure club,

NEWS | Infrastructure status to hotel industry on the cards: Subodh Kant Sahai

The inaugural session of 47th Annual Convention of Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI), yesterday, gave the industry a reason to cheer. Subodh Kant Sahai, Minister for Tourism, Government of India promised that he will help the industry in acquiring the much required ‘infrastructure’ industry status. Much to the delight of a full house (more than 800 members attending the convention),

NEWS| FHRAI to hold AGM on Sept 28, 2012 in New Delhi


The Executive Committee meeting of Federation of Hotel & Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI) will be held on September 28, 2012 at the Inter-Continental Eros Nehru Place in New Delhi to elect the new president for the year 2012-13.

NEWS | Now Open: Four Seasons Hotel Pudong, Shanghai

Now Open: Four Seasons Hotel Pudong, Shanghai
Like the confident, youthful and energetic area it calls home, and the metropolis that surrounds it, the new Four Seasons Hotel Pudong, Shanghai joins high-powered business and glamorous style in an exclusive enclave where guests can work and play, live and stay. "Pudong literally did not exist twenty years ago – its rapid ascension to the pinnacle ofShanghai's

NEWS | Pan Pacific Hotels Group rolls out new e-brochure for soon-to-be-launched PARKROYAL on Pickering


Pan Pacific Hotels Group rolls out new e-brochure for soon-to-be-launched PARKROYAL on PickeringPan Pacific Hotels Group has unveiled a new e-brochure http://ebrochure.parkroyalhotels.com/pickering/ to introduce the latest addition to its portfolio, the flagship PARKROYAL on Pickering hotel in Singapore, which is scheduled to be opened this November. Designed in line with the refreshed PARKROYAL brand promise of being 'Your Trusted Local Companion',

NEWS | Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group Announces The Opening Of The Radisson Petra Concepción Hotel In Chile

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group Announces The Opening Of The Radisson Petra Concepción Hotel In Chile
Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the world’s largest and most dynamic hotel groups, today announced the opening of the Radisson Petra Concepción Hotel. The opening of this hotel further illustrates the momentum of the Ambition 2015 strategy to expand Radisson as one of the world’s most attractive, globally consistent, first-class brands. “We are excited to not only continue the expansion of the Radisson brand in Chile with the opening of our sixth property, but overall in Latin America,” said Thorsten Kirschke, president, Americas.

NEWS| DoubleTree by Hilton Opens First Hotel in Huntsville, Alabama


DoubleTree by Hilton Opens First Hotel in Huntsville, AlabamaDoubleTree by Hilton proudly announces the opening of an upscale, full-service, all-suite hotel situated in Huntsville, Alabama, an area known for its genuine Southern hospitality. The 149-room DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Huntsville South is conveniently located near popular attractions, including the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Hampton Cove, Huntsville Historic

NEWS | Millennium Hotels & Resorts Announces a New Era at Iconic North American Address

Millennium Hotels & Resorts Announces a New Era at Iconic North American Address
Millennium Hotels & Resorts announced its North American iconic property will re-open as ONE UN New York in September with the launch of the hotel's new luxury West Tower. Formerly Millennium UN Plaza Hotel, ONE UN will offer guests a singular experience in its West Tower, the first phase in a comprehensive three-part renovation of the striking two-tower building.

NEWS| Stepping up Growth Through Conversions, Aloft® Unveils Hotels in San Francisco and Nashville


Stepping up Growth Through Conversions, Aloft® Unveils Hotels in San Francisco and Nashville
A pair of Aloft hotels opening this month will have more in common than bold design and a buzzing social atmosphere; both are conversions of existing hotels, and highlight an exciting new growth channel for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.’s (NYSE: HOT)

NEWS | IHG Announces Robust Expansion Plans in Indonesia


IHG Announces Robust Expansion Plans in Indonesia
IHG has announced robust expansion plans for Indonesia, identifying it as a key growth market within the region. Revealing a strong pipeline especially in the midscale segment for Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express,

JOBS | Assistant Manager Housekeeping

Job Description
Responsible for excellent upkeep of the entire Hotel. With this end in view to organise, supervise and co-ordinate the functions of his/ her department for safety, cleanliness, general maintenance order and assisting EHK in day to day operation 
Salary:INR 2,25,000 - 3,00,000 P.A. Duty Meal 
Functional Area:Hotels, Restaurants 

JOBS | HOUSEKEEPING

Description

Housekeeper is responsible for the general cleaning and upkeep of guestrooms and other assigned areas. Requirements include: the ability to lift, bend, move heavy equipment; remain on one's feet for extended periods of time; and an individual who is team oriented and dedicated to providing excellent service and ensuring that IHR's highest cleanliness standards are met. Interstate is an EEO/AA/M/F/D/V employer.

JOBS | GM Secretary

Job Description

Daily secretarial and administrative support to General Manager, which includes Meeting arrangement, clients/ vendors coordination, documents preparation, random visitors .Setting meeting with various departments, clients, screening of incoming calls to GM .Follow-up with different departments, companies, persons and any pending documents as requested by the General Manager .Manage all inward and outward correspondence of the General Managers Office in order to ensure timely

JOBS | Trainee

Job Description
Industrial Training in Front Office, Housekeeping, F& B Service , F & B Production Salary:Not Disclosed by Recruiter Industry:Travel, Hotels, Restaurants, Airlines, Railways Functional Area:Hotels, Restaurants Role Category:Other Role:Trainee Keyskills:industrial traine 

JOBS | Food & Beverage Manager


Job Description

1. To handle the Food & Beverage Department. 2. To have control on food and beverage revenue and expenditure. 3. Annual Operating Budget of Food & Beverage Department 2. Maintaining of operating standards 3. Inventory Management of Stocks. 

Salary:INR 6,00,000 - 7,00,000 P.A 

JOBS| Director - Food & Beverage


Job Description

Responsible for all F & B service.Directly supervise the managers of all the outlets.Plan & implement budgets,hire,train & supervise subordinates & apply relevant marketing principles to assure that the needs of guests are consistently exceeded 
Salary:Not Disclosed by Recruiter 

Functional Area:Hotels, Restaurants 

JOBS | GUEST SERVICES AGENT

HOTEL OR ENTITY 
Sofitel
Sofitel Chicago Water Tower 

State: Illinois 
Country: United States of America In the heart of downtown Chicago Sofitel welcomes you with 415 rooms. More than 10,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space, French cuisine in Café Des Architectes and our chic bar. See hotel description 

JOBS | ROOM SERVICE SERVER

Sofitel
HOTEL OR ENTITY 
Sofitel Chicago Water Tower
State: Illinois
Country: United States of America Sofitel offers contemporary hotels and resorts adapted to today’s more demanding and more versatile consumers who expect and appreciate beauty, quality and excellence. Each Sofitel property offers a genuine experience of the French “art de vivre”. See hotel description

JOBS | F&B MANAGER

Novotel
HOTEL OR ENTITY 

Novotel Ipswich Centre 
City: Suffolk State East Anglia (England) 

Country: United Kingdom