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NEWS | MoT sanctions Rs 4.40-crore Ecotourism project in Khanapur, Karnataka

Keeping the tourism potential of Belagavi (Belgaum) district of Karnataka in view, the Ministry of Tourism (MoT), Government of India has sanctioned a project, ‘Ecotourism Resort in Khanapur Forest area’, at Rs 4.40 crore and released a sum of Rs 3.52 crore as first instalment during 2010-11 to the Government of Karnataka. Development and promotion of various tourism destinations and products are primarily the responsibility of the State Government/Union Territory (UT) Administration. However,

NEWS | Premier Inn opens touches 50,000-room landmark; opens 640th property at Gatwick Airport

Premier Inn, UK’s budget hotel chain, and a part of Whitbread Plc, recently reached the 50,000-room landmark with the opening of the 640th property at Gatwick Airport. The 630-room property is the largest Premier Inn property to date, and is targeted at leisure and business guests. All rooms feature an en-suite bathroom, double bed with duvet, remote control TV,

NEWS | Best Western India appoints Sandeep Saxena as VP - Sales & Marketing

Best Western India has appointed Sandeep Saxena as Vice President - Sales & Marketing. He will be heading the sales & marketing initiatives of Best Western India from the BW corporate office at Bengaluru. Saxena has been associated with the hospitality industry for over 15 years.

NEWS | Ascott Strengthens Presence In Indonesia With First Ascott-Branded Serviced Residence In Surabaya

CapitaLand's wholly-owned serviced residence business unit, The Ascott Limited (Ascott), has clinched a management contract for its first Ascott-branded serviced residence in Surabaya. The premier Ascott Waterplace Surabaya will offer 181 apartments when it opens in 2014. It will be Ascott's third property in Surabaya, after Citadines Marvell Surabaya and Somerset Surabaya Hotel & Serviced Residence. This also reinforces Ascott's position as the largest international serviced residence owner-operator in Indonesia, with over 2,200 apartment units across 10 properties.

NEWS | Five Gateway Hotels of Taj Group coming up in Metro cities in 2 years

Aiming to woo more business travellers, Gateway Hotels and Resorts, part of the Taj Group,will open at least five new contemprary hotels in metro cities in India in the next two years. Five Gateway Hotels are in the final stages of construction at Chennai, Kolkatta, Bangalore and Faridabad, besides Hubli, Chief Operating Officer of Gateway Hotels and Resorts, P K Mohankumar, told PTI. The Chennai hotel would be opened by March 2013, he said. "The plan is to have multilocational presence in each Metro city', he said. These hotels would have modern architecture and contemporary design. Also in the pipeline are more Gateway City Business hotels in Tier I and Tier II cities,"

NEWS | Mandarin Oriental Boston uses RFID for uniform management

The Mandarin Oriental, Boston has installed InvoTech System’s ultra-high frequency RFID Uniform System to manage employee uniform processes and reduce costs. The Forbes Five-Star property uses InvoTech’s system to control garment inventories and to reduce expenses from uniform losses, laundry activity and daily labor. The system also contributes to greater purchasing efficiencies. Alain Negueloua, General Manager of Mandarin Oriental, Boston said that up until the partnership,

NEWS | Prague luxury suite uses VingCard for door locks and in-room safe

In Prague, the One Room Hotel—located 66 meters above the ground in the city's tallest building, Tower Park Prague—opened in October as (arguably) the most sought-after guestroom in the Czech Republic. One Room Hotel is a single suite with top views of Prague’s historic Zizkov district. Following a complete renovation of the Tower Park Prague, the building now has an upgraded lookout observatory, restaurant and bar to complement One Room Hotel. The property has some top tech amenities,

NEWS |Hotels Check Out of Internet Giant

Several major hotel chains in Norway are cutting their ties with Internet giant Expedia and dropping out of Expedia's hotel reservation service Hotels.com. Their executives cite "sky-high commissions" and Expedia's alleged demands that the hotels can't offer any lower rates themselves on their own websites than what Hotels.com offers. "We can't live with the commissions Expedia is demanding," Morten Thorvaldsen of Thon Hotels told Norwegian business daily Dagens Næringsliv (DN),

NEWS | HotStats UK Chain Hotels Market Review - October 2012

Profit growth in London remains strong as corporate and leisure demand returns Growth in volume and price across all market sectors kept London hoteliers on a high in October as corporate travellers returned to the city and leisure visitors continued to flock to the capital, according to the latest HotStats survey of approximately 560 full-service hotels across the UK by TRI Hospitality Consulting. With the culmination of the Paralympic Games in September,

NEWS | More Hotels Add iPads in Guest Rooms, Common Areas

Hotels are increasingly giving guests a reason not to pick up the phone or wait in lines once they check in. How? By installing hotel-owned iPads not only in guest rooms, but in public spaces such as lounges or lobbies. Starwood's Aloft hotels. The hotel giant's edgy, mid-priced Aloft chain inked a deal to install mounted iPads powered by Intelity in Aloft hotel lobbies. The tablets already can be found in Aloft locations in Phoenix,

NEWS | Viva Wyndham Dominicus Palace Named One Of The Most Interesting Hotels In The World 2012 By Oyster.com

The Viva Wyndham Dominicus Palace resort today announced it has been named “One of the Most Interesting Hotels in the World 2012” by Oyster.com. The all-inclusive property located in La Romana, Dominican Republic has been recognized by one of the leading hotel review sites for having the “Best Hotel Trapeze Lessons.”

NEWS | Red Lion Hotels Appoints Four New Board Members

Red Lion Hotels Appoints Four New Board Members Expands Board to Nine Directors; Names New Chairman SPOKANE, Wash., Dec. 6, 2012 - Red Lion Hotels Corporation (NYSE: RLH) announced that James P. Evans, David J. Johnson, Robert G. Wolfe and Michael Vernon have been appointed to the company’s Board of Directors, effective today. Following the previously announced retirement of Board members Richard L. Barbieri, which was effective on December 4, 2012, and Donald K. Barbieri on December 31, 2012,

NEWS | The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. announces first hotel in Kazakhstan with the development of The Ritz-Carlton, Almaty

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. has announced the expansion of its luxury hotel portfolio in the CIS with the development of the first hotel in Kazakhstan. The Ritz-Carlton, Almaty is owned by a subsidiary of Capital Partners L.L.C. The 145 room hotel is located in the 37 storey Esentai Tower within the mixed use Esentai Park development project in Almaty which includes an extensive shopping mall, Fitness Club and residential complexes.

NEWS | HotStats UK Chain Hotels Market Review - October 2012

Profit growth in London remains strong as corporate and leisure demand returns Growth in volume and price across all market sectors kept London hoteliers on a high in October as corporate travellers returned to the city and leisure visitors continued to flock to the capital, according to the latest HotStats survey of approximately 560 full-service hotels across the UK by TRI Hospitality Consulting. With the culmination of the Paralympic Games in September, for the first time in what seems like a long time,

NEWS | The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. announces first hotel in Kazakhstan with the development of The Ritz-Carlton, Almaty

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. has announced the expansion of its luxury hotel portfolio in the CIS with the development of the first hotel in Kazakhstan. The Ritz-Carlton, Almaty is owned by a subsidiary of Capital Partners L.L.C. The 145 room hotel is located in the 37 storey Esentai Tower within the mixed use Esentai Park development project in Almaty which includes an extensive shopping mall, Fitness Club and residential complexes. The hotel, located in the centre of the city, will offer Club and Suite accommodation together with over 10,000 square feet of meeting facilities. “We are honored to partner with Capital Partners to manage this exciting property,” said Herve Humler , President and Chief Operating Officer. “Almaty is an important business centre in the region and we are delighted to now be able to offer The Ritz-Carlton experience to our global business travellers visiting this city.” Burak Oymen, co-founder of Capital Partners: “We are delighted to be worki…

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