Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) announced plans to introduce its two largest brands – Westin and Sheraton – to two new multi-billion dollar integrated entertainment complexes in Manila, the bustling capital of the Philippines. Starwood will manage The Westin Manila Bayshore, scheduled to open in mid-2016 as part of the Resorts World Bayshore in the Entertainment City development in Parañaque,; and Sheraton Manila Hotel in the Resorts World Manila development located in Newport City, Pasay. The Sheraton Manila Hotel is slated for opening in early 2017. The opening of the two hotels fuels Starwood’s remarkable growth trajectory in Asia Pacific. The company is the region’s largest upper-upscale and luxury hotel company; it currently operates over 230 hotels in Asia Pacific with plans to reach 400 operating hotels in the region by 2016. The Westin Manila Bayshore and Sheraton Manila Hotel are integral components of Resorts World Bayshore and Resorts World Manila, respectively. These new mixed-use development hubs feature entertainment venues, luxury retail establishments and gaming facilities, leveraging favorable economic conditions. The planned development of The Westin Manila Bayshore also represents the Westin brand’s re-entry into the Philippine market. “We are thrilled to enter the vibrant, booming market in the Philippines, and believe there is ample demand for the Westin brand’s signature programs and amenities, as well as the Sheraton brand’s unique blend of hospitality, connectivity and comfort,” says Chuck Abbott, Regional Vice President, Southeast Asia, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. “Resorts World Bayshore and Resorts World Manila are expected to be among the region’s preeminent entertainment destinations, and Starwood is pleased to have been selected by their respective owners to provide world class brands and services to visitors and guests.” “We are excited about the rebirth of these two well-known and recognized international hotel brands from Starwood and welcome them back in the Philippines. Westin is a very strong brand that will contribute to the positioning of Resorts World Bayshore as a world-class integrated resort and leisure facility. It is about time to bring back the Westin brand in the bay area, where it used to be popular. Since Phase 1 of Resorts World Bayshore will be double the size of Resorts World Manila, we will be able to offer more entertainment facilities by our target opening in 2016,” says Kingson U. Sian, President of Travellers International Hotel Group, Inc. Source
NEWS | Starwood Hotels & Resorts to Enter the Philippines with the Westin Manila Bayshore and Sheraton Manila Hotel
Best Western International - The World’s Largest Hotel Chain® - has opened its first hotel in Jordan, the BEST WESTERN Grand Hotel Madaba. Located in the ancient city of Madaba, 30km south of the Jordanian capital Amman and on the doorstep of the country’s most popular tourist sites, the BEST WESTERN Grand Hotel Madaba offers the perfect base from which to explore all the wonders this fascinating, historic country has to offer. The new modern midscale Best Western hotel offer a total of 70 comfortable air-conditioned guestrooms,
Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced today that a Hyatt affiliate has signed a management agreement with Pioneer Property Company Limited (PPC), a Bangkok-based real estate firm, for a new Hyatt Place hotel to be located in the heart of the Thai capital. Scheduled to open in 2017, Hyatt Place Bangkok, Sukhumvit will join the recently announced Hyatt Regency Bangkok, Sukhumvit, which is also expected to open in 2017, and Park Hyatt Bangkok, which is expected to open in 2014. The introduction of the Park Hyatt, Hyatt Regency and Hyatt Place brands further reaffirms Hyatt’s continued commitment to Thailand. There are currently two Hyatt-branded hotels in Thailand – Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok and Hyatt Regency Hua Hin.
Wyndham Hotel Group, the world’s largest hotel company with nearly 7,260 hotels and part of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN), today announced the opening of the 230-key Wyndham San José Herradura Hotel & Conference Center in San José, Costa Rica, the second Wyndham® Hotels and Resorts property to open in the country’s capital in the last month. The addition is further evidence of Wyndham Hotel Group’s steady,
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts today announced a new development on the southern coast of Bali, Indonesia scheduled to open in 2016. Perched on a 'bukit', or bluff, on the spectacular Balinese coastline with a spectacular and unobstructed view of the Indian Ocean, Fairmont Bali will offer guests 170 luxurious guest rooms and suites as well as branded residences. Denniston International, one of the industry's leading hospitality design and planning firms,
DoubleTree by Hilton has announced the opening of its fifth hotel in Turkey, in the Avcilar district of Istanbul. DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul – Avcilar is ideally located in the new trade and business center on the western side of Istanbul, within easy reach of the historic old town, Istanbul Ataturk Airport and the IFM Fair Centre & World Trade Centre. Rob Palleschi, global head, DoubleTree by Hilton, said,
Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) and Mori Building Co., Ltd. announced today that their affiliates have signed an agreement to launch Andaz Tokyo, the first Andaz hotel in Japan. When it opens in the summer of 2014, Andaz Tokyo will join the brand’s growing portfolio of boutique-style hotels in gateway cities and resort destinations around the globe.
NEWS| Celebrity chef Ishtiaq Qureshi to expand Kakori House chain of affordable Awadhi restaurants across the country
The famous "Dum pukht" style of cooking hereto available only in five star's would now be available at affordable prices an eateries close to your home. At least that is what celebrity chef Ishtiaq Qureshi has set out to do. Having established more than half a dozen restaurants by the name of Kakori House in Mumbai and one in New Delhi, Qureshi, whose forefathers used to cook for erstwhile Nawab's of Awadh region, has embarked upon a plan to open a chain of restaurants throughout the country. " We are now planning to expand our network and open eateries across the country even abroad.
Hospitality chain Accor has announced the international launch of its women's network, Women at Accor Generation. The network's aim is to fight against stereotypes and help Accor reach its gender equality objectives, Accor said in a statement. Accor has set a target for women to represent about 50% of its hotel managers worldwide, with an intermediary target of 35% by 2015. "There are more female graduates than male graduates,
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) recently announced the signing of Holiday Inn Incheon Songdo in South Korea, in partnership with OK Center Development Co. Ltd, jointly held by Incheon Development & Tourism Corporation (City of Incheon affiliate) along with TWG Group USA LLC. Scheduled to open in mid-2014, t
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. recently announced that The Ritz-Carlton, Chengdu, located in the heart of the capital of Sichuan province, will become the luxury hotel operator’s first flag in Southwest China, when it opens in summer 2013. The hotel will have 353 rooms, including 55 suites, taking interior design cues from the style of a traditional courtyard home which can be found in parts of the old city. The property features three restaurants including an elegant Cantonese with eight private dining rooms,
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. recently announced the opening of The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village. It is Starwood’s first full-service property in Southwest Florida. The resort, which was previously known as The Resort at Marina Village, features all the Westin brand’s signature guest offerings and programs.
Peekay Farm Equipments has introduced a magnificent range of garden ornaments in attractive shapes and colours. The range includes animal shaped planters and pots, all designed with superior craftsmanship, using the highest quality materials and durable finishes to furnish your home and garden or pool and patio areas. In these planters, there is a circular section in which you can place the plant, and then a carved head and neck.
NEWS|MoT’s National Level Consultant identifies Mumbai–Aurangabad–Shirdi for developing Sufi circuit
The Ministry of Tourism (MoT), Government of India has appointed a National Level Consultant (NLC) to identify some Spiritual Tourism circuits, including a Sufi circuit, for integrated development, in association with the states/union territories during the 12th Five Year Plan period. The Sufi circuit identified by NLC for Maharashtra is Mumbai–Aurangabad–Shirdi, informed Dr K Chiranjeevi, Minister of State with Independent
NEWS| Hilton Worldwide appoints General Manager and Business Development Director for DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Phuket - Surin Beach in Thailand
As general manager, McGrath will oversee day-to-day operations at the resort and drive the property’s business strategy as it establishes its brand in the region. “Opening our first DoubleTree by Hilton property in Thailand is an exciting development for us at Hilton Worldwide as we continue to expand our presence here,” said Dirk de Cuyper, regional general manager for Thailand, Hilton Worldwide.
IHG has added two senior leaders to Asia, highlighting the group’s focus on Asia as a major hub of growth. Having relocated from IHG’s headquarters in Denham, UK, Vice President of Global Brand Marketing for the InterContinental brand, Simon Scoot will now helm the brand out of Asia in Bangkok, while a newly-appointed Vice President, Food & Beverage, Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA) also joins the group’s regional management, driving F&B performance and profitability. IHG currently has 86 InterContinental hotels and resorts in Asia Pacific and the Middle East, making up for more than half of the InterContinental portfolio globally. 83% of the brand’s global pipeline is also spread across the region, with the upscale resorts segment on the rise. Scoot’s relocation ensures he is now as close as possible to the hub of the brand’s growth. Having first joined IHG in 1992 and having had a diverse amount of experience across all functions within the brand’s operations, Scoot will also focus on IHG’s global strategy in the resort segment, whilst steering the InterContinental brand globally out of Asia. Newly-appointed Phil Broad, also based in Bangkok, becomes Vice President, Food & Beverage, AMEA, a region where F&B makes up approximately 40 per cent of IHG’s revenue. With both food and beverage being crucial to the guest experience in delivering and differentiating each brand, Broad’s goal will be to drive performance and profitability across its portfolio, as well as to develop the organisation’s existing F&B operators and leaders. He will also oversee concept design and development, an area in which he specialises. Aside from owning and operating his own business in the UK, including the franchise for Outback Steakhouse, Broad’s career has spanned world renowned brands like Starbucks, TGI Fridays, Tesco’s and Pizza Hut. Most recently, Phil was Managing Director of Jumeirah Restaurants, the restaurant division of the Jumeirah Group, where he was tasked with setting up branded concept restaurants for the Group globally, including franchise expansion. Scoot and Broad will report directly to the region’s Chief Executive Officer, Jan Smits, who leads the wider AMEA region from Singapore. “Managing a historic, global brand out Asia will enable us to continue elevating the InterContinental brand globally but in a way that is also best suited to the growth opportunities in this region,” said Smits. “This is not just a first for us, but for the industry and I am confident that Simon’s expertise in luxury travel, operations and brand management will give us a fresh winning edge in the upscale segment. I am equally excited to have Phil on board and am looking forward to the changes he will make in how we develop and conceptualise brand-defining F&B experiences across our region.” IHG currently has 227 hotels across Asia, Middle East and Africa, with 115 hotels in the pipeline. To add to this, there are 181 hotels in Greater China, with 160 more to come. In AMEA, IHG’s hotel brand portfolio includes InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Staybridge, with Hotel Indigo to be introduced in the near future
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