introduce its destination sensation brand, Aloft Hotels, to Iraq's emerging commercial hub. The opening of the new Aloft Erbil in 2015 will mark the launch of the Aloft brand into Iraq. Created to shake up the traditional mid-market hotel sector, Aloft is redefining the category by delivering urban-influenced, modern and vibrant design and a social guest experience at an affordable price point. Earlier this year, Starwood marked a milestone with the signing of Sheraton Erbil will which signify the re-entry of Starwood in Iraq after 20 years. "Together with BCD,
Spain’s first DoubleTree by Hilton hotel opened its doors this week, bringing a unique blend of contemporary upscale accommodation and traditional Catalan flavor to the Costa Brava. DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Spa Emporda features 87 guestrooms and offers a prime location for travelers looking to sample the delights of one of Spain’s most popular tourist destinations.
Rajasthan-based MRS Hospitality today said it will invest Rs 250 crore to double its room capacity in the next four years by adding nearly 200 keys. "We will be investing around Rs 250 crore in the next four years to add close to 200 rooms as part of our expansion plans," MRS Hospitality Managing Director Manvendra Singh Shekhawat told PTI.
Adamo, the hospitality arm of Ajmera Group, is planning to have 10 wholly-owned properties in five years with about 650 rooms in the three-four star categories. "We have four operational hotels in the three-four star category with 350 rooms. All these properties are owned by us. We are planning to have a total of 10 hotels in another five years with an additional 300 rooms, taking the total to 650 rooms,"
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. and Liberty Group recently announced that Starwood’s fast-growing Aloft brand will soon debut in Tampa, Florida. Opening in early 2014 along the Tampa Riverwalk, Aloft Tampa Downtown will occupy the former Mercantile Bank office building as part of an adaptive re-use project developed, owned and managed by the Liberty Group in a joint-venture partnership with Convergent Capital Partners, which acquired the vacant office building earlier this year.
Embassy Suites Hotels and Sierra Land Group, Inc. introduced the new upscale, all-suites Embassy Suites Orlando - Lake Buena Vista South, recently. The 300-suite, 11-storey hotel was constructed by Hardin Construction and designed by Helman Hurley Charvat Peacock/Architects, Inc. (HHCP). Sierra Lodgings, Inc., a subsidiary of Sierra Land Group, Inc., will operate the property, which bodes 40,000 square feet of meeting, pre-function and event space.
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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