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NEWS | Spree Hotels launches flagship property in Bengaluru

Spree Hotels has opened Spree Hotel Bangalore, its tenth property in India. The 76-room property is the flagship hotel of the Spree Group of Hotels. On the occasion of the launch of the property, Keshav Baljee, Managing Director, Spree Hotels, stated, “Since 2008, business travellers have been cautious with their travel spends. This led us to conceptualise a hotel that would provide 5 star hotels at prices of a 3 star.

NEWS | Hot Chix QSR chain opens in Mumbai

Hot Chix’, a Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) chain, which offers both open-flame grilled and fried chicken on its menu, as well as a host of other quick bites; both vegetarian and otherwise, has announced the launch of its first outlet in Mumbai. Located on the Andheri Kurla Road, Saki Naka, this 40-seater franchised restaurant is the fourth outlet of Hot Chix Restaurants in India. Hot Chix’s presence in Mumbai will be an important step in extending the brand’s presence across India. Gregory Lobo, Managing Partner, Hot Chix said, “Wide consumer appeal and marketplace expertise have made Hot Chix a powerful, growing, global brand.

NEWS | Concept Hospitality to open eight properties in India this year

Indian hotel company Concept Hospitality which operates Fern Hotels and Resorts, plans to add eight more properties to its portfolio in India this year. The company which operates 25 hotels in the country will add new properties in Tezpur, Baroda, Chennai, Tirupur among other places.

NEWS | Interest from foreign capital drives London hotel prices to pre-crisis level

Whilst hotels in the regions continue to struggle under fragile demand, London hotels have posted robust operating results for 2012 according to Jones Lang LaSalle's latest UK Hotel Intelligence report. London trophy hotels continue to attract foreign capital as London remains the main focus of UK investment activity with market stability being reflected in the low yields for hotels acquisitions, typically ranging between 4 and 5 per cent. Investment volumes in London at year end 2012 totalled £1 billion reflecting 56% of total UK investment volumes of £1.8 billion. Jon Hubbard,

NEWS | Hotel Capitalization Rates Stabilize as Market Forces Create State of Equilibrium | By Suzanne R. Mellen

Hotel capitalization rates are stabilizing due to the counter balancing forces of a healthy transaction market, a shortage of product for sale, the low cost of capital and the slowing of net income gains. This article discusses these forces and presents data illustrating these trends.

NEWS | Starwood Hotels & Resorts strengthens its leading position with more than 330 new properties

In the "top 10" with more than 1,000 hotels: Starwood Hotels & Resorts further enlarges its leading position as one of the biggest hotel groups worldwide. According to TOPHOTELPROJECTS (, the worldwide leading provider of global b2b hotel data and lead contacts, the US based corporation currently develops more than 330 new top hotels worldwide with more than 85,000 rooms. Starwood thereby closes the gap to the three largest hotel chains on the globe – InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) with 4,437 hotels/ 647,161 rooms,

NEWS| Zorawar, son of celebrity Jiggs Kalra, to float food chain Masala Library, Made in Punjab & Luxury Mithai

I'll have my salad the same way I did last time," Zorawar Kalra, son of celebrity food writer and chef Jiggs Kalra, tells the head chef at 361 as he settles down for a chat with ET in the spanking Oberoi Hotel in Gurgaon. The 35-year-old business management graduate from Boston and budding restaurateur, however, doesn't seem to fuss too much about what's on the table even as he talks about the food business. "I don't understand why people are always trying to re-invent the wheel in the restaurant business.

NEWS | John Conway has been appointed General Manager at One&Only Ocean Club on Paradise Island in Paradise Island, Bahamas.

With almost 30 years of experience in the luxury hospitality industry, Conway acted as Senior Vice President and General Manager of The Cove Atlantis, where he was instrumental in the overall strategic planning and the successful launch and positioning of the new luxury brand. Prior to that, Conway served as senior vice president and general manager of the 1,200-room Royal Towers at Atlantis, Paradise Island, where he managed the resort’s day-to-day operations and achieved profitability as well as positive guest and employee satisfaction ratings.

NEWS| Emmanuelle Greth has been appointed Chief Human Resources Officer at Louvre Hotels Group in Paris, France.

Louvre Hotels Group, a major European hotel group, is announcing the appointment of Emmanuelle Greth as Chief Human Resources Officer with effect from January 14, 2013. At the same time, Emmanuelle Greth will also join the Group’s Executive Committee.

NEWS | Stephen Calland has been appointed Director of Food & Beverage at St Kitts Marriott Resort in Frigate Bay, Saint Kitts and Nevis.

Stephen Calland’s passion for food & beverage combined with over 30 years of international culinary industry experience provides him with a wealth of understanding and expertise in all aspects of food & beverage. From being Head Chef at an Organics Institute in the UK, Stephen then moved into management where he introduced numerous successful food and beverage programs,

NEWS| Dina Makouyan has been appointed Director of Event Management at JW Marriott Hotel Kuwait City in Kuwait City, Kuwait.

Dina Makouyan has 11 years of experience having worked in the hospitality and corporate industry in different regions covering Lebanon, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. During her tenure in the UAE, Makouyan was exposed to brand management, catering and event management in various hotels that include Hotel Intercontinental Al Ain, Shangri-La Hotel in Dubai amongst others. Dina also served as a former Events Director at Ideaz Factory International S. A.L in Beirut,

NEWS | Debby Thio has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at The Regent Bali in Bali, Indonesia.

Originally from Indonesia, Ms. Thio has over 20 years’ experience in international hospitality. Prior to joining Regent Bali, Ms. Thio was Area Director of Sales and Marketing for Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts. During her tenure, she oversaw the 2012 opening of the Banyan Tree Lang Co in Central Vietnam, managed PR and advertising for the brand throughout Southeast Asia,

NEWS | Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts Opens Fifth Property in Dubai

Moevenpick Hotels & Resorts has opened its fifth property in Dubai, becoming the first international hotel company in the city's Al Mamzar area of Deira. Moevenpick Hotel Apartments The Square opened on 20 January with 180 superior and deluxe rooms, as well as one- and two-bedroom hotel apartment suites. The property is close to the Al Mamzar Beach Park and other landmarks within Deira,Dubai's historical centre. The upscale hotel company of Swiss heritage presently has four Moevenpick properties in operation inDubai, including Ibn Battuta Gate,

NEWS| Louvre Hotels Group achieves the development targets set for 2012

Louvre Hotels Group, a major hotel group in France and abroad, has reached the development targets it unveiled at the beginning of the year, opening 70 new hotels in 2012 – 48 located abroad – representing a total of close to 8,000 rooms. This performance again demonstrates the momentum of Louvre Hotels Group's international expansion, since it opened 32, 40 and 62 new hotels in 2009,

NEWS | Minor Hotel Group Set to Expand Presence in UAE With Launch of Anantara in Dubai

Minor Hotel Group is pleased to announce that it will expand its presence in the United Arab Emirates with the launch of its first hotel in Dubai. The Anantara Dubai Palm Jumeirah Resort & Spa is a five star resort on the crescent of Dubai's iconic Palm Jumeirah, and will open in September 2013. Minor Hotel Group is partnering with Dubai-based owning company Seven Tides for its first property in the Emirate, which will be part of the internationally renowned Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas portfolio.

NEWS | Starwood Sees Strong Growth Momentum in North America in 2013

From the 2013 American Lodging Investment Summit in Los Angeles, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) announced today that it opened 23 hotels in North America in 2012 and signed more new deals than in the previous two years, including 21 conversions. Looking ahead to 2013, Starwood anticipates its strongest year of openings in North America since before the global economic crisis with 28 scheduled openings. Conversions will continue to fuel growth with in-the-year conversions expected to result in additional new hotel openings this year.

NEWS | Best Western International Targets 120 New Hotel Projects In 2013

Best Western International expects to strengthen its North American development pipeline in 2013 with 110 to 120 properties either constructed or converted, with more than 80 percent of these hotels expected to be a BEST WESTERN PREMIER or BEST WESTERN PLUS. More than 40 percent of Best Western's 2013 development pipeline will be new construction projects, up from 35 percent in 2012 and will add more than 10,800 guestrooms to the Best Western system. In addition,

NEWS | Americas Best Value Inn Continues Impressive Growth with Addition of 112 Hotels in 2012

Americas Best Value Inn®, the 10th largest hotel brand in the world (including its sister brands, Canadas Best Value Inn® and Value Inn Worldwide®) with over 1,000 hotels, inns and suites, enjoyed another year of strong growth in 2012 with the addition of 112 properties to the system. Throughout North America, hotel owners continue to embrace ABVI's innovative model that provides the best value and most reliable return on investment in brand affiliation. Americas Best Value Inn added locations in 36 states,

NEWS | Hilton Worldwide Continues Record Growth with the Fastest Rate in the Industry

Hilton Worldwide continues to be the fastest growing global hospitality company by number of rooms. In 2012, it opened 171 hotels with more than 28,000 rooms and has the largest pipeline in the industry and in its history, including nearly 1,000 hotels with nearly 170,000 rooms. It also has more than 85,000 rooms under construction, which is more than half of its total pipeline and more than any other hospitality company. Since 2007,

NEWS | Daiwik Hotels to open its 3rd specialty pilgrimage property in Dwarka, Gujarat

Daiwik Hotels plans to unveil its third greenfield property in Dwarka, after Rameshwaram and Tirupati. The Kolkata-based hospitality brand, Daiwik Hotels also has plans to extend its presence to destinations like Somnath and Ambaji among others. Daiwik Hotels Dwarka will entail an investment of Rs 45 crore and is expected to become operational by 2015. It will host 120-140 keys with a mix of superior, deluxe and suite accommodation options.