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NEWS | Dan McKeon has been appointed Resident Manager at JW Marriott Washington

Dan McKeon has been named Resident Manager of the JW Marriott Washington, DC. In his new role, Mr. McKeon reports directly to Satinder Palta, general manager, and functions as the strategic business leader of the hotel’s day-to-day operations. Mr. McKeon comes to the luxurious downtown hotel from the eastern region executive team where he served as the vice president of sales and marketing, providing leadership for over two hundred managed hotels.

NEWS | Greg Velasquez has been appointed Director of Marketing at Four Seasons Hotel


Velasquez brings more than 15 years of luxury hotel experience to his new role. Most recently, Velasquez was the director of sales and marketing at the Royal Palms Resort and Spa, where he rebranded the 18 year old boutique resort, restaurant and spa to reach a multi-generational, prosperous audience. Prior to that, Greg served as director of marketing and sales for L’Auberge de Sedona, where he re-positioned the hotel following a USD 25 million renovation, and helped recapture top of mind awareness for Sedona bound luxury travellers.

NEWS | Viceroy Hotel Group Announces brand expansion on Santiago Island in Cape Verde, West Africa

Viceroy Hotel Group adds to its growing roster of international properties with the opening of Viceroy Cape Verde in 2017, part of the Sambala community on Santiago Island. Viceroy Cape Verde will boast 150 rooms, 3 restaurants, a children's club and extensive state-of-the-art water sports center. The property will offer guests and residents a chance to experience the natural beauty of Santiago Island in Africa's flourishing tropical tourism market. While Viceroy Cape Verde is in the early stages of planning, the hotel group has been engaged by the developer of the residential component, Sambala Village, to create a cohesive brand vision in preparation for the subsequent resort arrival.

NEWS | Mirbeau Inn & Spa at The Pinehills Hosts Groundbreaking Ceremony For Its New Getaway Retreat Opening in Spring 2014

The Massachusetts tourism industry got a major boost today with the groundbreaking of the Mirbeau Inn & Spa at The Pinehills. Linda and Gary Dower, Principals of The Mirbeau Companies, and Tony Green, Managing Partner of Pinehills, LLC, were among those who joined in the ceremony and reception today for the new Mirbeau Inn & Spa at The Pinehills, located at 35 Landmark Drive at The Pinehills Village Green in Plymouth, Mass. Slated to open spring 2014, Mirbeau Inn & Spa at The Pinehills will be an elegant 50-room getaway designed in the style of a French Manor House. 

NEWS | Sonesta Introduces Newest Hotel in Georgia: Sonesta Gwinnett Place Atlanta

Sonesta International Hotels Corporation today announced its newest hotel in the Atlanta area, the 426 room Sonesta Gwinnett Place. Scheduled to come under Sonesta management next month, this full service hotel is located in the Atlanta suburb of Duluth. The hotel is currently known as the Atlanta Marriott Gwinnett Place. For more information or future reservations please visit or call 1.800.SONESTA. Sonesta Gwinnett Place is in the heart of the Gwinnett Place neighborhood, just northeast of Atlanta. 

NEWS | IHG Announces Plans for a New Hotel Indigo® Hotel in Downtown Chicago

Hotel Indigo®, IHG’s (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON: IHG, NYSE: IHG (ADRs)] upscale boutique brand, is continuing its expansion in major U.S. cities with plans for its third hotel in the Chicago market. The hotel, which will be located in the historic downtown area’s Atlantic Bank Building, is expected to open in spring 2014.

NEWS | DoubleTree by Hilton Launches in Australia with Three Northern Territory Openings

Hilton Worldwide today announced that it will introduce its fastest growing full-service brand, DoubleTree by Hilton, to Australia when it rebrands four Northern Territory hotels on May 1, 2013. The country's first three DoubleTree by Hilton hotels: DoubleTree by Hilton Darwin, DoubleTree by Hilton Esplanade Darwin, DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs will open alongside Hilton Darwinin the Territory. "We are delighted to be able to introduce the DoubleTree by Hilton brand to the Australian market and to add another Hilton Hotel & Resort in the region's most significant areas of growth" "We are delighted to be able to introduce the DoubleTree by Hilton brand to the Australian market and to add another Hilton Hotel & Resort in the region's most significant areas of growth," said Ashley Spencer, vice president, operations, Australasia, Hilton Worldwide.

NEWS | Ahn Luh Inks Management Deal for Hotels in Shanghai and Shaoxing

Ahn Luhexpanded its presence in China today with the signing of hotel management contracts with the Qinsen Group. The agreements cover two upscale hotels: Anh Luh Lanting, scheduled to open in fall 2014, and Ahn Luh Zhujiajiao, opening in spring 2015. "Shaoxing and Zhujiajiao are both ancient river towns with arched stone bridges, a warren of canals… Ahn Luh Lanting in Shaoxing will feature historic Hui-style homes that date back as far as the 1600s while the Zhujiajiao project aims to reflect the rich cultural traditions of this ancient water town," said Akira Moreno, Ahn Luh's CEO.

NEWS | HC suggests framing separate FSSA rules for restaurants

BHC suggested the Maha govt to frame separate rules and regulations under the Food Safety and Standards Act for food service providers.  

The Bombay High Court today suggested the Maharashtra government to frame separate rules and regulations under the Food Safety and Standards Act (FSSA) for food service providers like hotels and restaurants. A division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice M S Sanklecha was hearing a petition filed by the Association of Indian Hotels and Restaurants ( AHAR), which has over 6000 members, challenging the constitutional validity of FSSA 2006 and the Rules and Regulations framed under the Act in 2011. According to the petitioner association, the provisions of FSSA are not applicable to food service providers like hotels and restaurants as they do not manufacture food.

NEWS | Restaurants to shut shop in protest against service tax

Over 27,000 restaurants in the city are likely to remain closed on Monday in response to a call by Indian Hotel & Restaurant Association (AHAR) to protest the imposition of service tax on even partly air-conditioned restaurants in the budget. AHAR's bandh call has also been supported by hotel associations in Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Federation of Hotels and Restaurants Association of India among others.

NEWS | DS Group to invest Rs 875 cr to come up with five hospitality properties

Diversified firm Dharampal Satyapal Group (DS Group) plans to invest Rs 875 crore to come up with five properties in the next three years as it aims to expand its hospitality business across the country. The Noida-based firm, which currently has one five-star property 'Manu Maharani' at Nainital, has already invested around Rs 375 crore on the upcoming five properties. "The total investment marked for the five properties is Rs 875 crore.

NEWS | Restaurants in Gujarat remain closed to protest against newly-levied service tax


Most of the over 20,000 restaurants in Gujarat were today shut in protest against newly-levied service tax on air-conditioned eateries. "The one-day strike call has had overwhelming response...almost all 20,000 small and big restaurants in Gujarat remained closed in protest of the 4.94 per cent service tax on AC restaurants," said Aswhin Gandhi of Gujarat State Hotel Federation.

NEWS | Over 25,000 hotels shut down in Tamil Nadu

More than 25,000 hotels, restaurants and eateries remained closed today across Tamil Nadu as part of the nation-wide protest against the service tax levied on air-conditioned hotels. Tamil Nadu Hotels Association Secretary R Srinivasan said more than 5,000 hotels in and around Chennai and over 20,000 in other parts of the state were shutdown in response to the one-day strike called by All India Hoteliers Federation.

NEWS | Swosti Group announces foray into hospitality education


City-based Swosti Group, one of the premier hotel groups in eastern India, has finally forayed into the hospitality education. The group has announced the launching of its institute- Swosti Institute of Management and Social Studies (SIMSS), affiliated to Utkal University of Culture. The institute which will initially operate on rented premises, will offer seven programmes for hospitality and tourism sectors. The home grown hospitality group envisions that its own campus will be ready before five years. Two courses- a bachelor's degree in tourism and hospitality services and master's degree in tourism and hospitality services will have an intake capacity of 120 students and 60 students respectively. The remaining programmes will be certificate courses to be provided by Swosti Educational Foundation.

NEWS | Sarovar Hotels opens fifth hotel in Mumbai


Sarovar Hotels, one of the fastest growing hotel management companies in India, has announced the opening of a 71 room serviced apartment style hotel, Residency Sarovar Portico in Mumbai. This will be the group’s fifth hotel in Mumbai after Hotel Marine Plaza, Grand Sarovar Premiere, Grand Hometel and Majestic Court Sarovar Portico. Commenting on the opening Anil Madhok, Managing Director, Sarovar Hotels Pvt. Ltd. said, “Residency Sarovar Portico is a serviced apartment style hotel and will cater to both leisure and business travelers, especially those visiting North Mumbai for business.

NEWS | 48th FHRAI Annual Convention to be held in Kerala in Sept


The 48th Annual Convention of Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI) will be held from September 19 to 21, 2013 at Le Meridien, Kochi. The decision was unanimously taken on April 20, 2013 during the Executive Committee meeting of FHRAI held in New Delhi, informed MD Kapoor, Secretary General of FHRAI. The theme of the convention will revolve around "Responsible Tourism".

NEWS | Hoteliers say business looking up, 10% rise in bookings expected

Hoteliers say corporate business in looking up on the back of reforms initiated by the government in recent months and bookings are expected to be up 7-10% in the summer months. 
Hoteliers say corporate business in looking up on the back of reforms initiated by the government in recent months and bookings are expected to be up 7-10% in the summer months. "We expect an improvement in occupancy rates across major business segments," says Dilip Puri, managing director, India at Starwood Asia Pacific Hotels and Resorts, which runs brands such as Le Meridien and Sheraton.

NEWS | White Lodging Announces Plans for Dual-branded Hyatt Place/Hyatt House in Downtown Denver


White Lodging Services announced today it will construct a Hyatt Place/Hyatt House dual-branded property in downtownDenverand that it will operate the property under a franchise agreement. "We are thrilled to be part of this exciting new development that is located just steps away from the ColoradoConvention Center and Denver's famed 16th street entertainment district," saidDeno Yiankes, president and CEO of White Lodging's Investments and Developments division.