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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW | Mr. Barry Robinson CEO and Managing Director - Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific Managing Director - Wyndham Hotel Group in the South Pacific



Exclusive Interview

Mr. Barry Robinson

CEO and Managing Director - Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific Managing Director - Wyndham Hotel Group in the South Pacific




NEWS | Accor launches Away on business by Accor, its first iPad app for business travelers

Accor launches Away on business by Accor, its first iPad app for business travelersAccor has strengthened its digital strategy with a new, free and innovative iPad app that allows business travelers to create their own interactive, customised business travel planner. In 30 international metropolis, ranging from New York to Paris and Shanghai, Away on business by Accor allows travelers to book stays in Accor hotels, manage their schedules and use a wide range of additional services so they can combine business obligations with leisure activities. Away on business by Accor liberates business travelers from material constraints, providing a wide range of tools and advice to help them optimise their schedules and enjoy the benefits of tips and suggestions on what to do in town. Functions include the local weather forecast,

NEWS | Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo launches “Experience Japan” package for international guests

Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo launches “Experience Japan” package for international guestsHotel Chinzanso Tokyo, the iconic five-star flagship property of leading Japanese hospitality company Fujita Kanko, announced a new “Experience Japan” package available beginning June 1st targeting international guests. The package, available year-round, includes the following: * Garden View Superior Room, overlooking the hotel’s renowned Japanese garden * Choice of Japanese or Western-style breakfast * Choice of Samurai (at Miyuki) or Fujiyama (at Mokushun-do) 6-course dinner * Spa, which includes all-weather pool, fitness center and Japanese hot spring bath * Guided tour of the garden’s botanical species and historic monuments, on request The special dinner menus accommodate a typical request from international guests to enjoy sushi, tempura and teppan-yaki all at once.

NEWS | Accor unveils Pullman's new positioning

Accor, Accor HotelsAccor, one of world's leading hotel operators and a market leader in Europe, has unveiled Pullman’s new positioning to match new business traveler behavior. Accelerated expansion of its network; active commitment to design and contemporary art; and an enhanced visual identity are all part of a global move aimed at offering guests a resolutely new hotel experience. Yann Caillère, CEO of Accor comments, “In 2007, we re-established Pullman. Now, we have overhauled its identity and service offer and made it a unique brand in a highly competitive segment that will serve as a key lever to help us fulfil our ambitions in the upscale and luxury segment.” Pullman, an upscale hotel brand of Accor, has hotels and resorts in 23 countries, in the world’s key business and tourism destinations.

NEWS | Magic Holidays announces four new resorts

Magic Holidays, a timeshare product from the Panoramic Group of Companies, announced the setting up of four new Magic Holiday resorts in key domestic and international market. With inauguration of properties in Todgarh, Udaipur and Mahabaleshwar in India; Magic Holidays also increased its global presence by launching a property in Singapore. United-21 Royal Resort, Todgarh is a heritage style property well equipped with all modern amenities and comforts for the tourist. United-21 Lake City Resort, Udaipur offers luxury stays over three lacs square feet and gives one a taste of sheer Rajasthani tradition and culture. The resort boasts 23 well furnished rooms with business amenities and other luxurious facilities.

NEWS | Restaurant Performance Index Hits 10-Month High as Operators’ Business Expectations

Driven by higher same-store sales and an improving outlook among restaurant operators, the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index(RPI) hit a 10-month high in April. The RPI - a monthly composite index that tracks the health of and outlook for the U.S. restaurant industry - stood at 101.0 in April, up 0.4 percent from a level of 100.6 in March. In addition, April represented the third time in the last four months that the RPI topped the 100 level, which signifies expansion in the index of key industry indicators. “Growth in the Restaurant Performance Index was due largely to restaurant operators’ healthier outlook for the business environment in the coming months,” said Hudson Riehle, senior vice president of the Research and Knowledge Group for the Association.

NEWS | Michael Evans Named Chief Operating Officer Of MGM Hospitality

MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) has promoted Michael Evans to Chief Operating Officer of MGM Hospitality. He was previously Executive Vice President of Global Development. “Michael has made significant contributions to our Company and I am very pleased to appoint him to the top position of our MGM Hospitality team,” said Bill Hornbuckle, President & Chief Marketing Officer of MGM Resorts International. “He is well-qualified to lead our Company in this key strategic area of evolution and growth.

NEWS | Matthew Boris has been promoted Hotel Manager at Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek - FL, USA

Boris, formerly director of operations for the 400-room property, has been on staff since the resort’s pre-opening in 2011. He shares more than 15 years of hospitality experience with the Wyndham Grand Orlando’s established team. Boris developed his managerial experience with an array of Orlando resorts. Prior to joining the Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek team, he held positions as director of operations at the Westin Imagine Orlando,

NEWS | IHG, Saudi's largest hotel group, opens Holiday Inn Riyadh Meydan

IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group), the largest international hotel group in Saudi Arabia both by number of rooms and number of hotels, today announces the opening of Holiday Inn Riyadh Meydan in downtown Riyadh. The eight storey hotel is located close to the vibrant business district, Olaya, within easy reach of the iconic Al Faisaliyah and Kingdom Tower and linked to the city and King Khalid International Airport by major roads. Holiday Inn Riyadh Meydan delivers comfort and relaxation and promises friendly service and modern facilities at excellent value. Its 290 rooms include 46 spacious suites featuring Jacuzzi bathtubs in the en-suite bathrooms. The hotel offers guests a choice of several dining outlets, including the all-day dining restaurant, Oasis.

NEWS | Indian Hotels says no decision yet on Orient-Express bid

Indian Hotels says no decision yet on Orient-Express bidIndian Hotels Co Ltd said on Thursday it had not decided on whether to revise its bid to acquire Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. In November, U.S.-listed Orient-Express, which owns the Hotel Cipriani in Venice and the '21' Club in New York, rejected a $1.2 billion unsolicited takeover offer from Indian Hotels as too cheap. "The board has not yet taken a decision on the Orient-Express bid. Different options are open to us," Anil Goel, executive director for finance, told reporters on Thursday.