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NEWS | Bridge of Orchy Hotel extends its welcome in £1.5m renovation

Bridge of Orchy Hotel extends its welcome in £1.5m renovationOne of Scotland’s most picturesque hotels has tripled in size after a £1 million funding support package from Bank of Scotland. The Bridge of Orchy hotel, situated close to the West Highland Way in Argyll, has been redeveloped to add an additional 23 bedrooms to meet visitor demand at its stunning tourist friendly location. The four star hotel, previously offered 10 high standard bedrooms and an adjacent bunkhouse, which provided additional budget accommodation.

NEWS | InterContinental Osaka opens in Japan

InterContinental Osaka opens in Japan
InterContinental Osaka has now opened in the centre of Japan’s latest commercial development, Grand Front Osaka. The mixed-use development is a new landmark in the city which also includes office buildings, commercial outlets, a convention centre, academic and entertainment facilities and residences. InterContinental Osaka offers stunning panoramic views of the city and the surrounding area of western Japan, starting from the hotel’s lobby which sits on the 20th floor. Every aspect of the hotel is designed to express the subtle beauty of Japan. 

NEWS | Hilton Worldwide enters Macedonia

Hilton Worldwide enters Macedonia
Hilton Worldwide is expanding its presence in south eastern Europe with the brand entering Macedonia with the signing of a franchise agreement with Ajdovan Ademoski to open the upscale DoubleTree by Hilton Skopje. The hotel is expected to open in early 2016 and joins further properties under development in the region in Croatia and Montenegro. As a new build property, DoubleTree by Hilton Skopje’s design will make it the ideal venue for conference and events in a location with easy access to the city centre and international airport and in close proximity to the city’s main exhibition centre which is more than 50,000 square metres in size. Situated on the banks of the river Vardar, the hotel will offer 172 upscale bedrooms, including 20 suites,

NEWS | Choice Hotels moves into new headquarters in Maryland

Choice HotelsChoice Hotels moves into new headquarters in Maryland
Choice Hotels International has finalised its move to new global headquarters at 1 Choice Hotels Circle in Rockville, Maryland. A ribbon cutting event was held to celebrate the event, attended by more than 400 state and local elected officials, economic development leaders, community representatives and employees. Choice Hotels has been based in Montgomery County since 1968. The new headquarters in the heart of Rockville Town Square brings more than 430 associates and anticipates hundreds of franchisee visitors each year into this dynamic community to work, shop, play, eat and stay.

NEWS | Carlson Rezidor announces the Park Inn by Radisson Hotel Nizhny Tagil, Russia

Carlson Rezidor announces the Park Inn by Radisson Hotel Nizhny Tagil, RussiaCarlson Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the ten largest hotel groups worldwide, strengthens its portfolio in Russia’s regional cities with the signing of a new Park Inn by Radisson in Nizhny Tagil. The mid-market property will be the first internationally branded hotel in this prominent industrial city. Enjoying an outstanding waterfront location in Nizhny Tagil’s central district, the Park Inn will include 135 contemporary guest rooms, a 238sqm all-day dining restaurant plus an adjoining 200sqm terrace, a lobby bar, a 375sqm ballroom and 10 meeting rooms. Additionally, there will be a fitness centre and on-site parking. “Russia/CIS is a key development market for our future business development.

NEWS | Ritz-Carlton to cease managing Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Palm Beach

Ritz-Carlton to cease managing Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Palm BeachThe Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. said today it would cease managing The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Palm Beach as of July 1. The owner of the property will be renaming and managing the hotel. Effective July 1, no Ritz-Carlton Rewards or Marriott Rewards points can be earned or redeemed at the property. In connection with its departure, Ritz-Carlton also said that it has filed a multi-million dollar counterclaim against the owner, RC/PB Inc., for breach of contract.

NEWS | Trump Hotel Collection in wellness focus

Trump Hotel Collection in wellness focusFamily-run luxury hotel brand, TRUMP HOTEL COLLECTION has unveiled its comprehensive TRUMP Wellness triad of programs, designed to support each guest’s healthy lifestyle. The new initiative will debut on June 17. “TRUMP Wellness is another important step for the TRUMP HOTEL COLLECTION in our effort to create exceptional personalized experiences and options for our guests that are reflective of their lifestyle,” explained Chief Operating Officer Jim Petrus.

NEWS | New Elite Mankato Hotel raises a glass to the business community

New Elite Mankato Hotel raises a glass to the business communityWhen it comes to succeeding in business, as the saying goes, it’s all about who you know. And if that has you reaching for your rolodex, it’s time to check out the event calendar for The Courtyard by Marriott Mankato. This new and vibrant hotel is the place to be on Sept. 3, 2013 when it will host a networking event with Greater Mankato Growth (GMG). Dubbed “Business After Hours,” the monthly event is open to all GMG members, and the Courtyard by Marriott Mankato, located next to the River Hills Mall, is an ideal host. (The hotel has over 4,200 square feet of meeting space).

NEWS | Michael Votta has been named General Manager at The Pearl in Rosemary Beach - FL, USA

Joining The Pearl as General Manager, Michael Votta brings over forty years of experience in hospitality management to the team. Votta's passion for the industry is evident throughout his impressive career and his well-rounded years of experience,

NEWS | BJavier Beneyto has been appointed General Manager at Metropolitan by COMO in Miami Beach - FL, USA

he Singapore-based five-star hotel group has just appointed Javier Beneyto as the general manager of their first hotel in the continental U.S. --Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach. The hotel will open this Winter and Madrid native Beneyto, who has previously worked at COMO properties in the Maldives and London, will oversee the construction and refurbishment of the Art Deco property on Collins Ave. Once the hotel opens, he will also oversee the day-to-day operations of the hotel as well as the food and beverage service.

NEWS | Barry Anderson has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers in Boston - MA, USA

Known for his ability to market a luxury hotel brand into a nationally recognized name in the marketplace, Anderson comes to the Boston Park Plaza after decades of experience at major hospitality brands, and arrives with many industry accolades, including the successful opening, branding, and positioning of the 900 Room Peabody Orlando. He was named Director of Sales & Marketing of the Year for Hyatt Hotels, and is the first sales and marketing executive to be voted on to the Advisory Board for Preferred Hotels & Resorts Worldwide.

NEWS | Paul Malcolm has been appointed Head of Sales for Europe at Hilton Worldwide in Hertfordshire, United Kingdom

Hilton Worldwide announced in the last week the appointment of Paul Malcom as Head of Sales for Europe. After 30 years at Marriott International, Malcom will take over in June 2013 as the Head of Sales Development and Customer Service Platforms from Hilton Worldwide. Malcolm's entry conditions are favorable, with Hilton Worldwide being one of the world's fastest-growing hotel companies; one in five hotel rooms under construction in Europe will open as a brand of Hilton Worldwide.

NEWS | Big Three Restaurants, Inc. announces Immediate Short Term $1.5

Big Three Restaurants, Inc., (OTCPink: BTHR) announced today it has signed an agreement with VERA Group, LLC, which provides immediate equity or bridge financing of $1.5 million and debt, equity or a combination of both totaling an additional $10 million but not less than $5 million net for operating capital. VERA Group will have first right of refusal on all future capital requirements, expansion and acquisition funding. The agreement is for 12 months and is on a non-exclusive basis with three additional six month increments. John V. Whitman, Jr., the Company’s chief executive officer, said, “The Company is planning to launch its own restaurant brand. Additional announcements will be fourth coming in the days ahead that will provide detail as to the new restaurant concept.