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NEWS | Holiday Inn brand debuts in Grand Cayman

Holiday Inn brand debuts in Grand CaymanInterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has revealed the latest addition to the growing global Holiday Inn Resort brand portfolio with the opening of the Holiday Inn Resort Grand Cayman hotel. The property has 117-rooms and a variety of beachfront amenities. “We are thrilled to bring a Holiday Inn Resort hotel to one of the most popular destinations in the Caribbean,” said Gerardo Murray, vice president, Marketing Strategic Services for Mexico, Latin America and Caribbean, IHG. “Adding this property to our Holiday Inn Resort brand portfolio is in alignment with our strategy to bring the brand to easily-accessed leisure destinations.” Added Murray.

NEWS | Movenpick Jumeirah Beach impresses with a low environmental footprint

Movenpick Jumeirah Beach impresses with a low environmental footprint

In line with Movenpick Hotels&Resorts’ philosophy to contribute to a positive future, Movenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach in Dubai, U.A.E., identifies and promotes sustainable strategies. This luxury property impresses with a significantly low environmental footprint and an outstanding CSR program – all efforts were recently awarded Green Globe re-certification. “We are delighted that we have been re-certified by Green Globe,” said Horst Walther-Jones, General Manager. “I can proudly say that Movenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach is a very good example of a hotel dedicated to environmentally-sustainable tourism. This has been demonstrated through a variety of initiatives.

NEWS | Hyatt Hotel to bring all its global brands in India in 3 years

International hospitality chain Hyatt Hotel Corporation will bring all of its seven brands in India in the next three years to increase footprint here. The chain that had entered India with Hyatt Regency in Delhi 30 years ago, will open three new hotels in India this year that will take its total room capacity to 5,300. It is targeting not only the metros but also "high growth tier II and II cities and upcoming resort and leisure destinations" for its growth in the country.

NEWS | Carlson Rezidor plans to open 38 new hotels in India by 2015

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group is planning to add 38 new hotels in India and increase employee strength by over 9,000 by 2015. "We are aspiring to have 100 hotels in India by 2015, and currently we have 62 hotels in operation," K B Kachru, Executive Vice President of South Asia, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, told PTI. There are more than 5,000 rooms, a part of the expansion scheme, under development, he said. Currently, the company is mostly looking for management contract in the country. However, the hospitality group expects to have an equal number of properties under the franchise and management contract models by 2015.

NEWS | Yum! Brands' same-store sales in China fall 19% in May 2013

KFC outlets in China continue to hamper performance of the parent company Yum! Brands Inc.’s system of more than 5,400 restaurants in the country. The company's same-store sales last month in China decreased 19 per cent, it indicated in a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, Mark Brandau reported in Nation's Restaurant News. KFC same-store sales in China declined an estimated 25 per cent, more than offsetting a gain of 12 per cent at Pizza Hut Casual Dining, which has slightly fewer than 1,000 locations in China.

NEWS | Singapore's Ascendas Hospitality looking to invest in Japan

Ascendas Hospitality Trust is seeking investments in Japan where Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s efforts to revive the economy is boosting the prospects of its hotel industry. Ascendas Hospitality, a Singapore-based business and property trust with one hotel in Japan among its portfolio of ten hospitality assets, will focus its acquisitions in business centres like Tokyo, Osaka and Fukuoka, said Tan Juay Hiang, CEO, Ascendas Hospitality Trust, said. The hotel industry will become “very attractive” as the yen’s decline against the dollar makes travel to Japan cheaper, he explained, as per a report by Pooja Thakur in Bloomberg.

NEWS | Hilton Worldwide enters Macedonia via franchise agreement for DoubleTree by Hilton Skopjein

Hilton Worldwide has signed a franchise agreement with Ajdovan Ademoski to open the upscale DoubleTree by Hilton Skopjein in Macedonia. The company's first property in the country, the hotel is expected to open in early 2016 and joins further properties under development in the region in Croatia and Montenegro, a release stated. Situated on the banks of the river Vardar, DoubleTree by Hilton Skopjein will offer 172 upscale bedrooms, including 20 suites. The hotel will feature 1,400 square metres of events space, divided into two large ballrooms, and a further three meeting rooms. The property also features car parking, a business centre, health club and spa.

NEWS | Burger King plans to open 12 outlets in South Africa next year

Burger King Worldwide Inc. (BKW) plans to ramp up expansion in South Africa after opening its first restaurant in the country and enter other parts of the continent to take advantage of a growing middle class. The company plans to open about 12 branches in South Africa next year as it seeks to tap into the country’s fast-food market, Jaye Sinclair, CEO, Burger King South Africa, said, as per a report by Janice Kew in Bloomberg. It will then seek to expand in other African countries.