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NEWS | Louisiana Wyndham Franchise Rebrands as Magnuson Hotel Alexandria

London UK/Spokane WA -- Magnuson Hotels, the world’s largest independent hotel group, announced today the complete rebranding of the Magnuson Hotel Alexandria Airport. Formerly the Baymont Inn and Suites in Alexandria, Louisiana, the hotel will upgrade its local, regional and national market to attract business, group and leisure travelers via an affiliation with Magnuson Hotels’ global portfolio of nearly 2,000 hotels. Corporate, educational, government and leisure travelers will appreciate this 171 room facility located near the Alexandria Airport, Kent Plantation House,

NEWS | Second Upscale Value Hotel Worldwide to be Built in South Korea

Just two months ago, Value Hotel Worldwide announced it was developing the first upscale hotel and the largest of any kind in the newly created city of Sejong, South Korea. Today, it announced a second development of a new-construction, high-end Value Hotel Worldwide in the city of Suwon, located just 22 miles south of Seoul. A highly industrialized business area, Suwon is the headquarters of Samsung Electronics, as well as many other large corporations and manufacturers. The Value Hotel Worldwide, located just steps away from Samsung's doors, 

NEWS | OCS Group ties-up with Ginger Hotels

OCS Group, UK’s facilities services provider in over 40 countries announced a significant business integration initiative wherein it now offers Total Facilities Management (TFM) services to Ginger Hotels. The company invested Rs 200 crore, delivering core facilities management services to service providers in India. Approximately 22,000 number of people employed in various operations in India. Talking to Hospitality Biz, Chris Cracknell, Chief Executive Officer, OCS Group, said, "India is a powerhouse in the global economy and soon will be a major contributor to our global turnover.

NEWS | Hilton Worldwide signs 2 hotels in Egypt

Hilton Worldwide has agreed a deal with Egyptian touristic resorts to open two hotels in the Egyptian cities of Cairo and Alexandria. The two properties, the Hilton Giza Pyramids and the Hilton Alexandria King’s Ranch Resort, will take the number of hotels operated by the US-based firm in Egypt to 20, the operator said in a statement. The 390-room Hilton Giza Pyramids, which will feature views of the Pyramids and the Sphinx, is scheduled to open in 2016.

NEWS | Swissotel Xi’an to open in China in 2016

Swissotel Hotels & Resorts has signed a new management contract with Shaanxi Puyu Industrial Co., Ltd for a 350-room hotel in Xi’an. Scheduled for completion in 2016, Swissotel Xi’an will be nestled in the core business area in the Xi’an National Civil Aerospace Industrial Base within proximity to two Metro lines. Swissotel Xi’an will be located in the heart of phase one of China’s second national civil aerospace industrial base.

NEWS | Cafe Coffee Day to add 500 outlets by 2015

Coffee chain Cafe Coffee Day (CCD) today said it will open over 500 outlets by 2015 to take its total network to 2,000 outlets as part of a pan-India expansion programme. The company will set up outlets based on the three formats -- cafe, lounge and square -- which it currently operates. "We will take total number of our outlets to 2,000 by 2015. Majority will be in the cafe format and we will also look at opening some outlets in lounge and square formats too," Cafe Coffee Day President Marketing Ramakrishnan K said. 
At present, CCD has 1,497 outlets, out of which three are in square format, 47 in lounge and rest in cafe formats. All these are company owned. When asked about the investment for the network expansion, Ramakrishnan declined to share a number saying it's privately held company. "Also, amount of investment varies due to the format of outlets," he said but added that all the 500 new outlets would be company-owned. 
 CCD has footprints in 200 ci…

NEWS | Taj Mansingh auction: NDMC to seek legal opinion

New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) today decided to seek legal opinion from Solicitor General on the auction process of five-star hotel Taj Mansingh, presently run by the Tatas, here. An NDMC spokesperson said the Council meeting decided to seek opinion of the Solicitor General on the auctioning issue. BJP MLA Karn Singh Tanwar, an NDMC member who attended the meeting, claimed in the meeting it was also decided that fresh opinion will be taken from Urban Development Ministry and Ministry of Home Affairs.
The matter is subjudice as the Tata-owned Indian Hotels CompanyBSE 2.22 % Ltd had filed a Special Leave Petition in the Supreme Court regarding the auction process.

In September last year, the municipal body had decided to give one-year extension to the Tatas for operating Taj Mansingh, besides giving the first right of refusal in an auction to be conducted within one year.

IHCL had entered into a 33-year lease for using the property in 1978, which ended on October 2011 and w…

NEWS | Hotel Taj Mansingh: Home ministry opposes right of first refusal to Tatas

The union home ministry has said that the Tatas should not be allowed the right of first refusal in the upcoming auction of the Indian Hotels Company-operated Taj Mansingh hotel, opposing the proposal of the New Delhi Municipal Council, which owns the building that houses the luxury hotel in central Delhi. In a letter to NDMC on May 10, the home ministry said "that the proposal to allow IHCL to have the 'first right of refusal' in the public auction has not been provided for in the lease deed. A provision of 'first right of refusal' will result in lower bids in the public auction.