Hilton Worldwide has opened its 4,000th hotel, Hilton Shijiazhuang in the Hebei province of China. It now has 35 hotels operating in Greater China and a pipeline in this region of more than 120 hotels with more than 42,000 rooms.
Since 2007 the hotel group has added 1,100 hotels and increasing its room count by 33 percent.
It also has a pipeline of nearly 1,000 hotels with over 176,000 rooms, which is the largest in the industry and in the history of the company. Hilton Worldwide has opened more than 100 hotels globally since the beginning of 2013, with more than 110 additional hotels expected to open throughout the remainder of the year.
Stephen Garff Marriott, Executive Vice President for Culture at Marriott International, the global hotel company founded by his grandparents in 1927, passed away on Sunday, June 23, 2013, after a prolonged battle with a degenerative mitochondrial disease. He was 54 years old.
In his most recent role, Stephen led Marriott Worldwide Business Councils and was responsible for perpetuating Marriott’s core values and culture throughout the company.
His father, Marriott International Executive Chairman J.W. “Bill” Marriott, Jr., said, “Stephen was an inspiration to us every day as he struggled with a challenging disease that cost him his eyesight and hearing, and he never complained.
Accor has revealed ambitious expansion plans for its midscale Mercure brand, with 53 new hotels planned in 2013 including its first in Turkey and Sweden. The group, which currently includes 732 properties, is targeting 1,000 by 2015.
The Mercure brand is enjoying sustained expansion with an average of one opening per week and over 15,000 new rooms between 2011 and 2012. Mercure alone accounted for 21% of rooms opened by Accor in 2012.
Four Points by Sheraton brand is continuing its rapid expansion across Canada with the opening of Four Points by Sheraton Kelowna Airport.
Owned by Argus Properties and managed by Pacrim Hospitality Services, the centrally located 120-room property includes 4,500 square feet of meeting facilities.
It is the 24th Four Points hotel to open in Canada, where the brand is on track to reach 27 hotels by the end of 2013.
“We are delighted to debut Four Points by Sheraton in Kelowna as demand for the brand continues to rise in dynamic markets across Canada,” said Brian McGuinness, Senior Vice President of Specialty Select Brands for Starwood.
Anantara Hotels, Resorts and Spas is slated to open the doors to its latest Abu Dhabi resort, the Anantara Al Yamm Villa Resort on Sir Bani Yas Island in July 2013. The five star luxury villa resort comprises 30 luxurious beachfront villas.
Located on the eastern shores of Sir Bani Yas Island, Anantara Al Yamm Villa Resort consists of 30 villas, 16 of which are located on the beach overlooking the Arabian Sea and another 14 overlooking, a tranquil lagoon rich with high mangroves.
Carlson Rezidor, one of the ten largest hotel groups worldwide and one of the leading hotel operators on the African continent, announces the Park Inn by Radisson Kigali in Rwanda.
The stylish upper midscale property featuring 161 rooms is Carlson Rezidor’s second hotel project in Kigali: The group already develops the Radisson Blu Hotel & Convention Centre Kigali that is scheduled to open in Q2 2104. The Park Inn by Radisson will welcome the first guests just a few months later in Q3 2014.
Constellation Brands, Inc., the world’s leading premium wine company, and Lotte Liquor, South Korea’s top total beverage company, today announced that they have signed an agreement for the importation and distribution of SVEDKA Vodka throughout South Korea.
“We are pleased to partner with Constellation Brands to further develop the vodka category in market with SVEDKA Vodka,” says An Yumyung, Director of Imported Spirits division of liquor business group, Lotte Liquor. “SVEDKA Vodka is globally recognized for its quality, craftsmanship and taste. We believe that the vodka category, which has traditionally been a small segment, is growing rapidly - doubling in fact - according to IWSR figures,” he added.
DoubleTree by Hilton offer a glimpse of the majesty of Victorian Scotland era with the opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Dundee. In partnership with RedefineBDL, the former Landmark Hotel today completed its £1million refurbishment to become the upscale brand's third Scottish property and its 21st across the UK.
Simon Vincent, President, EMEA, Hilton Worldwide, said, "Scotland remains one of the most popular destinations for our guests and DoubleTree by Hilton Dundee is a great addition to our 14 strong Scottish portfolio.
The Oberoi Group, India’s leading chain of 5 star and luxury hotels and
resorts, has been ranked 13th among India’s Top 100 Companies to Work for and 2nd in the
Hospitality Industry for the year 2013.
Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Vikram Oberoi, Chief Operating Officer and
Joint Managing Director, The Oberoi Group said, “It is a matter of great pride for The
Oberoi Group to receive this recognition. We have always focused our attention on our
guests and our employees.
Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH) would like to congratulate its winning franchised domestic hotels that have received a prestigious property-level 2011 Platinum or Gold Hospitality Award. In 2011, Choice Hotels awarded a Platinum Hospitality designation to 136 of its properties, with 307 hotels earning a Gold Hospitality Award.
“These award-winning hotels are truly the properties that shine day in and day out, representing not only the best of the best from across the country, but also the tremendous value that a Choice Hotels property can offer to today’s travelers,” said Steve Joyce, president and chief executive officer of Choice Hotels.