The Goa government has opposed two floating hotel projects being pushed by the Mormugao Port Trust (MPT), a central government undertaking, claiming that the projects would cause "ecological and environmental" damage. In an official statement issued Thursday, state Minister for Forests and Environment Alina Saldanha accused the MPT, which runs Goa's only major port, of being "colonial" in its mindset and asked it to stop using Goa's rivers as its "private fiefdom".
Radisson Blu MBD, Noida has appointed Rajat Sethi as General Manager. In his new role, he will maintain the hotel’s position in Delhi and NCR region and take forward the innovations in services and F&B of the hotel, a release stated. A Hospitality Management graduate from the Institute of Hotel Management, Chandigarh, Sethi carries over 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry. He has had stints with The Oberoi Group,
Goran Todorovic is managing the two French Vienna International hotels Dream Castle und Magic Circus in the position of General Manager since the beginning of 2013. The 44-year-old native Serbo-Croatian Goran Todorovic began his career in the Mövenpick-Radisson Hotel and the Royal Savoy Hotel in Lausanne in Switzerland. Todorovic soon climbed up the career ladder at big-name hotel groups such as Accor, where he worked for the brands Mercure and Sofitel.
The sales team at andel's Hotel Berlin starts with a new Director of Sales in the second half of 2013: Monika Will (33) takes over all sales activities at Berlin's biggest design hotel. In conjunction with her sales team she will strengthen the position of the andel's Hotel Berlin as one of the most important Conference hotels on the Berlin market.
Due to open in 2015, Rosewood at Baha Mar is part of Rosewood’s strategic global expansion plan which also includes the opening of Rosewood London and Rosewood Beijing later this year. Luis Fernandes is an accomplished hospitality executive with proven international experience in branding, maximizing operational performance and developing strong leaders through motivational teamwork. Over the last two decades, he has guided the course of world-acclaimed resorts and brands, building identities and forging partnerships with long-term benefits for all involved. Luis’s appointment marks a return to the company for him.
Balabon joins Rosewood with more than 24 years of experience in luxury hotel sales. Most recently, Balabon spent three years as vice president of sales of Andre Balazs Properties. Previously, she served as the executive director of marketing for The New York Palace Hotel. In this role, Balabon was responsible for overseeing and implementing the hotel’s affiliation with The Dorchester Collection. Prior to her time with The New York Palace Hotel, Balabon spent two years as vice president of sales and marketing of The Trump Collection,
The Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the most dynamic hotel companies worldwide and a member of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, has signed 11 hotels with almost 1,800 rooms in the second quarter of 2013. During the same period, Rezidor has also opened 3 hotels with 450 rooms and extended 3 hotels (350 rooms). At the end of June, Rezidor's operating portfolio comprises 335 hotels with 74,000 rooms in 56 countries across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Cox & Kings Ltd yesterday said it will invest over Rs 1,230 crore in the next four years as part of its global expansion plans, the PTI reported. “We will be investing around EUR 120 million (over Rs 936 crore) for expansion of our Meininger Hotels globally and another Rs 300 crore for opening of PGL centres in India in next four years,” Peter Kerkar, Director, Cox & Kings said. The company will be adding 18,500 new beds in Meininger Hotels to the present bed strength of 7,500 beds. The new hotels will be in the UK, Europe, America and India, he added.
The Claridges Hotels & Resorts has relaunched The Claridges Nabha Residence in Mussoorie, located 35 kms from Dehradun. An addition to the hotel is a spa, sauna and steam with therapies like Swedish massage, back, foot and neck therapies, and Yoga classes. The property now also offers guests the opportunity to indulge in sports and leisure activities at the multi-recreational centre.
Hyatt Hotels Corporation and Sequoia Development recently unveiled Hyatt Place Salt Lake City/Cottonwood in Utah, USA. The hotel is the fifth Hyatt-branded property in the state and the second hotel built directly in Cottonwood Corporate Center, a release stated. The property is under the leadership of Jeff Olpin, Area General Manager, and Nicholas Elmore, Director of Sales.