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JOBS LIST | 25/07/2013

NEWS | Melissa Kizana has been appointed Reservations and Revenue Manager at Holiday Inn

With 15 plus years experience in the hospitality industry and a strong focus on reservations, communications and sales, Melissa is a dedicated hotel professional. Her analytical ability and project management skills have achieved fantastic results in her previous roles. Melissa will work closely with our General Manager and Sales team to increase revenue and build on existing yield management strategies. Melissa commenced her new role on 01st July 2013.  

NEWS | IHG signs first Hotel Indigo in Paris

IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group), one of the world’s leading global hotel companies, is proud to announce the signing of a management agreement with Société Foncière Lyonnaise (SFL) for the development of Hotel Indigo Paris – Opera, France. Located just a few steps from Opera Garnier and the InterContinental Paris Le Grand, this addition follows the recent signings of the Hotel Indigo boutique brand in Rome and Brighton. The property is owned by Société Foncière Lyonnaise (SFL) one of the largest real estate owners in France.

NEWS | Thompson Hotels Announces New Chicago Property Set to Debut Fall 2013

Thompson Hotels announces October 2013 as the opening of its 11th property, Thompson Chicago, as the company continues to expand its global portfolio of lifestyle hotels. The first phase of the hotel opening will occur in October 2013 with reservations being accepted as of October 1 and the following phases rolling out through the end of the year. Thompson Chicago will offer its savvy clientele sophisticated comforts of a home-away-from-home, joined by personalized service provided by the hotel's highly trained and committed staff. Located in the heart of Chicago's famed Gold Coast, the 247-room hotel offers unobstructed city views of Lake Michigan and is just steps from glamorous Michigan Avenue, Oak Street boutiques and downtown's finest dining and nightlife destinations. An all-star team of talent from Chicago and abroad has been assembled to bring the vision to life for Thompson Chicago.

NEWS | InterContinental to Transform Renowned Double Bay Hotel, Sydney

Double Bay's legendary hotel situated at 33 Cross Street is soon to become InterContinental Sydney Double Bay. Singaporean-based Royal Hotels and InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) have signed a management agreement for the 140-room InterContinental hotel on this famed site in one of Sydney's most luxurious suburbs. Royal Hotels will undertake a multimillion-dollar refurbishment of all guest rooms and public areas of the hotel, after which it will reopen as InterContinental Sydney Double Bay in January 2014.

NEWS | Ahmed Khalaf has been promoted General Manager

Ahmed has earned his well deserved promotion after having held the position of Hotel Manager at Four Seasons Hotel Doha, and Hotel Manager for Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza prior to that. With his 26 years of experience and broad operational knowledge, Ahmed brings a wealth of operational expertise and regional exposure to his new role and to the team in Alexandria. Ahmed is a hotel veteran who has spent more that 13 years as part of Four Seasons family, first with the pre-opening team at Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at First Residence as Front Office Manager, followed by the opening of Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza as Director of Rooms,

NEWS | Glenn Sampert has been appointed General Manager

Mr. Sampert previously served as the general manager of the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort and Casino, a 694-room property in Nassau, Bahamas. Mr. Sampert is a Vancouver, British Colombia native who has been a part of the Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide team since 1998. A former Six Sigma Black Belt, he previously contributed his talents to The Westin Los Angeles Airport, The Westin Maui Resort and Spa, and the Sheraton Hamilton Hotel after beginning his career at the Sutton Place Hotel in Vancouver.

NEWS | ONGC to adopt Taj Mahal under Campaign Clean India

Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd (ONGC) will today adopt the Taj Mahal, a World Heritage Site, at a function in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, in the presence of Dr K Chiranjeevi, Minister of State with Independent Charge for Tourism, Government of India. One of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal is the "Crown Jewel" among tourist destinations in India and therefore an obvious priority destination under the Campaign Clean India programme, a release stated. Dr Chirnajeevi strongly felt the need to undertake sustained operations to ensure clean and hygienic environment, commensurate with the stature of this destination.

NEWS | Accor Hotels India among top 50 best workplaces: Great Place to Work Institute

Accor, Accor HotelsAccor Hotels India has been recognised among the top 50 Best Companies to Work, by the Great Places to Work Institute in India. The ranking is a result of India’s largest annual study of workplace excellence that identifies the top 50 best companies to work for in the country. The award recognises Accor India’s commitment and endeavour to enhance the professional growth of its employees by setting innovative standards in the work culture, a release stated.

NEWS | Worldhotels adds 31 hotels in first half of 2013

Worldhotels has recorded 31 hotels and almost 6,000 rooms joining the international hotel group in the first half of this year. During the period, a total of 186 hotels applied to join. Those that made it to Worldhotels’ portfolio include 17 hotels in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), three in North and South America, and 11 in the Asia Pacific region, a release stated. Robert Hornman, Managing Director, Worldhotels, said, “In 2013, our strategy remains to complement our portfolio of almost 500 hotels in 250 destinations worldwide with unique hotels in new destinations.

NEWS | Ban or not, Mumbai’s orchestra 'dance’ bars have long been in business as usual

This new bar was to have a filmi theme, pictures of film stars everywhere. There would be different halls for the dancers, each with a distinct decor. There was going to be a Mughal-e-Azam room, and a DDLJ room." — "Sacred Games", Vikram Chandra If bar owners and dancers are jubilant about the Supreme Court's decision on Tuesday to uphold the Bombay High Court's 2006 verdict to allow dance bars to reopen,

NEWS| Sundus Investments, Rotana Hotel Management sign agreement to manage 2 Oman projects

Sundus Investments Projects LLC has signed an agreement with Rotana Hotel Management Company to manage its new project, Sundus Arjaan by Rotana. The agreement comes close on the heels of Sundus Investments’ recently concluded alliance with Rotana to manage its first four-star Sundus Rotana Muscat corporate and conference hotel, being developed at Airport Heights in Bousher, Muscat. The USD 40-million projects is scheduled to be completed in two years.

NEWS | JW Marriott Bengaluru appoints Prakash Viswanathan as Director of Sales and Marketing

prakash_viswanathan_id.jpgprakash_viswanathan_id.jpg JW Marriott Bengaluru has appointed Prakash Viswanathan as Director of Sales and Marketing. He will look into brand promotion and performance, and network with present and potential customers to drive quality sales for the property, as per a release. A graduate from Welcomgroup Graduate School of Hotel Administration, Viswanathan has been in the hospitality industry for nine years now. He has worked with Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, and Taj Hotels Resorts & Palaces. He began his career as a Hotel Operations Trainee at JW Marriott, Mumbai, and has also worked with Courtyard by Marriott, Chennai.  

NEWS | IHG, Royal Hotels to open InterContinental Sydney Double Bay in Jan 2014

Singapore-based Royal Hotels and InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) have signed a management agreement for the 140-room InterContinental hotel on Double Bay in Sydney, Australia. Royal Hotels will undertake a multimillion-dollar refurbishment of all guest rooms and public areas of the hotel, after which it will reopen as InterContinental Sydney Double Bay in January 2014, as per a release. InterContinental Sydney Double Bay will be the fifth InterContinental hotel in Australia, and will join the family of 169 InterContinental Hotels & Resorts around the world. Purpose-built in 1991 as the Ritz Carlton Double Bay, the hotel established a reputation as the place to stay for celebrities visiting Sydney. It became the Stamford in 2001, before closing in 2009 with a view to being redeveloped.