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.
Ramada Encore London West will start its multimillion pound transformation on 12th August, 2013. The extension plans include a stunning brand new bedroom block, roof-top meeting rooms with open air cocktail area and a modern gym with views of the London skyline. Lobby area and restaurant is also planned to be given a soft refurbishment. This transformation will be unveiled early April 2014. The hotel will continue to operate as normal throughout the renovation. This transformation has two phases.
Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced today that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into a management agreement with Kamala Bay Ventures Co., Ltd. for a Hyatt Regency hotel in Phuket, Thailand. The hotel will be the first Hyatt-branded resort to open in Phuket, one of Southeast Asia's premier resort destinations. Expected to open in late 2013, Hyatt Regency Phuket Resort will join two existing Hyatt-branded hotels in Thailand, including Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok and Hyatt Regency Hua Hin. "We are excited to bring the Hyatt Regency brand to one of the region's most sought after resort destinations"
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide's Le Méridien Hotels is set to return to Southern California with the opening of Le Méridien Delfina Santa Monica, debuting this fall. Owned by Pebblebrook Hotel Trust and managed by Viceroy Hotel Group, the transformation will follow a renovation of the Sheraton Delfina Santa Monica Hotel. Le Méridien Delfina Santa Monica will undergo transformation of the hotel’s 310 guest rooms, public spaces and 10,000 sq ft of premium meeting space. The hotel will also feature a full-service restaurant and bar, outdoor pool and grill and fitness centre, as per a release. Allison Reid,
The Fern Hotels & Resorts has opened The Fern Residency, Gurgaon—the brand's first in NCR and 16th overall. A premium business hotel, the 42-room property has four indoor conference venues, The Fern Club Lounge, spa services, high-speed Internet, a fine dining restaurant, and a German-inspired bar, as per a press release. Dining options at the new property include Felicita—a fine dining restaurant offering Western, Arabic,
JW Marriott, Bengaluru has appointed Parul Thakur as General Manager. Prior to this, she held the same post at Courtyard by Marriott, Ahmedabad. She has spent over a decade at Marriott Hotels, starting in 1998, and brings with her experience in various positions across different Marriott brands. In her current role, Thakur will be responsible for the imminent opening of the hotel and will oversee and drive operations of the property, as per a release.
Magic Holidays, a timeshare product from the Panoramic Group of Companies, plans to target the Indian middle class with lucrative offers of affordable time share vacations. The company plans to open 100 resorts of 25-30 keys each in the next five years. Hitesh Kshatriya, COO, Magic Holidays, said, "We are conscious about our customers' needs and will deliver to their expectations. All our resorts are owned and operated by the company, which enhances the element of trust in us." The company currently owns 33 properties in India and seven abroad. Four properties are located in the USA and one each in New Zealand, Thailand and Singapore.
India's largest realty firm DLFBSE -1.74 % has walked out of a pact to exclusively negotiate sale of its luxury hotel chain Amanresorts with Indonesian hotelier Adrian Zecha, after the USD 300-million deal could not be closed within the stipulated timeframe. DLF has opened talks with four other potential buyers, including some global private equity players, after breaking the exclusivity pact with Zecha, sources said.
IHG (InterContinental Hotel Group) today announced that international investment company, Pro Invest Group, has established a $150 million fund to develop a portfolio of 15 Holiday Inn Express hotels across Australia. Pro Invest has created a property development and hotel operating company to build and operate an initial 15 Holiday Inn Express hotels, totalling approximately 2,100 rooms, in central business, suburban and airport locations in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane. IHG will enter into franchise agreements for each of the hotels under a multiple development agreement signed between the two companies. The first hotel will open at Macquarie Park in North Ryde, Sydney in the autumn of 2014.
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.