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The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. Announces Plans for New Urban Resort in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. plans to open its second luxury hotel in Malaysia in one of the fastest growing catchment areas known as the Petaling Jaya Golden Triangle, within a development named Empire City.

Hyatt introduces innovative new loyalty benefits for most frequent guests

Hyatt Gold Passport members who achieve Diamond status through 25 stays or 50 nights each calendar year will have access to a suite of innovative new loyalty benefits. Beginning February 14, members will receive premium Wi-Fi access in guestrooms and social spaces, such as lobbies and
Hyatt-operated restaurants.

Hoteliers generate over US$1.7 billion with eRevMax

eRevMax continues to help hotels increase bookings and propel their online revenue growth. The company behind leading distribution solutions, RateTiger and Connect, facilitated booking revenue worth over US$1.7 billion in 2014 for its hotel clients across the globe.

TripAdvisor’s Q4 profit soars as stronger-than-expected revenue offsets higher expenses

Like its peers, the travel portal has stepped up advertising spending and offering discounts and loyalty programs in response to increased competition that ranges from travel meta search sites to startups that offer unpublished discounts for hotel stays.

How technology is changing the hotel concierge

REPORT FROM THE U.S.—The role of the hotel concierge might never disappear entirely, but advancements in technology (and changing attitudes from the guests who use it) are supplanting the need for human contact in many hotels around the world.

DoubleTree by Hilton Oklahoma City Airport Opens

DoubleTree by Hilton yesterday announced the opening of city of Oklahoma. Formerly a Cambria Suites, the 134-room full-service hotel has commenced dramatic property-wide renovations that include stylish design updates and furnishings throughout the lobby, guest rooms and public areas.

IHG Partners with Pernod Ricard to Celebrate 150 years of Cocktail Mixology

 IHG(InterContinental Hotels Group) has partnered with Pernod Ricard to launch its BAR150 programme, celebrating 150 years of mixology, which sees its hotel bars serve up an exciting new menu of signature cocktails, complemented by a range of appetising bar snacks.

The programme has launched across IHG’s managed InterContinental, Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn hotels and resorts throughout its Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA) region. Under
the partnership, Pernod Ricard has designed a series of popular cocktails for IHG hotels based on its rich brand portfolio, which includes Aperitif, Whisky, Scotch Whisky, Cognac, Gin, Vodka, Rum and other liqueurs. The French wine and spirits group also sets a high standard for bartenders at IHG hotels in making and serving cocktails to ensure its originality.

Phil Broad,Vice President, Food & Beverage, AMEA, IHG, said “Around 150 years ago the first cocktail recipe appeared in print, kick-starting a mixology movement that continues to go from strength to strength. There’s so much history and heritage behind the region’s most loved cocktails so we are celebrating the best of these with BAR150- from the Mint Julep which was popularised at what is now InterContinental The Willard Washington DC, to the Mojito, which can trace its history back to the explorer, Sir Francis Drake.

“Partnering with Pernod Ricard has given us the opportunity to provide our guests with exceptional cocktail options, made with renowned spirits and liqueur brands, acrossmore than 200 bars in our hotels in the region.

”Pernod Ricard is the world’s co-leader in wine and spirits, representing top brands,including ABSOLUT vodka, Chivas Regal whisky, Beefeater gin, Martell cognac, The Glenlivet single malt whisky, Royal Salute Scotch whisky, The Ballantine’s blended Scotch whisky, Perrier-JouĂ«t champagne, Malibu and Havana Club rum, among many others.

Quentin Job, Vice President, Innovation and Commercial Development, Pernod Ricard Asia said “Pernod Ricard is thrilled to have worked with IHG on enhancing cocktail experiences for its guests across AMEA hotels based on our famous brands, such as Havana Club for Maitai and Beefeater for Negroni; and many more for basic mixed drinks and sophisticated cocktails. This collaboration has contributed to the development of mixology, which is reviving the cocktail culture in Asia.”

 “We also treasure the opportunity of exchanging professional cocktail mixing skills with IHG colleagues to deliver consistency across IHG hotels.There is a lot more creation and innovation to come for IHG guests and I look forward totaking this art form to the next level.

”The refreshed cocktail menus are accompanied by a wider revamp of the hotel’s bar snack menus. The menus are tailored by hotel brand, with InterContinental, Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn hotels and resorts offering up their own unique dishes, created by top chefs from across IHG hotels in AMEA. The new menus have been designed to showcase some of the best flavours from across the region and will complement the new cocktails on offer, giving guests a heightened bar experience.

IHG is one of the largest restaurant and bar operators in the Asia, Middle East and Africa region with more than 800 restaurants and bars across 37 countries, and another 200 restaurants and bars to be unveiled as IHG opens the 137 hotels in their pipeline.

The company’s team of food and beverage experts are working on a number of new programmes to
improve and enhance guests’ culinary experiences across the company’s portfolio of more than 240 hotels in the region. Over the last year, IHG has:

Launched the IHG Culinary Panelwhich features five celebrated chefs who have developed a repertoire of signature dishes which will be available at selected restaurants across IHG hotels in AMEA.

Launched the InterContinental Planet Trekkers Children’s Menu globally a menu designed to take young explorers on an exciting journey of food discovery, and which was developed by celebrity chef Theo Randall and leading children’s food expert book author, Annabel Karmel MBE.

Announced a partnership with Nutrition Australia to develop a fun and nutritionally-balanced
kids’ menu for Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts across AMEA, which will be available later this year.