Category Archives: Destination

Singapore welcomes its fourth Holiday Inn Express hotel

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InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced the latest addition in Singapore, the fourth Holiday Inn Express hotel in this country, Holiday Inn Express Singapore Serangoon. Located within walking distance of Little India heritage area, this contemporary hotel offers comfort, convenience, and the best value for smart travellers for both leisure and business purposes. Within a 20-minute drive of Changi Airport, Holiday Inn Express Singapore Serangoon offers convenient access to Farrer Park and Jalan Besar MRT stations where travellers can connect to Asia’s leading leisure destinations including Sentosa, Botanic Garden, Marina Bay Sands, Merlion Park, and Orchard Road. Ashleigh Garside, General Manager, Holiday Inn Express Singapore Serangoon, says, “We are excited to introduce our guests to the latest Holiday Inn Express Singapore Serangoon. Both business and leisure travellers will experience a refreshingly smart stay that delivers more where it matters most, with our commitment to Simple Smart Travel.”

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Radisson Blu opens two hotels in Abu Dhabi


Radisson Blu has announced the opening of two hotels in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Both landmark hotels hold prominent locations, with the Radisson Blu Hotel & Resort, Abu Dhabi Corniche located on the vibrant and iconic sea walk of Abu Dhabi, while the Radisson Blu Hotel & Resort, Al Ain is situated in one of the UAE’s cultural gems, known as the Garden City for its natural springs, plantations and lush palm groves. Tim Cordon, Area Senior Vice President, Middle East and Africa, Radisson Hotel Group, said: “We’re delighted to begin 2019 in such a positive manner with the opening of these amazing properties in the UAE, arriving under the upper upscale Radisson Blu flag. Both properties remain iconic landmarks in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, offering guests the opportunity to enjoy such unique locations. Abu Dhabi continues to flourish as a destination, with significant investment going into demand generators for the tourism sector – from cultural landmarks to entertainment and leisure offerings. We’re proud to be playing a supporting role in this evolution.” Khalid Anib, Chief Executive Officer, Abu Dhabi National Hotels, said: “We’re pleased to lead our hotels into their next generation under the globally recognized Radisson Blu brand. Both hotels are undergoing extensive renovation works that will see them reach leading standards. Each hotel has its own distinct and attractive offering for both business and leisure segments. We’re confident that our guests will enjoy many memorable moments at our hotels, whilst discovering all that Abu Dhabi and Al Ain has to offer.” Radisson Blu Hotel & Resort, Abu Dhabi Corniche Offering stunning views of Abu Dhabi’s coastline, the Radisson Blu Hotel & Resort, Abu Dhabi …

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GD Group forays into hotel sector, to open six properties by end 2019

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Bengaluru-based GD Group has announced its major push into the hospitality sector with a plan to open as many as six properties by the end of 2019 under the brand name of Great Destinations Hotels and Resorts. Great Destinations Hotels & Resorts CEO and Founder, GD Balaji believes in a vision of becoming a premium global conglomerate with clear focus on each and every business vertical being the group’s ethos. Balaji felt this was the right time to expand their reach into the hospitality industry with the launch of two brands simultaneously under Great Destinations Hotels and Resorts. “We are not new to the hospitality sector as the family-owned group was already operating a large star hotel in the heart of Bengaluru. We have completely demolished it and a brownfield hotel is coming up in its place. The group has major plans of penetrating other market segments and will work towards a planned and fast expansion of the business,” Balaji said. Great Destinations’ will have two categories of hotels. One brand will cater to the premium segment and three other hotels that will come up by mid-2019 has been targeted at the budget traveller. The premium segment brand, Vividus is meant for the young, tech-savvy and trendy traveller. The other three associate brands under “My Space’ product focuses to be a light- on-the-pocket service with world-class amenities. Vividus, along the Race Course Road in Bengaluru, is just 45 minutes away from the international airport and plans to engage with all segments – from business travellers to explorers and from backpackers to business tycoons. By the end of FY 2019-2020, the GD group is looking at establishing 14 properties under its …

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ibis Kolkata Rajarhat opens with 189 rooms


InterGlobe Hotels in partnership with AccorHotels has announced the launch of the economy brand with the opening of ibis Kolkata Rajarhat. The hotel features a 2,457 sq. ft pillar less meeting space which can further be divided to three smaller rooms with capacity for up to 250 guests, one of the largest MICE banquet spaces for an ibis. The hotel will also feature a revamped food offering at Spice It, serving home-style international comfort food and regional cuisines. As with all ibis hotels, it will serve India’s longest-running breakfast, starting from 4 am until noon. Commenting on this occasion, J.B. Singh, President & CEO, InterGlobe Hotels, says, “We are thrilled to mark our presence in this city with ibis Kolkata Rajarhat, the first internationally branded economy hotel in Kolkata. Developed with an investment of INR 120 crores, ibis Kolkata will have 189 keys, taking the ibis brand to 19 hotels across 13 cities with over 3,000 rooms. Kolkata as a destination has seen a large influx of travelers for business and leisure. Strategically placed near the airport, IT parks and multiple malls, ibis Kolkata Rajarhat will cater to the emerging IT and ITES hub. The manner in which the city has endured persistently is not only demonstrative of its strength and resilience, but also indicates its potential going forth.” Jean-Michel Cassé, Chief Operating Officer, India & South Asia, AccorHotels, says, “The ibis brand and hotels in India have been successful in integrating into the hearts of Indians and our partnership with InterGlobe Hotels has been integral to this success. Last year we launched ibism, a campaign curated especially for guests and employees and now with the launch of ibis Kolkata …

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Philippine company plans hotel near Bohol-Panglao Airport


Philippines-based Duros Land Properties, a subsidiary of the Duros Group, reportedly is negotiating with China’s Hang Lü Group for a hotel development on Panglao Island in the country’s Bohol province. The hotel, slated to open in first-half 2020, will sit on a 3,000-square-meter property outside the new Bohol-Panglao International Airport. Notably, the project will be developed as a “condotel”—constructed as a condominium but operated as a hotel—that offers both short-term and long-term stays. Rafaelito Barino, chairman of the Duros Group of Companies, said Duros will build the property and then lease the whole space from Hang Lü, including the hotel operations. Barino added DLPI’s sister company, Regent Property Management International Inc., will be involved in the property management of the business. The idea of partnering with the Chinese group started out as an exploratory project, Barino said, when Duros expressed interest to help develop the Panglao airport. While the company lost that bid, it began developing the hotel project instead. This partnership with another international company comes after Duros sealed deals with Japanese companies in running a language school and in the development of a retirement village in Liloan for the Japanese market. Source:

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Hyatt Place Goa is now Hyatt Centric Candolim Goa


Hyatt Hotels has announced the re-branding of Hyatt Place Goa/Candolim to Hyatt Centric Candolim Goa, marking the brand’s second hotel in India. “The opening of Hyatt Centric Candolim Goa is our first step in introducing the Hyatt Centric experience to the vibrant state of Goa,” said Sunjae Sharma, vice president operations India, at Hyatt. “Based in one of the most popular areas of the island, we are confident that Hyatt Centric Candolim Goa will allow guests to discover all that Goa has to offer. The introduction of the Hyatt Centric brand displays yet another way for us to care for our guests, while offering them international hospitality and authentic experiences.” Contemporary and eclectic, the hotel has 167 spacious guestrooms including one suite, all offering incredible views of the garden, pool or hillside through large bay windows or balconies. With features such as complimentary wi-fi, an LED TV, tea and co­ffee facilities, mini-fridge, in-room electronic safe and more, each guestroom offers the perfect setting to relax after a day of business or leisure. The suite features a separate living area and bedroom with a spacious bathroom and powder room. With artisanal craft cocktails and local fare, Hyatt Centric Candolim Goa’s dining scene is as unique as it is authentic. During the day, the restaurant, Grok, features a spacious and relaxed atmosphere with delicious local Goan favorites and handcrafted cocktails. In the evenings, Grok is a themed kebaberie and bread bar, with the bar serving mixology cocktails. Additionally, for a unique space to work, play, or socialize, The Corner serves coffee and light fare. Hyatt Centric Candolim Goa also offers 6,065 square feet (563 square meters) of meeting and event spaces, including …

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Hilton Goa Resort to open bookings from June 1


Hilton will be launching its resort property in Goa by June. Nestled in tropical forests on terraced hillsides, Hilton Goa Resort is a unique and luxurious setting for exploring Goa. The resort is minutes from the popular Candolim and Calangute beaches and within reach of water sports, shopping and bustling nightlife. Enjoy perks like an indulgent spa, outdoor pool and multiple soaking pools, all-day dining, a bar and coffee lounge, indoor/outdoor meeting space, a Kids Club and 24-hour fitness center.

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Fern Hotels to open 20 new properties in 2019


The Fern Hotels and Resorts has big plans for 2019. Noshir A Marfatia, Senior Vice President – Sales & Marketing, The Fern Hotels and Resorts, says, “2018 has been largely good for the hospitality industry. Occupancy levels remained buoyant across most metros and Tier-1 and Tier-2 cities. Our resort properties also performed well. The domestic corporate and leisure travel segments saw good growths, as did international business and leisure travelers. To meet the increased demand for hotel rooms in most cities, new builds are opening every month. In our company, we opened over 15 new hotels in 2018, and are slated to open 20 new properties in 2019. Most international and local hotel management companies, including us, now operate multiple properties in many key locations (metros and resort destinations). Given this encouraging scenario, hotel tariffs will naturally be driven by market forces. But the main winners will be those companies like ours, that will charge judicious rates and not exploit or milk the demand-supply gap for short-term gains.

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OYO launches in-application support platform OYO Assist


In a bid to ensure a hassle-free booking experience and stay for its guests, OYO, India’s fastest growing chain of hotels, homes and living spaces, has introduced OYO Assist, an in-application support platform, with self-serve flows that offers features ranging from booking modification to enquiry on OYO hotel policies to claims for refunds on bookings, all at the touch of a button. OYO Assist is first-of-its-kind consumer product in hospitality industry providing end-to-end automated resolution to customer. An addition to the OYO customer application, OYO Assist will give customers a seamless and customized stay by transforming the hotel’s digital ecosystem into a personal hotel assistant with the ability to fulfil requests for services, and answer queries on hotel policies, cancellation, and modify bookings, thus providing transparency in access to issues raised, support issues registered and more. This latest inclusion to the mobile app is in line with OYO’s pioneering use of technology in budget hotel operations, enabling users across properties to have a personalised experience. Commenting on the development, Mr. Anil Goel, Chief Technology Officer, OYO, said, “Technology has been the biggest driver for OYO in creating value for our customers as well as India’s hospitality industry at large. Customer centricity has always been a key focus area for us. With OYO Assist on our mobile app for customers, we are putting guests in the captain’s chair. The technology we offer our guests is smart, instinctive, and creates a more connective and convenient experience during their stay. With this, we can now resolve concerns faster and improve overall guest experience at every touch point!” Through innovation in technology, OYO has established its leadership in the budget hospitality segment. OYO believes …

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