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Ascott expands footprint with two new serviced residences in Goa


Ascott has announced that it has secured a contract to manage two Citadines-branded serviced residences in Goa. The contract was awarded by PriParth Developers, a subsidiary of Pune-based Niche Realtors. The management agreement consolidates Ascott’s foray into a new city in India, Goa, and increases its India portfolio to over 1500 units across nine properties in six cities. The 148-unit Citadines Calangute Goa will open in 2021, while the 83-unit Citadines Candolim Goa is set to open in 2022. Located in two prime tourist locations with in Goa, the upcoming Citadines Calangute Goa and Citadines Candolim Goa will comprise spacious and modern, fully-furnished serviced residences ranging from 38 to 90 Residents will enjoy entertainment, recreational and business facilities along with the Ascott’s signature service excellence. Thomas Wee, Ascott’s Managing Director for the Middle East, Africa, Turkey and India said: “Goa, is a top tourist destination in India for both domestic and foreign tourism. It is also popular with both Indian and MNC companies operating in India as their off-site team bonding destination. Due to improved air connectivity and consistent tourism growth, Goa airport attracts around 7.7 million passengers per annum* and this number is steadily growing year on year. The new airport is expected to fuel more tourist traffic growth in the region because of the increase in handling capacity.” B.V. Bharadwaja, Ascott’s Country Head – India, said: “The signing of the management agreement for Citadines Calangute Goa and Citadines Candolim Goa marks the entry of the Goa’s first international branded serviced residence operator. Located in the prime tourist spots of Goa, the serviced residences will provide spacious studio, one- and two- bedroom apartments to both leisure and …

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Jin Jiang International acquires Radisson Hospitality


A consortium led by Jin Jiang International Holdings has announced that it has completed the acquisition of Radisson Hospitality. In response to the announcement, John M Kidd, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer for Radisson Hospitality, said, “This marks yet another incredible milestone in our company’s history and one that I’m confident will elevate Radisson Hotel Group to a new level of strength as a global leader in the hospitality industry. When we announced our re-branding earlier this year to Radisson Hotel Group, we shared our vision for the company, which was to be the company of choice for guests, owners and talent. We are now owned by one of the leading travel and hospitality companies — the fifth largest hotel company in the world.1 Additionally, Jin Jiang’s loyalty program encompasses more than 100 million members. This type of size, coupled with the record number of Chinese consumers traveling abroad, provides a number of new opportunities for Radisson Hotel Group. The consortium led by Jin Jiang will work with us to improve and execute our five-year plan, while continuing to deliver outstanding customer and guest service.”

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GHM appoints Tommy Lai as CEO


As GHM readies the grand opening of a new resort on the Arabian peninsula and looks to the next phase of its expansion, the 26-year-old luxury hotel group has appointed Tommy Lai as its CEO. The Singapore native will assume some responsibilities currently managed by GHM co-founder and president Hans R. Jenni, but the primary motivation for Lai’s appointment is to spearhead the development opportunities and to drive GHM’s overall growth ambitions. “We’re on the verge of some significant new developments, which we’ll be announcing in the coming months,” said Jenni. “Tommy’s appointment is both timely and strategic. His experience and knowledge, especially with regard to the North Asia markets and our widening ambitions across the region, align nicely with our plans.” Lai comes to GHM after six years with the Thailand-based Onyx Hospitality Group, where he helmed their North Asia operation from Hong Kong. His well-rounded understanding of the hospitality industry, complemented by his purposeful professional pursuits throughout his career, has led him to this choice candidacy. “As an ardent fan of GHM since the start of my career in hospitality, I am appreciative of the group’s iconic hotels, both past and present,” said Lai. “By building on its foundation and strengths, I believe GHM will be able to capture the attention of a market that seeks luxury and style, while staying true to its Asian roots and design strength.” “I am looking forward to this exciting chapter to plant GHM flags on fresh destinations, and to be a part of the growth possibilities at GHM,” added Lai. GHM’s hotels are currently located in Asia, Europe and the Middle East. The Middle East is an upcoming area of growth …

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Roohi Hospitality and Staarbridge announce JV


Roohi Hospitality Group and Staarbridge International Hotel Management company (SIHM) have announced a joint venture partnership and strategic alliance for a master franchise in India to launch, operate and manage seven international hotel brands in India. From September this year, Roohi Hospitality Group partnered with SIHM as a master franchise partner for India to launch, operate and manage luxury to economy hotels and resort in India. ROOHI Stäärbridge SIHM has launched seven international brands from luxury to economy that include: Seven Seas Luxury & Glamorous Five Star Luxury Hotels and Resorts, StarGates Four Star City Hotels & Resorts, StarLight Four Star Beaches or Mountains Hotels & Resorts, Nova Boutique (four-five star), Fairyland ‘Green Concept’ (four to five star), Sunny Lion (premier budget beach and mountain hotels), and Sky House (premier budget city hotels). Rahul Verma, CEO & Founder, Roohi Hotels Marketing and Consulting Pvt Ltd, says, “We were established in 2016. Our focus is on the Mumbai, Pune and Gujarat markets.” SIHM classifies itself as a first-tier company that operates lodging facilities for third parties under management contracts and provide day-to-day operational supervision and property management as well as national or regional customer recognition through its trade names. The objectives of the ROOHI Stäärbridge SIHM for the first five years in Asia operations include food and events and maintaining 80 per cent occupancy rate all year around. Roman Panitkuljiukkrawal, Chairman and CEO, Stäärbridge International, has 20 years of experience in the hospitality and finance industry.

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Hyatt announces new planning tool for meetings and events

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Hyatt Hotels has announced the Hyatt Planner Portal, a comprehensive tool for meeting planners designed to enhance the overall planning experience at Hyatt. With this solution, meeting planners can work in one tool throughout the planning process to manage meeting details, including contracts, attendee information and costs throughout planning stages. Additionally, the Hyatt Planner Portal will contain information on current, upcoming and past meetings and events, giving planners the ability to review details, access event history and generate reports whenever needed. “At Hyatt, our purpose – we care for people so they can be their best – provides a lens for how we look at the challenges our customers face and the Hyatt Planner Portal is one way we are bringing this culture of care to life for meeting planners,” said Steve Enselein, SVP of Events at Hyatt. “Created with feedback directly from meeting planners, this solution aims to alleviate pain points planners face and it captures information in one place so they can spend more time focusing on what is most important for their attendees.” As part of the Hyatt Planner Portal, Hyatt is releasing a new proprietary technology tool to help planners facilitate attendee room reservations. Once the room block is confirmed, meeting planners will receive a custom reservation link on with their group name, event dates and selected hotel to share with attendees. As attendees confirm their stay, they will automatically be added to rooming lists in the Hyatt Planner Portal for planners to view. Planners will also be able to get a full view of attendees with the option to generate reports in the portal about guest arrivals, cancellations and departures. The Hyatt Planner Portal …

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SAMHI to add one-third of current room inventory to existing portfolio in India


India’s travel market is projected to grow at an annual rate of 11-11.5 percent and will be worth $48 billion by 2020. This will correspondingly mean and naturally translate into good growth for SAMHI, which is one of the largest owner of branded hotel rooms in India and the entire Indian hospitality sector. SAMHI is poised to increase its daily available inventory for sale from 3,000 to 4,000 rooms, registering a healthy 30% surge on the back of its acquisition of Premier Inn portfolio in 2017 and also the acquisition and subsequent rebranding of several hotels to Holiday Inn Express.. This increase in inventory is perhaps one of the highest ever by any Indian hotel ownership company in a single year. Speaking at the Partnership Dinner 2018 in Ahmedabad, Ashish Jakhanwala, Founder & CEO, SAMHI said “Indian hotel industry is showing strong signs of recovery and at the same time is also maturing to allow better risk-adjusted returns to the investors. The growth of aviation, expansion of office spaces across key Indian cities and increasing propensity for Indians to travel both for business and leisure is supporting a strong demand growth for hotels. However, the industry continues to be operationally intensive.” The industry has been reported to be in severe distress and with many of the companies going through the bankruptcy process. This has attracted the attention of several investors looking for distress acquisition opportunities.

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Two new Radisson Blu hotels to open in the UAE by Jan 2019


Radisson Hospitality AB has announced the signing of two hotels in the United Arab Emirates. Signed in partnership with Abu Dhabi National Hotels, the Radisson Blu Hotel & Resort, Abu Dhabi Corniche and the Radisson Blu Hotel & Resort, Al Ain will play a key role in the group’s growth in the Middle East. With plans to reach 100 hotels and 20,000 rooms in operation across the region by 2020, the group is keen to accelerate the expansion of its Radisson Blu brand in the UAE. Both the Radisson Blu Hotel & Resort, Abu Dhabi Corniche and the Radisson Blu Hotel & Resort, Al Ain are set to open in January 2019 – with both hotels undergoing extensive upgrade works as part of a full conversion plan. Elie Younes, Executive Vice President & Chief Development Officer, Radisson Hotel Group, said: “We’re delighted to grow our presence in the UAE with two marquee hotel signings in the capital. We also welcome this strategic relationship with Abu Dhabi National Hotels (ADNH). The UAE remains one of our key focus markets in the Middle East, and these hotels give us the chance to cement our position in the country with Radisson Blu, which remains the largest upper upscale brand in Europe and a leading brand in its segment in MEA.” Radisson Blu Hotel & Resort, Abu Dhabi Corniche Radisson Blu Hotel & Resort, Abu Dhabi Corniche will be located on the capital’s prime Corniche Road, the city’s renowned waterfront location. Featuring 327 rooms and suites,the landmark hotel will also offer guests 11,000sqm of private beach land, as well as an extensive dining and entertainment offering – featuring eight international restaurants, two cafes, four …

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The Fern Hotels & Resorts opens three hotels in Jaipur, Dwarka and Bhuj

The Fern Sattva Resort, Dwarka

The Fern Hotels & Resorts have launched three new properties in Jaipur, Dwarka and Bhuj, thereby taking the tally of operational properties to 56 hotels in 37 locations. All the three properties operate under the Fern brand. Last month the company opened two new properties in Madhavpur (Gujarat) and Parbhani (Maharashtra).The first of these new properties to open its doors to guests is The Fern Residency, Jaipur. The Fern Residency is a midscale hotel located in the city centre of Jaipur and is the second hotel in the Pink City. Ideally suited for both business and leisure travellers, the hotel has 85 well-appointed rooms with contemporary design offering the highest level of comfort. Dining options in this new-build property include a multi-cuisine restaurant-Aura and a RestoBar-100 ft Above. The large banquet facility-Emerald is equipped with the latest business services for conferences and social events. The second hotel The Fern Sattva Resort, Dwarka is an eco-friendly luxury resort in this temple town, the abode of Lord Krishna. This eco-friendly resort is spread over 3 acres with 81 luxurious rooms and suites and offers unmatched holistic experiences like no other. The facilities include a Krishna Temple inside the property, Urban Nirvana-Herbal spa and wellness centre, a multipurpose sports court, a gaming zone, a kids play area, swimming pool and gym. The hotel has Tandul Bhog-the saatvik restaurant, Flute Café-the only 24 hrs sea-facing café in Dwarka, Agashi-the terrace tea/coffee lounge with sea views, Sudharma Sabha conference hall, Vrundavan-the lawns which is ideal for saptahs, kathas, weddings and social gatherings. The third hotel opened by Concept Hospitality is The Fern Residency, Bhuj, a mid-scale 43-room hotel offering contemporary accommodations with chic interiors. Other …

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Sterling ventures into Mysore with their 35th resort- Sterling Mysore


Sterling Holiday Resorts and Experiential Holiday Company, is all set to launch its latest resort, Sterling Mysore. This increases Sterling’s network to 35 resorts across the country. Sterling Mysore will be launched through a management agreement between Sterling Holiday Resorts and Tapovan Projects. The property is located in a peaceful enclave amidst the beauty of nature, within easy reach from Mysore city and Mysore Airport. Sterling Mysore features 16 well-appointed guestrooms, 16 one bedroom suites, 16 luxurious suites with private plunge pools and 24 two bedroom villas with plunge pools. The resort offers amenities such as a 24/7 fitness centre, a rejuvenating spa, a well-equipped holiday activity centre, a luxurious swimming pool and a 200 seater best in class conference hall. Multi cuisine dining options are available at the all day dining restaurant, along with a poolside bar for guests to unwind. Sterling Mysore also enables guests to explore the rich cultural heritage of the historic city. From the famous Brindavan Gardens to the Mysore Palace with its Indo-Saracen architecture, Raja Ravi Varma paintings at the Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery and the famous Chamundeshwari temple on top of Chamundi Hills, Mysore offers travellers a host of specially curated discoveries and experiences. Speaking on the launch of Sterling Mysore, Mr. Ramesh Ramanathan, Managing Director, Sterling Holiday Resorts Limited said, “In line with our strategy of establishing our presence across holiday destinations throughout the country, we are launching Sterling Mysore, shortly. Mysore is at the heart of heritage and cultural experiences and attracts tourists from different parts of the world. This resort will further bolster “Brand Sterling” in providing experiential and immersive holidays to its guests” Commenting on this partnership Mr. K. Sriram, …

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Awei Metta, Yangon’s new business hotel, to open in December


Awei Metta, a new business and leisure hotel in Yangon, has announced its grand opening for December 15. Located in the leafy western suburbs of Myanmar’s former capital, close to the city’s international airport, this modern 46-key resort features a restaurant overseen by an experienced French chef, a lobby lounge and bar, a sophisticated cigar room, swimming pool, fitness center, spa, tennis courts, and a conference room seating up to 200 guests. Owned by the Memories Group, Awei Metta shares the property with the Gary Player-designed Pun Hlaing Golf Course, which has hosted the Asian Tour Myanmar Open for the past two years. The higher floors of the five-storey Awei Metta overlook the palm tree-lined fairways of the course. The hotel’s 46 wood-panelled suites, which range in size from 46m² to 95m², each come with private balcony, office space and wide-screen TV. French-born Eric Laurent is the recently appointed general manager of this new hotel. An experienced sommelier and the son of a three-star Michelin chef, Laurent was previously GM with JA Resorts & Hotels in Dubai and several luxury resorts across Myanmar.

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