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Millennials embrace long-stay accommodation

Millennials (aged 18-34) use extended stay accommodation more than any other group, according to a study by The Global Business Travel Association Foundation. In the past year, 72 percent of Millennials stayed at an extended-stay property for international business travel compared with 48 percent of Gen Xers (35-54) and 26 percent of Baby Boomers (55+).

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Wyndham ahead on carbon emissions

Wyndham Worldwide reaches its carbon emissions goal six years ahead of schedule, achieving a 20 percent reduction in carbon emissions (measured on a per square foot basis) and well surpassing its goal. The reduction is equivalent to saving more than 14 million gallons of gasoline. “This is a huge achievement for a company with such [...]

Accor seals arena naming rights

AccorHotels signs a 10-year naming rights agreement for the Bercy Arena in Paris, one of the world’s five largest concert halls and sports arenas. The AccorHotels Arena will reopen in mid-October after 18 months of refurbishment. Sébastien Bazin, chairman and CEO of AccorHotels, said: “We have forged this partnership with the aim of making The [...]

The Envoy – Boston

Autograph adds three US hotels

Autograph Collection Hotels, Marriott International’s portfolio of independent hotels and resorts adds three US properties to its portfolio: The Envoy – Boston, MA; Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook – Birmingham, AL; and The Citizen – Sacramento, CA. Autograph Collection Hotels’ global portfolio currently numbers 93 hotels worldwide, bringing the brand even closer to welcoming its [...]

Pritzker reinforces Cuba message

US Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker – part of the family that created the Hyatt hotel fortune – told Cuban officials that Washington wants to promote the Communist country’s nascent private sector in order to maximise trade and build on newly restored diplomatic relations. Pritzker met with two Cuban ministers and one of its vice presidents [...]


InterCon welcomes leading chefs

InterContinental Hotels Group welcomes three leading chefs – Jason Atherton, Pierre Gagnaire and Theo Randall – with the opening of new signature restaurants at InterContinental hotels and resorts in Dubai, Danang and Bangkok. Bruce Ryde, director of brand marketing, luxury and lifestyle brands for Asia, Middle East and Africa says: “Chef Jason Atherton, Chef Pierre Gagnaire and Chef Theo [...]


Accor launches Business Solution

AccorHotels launches AccorHotels Business Solution, a free solution for SMEs and SMIs that allows them to manage online their travel policy and bookings in 2,800 hotels around the world. Cyril Kovarsky, senior vice president, global sales, comments: “With AccorHotels Business Solution, AccorHotels is the first hotel group to provide a simple answer to a key [...]

Battle heats up for control of Lotte

The battle for control of Lotte Group, South Korea’s fifth-largest conglomerate, escalated as the founder’s elder son said he will seek to oust his younger brother and executives of a holding firm that fired the group patriarch this year, Reuters reported. The founder’s eldest son, Shin Dong-joo, has been locked in a bitter succession feud [...]

Four Points

Four Points doubles India footprint

Starwood’s Four Points brand will more than double its footprint in India over the next five years with the signing of three new hotels and landmark debuts in Bhopal, Vijayawada and Vembanad Lake in Kerala. Dilip Puri, Starwood’s managing director for India and regional vice president South Asia, said: “India today is still an under-hoteled [...]

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W Hotels for Sharm El Sheikh

Starwood will launch its W Hotels brand in Egypt in 2020 with the opening of W Sharm El Sheikh and The Residences at W Sharm El Sheikh. Michael Wale, president, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Europe, Africa and Middle East, says: “Not only does this signing underline our continued commitment to expand the W brand’s footprint in resort destinations, it also reinforces our leadership position [...]

Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Starwood Preferred Guests reveal their top 30 favourites

Starwood Preferred Guest unveils the winners of its 2015 Member Favorites Hotels & Resorts List, an annual ranking that highlights the group’s Top Thirty Hotels and Resorts from around the globe. Highlights include: * Newcomers include Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers and the St. Regis Bora Bora; * The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort in Florida is the destination that enjoyed the greatest number [...]

Four Radisson REDs signed for the Americas

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group signs the first four Radisson RED hotels in the Americas: Radisson RED Bogota, Colombia; Radisson RED Cali, Colombia; Radisson RED Campinas, Brazil; and the Radisson RED Minneapolis Downtown. Carlson Rezidor plans to open 60 Radisson RED hotels globally by 2020. The other locations currently under development include Brussels, Capetown, Glasgow and Shenyang, China. [...]

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Jumeirah names new GM

Dubai-based Jumeirah Group appoints Naser Mohammed as general manager of Jumeirah Living World Trade Centre Residences. He reports to Marwan Al Ali, senior vice president, Middle East Africa South Asia Operations.

Tracey Rucks

Rucks heads new Holiday Inn in NY City

Tracey Rucks is named general manager of the new 271-room Holiday Inn New York City – Times Square. Rucks, an 11-year hospitality industry veteran who has managed hotels in Indiana, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, will oversee all aspects of the hotel’s operations, including sales, marketing, security, maintenance, housekeeping and accounting. She was previously general [...]

EVEN Hotels

Dual-branded hotels for Seattle

InterContinental Hotels Group and Noble Investment Group announce a joint venture to develop a dual-branded EVEN Hotels and Staybridge Suites hotel in downtown Seattle. The new dual-branded hotel, expected to open in mid-2017, will be the first EVEN Hotels property on the West Coast and the third Staybridge Suites property in the Seattle market. Joel Eisemann, chief development officer, [...]