InterContinental Hotels Group opens the new-build 135-room Holiday Inn Express Pittsburgh North Shore. The property is one of the first new-builds to open with the brand’s newest design solution, which was created to meet the evolving needs of the brand’s target guest looking for a simple, smart travel experience.
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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+).
Radisson Blu celebrates its fifth anniversary in Asia Pacific with a “Blu Day” event. There are currently 44 Radisson Blu hotels in operation across the region, up from 26 hotels five years ago, with 35 additional Radisson Blu hotels in the pipeline. “Radisson Blu is one of the fastest growing hotel brands in Asia Pacific [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Hilton Worldwide announces a major electric-vehicle charging programme, which will be available at 50 US hotels by the end of the year with plans to rapidly expand to 100 US hotels by the end of 2016. “By teaming with leading organisations like Tesla and GE to add more electric vehicle charging stations, we’re making the travel [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Starwood will extend its presence in Mexico with the debut of W Punta de Mita, located in Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit. Scheduled to open in 2016, the 120-villa W Punta de Mita will be part of Los Veneros, an exclusive enclave located on Mexico’s Pacific Coast. “With the opening of W Punta de Mita, Mexico will [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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. [...]
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 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 [...]
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, [...]
Marriott International plans to almost triple the number of its hotels in Brazil, in a bet that the nation’s worst recession in a quarter century will be short-lived. The company will spend 400 million reais (US$104 million) in Brazil by 2018, part of which will go to add three more hotel brands focused on domestic [...]