Hospitality Industry News

Seven emerging trends in corporate travel

Sabre Corporation reveals seven trends emerging within the Asia Pacific region’s corporate travel management sector. Over 100 respondents from 15 key markets participated in the Sabre Corporate Travel Practices Survey 2015, representing both dedicated corporate travel management companies and travel agencies, together with a sample of online travel brands servicing corporate accounts. “The evidence is [...]

Free hospitality consultants’ directory online

Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP), a global association created to further the knowledge and advancement of industry professionals, announces a new service to its members and the industry at large ‒ a fully searchable directory of consultants specialising in accounting, finance, technology, human resources and legal issues. “HFTP is asked for lists of members [...]

Madinat Jumeirah gets bigger

The Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai, says it will offer the largest hotel event space in the United Arab Emirates when the Fort Island expansion is completed in October. Set over 1,750 square meters, the space has tripled in size and is set to host banquets, parties, exhibitions, product launches, music concerts, weddings, sports events and [...]

Oakwood moves into Singapore

Oakwood Asia Pacific signs a management contract with Newfort to open the first Oakwood-branded property in Singapore in November 2016. The property, located in the prime Orchard district, will be part of the new Oakwood Studios brand, catering to global nomads. Oakwood Studios Singapore will offer 98 residences ‒ ranging from studio units to 2-bedroom [...]

Langham Place Hong Kong rebranded as Cordis

The Langham Place in Hong Kong is rebranded to Cordis, making it the first of a new generation of “curated upscale hotels” by Langham Hospitality Group. “The launch of Cordis, Hong Kong is a significant milestone in our long-term growth plan to introduce Cordis hotels and resorts across the region,” said Robert Warman, chief executive officer [...]

Dupont joins Indigo Pearl in Phuket

The Indigo Pearl resort in Phuket appoints Anthony Dupont as director of sales and marketing. In his past two positions, Dupont was director of sales on a consulting basis for the launch of Ani Villas’ Thailand and Sri Lanka luxury projects. He was also chief operating officer for Pandaw Cruises, an operator of river cruises [...]

Radisson Blu

Radisson Blu rolls out ‘Experience Meetings’ in Asia Pacific

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group is rolling out its Radisson Blu hotel brand’s signature meetings programme, Experience Meetings, across Asia Pacific. Radisson Blu has more than 280 hotels in operation in 62 countries. In Asia Pacific, there are 45 Radisson Blu hotels in operation and another 34 under development. “Carlson Rezidor is committed to delivering successful [...]

Fountain of Wealth in dusk , landmark of Singapore night

Singaporeans with itchy feet

Ninety five percent of Singaporeans have travelled abroad for leisure in the past two years, higher than the Asia Pacific (84 percent) and global averages (76 percent), according to Visa’s Global Travel Intentions Study 2015. They cite leisure as the main purpose of travel for their most recent trips (85 percent) compared to their counterparts [...]

Langham plans big in Tokyo

Pacifica Capital KK, a Tokyo-based commercial real estate developer, announces what it claims to be of “one of the largest and most unique hotel developments ever to be built in Japan”. The project, a Langham-branded luxury hotel to be located in Tokyo’s central business and entertainment district of Roppongi, consists of 4,000 square metres of land. [...]

SpringHill Suites opens in Houston

SpringHill Suites opens in Houston

The 167-suite SpringHill Suites by Marriott in Downtown Houston, Texas, opens. It is operating as a Marriott franchise, owned by RLJ Lodging Trust of Bethesda, Maryland, and managed by White Lodging Services of Merrillville, Indiana. The hotel is in the previous home of the Humble Oil Building, built in 1921 and listed on the national [...]

Hurricane-damaged resort set to reopen

Diamond Resorts International will reopen the Cabo Azul Resort & Spa in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, on September 1 following renovations to the resort due to damages from Hurricane Odile last year. As a result of generous donations, The Diamond Resorts International Foundation (DRIF) provided more than US$100,000 in disaster relief to Diamond Resorts Cabo Azul [...]

Dublin’s Sandymount Hotel’s refurbishment on track

Dublin’s Sandymount Hotel is undergoing a detailed refurbishment this winter on 60 bedrooms, with one million euros earmarked for the upgrade, which will be launched to celebrate the hotel’s 60th birthday. Opened in 1955 by the Loughran family, the hotel was originally called the Mount Herbert. It occupies a number of Victorian houses that were [...]

InterCon Accelerates its Rewards programme

InterContinental Hotels Group launches its Accelerate promotion, which offers IHG Rewards Club members the opportunity to earn IHG Rewards Club bonus points faster than ever. The promotion follows a series of recent enhancements to what the group says is the world’s biggest hotel loyalty programme. This includes the introduction of a new top membership level, Spire Elite, [...]