Hilton Worldwide appoints Ronen Nissenbaum as vice president of operations, luxury hotels -Americas. In this newly created position, Nissenbaum has full operational responsibility for all Hilton Worldwide luxury properties within the region including Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts and Conrad Hotels & Resorts. Since June 2014, Nissenbaum served as managing director of the Waldorf Astoria New York and Towers [...]
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Occupancy rates at some Paris hotels have plunged by more than 30 percent in the days since the November 13 attacks, according STR Global, which tracks hotel industry data. Compared with the same dates in 2014, occupancy rates were 39 percent lower last Saturday and 33 percent lower on Sunday, the two most recent days [...]
The 262-room Mövenpick Siam Hotel Pattaya will open on 15 December on Na Jomtien Beach, next to Ocean Marina Yacht Club. “We have a long and successful track record in Thailand and are firmly committed to the destination in the long term,” said Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts senior vice president Asia, Andrew Langdon.
Best Western Hotels & Resorts debuts in Indonesia’s third largest city, Bandung, with the opening on December 1 of the 193-room Best Western Premier La Grande. “Indonesia is one of the world’s most exciting emerging markets, and as the country’s third largest city, Bandung is becoming a major hub for domestic and international business and [...]
Starwood will debut its Sheraton brand in South Australia with the signing of the Sheraton Adelaide. The 160-room Sheraton Adelaide, located at the centre of a mixed-use development in O’Connell Street, is scheduled to open in mid-2019.
TJM Atlantic City adds a third property to its portfolio with the purchase of the 274-room Radisson Philadelphia Northeast. The recently formed hotel management company purchased the Radisson for US$15 million. “We are expanding and building a varied portfolio that will include individual hotels, branded properties and resorts,” said Cem Erenler, vice president operations and [...]
Omni Hotels & Resorts fully acquires Toronto’s iconic The Omni King Edward Hotel, which dates back to 1903. Omni has been managing and operating the hotel since August 1, 2013. With this transaction, the company will take on the ownership, operations and management of the property. “The King Edward Hotel is a very unique property [...]
Shanghai has fined a hotel chain for using Disney’s name at five of its properties, state media said, as the city seeks to defend the US entertainment giant before its theme park opening. There were no Mickey Mouse ears on display in media pictures of the Shenzhen-based Vienna Hotels Group establishments, nor Buzz Lightyear costumes, [...]
Travel-related companie’ stocks are down after the US State Department issued a global alert for Americans planning to travel following deadly militant attacks in France and Mali, Reuters reported. Hilton Worldwide, Marriott International and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide were down 1.5 percent to two percent. Airlines’ shares were also hit by the rise in [...]
Rezidor President & CEO Wolfgang M. Neumann is visiting Bamako in Mali following the hostage-taking at Radisson Blu. He issued the following statement: “All of us are devastated by the hostage-taking at the Radisson Blu Hotel Bamako in Mali on Friday, 20th November where 22 of our hotel guests and employees sadly lost their lives. [...]
Hilton has revealed that hackers infected some of its point-of-sale computer systems with malware crafted to steal credit card information. Hilton would not disclose whether data was taken, but advised anyone who used payment cards at Hilton Worldwide hotels between November 18 and December 5 of last year or April 21 and July 27 of [...]
Russia’s state tourism agency Rostourism is recommending suspending sales of tour packages to Turkey following the downing of a Russian fighter jet in Syria, RIA news agency reported. Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov recommended against Russians travelling to Turkey for any reason, citing the threat of attacks. “The critical mass of terrorist incidents on [...]
InterContinental Hotels Group opens the new-build, 271-room Holiday Inn New York City-Times Square hotel. The 35-storey property has 120 king and 151 double-double rooms.
Starwood debuts its Four Points brand in Algeria, with the opening of Four Points by Sheraton Oran. It marks Starwood’s fourth hotel in Algeria and the third in Oran.
InterContinental Hotels Group launches the Holiday Inn Express brand’s BREAKFA-moji keyboard, available for free download via the iTunes App Store and Google Play. The keyboard, said to be a first of its kind for any hotel brand, features 25 “playful breakfast characters”. Jennifer Gribble, vice president, Holiday Inn Express brand, Americas, said: “This year, we have been going big on breakfast, [...]
AccorHotels inaugurates the Pullman Paris Roissy CDG Airport and ibis Styles Roissy CDG Airport hotels in the Paris-Charles de Gaulle hub, Europe’s second-largest and the world’s eighth-largest airport. These openings push the group’s worldwide room count over 500,000. It is planning to open more than 160,000 additional rooms by 2020, including 90 percent under franchise [...]
British budget airline Easyjet has cancelled all flights to and from the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh until next year over security doubts raised by the downing of a Russian jet. “You will be aware that over the last few weeks, there have been significant issues associated with flying to and from Sharm el-Sheikh,” the [...]
Sheraton Hotels and Resorts announces the designation of both the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel and the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers as Sheraton Grand properties. Both hotels join the brand’s new premier tier of “exceptional” Sheraton hotels and resorts recognised for their enticing destinations, distinguished designs and excellence in service and guest experiences. The addition [...]
Choice Hotels International signs an agreement with franchise partner Pearl Properties, a full service investment real estate company, to develop a Cambria hotel and suites in Philadelphia. The 206-room Cambria property is expected to open in 2017.
Wyndham Hotel Group launches its TRYP by Wyndham hotel in Isla Verde, Puerto Rico, strengthening its presence in the Caribbean. TRYP by Wyndham Isla Verde is located outside San Juan. Its guestrooms include 40 king-size rooms, 56 double rooms, five family suites, one fitness room, one media room and six disabled-access rooms.