Category Archives: Hotels

Leela to manage Mahatma Mandir, also announces 300-key The Leela Gandhinagar

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The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts will now operate and manage the Mahatma Mandir, the country’s largest convention and exhibition centre, after winning the competitive bid and management contract. The 34-acre Mahatma Mandir Convention and Exhibition Centre is a world-class facility for national and international conferences, exhibitions and events. Designed to reflect the life and philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi, this environmentally responsible complex can host about 15,000 people. It includes a convention hall which boasts of a seating capacity of 6,000 people. The hotel chain will also launch The Leela Gandhinagar, a 300-room property which is expected to be the largest property in Gujarat’s capital city, informed Vivek Nair, Chairman and Managing Director, The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts. Commenting on the development, Nair said, “The addition of Mahatma Mandir and The Leela Gandhinagar to our MiCE portfolio reinforces our plan to expand further into the international conferences and events space, and underscores our asset-light growth strategy. Together with the support of the Government of Gujarat, our endeavour is to help transform Gandhinagar into the convention capital of India.” The agreement, effective April 1, 2018, has been signed with Gandhinagar Railway and Urban Development Corporation (GARUD) – a Special Purpose Vehicle formed by the Government of Gujarat with the Indian Railway Stations Development Corporation (IRSDC).

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Novotel debuts in Kakkanad, the IT hub of Kochi

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Kochi, known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea for its rich mix of history, modernity, nature, art and culture is a popular travel destination among tourists. AccorHotels along with the MuthootPappachan Group, launched the Novotel Kochi Infopark. Situated in the heart of the IT Hub of Kochi, KakkanadInfopark, and Wonderla Kochi, Kerala’s largest state-of-the-art amusement park, Novotel Kochi Infopark is one of the first international midscale brands to debut in the industrial zone. The hotel is only a 40-minute drive from the Kochi International Airport and 30-minute drive to the Ernakulam Railway station. Featuring 128 spacious rooms including eight suites and a room designed specifically for the specially-abled with signature in-room amenities and WiFi, the hotel offers the perfect blend of local and international art elements of the city. Kochi has a cosmopolitan culture, highly influenced by its historical trading partners, Portuguese, Dutch, Arab, Chinese, and Japanese. The vividness of the city is best exhibited by its geographical diversity with rustic charms like Fort Cochin and Mattancherry. The hotel features three meeting rooms and can host from 20-200 guests. Thomas John Muthoot, Chairman & Managing Director of MuthootPappachan Group said on this occasion “MuthootPappachan Group carries the legacy of 131 years of Trust, Service Excellence and Customer-centricity. We are delighted to partner with AccorHotels on the opening of the first Novotel hotel in Kochi. AccorHotels is indeed one of the largest & finest in the hospitality industry worldwide and the numerouno in the entire Europe. Our legacies and values therefore, are in harmony, towards offering our guests in Kochi, world class hospitality services. We look forward to working with our partners and ensuring our company’s continued growth in the …

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Radisson Hotel Group aims for 200 hotels in South Asia by 2022

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The newly rebranded Radisson Hotel Group announced its expansion plans at Hotel Investment Conference South Asia (HICSA) 2018. The company aims to expand its portfolio to more than 200 hotels in operation and under development by 2022 in South Asia. The group has already signed Radisson Blu Resort Visakhapatnam, Radisson Panipat City Centre and Country Inn & Suites by Radisson Agra in the first quarter of 2018. Radisson Gwalior opened last month and the group is on track to open another eight more hotels in India this year. “This is the most exciting period in our company’s long history,” said Katerina Giannouka, President, Asia Pacific, Radisson Hotel Group. “With the rebranding of our company, we are positioning Radisson Hotel Group for a bright future. India has been a key market for us for many years. We look forward to working with hotel investors, owners, developers and other stakeholders across the country as we accelerate the expansion of our portfolio to India,” added Giannouka. “With a robust performance, ahead of industry average and continued investment in technology and revenue driving platforms, we are optimistic of meeting our five-year goals. I am delighted that India is leading the way in Asia Pacific with a total of seven global brand offerings,” said Raj Rana, Chief Executive Officer, South Asia, Radisson Hotel Group.

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HICSA starts today in Mumbai

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The 14th edition of Hotel Investment Conference-South Asia (HICSA) started today in the Grand Hyatt Mumbai. Having created a niche for itself, HICSA brings together an impressive conglomeration of business leaders, think tanks and industry top brass, and is one of the most coveted forums for all industry players in the region. The program will feature a series of master classes and keynotes by subject-matter experts; interviews and thought-provoking discussions with industry stalwarts; and a number of engaging panel discussions. Notable speakers at this year’s event include prominent industry leaders such as Alan Watts, President – Asia Pacific, Hilton; Arne M. Sorenson, President and CEO, Marriott International; Ashish Jakhanwala, Managing Director and CEO, SAMHI; Deep Kalra, Chairman and Group CEO, MakeMyTrip; Deepak Bagla, Chief Executive Officer and MD, Invest India; Gaurav Bhushan, Global Chief Development Officer, Accorhotels; Katerina Giannouka, President – Asia Pacific, Radisson Hotel Group; Mark Hoplamazian, President and CEO, Hyatt Hotels Corporation; Nakul Anand, Executive Director, ITC Limited; Pascal Gauvin, Managing Director – India, Middle East and Africa, InterContinental Hotels Group; Patu Keswani, Chairman and MD, Lemon Tree Hotels Limited and Puneet Chhatwal, Managing Director and CEO, Indian Hotels Company Limited, to name a few.

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The 100th Marriott in India opens in Bengaluru with 2602 sqm of adjoining convention space

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Marriott International has marked an important milestone in India with the opening of its 100th hotel in the country – the Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel & Convention Center in Bengaluru. The defining element of the The Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel & Convention Center is its unparalleled and consummate event space.  The hotel features a total area of 6,072 sqm, which covers 12 meeting rooms, including 2602 sqm of the adjoining Convention Center   Arne Sorenson, President and CEO, Marriott International, who is on a week-long visit to the country, attended the opening ceremony of the hotel. The company is poised to further grow its profile in the country in years to come, with more than 50 signed projects in the pipeline. The Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel & Convention Center has 360 rooms with 39 suites. It also features the Sheraton brand’s signature amenities and facilities like Shine Spa for Sheraton, Sheraton Club Lounge, Sheraton Fitness and Sherato Signature Sleep Experience. “India is one of Marriott International’s most important markets in Asia with the second highest number of hotels and rooms after China. Given India’s robust economy and rising middle class, we see an incredible opportunity to continue working with owners to open hotels from across Marriott’s extensive array of brands, particularly in the upper midscale, upscale and luxury segments,” said Paul Foskey, Chief Development Officer, Marriott International.  

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Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse opens with 1,555 sqm of event space

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Marriott Hotels, the iconic flagship brand of Marriott International, opens the Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse. Owned by TCC Land Asset World, the premium hotel is situated on Surawong Road, an exciting heritage destination in Bangkok’s city centre that is experiencing a creative revival. “Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse expands Marriott Hotel’s presence in Bangkok and offers experiences to inspire both international and domestic travellers to travel brilliantly,” said Mike Fulkerson, Vice President, Brands & Marketing Asia-Pacific, Marriott International. “Its modern design, dynamic meeting spaces and creative dining venues will attract both international visitors and local residents.” Designed to meet the needs of Thailand’s dynamic MICE market, the property boasts 1,555 sqm of versatile event space. Event planners can choose from two ballrooms, nine meeting rooms, a colonial-style courtyard and an outdoor garden to create inspired events of all sizes. Each venue is equipped with the latest seamless audio-visual technology for innovative and personalized event experiences. The hotel’s expert event team is able to conceptualize productive business functions, engaging conferences to spark creativity or exclusive private receptions with flair and thoughtful hospitality. For a restorative wellness experience after a long day of meetings or leisurely exploring the cosmopolitan city, guests can indulge in an array of signature treatments at Quan Spa to refresh the mind and rejuvenate one’s body. Open 24 hours a day, the fitness center is equipped with the state-of-the-art amenities to maintain your workout regime while a dip in the outdoor infinity pool offers light exercise against an enviable backdrop of the Bangkok skyline.   “Leisure and business travelers will enjoy our timeless Thai hospitality right in the heart of Bangkok,” said George Varughese, General Manager, Bangkok Marriott …

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Hilton Mandalay, Myanmar, opens with a ballroom spanning 256 sqm

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Hilton Mandalay has opened its door for guests. Hilton Mandalay offers 231 guest rooms. Many of the hotel’s guest rooms have private balconies and select rooms feature expansive terraces. Kitchenettes are available in several rooms, making Hilton Mandalay an ideal choice for extended stays and families. “As the former royal capital of Myanmar, Mandalay is an exciting destination for business and leisure travelers alike with its bustling industry and abundance of cultural, religious and historic attractions,” said Sean Wooden, vice president, brand management, Asia Pacific, Hilton. “We look forward to expanding our presence in this sought-after travel destination and introducing Hilton’s world-renowned hospitality to Mandalay-bound travelers.” Hilton Mandalay provides a convenient base for travelers seeking to explore major attractions within the city such as Mandalay Hill, U Bein Bridge and Mahamuni Pagoda, as well as those looking to explore some of Myanmar’s most popular destinations including the ancient city of Bagan, the scenic hill town of Pyin Oo Lwin and the majestic Inle Lake. Gourmands in Mandalay can look forward to dining at Café Mandalay, the hotel’s all-day dining restaurant with a vast selection of authentic South East Asian and local cuisines. The space is stylishly designed with a live open kitchen and impressive wine wall. Guests may also choose to relax at the lobby bar or unwind at the Poolside Pavilion. Bungkus, an upscale deli in the lobby, serves delectable pastries and quick bites for travelers on the go. Offering flexible event space, including a ballroom spanning 256 square meters, Hilton Mandalay is ideal for business groups, small meetings and social events. The hotel also offers a swimming pool, a large Jacuzzi and a fully equipped fitness center that …

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Park Inn by Radisson Vilnius Airport Hotel & Business Center to open in 2020

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Rezidor Hotel Group has announced the signing of the Park Inn by Radisson Vilnius Airport Hotel & Business Center. Expected to open in 2020, this 120-room hotel will be the group’s sixth hotel in operation and pipeline in Lithuania, and the fourth in the city. The Park Inn by Radisson Vilnius Airport Hotel, located within the VNO Business and Retail Park, is just 300 meters from the Vilnius International Airport and 6km from the city center. The hotel will offer its guests a variety of facilities, including a restaurant, lobby lounge and gym – as well as a 500sqm flexible meeting space. Elie Younes, Executive Vice President & Chief Development Officer, The Rezidor Hotel Group, said: “Demand has been increasing in the city year on year, and the Park Inn by Radisson Vilnius Airport Hotel & Business Center will showcase our commitment to making every moment matter for visitors of Lithuania.” “We are pleased to further strengthen our business relationship with the Radisson Hotel Group by signing the Park Inn by Radisson Vilnius Airport Hotel & Business Center. The Park Inn by Radisson brand is ideal for our new Vilnius Airport Hotel & Business Center since it is internationally recognised and associated with quality, and offers great value for money to guests. The Radisson Hotel Group’s knowledge, experience and management of our new Park Inn by Radisson Vilnius Airport Hotel & Business Center will increase our competitive advantage in Lithuania’s growing hospitality market,” said Marius Jakulis Jason, Hotel Owner and Director.

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Fairmont Austin opens with 140,000 sqft of meeting and event space

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Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has announced the launch of Fairmont Austin. The hotel boasts 1,048 guestrooms, the largest outdoor pool and full service spa in Downtown Austin, nearly 140,000 square feet of event space, and direct access to the Austin Convention Center via the Red River Canopy Walk. Fairmont Austin debuts as the largest Fairmont property in the United States, as well as the second largest Fairmont hotel globally, in both number of rooms and total meeting and event space. “A strategic opening for AccorHotels, Fairmont Austin is the first in a series of high-profile luxury developments marking a time of significant growth for the Group and its brands in North and Central America,” said Kevin Frid, Chief Operating Officer, North & Central America, AccorHotels. “Other notable openings anticipated in the next 18 to 24 months include the iconic Fairmont Century Plaza in Los Angeles, Sofitel Mexico Reforma in Mexico City, Fairmont Costa Canuva in Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit, Fairmont Saint Lucia at Sunset Bay in the Caribbean, and several soon-to-be-announced projects with the potential to introduce new brands into the region.” “Fairmont Austin will give the city the opportunity to host larger conferences and conventions, bringing more tourists and business travellers to the city, and employing more than 900 staff, continuing to bolster the Austin economy,”  he adds.

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Hyatt Regency Pune launches new events space

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Hyatt Regency Pune has made the latest addition to its portfolio, a contemporary events space called EQ:IQ, touted as the largest events space in the city with 19,000 sq.ft. It has meeting rooms equipped with cutting-edge technology, a personalised concierge for events and breakout zones with themed tea/coffee breaks and high-end service ware. The new space has three zones, one each for events, dining and recreation. For events, it offers four halls. The capacity of the entire new space is 240 pax in cluster seating, 500 pax in theater style and 1,500 pax in floating crowd. Vishal Singh, General Manager Hyatt Regency Pune, says, “At Hyatt Regency Pune we are extremely delighted to announce the opening of our ‘one of its kind’ events space that will redefine how meetings, conferences and social events are organised. Dynamic, flexible and with a unique personality, this space has been conceptualised based on Hyatt’s new events space design concept.  

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