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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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AccorHotels Showcase, India travels to Delhi and Mumbai

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The 2018 AccorHotels Showcase in Mumbai and New Delhi will be held on March 21 at Sofitel Mumbai BKC and March 23 at Pullman New Delhi Aerocity respectively. The event is expected to have representatives from 15 countries representing more than 35 hotels and resorts worldwide, offering travel agents, wholesalers, corporate clients, tourism partners and MICE organisers’ an insight into the group’s new developments, products and services. “The signature event serves as a great platform for us to interact and share knowledge with our clients and industry partners. With increased international and domestic travel, we expect this year to be the bigger and more exciting than last year, with interesting insights given our enhanced network and leadership position in the Asia Pacific region,” said Arif Patel, Vice President—Sales, Marketing, Distribution & Loyalty, AccorHotels India. Entering its 15th year, the event will provide an opportunity to discover AccorHotels’ accommodation trends, news and stunning hotels and resorts from around the world. Exhibitors from destinations such as France, Spain, Netherlands, Turkey, Thailand, UAE, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Azerbaijan, Saudi Arabia, China and Singapore, representing celebrated hotels like Raffles Dubai and Saudi Arabia, RIXOS Turkey, Fairmont Ajman, SO Sofitel Bangkok Singapore, Novotel Amsterdam City and Novotel Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, and more are set to attend the event in each city.

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Radisson Hotel Group unveils Radisson Rewards loyalty programme

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The newly-rebranded Radisson Hotel Group has introduced a refreshed loyalty programme namely, Radisson Rewards, replacing Club Carlson SM. Radisson Rewards will align with the hotel group’s new corporate identity and will make it easier for members to associate their benefits with all brands and initiatives. The updated programme comes with some exciting enhancements including making status more accessible for members. All current members account numbers and point balances remain the same. “Embedding the Radisson name into the heart of our programme, will help us instantly boost the global brand awareness of our loyalty programme. Radisson is a name that’s instantly recognizable, respected and stands for award-winning, innovative hospitality,” said Eric De Neef, Executive Vice President and Global Chief Commercial Officer, Radisson Hotel Group. “Our refreshed programme will serve as a powerful driver of our commercial and brand awareness strategy, and build a stronger relationship with our members. The Radisson affiliation across the entire global brand portfolio and all markets, will ensure that our members worldwide can easily associate their rewards with the hotels where they earned their valuable points.” With more than 1,100 hotels in operation worldwide, members of the Radisson Rewards programme enjoy member only rates, access to exclusive benefits including room upgrades, early check-in/ late check-out, and points towards free nights across these Radisson Hotel Group hotels: Radisson Collection, Radisson Blu, Radisson, Radisson RED, Park Plaza, Park Inn by Radisson and Country Inn & Suites by Radisson.

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JW Marriott Jaipur Resort & Spa, opens with 52,000 sqft MiCE space

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Marriott International has announced the opening of the JW Marriott Jaipur Resort & Spa with 200 guest rooms. Targeted at weddings, special events and business meetings, the resort has indoor and outdoor banqueting venues of over 52,000 sqft, featuring multi-functional event spaces equipped with state-of-the-art audio-visual systems, including a 11,000 sqft pillar-less Ballroom. Chandrashekar Joshi, General Manager, JW Marriott Jaipur Resort and Spa, says. “We offer our guests unforgettable experiences, whether it is through our impeccable service, culinary memories that honour the region’s flavours brought to life by our master chefs, or exciting experiences for guests of all ages to discover Jaipur’s rich history and culture.”

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RoomIt by CWT launches new loyalty booster programme

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RoomIt by CWT, the hotel distribution division of Carlson Wagonlit Travel, have announced the RoomIt Loyalty Booster programme. Available free to all RoomIt customers, the programme rewards travellers with additional points and miles, while also increasing hotel attachment rates and compliance with their company’s travel policy. “Instead of penalising travellers for being non-compliant, we are taking a different approach that is more proactive and much more powerful,” said David Falter, President, RoomIt by CWT. “We have run several campaigns and the success rates have been very good and our clients are extremely happy with the higher compliance rates.” The programme allows travel managers to partner with CWT to run promotional campaigns where travellers are incentivised with either points or miles for booking within their corporate travel program. In testing mode with several clients, the RoomIt Loyalty Booster programme delivered a 12 per cent higher compliance rate during campaigns (typically 60-to-90 days in length). Additionally, the program often achieved continued compliance with compliant bookings increasing three percent after campaigns concluded. “Business travellers want to feel empowered when they are booking their travel,” added Falter. “We are giving the ability to feel like they are getting something out of the experience other than just having to travel for work. They now see an opportunity where they can get to their next vacation by accumulating points much faster than before.”

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Grand Hyatt Kochi to open South India’s largest convention centre

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Lulu Group International and Hyatt have announced a new property – Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty in Kerala – due to open by mid-March 2018. Set on 26 acres on the serene Bolgatty Island, Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty will feature 265 rooms which include 38 suites, among them 33 Junior Suites, four Executive Suites, one Presidential Suite, plus three two-bedroom villas and one three-bed room villa. The resort is owned by Lulu Group International and is adjacent to the sprawling Lulu Bolgatty International Convention Centre. Spread over 7,900 sq m., this is touted to be South India’s largest convention centre in a leisure destination. The waterfront resort will also offer meetings and event spaces for corporate meetings, get-togethers and events. Clients will have the choice to design their own catering menu. For guests who prefer to experience Kerala’s tranquil backwaters, the island has a private jetty. Girish Bhagat, General Manager, Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty, says, “We are thrilled to open this stunning urban resort in Kerala and are excited to join hands with Lulu Group International for this. With an increase in domestic travel, the tourism sector is booming in Kerala and we foresee that Grand Hyatt Kochi Bolgatty is going to be a game changer in South India.” Located near the historic and picturesque town of Fort Kochi, the hotel has facilities like a Grand Club Lounge, a 24-hr fitness centre, an international spa offering a modern wellness experience with traditional ayurvedic treatments. The hotel also features an indoor pool, a landscaped outdoor swimming pool and children’s pool, a water-side amphitheatre, exploration gardens, including a spice garden, an outdoor Yoga lawn, a multi-purpose sport’s court, a children’s play area and …

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Banyan Tree Samui introduces Portier smartphone at check-in

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Banyan Tree Samui is now offering its guests a Portier smartphone along with the room keys at check in. The mobile phone allows the guests to make free and unrestricted international telephone calls and surf 4G Internet. It also offers its guests the access to a host of resort features including restaurant menus, daily activities, and tips for sightseeing around the island of Koh Samui. The Portier smartphone is user-friendly and delivers all of its features in English, Russian, Chinese, German or French. Banyan Tree Samui strongly feels that the innovation will offer its guests a great level of security and comfort. Remko Kroesen, General Manager, Banyan Tree Samui, said, “We always aim at enhancing the stay experiences of our guests with ultimate comfort and security.” Kroesen says the most popular feature of the smartphone at the resort is the “Villa Host” function. Each guest is assigned a Villa Host – a personal butler-cum-concierge – who will contact them ahead of arrival to take requests and lay the groundwork for their vacation. All the hotel information is downloaded onto the smartphone — menus for each of Banyan Tree Samui’s three restaurants; spa treatments; speedboat tours; daily kids’ club activities. It also features novel ideas such as a nature trail around the rolling 38-acre property, where guests can use their phones to identify some of the resident flora and fauna.

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