Category Archives: Hotels

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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Crowne Plaza Riyadh – RDC Hotel and Convention Center offers new MICE space

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InterContinental Hotels Group has announced the opening of Crowne Plaza Riyadh – RDC Hotel and Convention Center. The 326-room hotel is located in the Al Ra’idah Digital City (RDC). The Crowne Plaza Riyadh – RDC Hotel and Convention Center offers a comprehensive range of facilities to meet the needs of corporate and MICE guests. The hotel features over 12,000 m2 of exhibition and conference space including a three-level circular conference center, a ballroom, large pre-function areas and 12 daylight meeting rooms equipped with modern digital technology. Pascal Gauvin, Managing Director, India, Middle East & Africa, IHG, said: “We are delighted to announce the opening of the Crowne Plaza Riyadh – RDC Hotel and Convention Center. The hotel is located in the new information technology area of Riyadh, that will be developed as the IT and Communications hub in the city, and is expected to attract business travellers from across the world. We are observing an increased demand for guests who would like to have access to world-class business amenities. This hotel and the overall master development are perfectly suited to cater to this demand. The IHG brand has built an excellent reputation in the Kingdom and we are proud to add the Crowne Plaza – RDC Hotel and Convention Center to our growing portfolio in the Middle East region.” Waleed Al Eisa, Chief Operating Officer, Al Raidah Investment Company, said: “The Crowne Plaza Riyadh – RDC Hotel and Convention Center reflects our commitment to bring a full range of amenities to our tenants and to business travellers who are looking for a high quality hospitality experience.” Additionally, Crowne Plaza Riyadh – RDC Hotel is in close proximity to the new …

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Shangri-La’s Golden Circle members to earn points through new app

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Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has launched the new and enhanced Shangri-La mobile app and is introducing an exclusive loyalty programme offer from Golden Circle. The bonus points promotion, valid from January 22 through April 30, invites travellers to “Unlock the World of Shangri-La” at over 100 hotels and resorts across the Shangri-La, Kerry Hotels, Hotel Jen and Traders Hotels brands. Fast and intuitive to use, the new Shangri-La App is available for iPhone and Android platforms. It can be downloaded from www.Shangri-La.com/App, iTunes and Google Play, as well as via QR code at any of the group’s hotels worldwide. Based on consumer research, the key functionalities include: Fast and Easy Booking; Mobile Check-in/Check-out; Manage Golden Circle Account; and Redeem Rewards. The Shangri-La App invites guests to join the Golden Circle programme and instantly take advantage of member benefits and promotions. By downloading the App, members can earn: Triple GC Award Points for each booking made via the Shangri-La App and Mobile Check-In/Check-Out is used • Double GC Award Points for each Golden Circle booking made via the Shangri-La App • 100 GC Award Points for download and sign-in to the new Shangri-La App (once per device) With an intuitive interface, the Shangri-La App’s key functionalities are enhanced by offering: Best available rates and promotions • Special corporate rates • Hotel search by name or destination • Key information and content about each hotel • Destination information with live maps and local information • Click-to-call a Shangri-La hotel’s local reservation agent

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Aloft New Delhi Aerocity to be unveiled with 6,459 sqft MICE space

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Aloft New Delhi Aerocity will be opening on March 1. The hotel will have 200 rooms and nine meetings spaces. The largest meeting space will be of 6,459 sq ft. Aloft Hotels delivers a fresh approach to the traditional staid hotel landscape. For the ‘always on’ next generation of traveller, the Aloft brand offers a tech-forward, vibrant experience and a modern style.

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Taurus Sarovar Portico, New Delhi-IGI Airport unveiled with business and conferencing facilities

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Sarovar Hotels & Resorts has announced the opening of Taurus Sarovar Portico, New Delhi – IGI Airport. Strategically located near the IGI airport, Taurus Sarovar Portico features 83 guestrooms and it is the second hotel opening of the year by Sarovar Hotels after the opening in Raipur, Chhattisgarh. The hotel offers state-of-the-art business and conferencing facilities, Fitness Center, Alfa 63 – an all-day dining multi-cuisine restaurant, In-Room dining, and meeting rooms. The hotel is owned by Taurus International Projects. Ajay K. Bakaya, Managing Director, Sarovar Hotels, said, “We are delighted to be consolidating our presence further in the Capital city. The opening of Taurus Sarovar Portico seeks to complement the demand for quality accommodation, especially near the airport both by business & transiting travellers. Our superior banqueting facilities will make meetings and events easier, complemented with our signature Sarovar hospitality, whether it a business get-together or a social occasion.” Sarovar Hotels is targeting to have 100 hotels under its portfolio by 2020. Expected openings in 2018 include hotels in Jaisalmer, Jhansi, Jaipur, Somnath, Dibrugarh, Junagadh, Gorakhpur and Lusaka, Zambia.

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Radisson Jodhpur launches with 30,000 sqft MICE space

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Radisson Jodhpur opened its doors to the magnificent city of Jodhpur with 96 rooms. The hotel is the first Radisson to open in the city. Spread over around 70,000 square feet, the hotel boasts over 30,000 square feet of total meeting space comprising three banquet halls. It also features a state-of-the-art fitness centre with modern equipment and a spa service with two treatment rooms. The banquet facilities at the hotel also feature a party lawn spread over an area of approximately 14,000 square feet for organising stylish parties. “The hotel’s architectural grandeur combined with the brand’s service ethos will enthrall guests travelling to the city. We appreciate the commitment that Madhav Heritage has made in this hotel and the trust they have demonstrated in the Radisson brand,” said Raj Rana, Chief Executive Officer, South Asia, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. Positioned to be a preferred hotel in the upscale segment and the first choice among leisure and business travellers, the hotel is situated two kilometers from the airport and four kilometers from the railway station. It is situated within a radius of five kilometers from international tourist attractions like Ummaid Palace, Birkha Bawri Step Well, Merangarh Fort, Ghanta Ghar and Mandore Garden.

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HICSA 2018 in Mumbai from April 4-5

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The annual hospitality event, Hotel Investment Conference-South Asia (HICSA), will take place in Mumbai from April 4-5 at the Grand Hyatt. The first 13 editions was organised by HVS but this year, the conference will be conducted by Hotelivate. Confirming this is Manav Thadani, Founder Chairman, Hotelivate, who reveals, “HICSA is being organised by the Hotelivate team and we have made a few changes to the same. The idea this year is to make the sessions more interesting and interactive. Firstly, there will be far fewer speakers than before as we have reduced the number of panel discussions and substituted them with more interviews, keynote addresses and master classes. So you will see a lot more interesting speakers at the conference who will talk about their experiences with hotels from their fields. Suhel Seth, Roshan Abbas and Deep Karla are just a few such names. There is no involvement of HVS at the conference.” Thadani adds, “We believe with interest levels in hotels on the rise this year, we will have more people registering for the conference. I also believe that international participation at the event is expected to go up if we are to go by early trends in terms of who all are attending.”

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Sarovar Hotels debuts in Chhattisgarh for business and leisure travellers

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Sarovar Hotels launched Singhania Sarovar Portico, Raipur, an upscale hotel strategically located in the hub of the city near AIIMS Hospital. The hotel was inaugurated by Gaurishankar Agrawal, Assembly Speaker, Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly, in the presence of Ajay K. Bakaya, Managing Director, Sarovar Hotels; Rajesh Ranjan, Director of Development, Sarovar Hotels & Resorts and Kevin Wilkins, General Manager, Singhania Sarovar Portico, Raipur. Singhania Sarovar Portico, Raipur, has 60 beautifully crafted, spacious and well-appointed rooms offering modern amenities and personalised service. The hotel offers state-of-the-art business and conferencing facilities, fitness centre, an all-day dining multi-cuisine restaurant, in-room dining and a meeting room. Speaking on the occasion, Agrawal said, “Raipur is an evolving city and the gateway to tourist destinations in Chhattisgarh. I believe this hotel will be immensely beneficial to people travelling to this city, business as well as leisure and to the locals here with their excellent F&B and banquet services on offer.” Commenting on the launch, Bakaya said, “We are glad to be setting our footprints in this emerging state of Chhattisgarh. With our immense focus on providing quality accommodation and services at the best rates, we hope to ensure a pleasant stay for all our guests travelling to this region.”

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