Category Archives: Hotels

Marriott offers rewards at select venues in Asia Pacific

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Marriott International is offering group (minimum 10 rooms) or catering events Triple Choice benefits for any confirmed groups between March 1, 2017, and September 15, 2017, for groups and events held till September 30, 2017, at participating Marriott venues in Asia Pacific. The benefits would range from a five per cent discount on master-billed rooms to Triple points on eligible revenue. Eligible customers will also be offered complimentary internet in meeting rooms, one complimentary room night for every 25 paid room nights, one complimentary room upgrade for one night for every 25 paid room nights, and the chance to earn a signing bonus of 1,000 points for every event booked. Customers will have the opportunity to choose three rewards for their event booking.

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Exceptional meetings and events space at Radisson Noida

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Park Plaza Noida has re-launched as Radisson Noida, a brand synonymous with outstanding service and comfort. It will be the first Radisson hotel to be inaugurated in Delhi-NCR. Spread over 42,000 sq ft, Radisson Noida features 88 contemporary rooms with modern amenities. Business Class, a new room category, has been introduced for corporate travellers who can enjoy complimentary drinks in the lounge bar and more such benefits. Radisson Noida boasts of over 4,360 sq ft of flexible meetings and events space that can be split into four separate ballrooms for smaller events or combined into one large space for functions. “I am delighted to welcome this hotel to the Radisson brand family. Delhi-NCR is a key market for us and Noida remains a promising destination due to its thriving corporate suburb. We appreciate the investment that our strategic partner, Bestech Group, has made in upgrading this hotel and the trust they have demonstrated in the Radisson brand,” said Raj Rana, Chief Executive Officer, South Asia, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group.

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MICE makes up 55 per cent of IHG’s business in ME

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InterContinental Hotel Group’s (IHG) hotels gain major business through MICE in the Middle East, says IHG Vice President of Sales & Marketing, India, Middle East & Africa, James Britchford. “The MICE industry in the Middle East is significant. Approximately 45 per cent of our business is room revenue and 55 per cent is MICE and F&B. Differentiation of MICE is essential and one of the things that works well for IHG in the Middle East.” He states that most hotel chains now have business loyalty programmes like Shangri-La. “We also recognise that the way the MICE business works is through trade. IHG recently launched IHG Business Rewards which is a business to business loyalty programme that was created specifically to drive the MICE business,” he said. “We regularly measure our market share through Revenue Generation Index (RGI) and I’m encouraged to see over the last 18 months, which has been particularly trying for hoteliers that we’ve grown share in the Middle East by 1.9 points. You cannot do that without winning in the MICE sector. If you lose in the MICE sector invariably you lose in shares,” he added.

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DusitPrincess Dhaka to open for business travellers by year end

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Dusit International has announced the opening of its first hotel in Bangladesh, the DusitPrincess Dhaka. It is slated to open at the end of 2017. A short drive from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, the hotel will feature 80 guest rooms and 10 suites. The hotel will comprise an all-day dining restaurant, a meeting room, and recreational facilities. The hotel’s proximity to key commercial districts and manufacturing sites will boost the arrival of business travellers to the hotel.

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Marriott to further India portfolio in 2017

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Marriott International has plans to open around 15-17 properties in India in 2017 and it is believed that most of the growth will be driven from the tertiary markets for the chain, revealed Neeraj Govil, Area Vice President-South Asia, Marriott International. The hotel chain has marked its entry into two new countries – Nepal and Sri Lanka – with major expansion plans for India as well. Govil said, “We have opened our first Fairfield in Kathmandu and will be opening a hotel in Sri Lanka. In India, we will be opening about 15-17 hotels in 2017 and most of the growth we would have is in the tertiary markets. We are looking to grow across the spectrum of segments.” Speaking about life after the merger with Starwood, Govil adds, “We have managed to synergise on a lot of programmes and are very much on track. Cultural integration will take much more time. We have now set up the corporate structure in South Asia. For us, it is about maximising top and bottom line opportunities and look to have the best in class brands across different locations making sure that the best talent leads our efforts in South Asia.”

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Holiday Inn Chennai OMR IT Expressway opens with 5,000 sqft meeting space

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InterContinental Hotels Group has announced the opening of Holiday Inn Chennai OMR IT Expressway. The hotel has 5,000 sq ft of flexible meeting space. The company also expressed that it is on track to having 150 hotels open or in our pipeline within the next 10-15 years. This growth will largely be driven by the Holiday Inn brand family with a distinct focus on Crowne Plaza and InterContinental Hotels and Resorts in key gateway cities. Sudeep Jain, Vice President, Development, South West Asia, IHG, said: “All three properties will draw synergies from IHG hotels located nearby and will reinforce our position in South West Asia. While IHG already has a strong and growing presence in India, we are looking at developing our portfolio further in Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan.”

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Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay offers 1,200 sqm of outdoor space for events

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Marriott Hotels, Marriott International’s flagship brand, opened its first hotel in Fiji, as Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay. Nestled on the secluded beaches of Momi Bay on the western coast of Viti Levu, the resort is ideal for inspirational weddings, special events, conferences and meetings. The Grand Salon Ballroom offers 360 square metres of versatile event space with an abundance of natural lighting. The resort’s beachfront location and 1,200 square meters of outdoor pre-function space for event outside, creates a bespoke and flexible space to suit the need of guests. “We are delighted to announce the opening of the first property under the Marriott Hotels brand in Fiji,” said Silvano Dressino, General Manager of Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay. The resort is situated a convenient 45-minute drive from Nadi International Airport, and within easy reach of Nadi Town (29km), Denarau Island (36km) and other enticing attractions. Adventure-seekers can enjoy a short boat ride to Cloud Break Surf to experience some of the world’s most impressive waves, go zip-lining or explore the Sebeto hot springs and rejuvenate in the mineral-rich mud baths.

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Preferred Hotels unveil new mobile App, member rate programme

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Preferred Hotels & Resorts has launched a new mobile app and member rate programme as major enhancements to its points-based hotel rewards programme, iPrefer. “The new mobile app and member rate programme are designed to better connect today’s travellers with the unique appeal of the independent hotel experience through a seamless loyalty programme that delivers exclusive, on-the-go access to an attractive rate, points, and valuable on-property perks,” said Casey Ueberroth, Chief Marketing Officer, Preferred Hotels & Resorts. “These enhancements are a testament to our continuous commitment to making iPrefer the most compelling loyalty programme for independent-minded travellers.” In celebration of iPrefer and the pursuit of independent travel, Preferred Hotels & Resorts is gifting 25,000 bonus points to iPrefer members who make a booking within the app by April 21, 2017. “The noteworthy benefits of the iPrefer mobile app and member rate programme shall further strengthen the rising popularity of the iPrefer program in India, as well as encourage discerning luxury travellers to conveniently book their holidays directly through iPrefer channels for access to competitive rates and valuable benefits upon every stay,” said Saurabh Rai, Executive Vice President, Preferred Hotels & Resorts.

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Jaisalmer Marriott Resort & Spa opens with 3251 sq.ft. outdoor space

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Marriott International has expanded its portfolio in India with the recent opening of the Jaisalmer Marriott Resort & Spa. The property offers 135 exquisitely designed rooms with nine suites. Perfect for weddings and social events, the newly opened property offers 3251 sq. m. of outdoor space surrounded by lush green lawns interspersed with sparkling water bodies which can host up to 1,500 guests. The resort also boasts of a dedicated event planning team. The resort has an added 577sq. m. of Indoor meeting space that includes three meeting rooms along with the Grand Ballroom. The resort is situated just 3.3 km away from the Jaisalmer Railway Station, with Jodhpur being the closest airport at a distance of 284 km. Matthew Carroll, Vice President, Marriott Hotels, says, “Jaisalmer Marriott Resort & Spa reflects the refined sophistication, quiet elegance and exceptional service – attributes that have grown synonymous with the Marriott Hotels brand worldwide.”

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Bellagio to debut in Shanghai with 2,000 sq. m. of meeting space

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Set to open in June this year, the 165-room Bellagio by MGM Shanghai will offer close to 2,000 sq. m. of meeting space, besides elegantly designed rooms and the Presidential Suite. Located on the banks of the Suzhou River, the hotel will be the second Bellagio hotel in the world and the first outside the Unites States.  The F&B options at the hotel will include Mansion on One, a Cantonese and Shanghainese cuisine restaurant; Lago, a restaurant offering Italian cuisine; and Café Bellagio, an all-day dining restaurant.

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