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Matthew Abergel, a Canadian devotee of Japanese cuisine who has studied under celebrated masters of the culinary art, has been appointed Executive Chef at Hong Kong's dynamic Japanese restaurant and lounge, zuma. Having trained at zuma London with Rainer Becker before coming to zuma Hong Kong, Matthew will be working closely with the team at zuma London, to bring to Hong Kong exciting new twists on zuma's Izakaya concept. With experience beyond his years, Matthew's cooking philosophy is typically Zen-like, for such an ardent admirer of Japanese cuisine: "simple and clean". "I don't like to indulge in overly luxurious ingredients; that doesn't necessarily translate into good food." He explained: "I like to think of my cooking as true and honest. You can't skip steps to get to an amazing end product. You need to take time and effort to make sure a dish is the best it can be. There are no short cuts." His ideals have been handed down through the generations, with his grandfather and father both in craftsmanship he was taught a valuable lesson; "It's very much about choosing the materials you work with and how much you care about them to transpire into the final product."
RateTiger, an award-winning leader in online channel management technologies, has launched its revenue management tool RTStrategy assisting hoteliers with determining optimal rates for all distribution outlets to further automate channel management. RTStrategy is the first of its kind in the market to support hoteliers in calculating the optimal room rates and / or position on a daily basis for all connected distribution channels. RateTiger promises RTStrategy will simplify yield and price management eliminating lengthy and complicated daily rate calculations. RTStrategy consolidates competitor rates and ranking information to recommend optimal rates with the help of previously selected revenue strategies. Hoteliers will have the ability to review automated rates with three options: a). automatically update all channels / room types with the recommend rates or 2. edit recommend rates / positions manually or 3. select another strategy to asses rate and market penetration impacts. Once hoteliers feel comfortable with proposed rates, the system will automatically manage distribution channel updates, sparing manual intervention. RTStrategy has five unique strategy options available to provide maximum pricing flexibility: Position, Relative Position, Occupancy, Parity and Lowest Rate Guarantee (LRG). The strategies are built around the needs and requirements of hoteliers to meet daily business conditions.
Best Western International is proud to announce the partnership with Mohammad Omar Bin Haider Group, to rebrand and operate the Dhow Palace Hotel, Bur Dubai, effective from March 1, 2009. The rebranding process is expected to be completed within 60 days. Once certified, the hotel will celebrate its official opening as Best Western Premier Dhow Palace on May 1, 2009. As such, please take this letter as an official acknowledgement of the rebranding procedure for Best Western Premier Dhow Palace. We apologize for any inconveniences which may occur during such period. In addition, Best Western will also brand the newly built 210-room Best Western Premier Creek, Bur Dubai, scheduled to be open in May 2009. Both hotels have joined the recently re-launched Best Western Premier brand, which offers newly refined superior standards, amenities and services that cater to the demands of discerning business and leisure travelers around the world.
Shangri-La Asia Limited, Asia Pacific's leading luxury hotel company, has signed an agreement with the Al Jaber Group to manage Traders Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi, opening in third quarter of 2009. The hotel will be the group's second hotel in Abu Dhabi following the opening of Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi in August 2007. This will be the second Traders Hotel in the UAE and the third management agreement between Shangri-La and the Al Jaber Group following those of Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai and Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi. The Qaryat Al Beri complex, which offers a wide variety of dining, retail and recreation, is 10 minutes from Abu Dhabi international airport, 15 minutes from the city centre, and five minutes' drive from the Abu Dhabi Golf Club and Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC). The architectural design of the hotel by KEO International Consultants is conceived with the business traveller in mind, in keeping with Traders Hotels' mission to offer an efficient range of facilities, and swift and friendly service, at competitive rates.
Spanish travel agents consider the Gran Meliá Palacio de Isora, located in the south of Tenerife facing the island of La Gomera, to be the best resort hotel in Spain according to a survey of agency networks made by the media run by the Preferente Group. A telephone survey amongst 400 travel agents carried out in November and December last year placed the Gran Meliá Palacio de Isora as leader of a group of five outstanding Spanish resort hotels, with a total of 248 votes compared to the 190 votes received by the second hotel. Sol Meliá sees the results as a positive sign of the achievement of the objective defined at the opening of the Gran Meliá Palacio de Isora in July last year: to make the hotel a new point of reference for the Spanish hotel industry thanks to its sophistication, design and dining services, together with an extensive range of entertainment activities and facilities for relaxation.
Today,17th March, Diana Spellman, Managing Director of the UK's premier procurement agency, Partners In Purchasing Ltd, will be one of the guest speakers at the International Food and Drink Event 2009 (IFE09) at ExCel in London. The four day global food and drink event which runs from 15-18 March, will feature topical discussions and interactive debates entitled ‘Future Trends', which will take place in the Seminar Theatre, offering visitors an insight into trends, forecasts and key issues affecting the future of the food and drink industry in this challenging climate. Speaking on the topic of ‘Compromising Consumers - Managing Convenience', Diana Spellman who co-founded Partners In Purchasing Ltd in 1997, will provide an overview of trends in the procurement industry including consumers' eating habits and the demands it faces. She will be joined by fellow speakers Peter Davis, Director of the Ethical Corporation Institute (ECI) and Stephen Minall, Director of Moving Food Ltd, Wrapid. Peter, who is Political Editor of Ethical Corporation, writes widely on the subject of social and political issues underlying social corporate responsibility (CSR) will report on sustainability with highlights from the recent research undertaken for Partners In Purchasing Ltd continuing monitoring of CR in the supply chain. Stephen Minall, who will look ahead at how using knowledge can be reused to benefit the supply industry, has an exceptional network within foodservice and retail food industries, developing branded FMCG products and amongst other successes, managing and owning restaurants in the USA. Diana Spellman, Managing Director of Partners In Purchasing Ltd says: "It's important to examine to what extent the supply chain reflects consumer needs and how this can be addressed. Too frequently trends are confused by stakeholders in the supply chain and convenience can often profit the producer to a far greater extent than the consumer. Long term trends are distorted by short term noise which can have detrimental consequences." The seminar will reflect upon the importance of harnessing responsible decision making through the supply chain. Creating good social values remains key and responsible decisions are going to remain driven by procurement. Adds Diana Spellman: "The industry has to remain at the top of its game and be forward thinking. We cannot second guess what consumers want but need to embrace change, social networking and the new ways there are to purchase, inform, educate and keep in touch with consumer needs." Compromising Consumers - Interactive Lunch on Managing Convenience will take place on Tuesday 17th March 12-12.45pm at the Seminar Theatre. In addition to Future Trends, IFE09 will host some 1200 UK and International exhibitors in 15 dedicated product sections, a world-class line up of visitor attractions including Innovation Live, The Skillery sponsored by Silver Hill Foods. Pre-registering for IFE09 is available by www.ife.co.uk and click on the register button on the home page.
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