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The sixth annual Travolution Awards ceremony took place in London last night. More than 400 guests watched as the thirty much sought-after gongs were handed out at the event held in The Troxy, an Art Deco music venue and former cinema, in east London.
Travolution Awards 2012 – the Winners
Travel Portal Awards
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The Taj Exotica Resort and Spa in the Maldives has been rated the second best among 100 hotels in the world by a US survey, an official said here Tuesday.
The Taj Exotica is one of six hotels across the globe run by the Mumbai-based Taj Group that has bagged honours in various categories of the Conde Nast Traveller (CNT) USA Readers Choice Awards. The Taj Exotica also bagged the top honour in the best 15 resorts in Asia. A world-renowned resort and spa, the Taj Exotica is situated along a pristine beach and serene lagoon, mirroring the Maldives' natural beauty and offers the finest in contemporary luxuries and services. Considered among the world's finest luxury hotels, The Pierre, another Taj Hotel, ranked 12 in the Top 25 hotels in New York City. On the domestic front, Jaipur's landmarks - the Taj Lake Palace Hotel and Rambagh Palace Hotel - stood third and fourth, respectively, while New Delhi's Taj Palace Hotel and Mumbai's iconic Taj Mahal Palace bagged the eighth and ninth positions, respectively, among the top 10 hotels in India. The Taj Group was awarded for its efforts towards responsible tourism and commitment to sustaining livelihoods in the places where it operates, the official said. A record 46,476 readers took part in this year's 25th Annual Readers' Choice Awards of the CNT. Besides, the Taj Group of Hotels has also been the recipient of the Global Vision Awards under the Leadership category by Travel + Leisure magazine 2012 Global Vision Awards.
Key Appointments in the Industry
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Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek, Orlando’s newest upscale resort, announced the appointment of John Branciforte as director of sales and marketing. Branciforte brings more than 25 years of hospitality sales and marketing experience to his position as head of the resort’s sales and marketing division. Branciforte’s new role will involve the development of sales and marketing strategies to help drive business to the 400-room, Mediterranean inspired resort, while successfully positioning the unique property in the Orlando market. He will also oversee the resort’s sales and marketing team. Having successfully supervised programs at numerous resorts across the country, Branciforte will bring his results-driven sales skills, motivational abilities and exceptional service standards to the property. “We are delighted to have such an outstanding leader on our resort team and know John’s influence will go beyond the sales and marketing staff,” remarked General Manager Jurgen Schafers. “John’s proven ability to drive sales, exceed measured goals and provide dedicated guidance to his team will be paramount to the resort’s continued success.”
The team behind Frégate Island Private, the Seychelles’ unique conservation destination, continues to go from strength to strength with the appointment of seasoned Sales and Marketing expert Patricia de Mayer, as Director of Sales & Marketing, with immediate effect. Based in Offenbach, Germany, the multilingual Mrs de Mayer will have overall responsibility for all Sales and Marketing activities worldwide, and will enhance the emphasis on European markets, whilst simultaneously developing new emerging markets such as North and South America, the Middle East and CIS/CEE countries. Having built and burnished an exceptional reputation within the luxury hospitality industry during 16 years at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts - including more than seven years as Regional Director of Sales – Mrs de Mayer will lead the way in taking Frégate’s market penetration and visibility to new heights. With Mrs de Mayer having worked with some of the travel industry’s most exclusive and respected luxury hotel groups, this appointment is a fitting culmination of an impressive career trajectory. Having cut her teeth in London as Sales Coordinator with the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, Mrs de Mayer moved on to Philippine Airlines, where her leadership skills came to the fore as she supervised a team of 20 sales and reservations staff in her capacity as Sales Executive UK & Ireland.
The Latest in Hotel Openings
Australian Morgue to Reopen as a Hotel—With Dissecting Tables for Beds. An Australian entrepreneur is converting a 1950's morgue in Tasmania into a hotel. To top it off, the morgue used to be on the site of a mental asylum. Though there are plenty of hotels in unusual places around the world, the morgue hotel is thought to be the only one of its kind. But be warned: the owner wants to keep the dissecting tables as beds. If you just want your paranormal activity and a plush bed, you might want to check out these haunted digs in the U.S. instead.
Swire Hotels opens East, Beijing - East, Beijing is now open in Beijing’s Chaoyang district. The property is Swire Hotels’ second in Beijing. The 369-key hotel is part of the Indigo development, which also includes a shopping mall, a 25-story office tower and a forthcoming 42-acre (17-hectare) park. In addition to 23 suites, East, Beijing offers guestrooms with views of downtown Beijing and park views. Rooms and suites on the two uppermost floors have access to the Upstairs Lounge, which offers VIP check-in, full breakfast, all-day refreshments, beverages, and a meeting room.
The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach is currently undergoing a renovation and redesign of its 375 guestrooms, including 41 suites. Diego Gronda, managing and creative director of Rockwell Group Europe, with interior design consultant Linda Zarifi, is overseeing the room transformation, which will pay tribute to the existing historical architecture while incorporating new designs into the South Beach property. The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach was originally established in 1953 as the DiLido Hotel by Morris Lapidus, the architect of neo-baroque hotels and “father” of Art Deco who saw Miami Beach as his theater and The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach as his stage. Lapidus took a whimsical approach to design, incorporating chrome spheres, curvatures and other organic shapes into his overall vision. These served as inspiration to the $10-million guestroom redesign.
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