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BA rejects claims that it risked passengers' lives.
British Airways has rejected claims by passengers that it put their lives at risk after it made two emergency landings with the same fault. The London-bound flight left Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Wednesday but was forced to turn back and make an emergency landing due to a problem with the wing flaps. The problem reappeared when the same plane took off on Thursday, forcing it to turn back again. Passenger Sean Casey, told the BBC that paramedics were brought on board to treat some of the passengers after the second emergency landing. He said it was "scandalous" that BA ground staff at King Khalid International Airport had been "unable to assist or advise" on "how they were going to get people to their final destination, many passengers have lost thousands of pounds as their onward flights, holiday accommodation and car rental has been paid and lost". He added: "I feel BA put 300 lives at risk by putting us on the same plane 24 hours after trying to fix a fault." But BA have completely rejected the allegations that they would operate a flight unless it was safe to do so, saying the aircraft returned to Riyadh "as a precaution".
Marriott International announced that it will be a platinum sponsor and exclusive hotel partner for the 2014 Gay Games, presented by the Cleveland Foundation.
The 2014 Gay Games run August 9-16, 2014, in Cleveland and Akron, Ohio. The Games encompass 35-plus sports and cultural events. The 491-room Renaissance Cleveland Hotel is designated as the 2014 Gay Games host hotel. “We are so proud to be a platinum sponsor for the Gay Games,” said Joanna Todd, vice president of segment marketing for Marriott International. “As a company that is committed to diversity and inclusion, becoming the official hotel partner is a natural extension of our ongoing commitment to this community.
A number of 4,400 new hotel rooms will be opened in Bangkok by the end of 2015, bringing the total to almost 42,000, according to the latest survey by CBRE Thailand.
This represents an 11.9 per cent increase on current figures. Currently, there are 37,500 key hotels in downtown Bangkok. Almost all of the new hotels are high-rise buildings. The most popular area for hotel development remains the Ploenchit/Sukhumvit area-near the central shopping district-with 65 per cent of the total hotel supply and four out of six new hotels opened in this area. The Silom/Sathorn area-the so-called financial district-accounted for 21 per cent of the total hotel stock while the Riverside area accounted for 14 per cent. Approximately 2,250 keys will be completed in the second half of 2013, comprising of luxury rooms 13 per cent, first-class rooms 8 per cent, mid-range rooms 46 per cent, and economy rooms 33 per cent. The hotel supply in Bangkok grew 12.1 per cent year-on-year with the completion of six new hotels in the first half of 2013.
Key Appointments in the Industry
Congratulations to these new appointments…
Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel announced the appointment Terry Donahue as general manager. Mr. Donahue brings 28 years of hospitality industry experience to the lifestyle hotel, located in the heart of downtown Baltimore. Previously, Mr. Donahue served as general manager of the Bridgewater Marriott Hotel. He joined the hotel as opening director of sales and marketing before advancing to role of assistant general manager. In August of 2007 he was appointed as the hotel's general manager. Mr. Donahue began his career as a catering service manager at the Newark Liberty International Airport Marriott. Since that time, he has held a variety of leadership positions in hotel operations and sales at various Marriott International properties in the eastern region of the U.S.
Brian Dickson has been promoted to general manager of the Embassy Suites Tampa Brandon. Previously, Dickson was the director of operations at the Marriott Austin South. Dickson started his hotel career with Hilton Hotels at the Embassy Suites Austin Townlake property as a guest services associate, before being promoted to night manager and assistant front office manager. Dickson also spent two years with John Q. Hammons (JQH) Hotels at the Embassy Suites East Peoria Hotel in Illinois as the director of outlets and as front office manager. While with JQH, his Embassy Suites property received the #1 Embassy Total Quality and Satisfaction Award.
The Latest in Hotel Openings
Ashford Hospitality Trust, Inc. has announced that as part of the Company's ongoing asset management initiatives, it has entered into a franchise agreement to convert the 258-room, Crowne Plaza Beverly Hills to a Marriott after the expiration of the existing Crowne Plaza license agreement in March of 2015. Ashford Hospitality Trust The conversion includes an extensive product improvement plan (PIP), estimated at $25 million, to include an upgrade of the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system, an extensive renovation of the guestrooms and public areas, including a transformational lobby renovation, and exterior improvements which will enhance the sense of arrival for guests. The newly-minted Marriott Beverly Hills will continue to be managed by Remington Lodging & Hospitality following the completion of the conversion.
The landmark Waldorf Astoria New York announces the completion of a $12-million dollar restoration project of its unique interior motor court, one of the hotel’s most distinguishing features. An enclosed drive which has welcomed celebrities and dignitaries has now been transformed to allow for a more refined arrival, especially for those seeking the anonymity and special security that comes with a stay at the legendary hotel. The private entrance now evokes a gracious and befitting portal of entry with Art Deco finishes reflecting the original design concept of the grand building. Restored to its original scope of 1931, the motor court has been reshaped into a four lane arrival venue befitting the hotel’s Art Deco design. A granite-curbed circular drive creates an enhancement even to the original design of Schultz and Weaver. The cobblestone finish improves visual appeal while providing an elevated setting from the surrounding city streets. Fluted stone wall panels equipped with a superior lighting package illuminate the space with a lustrous sparkle. Limestone columns and door-frames, adorned with the Waldorf Astoria’s signature nickel-silver finish, resonate with the hotel’s architecture.
Embassy Suites Hotels celebrated the official grand opening of the new Embassy Suites Knoxville West yesterday with local officials and community members, with a ceremony marking the arrival of the area’s first full-service property in 25 years. Owned and managed by Kana Hotel Group, the 140-suite, six-story all-suites hotel is located at 9621 Parkside Drive, off I-40 and I-75. The property is already a draw for business travelers, as it is conveniently located near several companies including Siemens Medical Solutions, Barge Waggoner and Bechtel Corporation, and is accessible to the Knoxville Convention Center and University of Tennessee.
New Hampshire-based hotel owner/operators Roedel Companies has added a full service hotel to their portfolio. The organization has purchased a 122-room Holiday Inn in Mount Kisco. The hotel will undergo a multi-million dollar renovation to update all public spaces including the lobby, corridors, meeting and banquet rooms, and a repositioned restaurant. The hotel will remain open while undergoing these changes, beginning in the first quarter of 2014.
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