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Istanbul aims to "do a London" and snatch the 2020 Olympic Games when the vote for the host city is held by the International Olympic Committee in Buenos Aires this weekend.
This is a reference to the selection of London as host of last year's Summer Games. When the IOC vote was held in Singapore back in 2005, a last-minute lobbying campaign allowed it to pip favourite candidate city Paris by just four votes. Currently Tokyo is considered the favourite, but Istanbul's bid team is heading to Argentina hoping to emulate London's late charge. "We will fight for every vote just like London did," said Turkish MP Egemen Bağış, who even met with London's mayor Boris Johnson to learn from the experience. "Just as British Prime Minister Tony Blair made the difference in Singapore, our Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be making our case in Argentina." That case is based largely on the positive IOC inspection report that found Istanbul's bid to be financially sound, backed by $19.2 billion of infrastructure commitments, including a third bridge across the Bosporus, a new rail tunnel and a third Istanbul airport.
Fast and furious like a samba crowd swell at Carnival, Brazilian hotels haven’t missed a beat in the last eight years, maintaining consistent growth.
Brazilian Hotel’s revenue per average room (RevPAR) grew another 8.8 percent in 2012 compared with 2011. According to Jones Lang LaSalle’s Lodging Industry in Numbers Brazil 2013 report Brazilian hotels are still on investors 'hot spot' list as operating results continue to show gains above inflationary rates, with average gross operating profit (GOP) increasing by 7.9 percent compared with 2011 levels. “We’re projecting sustained growth in Brazilian hotel performance, as the market remains a favoured destination among international travellers. Last year, 5.7 million international visitors came to Brazil, which is 4.5 percent more than we experienced in 2011,” said Ricardo Mader, Executive Vice President of Jones Lang LaSalle’s Hotels & Hospitality Group in Brazil. “While there are occupancy shifts occurring, the sustained demand coupled with the lack of new hotel development will allow Brazil’s lodging market to hold its competitive advantage.”
Mr. Pascal Lamy will chair the World Committee on Tourism Ethics for four years, starting on September 1, 2013.
A renowned economist and former European Commissioner, Mr. Lamy headed the WTO for the last eight years. He takes over, as Chairman of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics, from Dr. Dawid de Villiers, UNWTO former Deputy Secretary-General and former South African Minister of the Environment and Tourism.
Key Appointments in the Industry
Congratulations to these new appointments…
The Ascott Limited has appointed Julie Avotins to the position of Assistant Director of Sales in Victoria. Based in Melbourne, Julie will assist the Director of Sales and Marketing Li Hawkins with the development and implementation of strategic sales plans for the Australian arm of the Singaporean based serviced residence provider. Julie has a high level of expertise in sales and marketing, specialising in hospitality. As part of her new role Julie will focus on sourcing and developing new business opportunities for The Ascott Limited’s properties in Melbourne, Hobart and Perth.
FRHI, the parent company of luxury and upper upscale hotel brands Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Raffles Hotels & Resorts and Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts, has promoted Jennifer Fox to president, International, while also maintaining her position as president, Fairmont Brand. In this newly created role, Fox will relocate to Zurich and lead hotel operations for FRHI’s International division, which includes the sub regions of Europe, Middle East, Africa & India and Asia Pacific. With the company projecting 50% growth over the next five years, much of it internationally, Fox will also oversee the company’s Hotel Openings & Integration team.
The Latest in Hotel Openings
Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has expanded its portfolio of hotels in China with the opening of a new hotel in the city of Enshi, in central China’s Hubei province. The new 14-storey Mövenpick Hotel Enshi is located close to the convention centre in the city’s thriving business district, just a short drive from the train station, with fast connections to the cities of Wuhan and Chongqing, and the newly built airport.
Steigenberger Hotel Bremen officially opened Sept. 1, 2013 in northern Germany, on the banks of the River Weser. The hotel has 137-key property offers four suites and two accessible guest accommodations. All guestrooms have views of the river, as well as a desk, an armchair with side table and floor lamp, and a rain shower. Steigenberger manages for the developer Siedentopf. Berlin-based Eike Becker Architects prepared the building's design, with an overall interior design concept created by Hamburg-based Joi-Design.
Hilton has expanded its portfolio of hotels in Thailand with the opening of the Hilton Sukhumvit Bangkok. The hotel is the ninth Hilton Worldwide hotel in the country. The Hilton Sukhumvit Bangkok offers a range of 280 deluxe and executive rooms and suites, providing guests a place to unwind or catch up on work. The hotel’s modernistic restaurants include fresh culinary concepts reflected in its two specialty restaurants, Scalini and Mondo.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has announced that its rapidly expanding Aloft brand has debuted in the heart of downtown Miami with the opening of Aloft Miami-Brickell. Owned and managed by a joint venture between Sunview Companies and HES Group, Aloft Miami-Brickell caters to the next generation of travellers with 160 spacious, loft-like rooms, latest technology and a buzzing, social atmosphere. It is the second Aloft hotel to open in the Miami metropolitan area following the opening of Aloft Miami Doral in March.
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