DirectoriesAdd Your Business
News Archive Search
In Other News...
Some current conversation starters…
Some 40 years ago it was considered the ugly duckling downtown, a dated building that needed to be demolished to make way for a new complex of beaux-arts-style federal offices.
Now the Old Post Office Pavilion is primed to become the pinnacle of Washington luxury, a hotel by Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka outfitted with 271 guest rooms, a massive ballroom, high-end restaurants and two opulent suites in what were once the offices of the postmaster general. In early August, the Trumps signed a 60-year lease with the federal government for the 114-year-old building, and on Tuesday morning, they unveiled room and meeting space designs that they vowed would make it a destination for Washington power brokers, international visitors and luxury travellers. Donald Trump repeatedly asserted during 18 months of negotiations that profit was not his driving motive in pursuing the project, and on Tuesday, he likened the Old Post Office to “a great painting.” “Friends of mine, they spend these ridiculous amounts of money on paintings,” he said. “I’d rather do jobs like this, and do something really that the world can cherish and the world can see and that everyone in D.C. can truly be proud of. And that’s what we’re going to do.”
A third of UK travellers expect to increase their travel budgets in 2014, despite lingering pessimism about economic recovery, claims TripAdvisor.
The website’s TripBarometer – which surveys more than 19,000 travellers and 10,000+ accommodation business owners around the world – also found that Brits are cutting back in their daily lives to protect their holiday budgets. More than half are cutting nights out, a fifth are cutting back on charity donations, and one in 12 are even cutting back on childcare costs. The research showed that UK travellers’ holidays are becoming shorter but more frequent, as one in five are dropping longer holiday breaks. And two thirds of UK hoteliers are optimistic about profitability in 2014, and more than half plan to increase room rates. Julio Bruno, global vice president of sales, TripAdvisor for Business, said the research results ‘all point to a very good year ahead’. ‘Despite not being overly optimistic about the economy, people seem to have adapted,’ he said. ‘Many are planning to take more trips this year and they are willing to make sacrifices in other aspects of their lives in order to have a holiday.’
Rosewood Hotel Georgia, Vancouver’s preeminent luxury hotel, is pleased to announce that the hotel and hotel’s Sense® spa have been awarded Five-Star ratings on the 2013 Forbes Travel Guide Star Rating list, which was announced in its inaugural mid-year update to the official list on September 9, 2013.
Earning the highest rating after a full renovation, this award represents a significant milestone for Rosewood Hotel Georgia and also for the hospitality industry in Canada, as it marks the first hotel in Canada to receive the highest Five-Star rating.
Key Appointments in the Industry
Congratulations to these new appointments…
Viceroy Hotel Group is pleased to announce Gerard Denneny as General Manager of the brand new property Viceroy New York, slated to open in October on the iconic West 57th Street. Mr. Denneny, a luxury hotel veteran with over 20 years of management experience, began his position in April and is responsible for overseeing the successful launch of the 29-story hotel. Mr. Denneny joins Viceroy Hotel Group from the Essex House New York, where he served as General Manager. Previously, he held senior positions at the 5-star property Jumeirah Carlton Tower in London and the Four Seasons Hotel Dublin. He began his career opening and managing a number of award-winning boutique properties.
Effective September 16, 2013, Rajiv Malhotra has been named General Manager of Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta. Malhotra, a 24-year industry veteran, has worked in management positions around the world, including the past 12 years with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. He makes the move to Atlanta from Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, where he most recently served as the General Manager for this acclaimed resort. Prior to settling down in French Polynesia, Rajiv was the Hotel Manager at Four Seasons Las Vegas and the Resort Manager atFour Seasons Resort Great Exuma (formerly a Four Seasons resort). His career with Four Seasons began atFour Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara.
The Latest in Hotel Openings
Dolce Hotels and Resorts, operator of 26 upscale hotels, resorts and conference hotels across North America and Europe, today announced it will manage a new 200-room "urban lifestyle hotel" to be built in downtown Palm Springs, Calif. The new address will be Dolce's third in California. Construction is expected to begin during the first quarter of 2014 and be completed by August 2015. Set on 10 acres on East Amado Road, across the street from the Palm Springs Convention Center, the hotel will include 15,000 square feet of flexible function space, landscaped outdoor event space, two restaurants, lounge, recording studio, screening room, outdoor pools, spa and fitness center.
Starwood has signed an agreement with Nisantasi Konaklama ve Otel Hizmetleri A.S. (Demsa Group) to open a St. Regis hotel in Istanbul. Set to open in the first half of 2014, The St. Regis Istanbul will mark the debut of the luxury brand in Turkey and extend Starwood’s presence in the country.
Langham Hospitality Group has opened The Langham, Chicago, its fourth U.S. property. This is the company’s first purpose-built hotel in the U.S. Located on 13 floors of a 52-story building designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the 316-room hotel is situated minutes from the loop business district and Michigan Avenue. Six architects and designers worked on the renovation, including Chicago based architect Dirk Lohan of Lohan Anderson, grandson of Mies can der Rohe.
Sovereign wealth fund giant Abu Dhabi Investment Authority has acquired 31 hotels for a reported A$800 million (US$742 million) from Australia's largest hotel owner, Tourism Asset Holdings Ltd. (TAHL). The deal represents one of the largest leased property portfolios of its kind in Asia Pacific. The news comes amid a surge of foreign investment in Australian hotels, with South Korea's Mirae Asset Global Investments and Malaysia's Starhill REIT acquiring 5-star business hotels in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Analysts expect even more activity with a wave of new properties coming on the market. Properties acquired in the TAHL portfolio include the Novotel and Ibis Darling Harbour in central Sydney, the Novotel and Ibis at Sydney Olympic Park, and the Novotel Canberra. The portfolio is expected to continue to operate under these Accor brands.
Visit our sponsors