TweetAscend Hotel Collection Adds First Hotel in Australia. Ascend Hotel Collection from Choice Hotel International continues its global expansion with the announcement today that two boutique hotels have joined the portfolio. These properties are the Gibson hotel in Dublin, Ireland and Lindenwarrah at Milawa, Australia. The announcement was made to industry insiders at the 19th annual meeting of The Lodging Conference located here. With its latest additions, the group now has 108 properties in North America, Europe, the Caribbean and Australia. Source: Hotel Business
Renovation at Oahu's Turtle Bay Resort is almost done. Turtle Bay Resort, the premier hotel along Oahu’s North Shore, is nearing completion of a redo of its guest accommodations. All 410 rooms in the main tower of Turtle Bay Resort are getting makeovers -- many are already done -- and completion of the multimillion-dollar project is expected this fall. Guests will find new bedding, fixtures and furnishings in the rooms and remodelled bathrooms that feature walk-in showers as well as new tile and new vanities. Source: LA Times
Aloft brand reaches 75th hotel milestone with opening of Aloft Panama. After the most global brand launch in the history of hospitality, Aloft is already operating in 14 countries and is set to debut in another 10 countries by 2016. In the past six months alone, the Aloft brand has opened hotels in Miami, Chicago, Cleveland, Tulsa, Cancun, Bursa, Kuala Lumpur and Ahmedabad. The brand’s momentum continues unabated and the company expects to open a total of 17 hotels by year’s end, more than tripling the number of rooms opened in 2012, with another 19 hotels to come by the end of 2014. Unlike other hotel brands that are just beginning to realize the importance of catering to the always-connected lifestyle of today’s travelers, Aloft Hotels was conceived with this notion and guest in mind. Pioneering initiatives in music, design, and technology, the Aloft brand continues to exceed travelers’ expectations and has cultivated high guest satisfaction and brand loyalty since its launch. Source: Press Release.
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts to Open in Shaoxing, China. Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has signed a management agreement with Zhejiang Yinan Group Co. Ltd. to operate a 336-room hotel opening in Shaoxing, China in 2017. Shangri-La Hotel, Shaoxing will be located close to the National Urban Wetland Park, near the city's new business district. It will be conveniently located near the city’s culture centre, science and technology centre, financial centre and sport centre, all of which are also under construction in Jinghu. Source: Asia Travel Tips