Aussie great teams up with kids. Australian rugby sevens coach Glen Ella teamed up with the Hilton Special School Educational campaign to host a charity dinner and auction at the Sheraton Ballroom on Denarau Island in Nadi at the weekend.The CAL program, with the Australian High Commission, Leadership Fiji and Golf Fiji raised around $76,000 surpassing its target for the evening of $50,000.The funds at the golf event, a dinner, auction and raffles with all proceeds went towards the CAL program. CAL is therapy training and local solutions to support children with disabilities. The program is designed to train people who would go into the family at the earliest possible stages and train parents on how to feed, position, stimulate and make the life of disabled children better. Source: The Fiji Times Online
The Holiday Inn hotel of Lusaka Zambia has donated bed sheets to the Sinazongwe District Health Management . And Sinazongwe District Commissioner (DC) Laiven Apuleni, has said the donation would be distributed to health centres that may be lacking the linen. Mr. Apuleni said the remaining bed sheets would be donated to Maamba Hospital wards. He said the donation was made following the request through his office to assist rural health cnetres that had no enough bed sheets. Source: UPI
Bangalore-based real estate company Puravankara Projects Ltd (PPL) is in talks with major local and global hotel players to set up a chain of hotels in South India.The company intends to set up either 5-star or business hotels in cities like Bangalore, Chennai, Kochi and Hyderabad where it has its operations at present.However, Ashish Puravankara, Director, PPL refused to divulge details of the talks."We are in talks with all the major hotel operators to set up either a 5-star or a business hotels in some of the cities where we are operating currently. We would like to set up a chain of them but will also depend on the feasibility factors of such business in each of these cities. If the economies of scale do not permit, then we might set up only one or two," said Puravankara.He further added that the company will be signing the deals in near future. Source: Business Standard
The Ascott Group (Ascott) has secured management contracts for two prime serviced residences in Kazakhstan's capital city of Astana, and Aktau, a city in the oil rich western region by the Caspian Sea. Ascott has been awarded the contracts by Tsesna Corporation, a well-established conglomerate in Kazakhstan with diverse businesses ranging from real estate and construction to banking. The two serviced residences to be built by Tsesna Corporation will be named Ascott Astana and Citadines Aktau.
Benchmark Hospitality International, which operates Naples Bay Resort has announced that the property is accepted into the membership of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, the ultimate luxury collection featuring more than 165 exceptional hotels and resorts in the most desirable locations around the world. A member of the Preferred Hotel Group family of brands, Preferred Hotels & Resorts celebrates the individuality of its properties and honors the preferences of its guests.
Shangri-La Hotel, Beijing unveiled a new world of sophistication with its Valley Wing, a RMB400-million (US$50-million) expansion program, which includes an additional 142 rooms and suites, a magnificent Grand Ballroom and conference facilities, an exclusive contemporary Western restaurant, a health club and CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La. Following in the footsteps of the acclaimed Valley Wing at Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore, the new tower is designed to create an address that is the ultimate in luxury and exclusivity.
The President of the United Republic of Tanzania, H.E. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, was named Honorary Global Chair of the 2nd World Tourism Marketing Summit(WTMS), which will take place in Beijing, China, October 28-30, 2007. The announcement was made by Sujit Chowdhury, Secretary General, of the Canada-based World Trade University(WTU), organizer of the Summit. The Summit, hosted by the Beijing Tourism Administration of the People's Republic of China, will bring together more than 400 travel and tourism industry leaders from around the globe.
General Hotel Management (GHM) Limited, a luxury hotel management and development company, scooped a double win at the 15th Annual Malaysia Tourism Awards in the Best Restaurant category held at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre on July 22, 2007. The Gulai House at The Andaman was awarded ‘Best Restaurant - Malay Cuisine' while The Dining Room at Carcosa Seri Negara picked up the ‘Best Restaurant - Western Cuisine' Award.With more than 500 nominees vying for 43 awards in 11 categories, the coveted Malaysian Tourism Awards are recognised as the country's highest accolade in the hospitality and tourism industry. Esteemed as the Oscars in the hospitality industry, the awards are designed to celebrate excellence in service