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Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, part of the Wyndham Worldwide family (NYSE:WYN), today announced the appointment of Fernando Salazar as vice president of food and beverage. Salazar, who reports to Peter Strebel, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts president, will be responsible for growing and maximizing top line revenues, controlling costs, enhancing the guest experience and satisfaction and spearheading efforts to deliver innovative and memorable dining experiences. He will work closely with managers of Wyndham hotel restaurants.
The Tides Inn in Virginia's Northern Neck on the Chesapeake Bay, a AAA Four Diamond property and member of Leading Hotels of the World, has just been awarded certification by International Association of Conference Centers (IACC). This ranks it among the nation's top properties qualified to host productive small meetings, conferences, board retreats and customer events.
Ms Amanda Scott, General Manager of The Excelsior, Hong Kong is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Peter Chung as Director of Risk Management. Peter joins The Excelsior with a wealth of experience in security, safety and loss prevention gained locally and regionally. His security career started in 1979 with the Hong Kong Police Force where he served until 1997 when he immigrated to Canada. Peter returned to Hong Kong a year later and has since worked for various sizeable establishments including The Ocean Park Corporation, Mandatory Provident Fund Authority, Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation and Visteon Corporation, a US-listed corporation engaged in providing integrated system to automotive manufacturers worldwide.
IHG announced that the Holiday Inn Select Lima hotel in Peru has become the Crowne Plaza Lima. The 88-room 15-story Crowne Plaza Lima is owned and operated by Inversiones Don Quijote, S.A., under a license agreement with a company in the InterContinental Hotels Group. The hotel is ideally situated in the heart of the financial, commercial, cultural and tourist district of Miraflores, just minutes from the best tourist attractions, beaches and recreational areas, as well as some of the best restaurants Lima has to offer.
Hilton Garden Inn®, the award-winning mid-priced brand that is part of the Hilton Family of Hotels, is pleased to announce the development of its fifth property in Italy to be built in Lecce through a franchise agreement with Immobilnova Srl. Expected to be completed by summer 2009, the new property will join the Hilton Garden Inn Florence Novoli and the Hilton Garden Inn Rome Airport which opened last year, as well as Hilton Garden Inn Matera and Hilton Garden Inn Bari, both of which are due to open later this year - reflecting the brand's ongoing expansion across Europe.
Cushman & Wakefield Sonnenblick Goldman has arranged the sale of the Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa on behalf of Sanibel II Limited Partnership to Columbia Sussex. The deal represents the first hotel transaction for Cushman & Wakefield Sonnenblick Goldman since its formation in July 2007. "This transaction is indicative of the continued strong nationwide demand for upscale hotels and resorts," said Mark Gordon, executive vice president, principal and head of the U.S. Hotel Group for Cushman & Wakefield Sonnenblick Goldman. "The acquisition opportunity received significant demand from the international investment community." The Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa is located on approximately 85 acres within the Punta Rassa peninsula, in Fort Myers, Fla. The property consists of 385 keys, and numerous luxury amenities including 45,000 square feet of meeting space, a 40,000-square-foot Spa and Fitness Center with 29 treatment rooms, five clay tennis courts, a basketball court, 19-slip marina, a private beach area and seven food-and-beverage outlets including a yacht. The new owners plan to keep the property as an independent hotel.
A powerful new agency, represented by some of the most prominent cultural personalities in France, has been formed to steer the development of the planned Louvre Abu Dhabi, which is to be built in the Cultural District of Saadiyat Island - just 500 metres offshore the capital of the United Arab Emirates. The French Museums agency, will operate in collaboration with the Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC) which is behind the transformation of Saadiyat Island and will be chaired by leading French financier and member of the country's Academie des Beaux Arts, Marc Ladreit de Lacharrière, publisher of the intellectual periodical Revue des Deux Mondes with Bruno Maquart, the former Executive Director of Centre Pompidou acting as Executive Director. "The French Museums agency comprises some of the finest minds in the French cultural arena," said His Excellency Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) and TDIC Chairman.
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