A hotel in the Dominican Republic has been closed after about 200 tourists, most British, fell ill. "They were placed under observation, the kitchen was inspected and everything looks alright so far,'' Public Health secretary Bautista Rojas said.The 200 tourists fell ill over the weekend with vomiting and diarrhoea at the hotel Gaspar Hernandez, 248km north of Santo Domingo, on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic, which shares the Caribbean island of Hispaniola with Haiti.The health ministry took charge of the case late on Sunday, but did not publicly report on it until yesterday, after British media reported on it.Authorities said they had assigned a team of epidemiologists to investigate the cause of the problem. Source: The Mercury Tasmania
"The New York Times is reporting that firm plans for the first hotel in space are now in the works. Slated for a 2012 opening, 'Galactic Suite' will cost about $4 million for a three-day stay. 'They may have solved the issue of how to take a shower in weightlessness -- the guests will enter a spa room in which bubbles of water will float around. When guests are not admiring the view from their portholes they will take part in scientific experiments on space travel. Galactic Suite began as a hobby for former aerospace engineer Claramunt, until a space enthusiast decided to make the science fiction fantasy a reality by fronting most of the $3 billion needed to build the hotel. An American company intent on colonizing Mars, which sees Galaxy Suite as a first step, has since come on board, and private investors from Japan, the United States and the United Arab Emirates are in talks." Source: Slashdot
The new jewel of Club Med opens in Mauritius this month, with the announcement of La Plantation d'Albion as the first 5-trident village in the group's collection of upscale resorts - the highest luxury rating which Club Med gives to any of its villages. Known as an exclusive celebrity hangout, Mauritius is fast becoming the Indian's Ocean's favourite luxury holiday destination with its white sand beaches, tropical location and temperate climate, dive-friendly coral reefs, friendly multi-cultural population and culture steeped in history.
Emirates Palace has recently stepped up its marketing campaign in Europe through appearances at prestigious international sporting events. Noel Massoud, General Manager, Emirates Palace recently presented the coveted World Tennis Award to tennis legend Roger Federer, holder of five consecutive Wimbledon titles, at the glittering Wimbledon Champions Dinner in London. Massoud said afterwards, "It was a great opportunity to reach out to an elite audience and establish Emirates Palace as a strong supporter of professional international sport. Abu Dhabi is fast becoming the destination of choice for high caliber sporting events in the Middle East and Emirates Palace seeks to project the city's initiatives in this field onto the global stage."
Raffles Beijing Hotel's elegant Presidential Suite is among the world's top 101 luxury suites, featured in Elite Traveler magazine's Sixth Annual Pure Decadence issue. The list of top suites were selected by editors of Elite Travler, and a celebrity panel which included Cuba Gooding, Jr., Harry Connick, Jr., Kim Catrall, John Legend and more. Beyond the criteria of luxurious details, judges also looked for "privacy, individuality, location and one-of-a-kind designs." Elite Traveler is a U.S luxury lifestyle magazine whose readers include affluent travellers and private jet owners.
In its continued demand to select only world class destinations, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced plans for a new W Hotel in Macao, further solidifying the brand's extensive and rapidly growing global footprint. Scheduled to open in early 2009, this new-build W hotel will be located within the Macao Studio City complex, situated on Cotai, an area earmarked by the Macao government to become one of the main gaming, entertainment and resort developments in the Special Administrative Region. W Macao Studio City will make its debut in 2009, offering 563 guest rooms, in addition to the innovative design and full-range of branded amenities guests have come to expect of W Hotels.
The Rezidor Hotel Group will open its fresh and energetic mid market hotel brand, Park Inn, in Egypt. As of November 2007, the ‘Golden Resort by Rezidor' in Egypt will be named Park Inn Sharm El Sheikh Resort and will have an extension of 203 rooms, bringing the total number to 401. This first resort property within the Park Inn portfolio is located on the beautiful protected area of Nabq Bay, only 10 minutes from the Sharm El Sheikh Airport.
A one million pound cash boost to support rural tourism in England was announced today by Culture Secretary James Purnell. He confirmed the funding at a meeting of tourism chiefs in London. £750,000 will be given to the national tourism agency, VisitBritain, to promote rural destinations and visitor attractions which are vital to the economic health of local communities. The package, supplemented by £250,000 from VisitBritain's existing budgets, will fund a targeted marketing campaign for the regions of England and businesses such as B&Bs, caravan parks and attractions. The campaign will begin this weekend.