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smartFOOD initiative keeps pace with booming hospitality sector. smartFood, a forum for discussion, development and dissemination of knowledge specific to the Queensland hospitality industry, has announced a stellar speaker line up for the 2007 event on Monday October 1 at QUT Gardens Point. Now in its sixth year, smartFOOD has gained the praise and support of industry leaders and is recognised as a key forum on the hospitality calendar. More than 200 people attend annually.
Conrad Koh Samui scheduled to open in 2009, the Conrad Koh Samui will be the latest luxury villa development on the tranquil Thai island, setting new standards for prestige accommodation on Koh Samui.vConrad Koh Samui will be located on a secluded hill, overlooking Aow Thai Beach at the southwest tip of the island. Spread over 25 acres, this distinct development will offer panoramic views of the Gulf of Thailand, the outlying islands and surrounding coconut plantations, not to mention a perfect vantage point for the stunning Koh Samui sunsets.
Gary Thulander, a 22-year veteran of the hospitality industry, has been appointed managing director of The Landings St. Lucia, A RockResort, scheduled to open in December 2007. Thulander will oversee all operations of the 231-suite beachfront resort that is currently under construction on Rodney Bay, St. Lucia, in the West Indies. Most recently, Thulander spent six years as general manager at The Equinox Resort & Spa, a former RockResort property in Vermont. He was responsible for all divisions of resort management and spearheaded a $10 million renovation project at the AAA Four Diamond resort. Thulander also held previous positions at The Boulders in Arizona, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Boston, Little Dix Bay Resort in the British Virgin Islands, Chatham Bars Inn in Massachusetts and The Williamsburg Inn in Virginia. He holds a degree in hotel administration from the Whittemore School of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire.
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, Asia Pacific's leading luxury hotel group, continues the expansion of its spa brand, CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La, with openings in Guangzhou, China and Manila, the Philippines. The openings introduced CHI's signature spa experience inspired by Chinese and Himalayan healing philosophies to each city. CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La Hotel, Guangzhou is the brand's third opening in China, following successful launches at Shangri-La Hotel, Beijing and Pudong Shangri-La, Shanghai. This 12,917-square-foot tranquil retreat features 11 deluxe private suites, three double and eight single, all of which follow CHI, The Spa's "spa within a spa concept." Each suite offers herbal steam rooms, infinity baths with color therapy, rain showers, and vanity areas. In addition there are two separate suites offering hydrotherapy treatments. CHI, The Spa at Edsa Shangri-La, a secluded sanctuary inspired by the mystical legend of shangri-la captured in James Hilton's book Lost Horizon, opened in June 2007. Covering an expanse of over 32,000 square feet, CHI, The Spa at Edsa Shangri-La brings to Manila the CHI "spa within a spa" concept, to provide guests with the luxury of personal space and timelessness.
Three additional properties announced for Kusido Hospitality. Following the recent announcement of the purchase of Management Rights for four properties located in Brisbane, Cairns and Townsville, Kusido Hospitality & Property Group Pty Ltd, owner and operator of the Leisure Inn Hotels and Suites and Park Regis brands announced today that it has added three additional properties to its hotel network. These transactions will see new properties located in Melbourne, Cabarita (New Tweed Coast) and Port Macquarie as the latest additions to its expanding portfolio of its hotel network in Australia which now stands at 16 properties. The Melbourne property, located on Sturt Street in Melbourne's Southbank precinct, is under development and expected to be complete and open for trade by 1 July 2009. This new property will be branded as Park Regis and will comprise of 105 large rooms over five floors, six meeting rooms, a full gymnasium, restaurant and bar area, guest parking and a business centre. The property will be of a 4-star standard, in line with the Park Regis market positioning.
Guam wants more Chinese tourists. Almost every tourist destination looks with envious eyes at the potential of China. Guam, the American island in the Marianas, is no exception. While the topic of the military expansion dominates the thoughts of much of the government - the US American marine base in Okinawa is moving to Guam - the tourism industry is hoping the federal and local government don't lose sight of what truly brings in Guam's bread and butter. According to statistics from the Guam Visitors Bureau last year the island's tourism industry generated $1.3 billion for the local economy. As well, tourism accounts for approximately 20,000 jobs on island, or 35% of the island's employment. Almost all of the tourists are from Japan. Very few are from China. Chair of the Guam Visitors Bureau board of directors Dave Tydingco, said, ‘China is the single largest growth market. This year there were 38 million outbound from China going around the world and Guam has a minuscule amount of visitors coming from that area. ‘We want our U.S. representatives to look at encouraging a visa waiver only program for Guam. Source: Kuam
Accor Hotels & Resorts has strengthened its commitment to the Cure Kids Fiji cause, appointing a dedicated Cure Kids Administrator to coordinate fundraising events and opportunities for the Fiji Islands children's charity. Paulette Newton has been welcomed to the newly created position of Cure Kids Administrator, a role that complements her existing responsibilities as personal assistant to Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa's General Manager. Accor Hotels manage the Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa, Mocambo Hotel Nadi and Mercure Hotel Nadi in Fiji. Since helping to launch Cure Kids Fiji in April last year, Accor Hotels has raised more than FJ$280, 000, for medical care for the children of Fiji.
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