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Tibet tourists exceed expectations. It is difficult to know what expectations there were for tourism to the south western Tibet Autonomous Region once the rail connection to Lhasa was opened. How could it possibly be estimated except on the basis of total ticket sales for the train? As in not an empty seat! By the end of July, Tibet has received more than 1.7 million tourist arrivals.The tourist administration originally forecast about three million for the year. Now the figure has been upped to 3.5 million. Wang Xinwen, head of the Lhasa Railway Station said that on the world's highest railway there is now a seasonal shortage of tickets on trains to and from Lhasa. Zhang Lingjie, a manager in charge of domestic routes at China International Travel Service, one of the country's largest travel agencies, said the company sent more than 500 tourists to Tibet in the first seven months of this year, compared with 400 for the whole of 2006. He said, ‘Many people like to travel to Tibet by train during the summer vacation. We had to impose a 20% price hike for our package tours since July 15, because our running costs were increasing as a result of higher costs for food and lodging in Tibet and hard-to-get train tickets.' He said nearly every train to and from Lhasa is fully booked. Source: China Daily
Malta based Corinthia Hotels International announced the appointment of Dr Anika Psaila Savona as the Company's Legal Counsel. Anika Psaila Savona is not new to Corinthia as she was the Director for Legal Services of the parent company Corinthia Palace Hotel Company Ltd for the last six and a half years, playing an intrinsic part of the team that has led to the growth of Corinthia and its various subsidiaries including International Hotel Investments plc. Previous to that, Anika spent five years in Cape Town as a consultant and eventually Managing Director of the South African offices of Sovereign Trust.
Merely a fortnight since celebrating its 2nd Birthday, the ‘next generation' Hilton Sydney has once again swept up a record number of industry accolades at the 2007 Hotel Management Magazine Awards, including two second-year consecutive wins for ‘Best Hi Tech Hotel' and ‘Bar Team Member 2007' for Mike Enright, (Bar Manager, Zeta). Jerome Auvity, newly appointed Hotel Manager at Hilton Sydney commented on the prestigious accolades: "2007 marks a very successful year of constant innovation and progressive marketing for Hilton Sydney.
Life Resorts Management Company appoints new General Manager at the Ho Tram Beach Resort & Spa. Most resorts celebrate just one grand opening. Not so with the Ho Tram Beach Resort & Spa, located in the first resort region to be established in Vietnam. After launching operations in the spring of 2006, the Ho Tram (formerly Ho Tram Osaka Resort) closed ranks one year later, nearly doubled its size, brought in a new management company and broadened its horizons. "Last year, and through the early part of this year, we focused heavily on the Vietnamese market," said Le Ngoc Quynh, the resort's marketing manager. "We won rave reviews from domestic travelers, and it was then that we realized that we were in possession of a resort that could attract a much wider clientele." Last month, the Ho Tram relaunched under management by the Life Resorts, a Dutch resort company that owns and operates two resorts and manages several others in Vietnam. Heading up the new Life Resorts team at Ho Tram is May Tin, a Swiss- and Australian-trained manager who most recently worked at the Sir Stamford at Circular Quay and Sir Stamford Double Bay in Sydney, Australia, both boutique hotels.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) announces the grand opening of The Westin Lombard Yorktown Center, an upscale hotel located just outside of the city of Chicago in the rapidly growing suburb of Lombard, Illinois. Operated by a wholly owned subsidiary of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc, The Westin Lombard Yorktown Center is the 150th Westin hotel to open worldwide, a milestone that the brand will celebrate with the release of 150 butterflies at today's ribbon cutting.
Accor Hotels has promoted Greg Erwin to Area Manager, Far North Queensland and General Manager, Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort with immediate effect. Greg joined Accor in 1996 working for Accor in Tasmania and later successfully completed Accor's ‘Vivier National Management Trainee programme'. As part of Accor's VNMT programme, Greg held a variety of assignments in hotels including the Mercure Sydney and the former Mercure Resort Surfers Paradise, as well as the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre. Greg was most recently General Manager, Novotel Pacific Bay Resort in Coffs Harbour. Following Greg's move to Cairns, Dene Zahner has been promoted to General Manager, Novotel Pacific Bay Resort Coffs Harbour, also with immediate effect. Dene has been with Accor for more than 12 years commencing with Novotel Twin Waters Resort on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland.
For the second year running, WORLDHOTELS, the largest global affiliate hotel group for independent hotels and regional hotel brands, have broken their record regarding the number of applications for memberships worldwide. From January to June 2007, 366 individual hotels or regional brands applied for integration into the hotel group, an increase of 12% from 2006. Of these enquiries, 31 individual hotels have been added to the worldwide portfolio - 13 properties in Europe, 12 in the Americas and six in Asia. This small percentage of acceptances to applications clearly represents WORLDHOTELS precise requirements and strategic emphasis on membership as commented by Ingo Guerges, Senior Director Business Development & Relations of WORLDHOTELS: "The first half of 2007 was meeting our targeted expectations to fill strategic gaps particularly in the 5-star segment WORLDHOTELS Deluxe Collection and the MICE sector."
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