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The Centro Simon Bolivar, owners of the Hilton Caracas, have decided to terminate the lease contract of the Hilton Caracas effective August 31, 2007. This in turn brings an end to Hilton's management of the property. This decision was made solely by the property's ownership group, with whom Hilton has had a long-term productive relationship during the past 37 years. The hotel will remain open and operational under the management of Hilton Hotels Corporation until August 31, 2007, at which time the hotel will cease operations under the Hilton brand. As of September 1, 2007, Desarrollos Gran Caracas, C.A., the new hotel operator, will begin managing the property.
Dusit Hotels and Resorts has appointed Bobby Saw Seang Hoe as the Group Director of Revenue Management, whose full responsibility is to oversee the revenue growth of all Dusit, D2 and Princess properties in the group. He reports to Jennifer Cronin, Vice President-Sales & Marketing. Bobby completed Hotel Sales and Services at Les Roches Ecole Hotel and Tourism in Valais, Switzerland in 1981. A Malaysian national, he has over 25 years experience in the hospitality industry, having worked in Front Office, Reservations, Sales and Revenue Management, at various international chain hotels.
Cape Grace has been certified by Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa (FTTSA). The hotel is an exquisite 5-star establishment set on its own private quay on Cape Town's vibrant Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. Cape Grace's achievement brings the total number of FTTSA-establishments to 29, of which 11 are in the Western Cape Province. The FTTSA certification Trademark is the first in the world to endorse fair and responsible tourism practice. Certification is based on adherence to specific criteria such as fair wages and working conditions; fair distribution of benefits; ethical business practice; and respect for human rights, culture and envirCape Grace has been continuously awarded for its achievements as one of the best hotels in the world. FTTSA has certified Cape Grace based on the hotel's exceptional employment practices, supply chain management strategies and strong focus on staff welfare. Employees are valued as key assets, evident in the extensive training and development programmes in place and in the hotel's policy of recognising staff excellence through service awards. In addition, the Cape Grace Bar and Waitron Training School provides unemployed high school graduates with practical hotel experience
Nicholas Clayton, President of Kor Hotel Group, the Los Angeles-based hotel and real estate development firm known for its intuitive service, inspiring design, innovative culinary experiences and holistic wellness programs is pleased to announce three senior management appointments to the company's initial residential resort project in the Caribbean, Viceroy Anguilla Resort & Residences:
"Each of these individuals represents a valuable addition to our opening management team," said Clayton in making the announcement, "as we prepare for our first overseas launch of the Viceroy brand."
Tourism earns $17.94 billion in 1st half. How important is tourism? Note the Olympic Games have not started nor yet Expo 2010. Both will pull in the punters by the many million. But even without out those China's tourism industry is doing pretty well. According to statistics from the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) it generated $17.94 billion in foreign currencies in the first half of this year which is up 13.1% from a year earlier.CNTA data showed that 91.74% of the total tourism forex revenue was generated by tourists who spent at least one night in China. More than 12.12 million foreigners came to the Chinese mainland for sightseeing, up 18.47% from a year earlier. The growth rate more than tripled the 6.1% increase for all inbound tourists to the Chinese mainland, which came to 63.37 million. Source: China Daily
Hilton Hotels Corporation (NYSE:HLT) has signed a management agreement with Rupphegyi Ingatlanfejleszto Korlatolt Felelossegu Tarasag (Rupphegyi Kft), to open the new Hilton Residence Buda Hills Budapest in early 2010. The move reflects the hotel group's ongoing expansion across Europe and will compliment Hilton's two existing Hungarian hotels - Hilton Budapest and Hilton Budapest West End. A third property, the 216 room Hilton Visegrad, is due to open in January 2009. Welcoming the announcement, Wolfgang Neumann, President of Hilton Hotels Europe, said: "Budapest's position as a key cultural destination and commercial hub for Eastern and Central Europe represents an exciting opportunity for Hilton to introduce its world-class portfolio of quality hotels across the country. With two properties already operating in Budapest and a third hotel to open in early 2009, we believe the strong growth in demand for quality accommodation by corporate and leisure markets alike, has created an extremely positive environment within the Hungarian hotel sector."
Chinese tourism authorities close a mountain. One of the peaks on popular tourist attraction Huangshan mountain has been closed for three years to allow vegetation to recover from the hordes of tourists who visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The barring of visitors to Danxia Feng, or ‘Purple Cloud Peak,' is part of a revolving series of closures of sites on the mountain, located in Anhui province, about 745 miles south of the Chinese capital, Beijing. Another of the mountain's scenic spots, Shixin Peak, reopened to tourists on July 1 after authorities restored trees and shrubs. The official China Daily newspaper called the closure the ‘latest move to protect one of China's World Heritage Sites.' The area boasts 72 named peaks within a 59-square-mile area, with the three highest rising above 5,905 feet. China has among UNESCO's largest number of listed sites. Source: USA Today
Flourishing tourism in Oman and the rest of the Arab region is challenged by the scarcity of water resources, warned a top official at the water department in Oman. The warning came during the opening speech at the two-day International Workshop on Water Demand Management in Urban Areas in the Light of Tourism Development, which opened on Monday. Earlier, the UN World Tourism Organisation had predicted more than seven per cent annual growth in tourism industry in the Middle East. Source: Gulfnews
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