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Great Hotels of the World (GHOTW; http://www.ghotw.com), representing some of the world's finest independent hotels, is delighted to announce that the 5* Mövenpick Resort Bodrum in Turkey, has now officially opened. Located in the hill top location of Bitez and offering breathtaking views of Gumbet Bay and the Aegean Sea, the exclusive hotel opened its doors in July following an 18 month construction process at a cost of US$12 million (approx. £6 million). Representing the standard of the luxurious new 5* resort, the opening will see Mövenpick Resort Bodrum being accepted as part of GHOTW's niche luxury romantic and business & incentive travel collections.
Resort living will soar to new standards of excellence when The Grand Del Mar - owned and operated by Manchester Grand Resorts - unveils a luxurious enclave of residential Villas situated on the 380-acre Tom Fazio-designed Grand Golf Club. With the first phase scheduled for completion on October 6, 2007, The Villas at The Grand Del Mar is a new residential community within the much-anticipated 249-room Grand Del Mar resort - destined to emerge as one of the region's top luxury resort destinations, capturing the elegance and comfort of an old-world Mediterranean estate amid a tranquil Southern California setting.
Wyndham Hotels and Resorts today announced the appointment of David Martin, a 22-year industry veteran who most recently headed hotel operations for Kimpton Hotel and Restaurant Group, as senior vice president of operations. Martin, who reports to Peter Strebel, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts president, will be responsible for developing programs aimed at enhancing market share, productivity and revenue growth for all managed and franchised Wyndham® hotels in the United States, Caribbean and Mexico. He will work closely with owners, managers and franchisees of Wyndham hotels to ensure that they have the tools and services needed to maximize performance in the areas of operations, sales, finance and human resources.
The organisers of the Amadeus Thai Hospitality Awards are busy polishing the coveted gold statuettes, known as "Hospys", and preparing to roll out the red carpet for the industry's most prestigious awards night on 5 September 2007, to be held at the Royal Paragon Hall Bangkok in conjunction with the International Food & Hospitality Show 2007. Billed as the "Oscars of the hospitality industry," the Amadeus Thai Hospitality Awards 2007 are an opportunity to recognise those who are making a significant contribution to their trade. Hospitality insiders are buzzing with speculation over who will take will take home the highly sought honors as hotel staff from Executive Housekeepers to General Managers will receive awards. Tom Aikins, the event founder, said: "The Amadeus Thai Hospitality Awards are an annual highlight on the industry calendar. This year's event will treat guests to an evening of glamour and provide a chance to meet the hospitality stars of today and tomorrow." More than 300 top hoteliers, restaurateurs and industry professionals are expected to attend the event. Speakers include Tom Aikins and Bruno des Fontaines, Vice President, Hospitality, Amadeus Asia-Pacific.
This Summer the Empire Hotel and Country Club is proud to be hosting the prestigious Brunei Open Golf Championship for 2007 for golf fans and visitors to experience the excitement of the International event. The Brunei Open 2007 is being contested for the third year running at the luxurious resort's Jack Nicklaus-designed championship course from August 30th - September 2nd. It is hosted by Brunei Tourism in conjunction with The Empire Hotel & Country Club, the Sultanate's leading hotel. The Empire Hotel & Country Club's championship par-71 course is the flagship for golf in Brunei and first made its mark by being voted ‘Asia's Leading Golf Resort' in the World Travel Awards and is now an established venue on the Asian Tour. Designed and built by 18-time Major winner Jack Nicklaus, the Empire Golf Course is the epitome of championship golf, encompassing lush green fairways and tropical landscapes fringed by jungles with magnificent views of the South China Sea.
Our big news is we just finished an interior rooms renovations," says David McCartney, Windsor Hospitality Group's new general manager at their Asheville Renaissance Hotel. "We completely remodeled the guestrooms, including the soft goods and case goods. Additionally, we installed new 32-inch flat panel high-definition TV's in each guestroom...the rooms now have a stunning design and I say that with conviction. In talking to McCartney, you get the feeling he always believes in what he says. That is one reason WHG selected him for their newly-renovated property. Over the last couple of years, the company has gradually made a number of significant changes to this hotel. With the radical upgrades and updates, WHG needed to fill its GM position with an effective leader who understands the area. "I was raised as an outdoorsman...and did a lot of hiking and camping growing up here in the North Carolina Mountains. I spent all of my early school years here in Asheville," he says. "I graduated from Asheville High School." He then continued his studies at and graduated from the United States Air Force Academy, as did WHG Founder Patrick M. Nesbitt, Sr. Source: BusinessWire
Banyan Tree Bangkok, the Thai capital's internationally awarded all-suite hotel, has expanded its world-class services and facilities to better cater to the growing business travel, MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conference and Exhibitions) as well as the events market. The series of extensive renovations, which began in 2005 and completed in May 2007, includes the enlargement of its popular Banyan Tree Club floor to take up an entire high floor area as well as the addition of a grand ballroom.
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