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Four Seasons Poised for Significant Expansion into Key Strategic Market. With two openings this year and nine more in the future, China will soon be home to fourteen Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. With three well-established properties anchoring its portfolio and two more hotels opening this year, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts is progressing swiftly on a strategic plan to establish itself as the premier luxury hospitality brand in China. "More business and leisure travellers are visiting China than ever before, and with that comes increased expectations for superior service and product of the highest quality," says Kathleen Taylor, president and COO of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. "And critically, as the Chinese travel more frequently within the country and around the world, they'll look for a brand they already know, and can trust. Our goal is to make Four Seasons the number-one choice of travellers to, from and within China."
Carlson Hotels, one of the world's leading hotel companies, announced its first Radisson Blu hotel in Asia Pacific. Located in the Philippines, Radisson Blu Hotel Cebu is estimated to open in September 2010.
Travel & Leisure, one of the world's most respected authorities on travel, has voted The Goring (www.thegoring.com) the No.1 hotel in Europe in its WORLD's BEST SERVICE awards. The awards, which are published in the June issue of Travel & Leisure, give The Goring an impressive 98.68% for service. This means The Goring is:
The Goring was the only hotel in London to be ranked. Travel & Leisure describes it as "a family-run hotel that balances glitz and English charm" with consistently excellent food.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. announced plans to open W Taipei hotel in late 2010, marking the debut of W Hotels Worldwide in Taiwan. "We are excited to bring the W lifestyle to Taipei's Xinyi district, another step in W's global expansion into the world's most exciting and vibrant destinations," said Eva Ziegler, Global Brand Leader, W Hotels Worldwide and Le Meridien. http://www.hospitalitynet.org/news/154000320/4046687.html
Expedia® travelers have ranked AYANA Resort and Spa Bali among the world's best hotels on this year's Expedia Insiders' Select™list. The list formally recognizes individual hotels worldwide that consistently deliver excellent service, a great overall experience and offer notable value. The full list represents just 1 percent of the world's top hotels from the more than 110,000 hotel properties offered on Expedia.
IHG's Priority Club® Rewards announced the global launch of Hotels AnywhereTM, an industry-first redemption option that enables members to instantly redeem their Priority Club points, or combine points and cash, for hotel stays virtually anywhere, even at direct competitors. An expansion of Priority Club Rewards' innovative pre-paid lodging card called Any Hotel, Anywhere, the new product gives consumers even greater flexibility and immediate booking capabilities at non-IHG hotels. http://www.4hoteliers.com/4hots_nshw.php?mwi=7315
GLOBAL STAFF MOVEMENT:
Adam Kirby Joins Plan A PR & Marketing as Director of Client Communications.
Chef Emil Minev has been appointed as the Executive Chef effective 13 May 2010S by Shangri-La's Villingili Resort and Spa, Maldives.
Joseph McCabe has joined The Hamister Group, Inc., a national leader in health care and hospitality management as Director of Construction the company announced.
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Saddened by what they say is the "worst" setback for Thailand's tourism industry, Thai hoteliers are nevertheless confident there will be sunshine after the rain and are calling for a new strategy to rebuild confidence. Dusit International CEO Chanin Donavanik told TTG Asia e-Daily: "I am very sad and disappointed in the Thai government's (inability to deal with the protests)...but I am not giving up hope. I cannot give up Dusit. I cannot give up Thailand." Going forward, Chanin said it was critical that the Thai government first restores the political stability before joining hands with the private sector in restoring confidence in the destination. Centara Hotels and Resorts senior vice-president sales and marketing Chris Bailey added this must not be done "by just throwing big money at advertisement campaigns. "We need to rethink a strategy to earn Thailand's reputation back," he said. http://ttgasia.com/dailies/ttg200510.htm
The government are to commence the US$1.75 billion redevelopment next month on Failaka Heritage Village which is owned by Masharee Al Khair Charity Establishment and is the charitable arm of the KIPCO Group. It is managed by Safir Hotels & Resorts had the pleasure of welcoming His Highness Sheikh Nasser Al Mohammad Al Jaber Al Sabah, the Prime Minister of Kuwait,his Cabinet and accompanying Ministers and delegations to Failaka Island last week.
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