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The opening of the St. Regis Bangkok has been pushed back a little over a month to December 1, from its initial mid-October schedule. Sales and marketing director, Christopher Chung, said: "If we could have gotten in (during the protests), we could have opened on time." The hotel is located on Rajdamri Road on Ratchaprasong Intersection, which was occupied for nearly two months between April and May by anti-government protestors. It will have 227 keys, comprising 176 guestrooms and 51 suites. Of the five F&B outlets, one will be conceptualised by a Western celebrity chef. Other facilities include the Elemis Spa, a health club, and various meeting and banquet spaces.
Hotel investor buys Le Meridien out of foreclosure. HEI Hotels & Resorts of Connecticut has bought the 258-room Le Meridien Dallas North Hotel near the Galleria shopping mall. HEI gained title to the 9-year-old hotel at last week's foreclosure auction. Earlier, the investor had bought the debt on the property at 13402 Noel Road.The Far North Dallas hotel acquisition is HEI's fourth hotel purchase in 2010.
Thompson Hotels, which has five properties in Manhattan and just added a location in Toronto to its portfolio, is expanding to London.
Summer 2011 will bring the 85-room Belgraves, a joint venture with the Hong Kong-based Harilela Group, located in London's Belgravia neighborhood. Interiors will be done by British designer Tara Bernerd and the architectural design by EPR Architects. Jason Pomeranc, the New York based co-owner of Thompson Hotels, said that the project has been in the works for six months, although "we've been looking for property there on and off for years." As for whether it's the right time for European expansion, "I think we are part of a particular sector of the hotel industry which thankfully is on the road to recovery," Mr. Pomeranc said.
The UK division of Hilton Worldwide has won the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), Hotel and Catering Sector Award, for the second consecutive year. The highly respected RoSPA awards have been running for over 50 years. The national scheme recognises excellence in work-related health and safety performance. Simon Vincent, Hilton Worldwide Area President, Europe said: "We place great importance on the safety and security of our guests and team members, so we are particularly delighted to have been recognised as a leader in our field with this award."
GLOBAL STAFF MOVEMENT:
von Essen hotels is pleased to announce the appointment of Calum Milne as General Manager of Lower Slaughter Manor in Gloucestershire. Calum will replace Andrew Thomason who is now General Manager of Hotel Verta, von Essen's first new build and London based property opening this summer. Lower Slaughter Manor, a member of the Relais & Chateaux portfolio, is considered to be one of the finest 17th century country houses in England. Calum joins von Essen with more than 19 years experience in the hotel and hospitality industry. His most recent position was at the world famous Inverlochy Castle, which is also a Relais and Châteaux hotel, where he was General Manager for three years. Previously he was General Manager at Llangoed Hall in Wales.
Appointed as general manger for the City Seasons Hotel Dubai, Issam Nizam moves to Abu Dhabi to take up the challenge of running the City Seasons Al Hamra Hotel.
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