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CapitaLand's wholly-owned serviced residence business unit, The Ascott Limited (Ascott), has brought its premium Ascott brand to Dubai, United Arab Emirates through a management contract for the 118-unit Ascott Park Place Dubai in the prime commercial area of the city. Ascott will operate the property from 1 October 2010 and rebrand it as Ascott Park Place Dubai by the end of 2010 upon completion of some upgrading works. The premier serviced residence occupies 15 floors of the spectacular 56-storey Park Place Tower, a high-end mixed use development that also comprises Grade A offices with prominent tenants such as Pictet & Cie, The Royal Bank of Scotland and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council.
The Chatwal New York, Manhattan's newest luxury hotel located on West 44th Street, today unveils the much-anticipated The Chatwal Spa by Kashwére providing a sumptuous sanctuary for both overnight guests and savvy Manhattanites alike. Kashwére, a brand synonymous with extreme comfort, and with a huge celebrity following for its much coveted robes, spa and home furnishings, has joined forces with The Chatwal New York for a first time collaboration. The well-appointed spa is designed to delight the senses, and is the only hotel spa of its calibre in Manhattan's theatre district.
The new hotel brand EDITION will officially launch its first hotel in Hawaii on October 15, 2010. This new brand and the first hotel in Waikiki will combine a personal, intimate, individualized and unique lodging experience with the global reach and scale of Marriott International. The vision and originality of The Waikiki EDITION-a new, modern, lifestyle hotel-together with the operational expertise of Marriott, delivers in a delicate balancing act, the best of both worlds: polish with personality, perfectionism with individualism and comfort with charisma and charm.
Eton Properties Group, the China-based real estate firm of taipan Lucio C. Tan, is looking at opening three more hotels in this East Asian state to cater to growing numbers of business and leisure travellers, officials said on Friday. The Eton Hotel in ShanghaiThe expansion plans come amid a recent pickup in occupancy of the company's flagship hotel in Shanghai, host of the 2010 World Expo, the officials said. The company is considering opening a second five-star hotel in Xiamen -- also a coastal city -- in two to three years, Lance Lin, Eton Hotel director of sales and marketing, told reporters in an interview. Two hotels in other provinces are likewise being considered, he said without elaborating. The planned Xiamen hotel will likely be bigger than the Eton Hotel Shanghai, which has so far attracted more guests, Mr. Lin said. The four-year-old property in Shanghai has so far enjoyed a 90% occupancy rate versus just 50% in the same period last year largely as the five-month World Expo hosted by the city has attracted a record number of travellers, he said.
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