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Kempinski Hotels, Europe's oldest hotel group, has recently signed a management agreement for a new property in the Seychelles with the owning company, European Hotels and Resorts Ltd. (EHR), and is scheduled for soft opening in September 2011. The luxury hotel group, which was recently awarded the prestigious German "Best Brands" award in the category of Best Service Provider, will complement its growing portfolio in the Indian Ocean with a new holiday resort in the Seychelles islands, which comes in line with its ambitious expansion strategy for Africa. "We are proud of this new project, as it will not only add value to our portfolio by marking our entrance in this exclusive market, but also to the destination itself," said Ulrich Eckhardt, Kempinski President for Middle East and Africa.
Hilton Worldwide today announced the signing of a management agreement to convert Hacienda La Boticaria, an Andalucian style retreat close to Sevilla, into a luxury Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts property. Hilton Worldwide has already begun operating the resort, which is set to become a Waldorf Astoria in early summer 2011 and will mark the arrival of the brand in Spain. Located in Alcala de Guadaira, what is to become Waldorf Astoria Sevilla at La Boticaria is 20 minutes from both Sevilla city centre and San Pablo airport, plus only a couple of hours drive from the Costa del Sol. Originally opened in 2004, the 133-room property sits in 40 acres of private land and offers a truly authentic Andalusian experience. John Vanderslice, global head, luxury and lifestyle brands, Hilton Worldwide, said, "Waldorf Astoria Sevilla at la Boticaria will be a wonderful addition to our growing brand portfolio, offering a truly unique guest experience. The property will be a warm and inviting hideaway, where guests will discover the delights of the Andalusian lifestyle while enjoying exceptional facilities, only minutes from Sevilla and many local attractions.
Sonesta Collection announced the opening of its third hotel in Colombia, the 126-room Sonesta Hotel Bogotá. This full-service hotel is located in the midst of business, shopping, restaurants and cultural attractions in Bogotá. The hotel is located at Carrera 15A #127-03, adjacent to METRO 127 on Carretera, and adjoins a shopping arcade. This hotel, and its sister properties in Barranquilla and Valledupar, Colombia; Peru; and Chile are all branded Sonesta Hotels and managed by Colombia based GHL Hoteles. Source: Hotel Interactive.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Expands in Turkey with Two New Hotels in Bursa. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. has signed agreements with Faik Celik Turizm, a division of Faik Celik Holding, to develop two new hotels in Turkey's culturally-charged industrial centre. The new Sheraton and Aloft hotels will inject a new range of accommodation to Bursa when they open in 2013. Located in an emerging business and upscale residential area adjacent to the Bursa New Cultural Green Park and upcoming football stadium, Sheraton Bursa and Aloft Bursa will together add more than 300 rooms to this developing city. Source: hoteldesigns.
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