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Delhi Hotelier buys Asia's oldest hotel for 11.5 million dollars The 165-year-old Great Eastern Hotel, Asia's oldest, has been purchased by Delhi-based hotelier Lalit Suri for 11.5 million dollars. Known as the "Jewel of the East", The Great Eastern, has played host in the past to American writer Mark Twain, Vietnamese leader Ho Chi Minh, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev and Queen Elizabeth of Britain. It was being managed by the West Bengal Government since India secured its independence in 1947. The hotel was sold on Wednesday. However, the state government has retained a 10 percent stake in the hotel. One of the seven directors of the hotel will be a state government nominee. Suri won the bid for Great Eastern Hotel against the reserve price, which was pegged at Rs.4.7 crore. Suri, the owner of the Bharat Hotels Group, said that he would initially invest Rs.1.2 billion for renovating the 213-room heritage hotel. "The consultants will come, they'll watch the reports. But we are quite confident that we'll do a very good job. It will be fully operational in two years but we hopefully will open a part of it in a year," said Suri. The state Government will retain the balance stake for next three years. Suri said around 425 employees of the hotel have been brought under a voluntary retirement scheme and will be paid their entire dues within the next two weeks. "The government has agreed to pay. There are certain formalities, which they have to go through, procedural matters and within the next two weeks, all the dues to the workers will be paid," he said. Suri said the hotel will be developed into a five star deluxe hotel and will partially become operational by next year and will employ 300 employees. (ANI)
M&C signs management contract for Qatar hotel Hotel operator Millennium & Copthorne has signed a management agreement for its first property in Qatar. Scheduled to open in September 2006, the 250-room hotel in Doha will boast five presidential suites, seven diplomatic suites, seven executive suites, two floors of executive club rooms and a number of one- and two-bed apartments for longer-stay guests. Situated in the city’s diplomatic and commercial area, the hotel will have a health club, indoor swimming pool and terrace restaurant on the roof as well as a 350sq m banqueting hall and conference and meeting rooms for up to 250 delegates. The property is being developed by the Al-Sraiya Group and is Millennium & Copthorne’s fourth hotel in the United Arab Emirates – it also operates the Millennium Hotel Abu Dhabi, the Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai and the Millennium Hotel Sharjah.
Construction Resumes at the 350 room Hotel Marina El Cid in the Riviera Maya;
Mandarin Oriental Hotel opens in Tokyo
Fairmont To Manage a 126-unit Fairmont Residence Club in Indian Wells, California at Miles Avenue and State Highway 111 Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Inc. ("Fairmont" or the "Company") (TSX/NYSE: FHR) today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Miles Avenue Development, LLC ("Miles") to manage a luxury condominium residential development in southern California. The 129 residences will be built on a 20-acre site in the exclusive community of Indian Wells, California. The Fairmont Residences, Indian Wells is scheduled to open in December of 2007 with sales activities beginning in the second quarter of 2006. "This is a great opportunity for Fairmont to participate in a development within a growing affluent community where our brand recognition is significant. The project meets a number of our strategic objectives - brand expansion and additional sources of income with attractive returns," said William R. Fatt, Fairmont's Chief Executive Officer. "We are also pleased to once again be working with Lew Wolff, a long standing partner of Fairmont's, and are excited about our new relationship with Jerry Fogelson, a leading Chicago-based residential developer. We hope this project will be the first of many development opportunities with Miles."
Greg Champion Appointed General Manager of LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort, Naples, Florida Hospitality industry veteran Greg Champion has rejoined the Noble House Hotels & Resorts team as general manager of LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort. Champion will oversee all operations of the luxurious, 189-room, boutique-style resort located directly on the picturesque Gulf of Mexico. “We are absolutely thrilled to have Greg back as part of the Noble House Hotels family,” said Bob Foster, president of Noble House Hotels & Resorts. “His track record as part of our company’s management team, combined with his vast experience in the industry, makes him a natural to fill this position,” added Foster. With more than 25 years of luxury experience, Champion most recently served as chief operating officer of Tiburon Hospitality Management, where he managed operations of the company’s three properties. Prior to that position, Champion was executive vice president for Noble House Hotels & Resorts, where he oversaw seven properties across the country and served as managing director of The Adolphus in Dallas.
Stephanie Mehail Named Hotel Manager for the Langham Hotel, Boston “As Langham continues to strive to be a five star property, it is important to have a hotel manager with strong hospitality industry understanding,” said Serge Denis, managing director of the Hotel. “Stephanie’s extensive experience in hotel management and operations will enable her to be a key contributor.” Mehail brings over 15 years of experience to her new position. She joins Langham from Wyndham International, where she worked for twelve years in a variety of Wyndham locations. Most recently, she served as hotel manager at the Wyndham Boston. Mehail’s previous experience includes opening the Wyndham New York, where she was selected to oversee and convert the first Wyndham property in New York City and serve as general manager. Prior to that, she managed a variety of other Wyndham properties. Mehail attended the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. She lives in Charlestown, Mass.
Golden Tulip Hotels, Inns & Resorts is proud to announce the signing of a new franchise agreements for the 139-room Golden Tulip Fontane Neuruppin, Germany , as per October 1st 2005. The Golden Tulip Fontane Neuruppin is centrally located in the heart of Neuruppin and offers its business and leisure guests 139 (including 12 suites) fully equipped bedrooms with a spectacular view on the Ruppin Lake. The hotel offers a combination of regional and international cuisine through the restaurant “Parzival”, the lounge bar with fireplace, the ‘Schinkelstube” (Bistro) with regional specialties and the Sea-Terrace with 60 seats capacity.The hotel offers its leisure guests a broad range of activities such as sightseeing excursions to all classical and historical attractions, boat cruises on the Ruppin Lake as well as hiking & biking excursions. For its business guests, the hotel offers all amenities for comfortable and modern meetings with daylight-flooded conference rooms, state of the art technical equipment and a capacity for up to 100 delegates. Furthermore, the hotel is located next to the congress centre “Pfarrkirche” that has the capability to hold up to 750 delegates.Hans Kennedie, President & CEO of Golden Tulip Hotels, Inns & Resort, comments: “I am delighted with our development in Germany. Adding the Golden Tulip Fontane-Neuruppin to our fast growing German portfolio gives us yet another destination in the region. We are confident that with the full implementation of our Franchise formula the hotel will gain added value in the international market place.”
The Four Seasons Resort and Club at Las Colinas said Friday that work has begun on a nearly $20 million expansion that includes the addition villa guest rooms, an outdoor wedding lawn, a club house expansion and other improvements. he Four Seasons has hired Dallas-based HKS Inc. as the lead architect on the project and selected Beck as the lead construction firm. SWA Inc. has been brought on as the landscape design firm, and Susan Seifert of Morrison Seifert has signed on as the interior designer. The resort said it plans to add 40 new villa guest rooms in an elegant, two-stort building that will match the existing 50-villa room complex surrounding the 18th green of the Four Seasons Tournament Players Course. The villas are expected to be completed in May with availability to guests expected by July 1, 2006. The resort, which is one of the top sites for local and destination weddings, is adding an outdoor wedding lawn. The new villas also will feature a bridal suite facing the golf course.
A New York hospitality company has acquired the 80-room Sleep Inn & Suites in Lebanon. Hamister Hospitality Group LLC bought the property from Eastgate Hotel Associates, a local investor group, for $2.4 million plus an undisclosed amount for customer reservations and other goodwill assets, says Mark Hamister, chairman and CEO. The Lebanon property becomes the fifth hotel for Williamsville, N.Y.-based Hamister Hospitality, which was formed in 2004 as part of a transformation from an assisted-living and skilled-nursing facility operator to a hotel owner. The company still owns three assisted-living facilities in New York. "We've been running those like resort hotels," says Hamister. "When we first made that decision (to focus on hotels), we looked at Disney and Marriott, two of the best operators in the world, and we're emulating some of the features they developed." Three of the company's five hotels are in Middle Tennessee. The company also owns a Fairfield Inn and Suites and another Sleep Inn location, both in Smyrna, as well hotels in Knoxville and Kentucky.
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