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Fairmont Expands To South Africa With Zimbali Development; - Strategic Partner, IFA Hotels & Resorts, to Invest $250 Million in Project - Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Inc. announced today another long-term management agreement with its strategic partner, IFA Hotels & Resorts ("IFA"). IFA will invest more than $250 million in the project, located in South Africa's province of KwaZulu- Natal. The development will include a luxury resort, championship golf course, spa and vacation ownership products, including Fairmont Heritage Place. The resort is expected to open in 2008 and will be branded "Fairmont Zimbali". The strategic alliance between Fairmont and IFA began in Dubai with the development of Fairmont Palm Island and expanded into Africa in a joint venture between Fairmont, IFA and Kingdom Hotel Investments with the recent acquisition of a Kenyan hotel portfolio."This development is another successful step in our effort to expand our brand globally," commented William R. Fatt, Fairmont's Chief Executive Officer. "We are pleased that our relationship with IFA has already produced a number of partnership opportunities and, with this development, creates an ideal platform to explore other opportunities in the growing South African leisure travel market." Talal Jassim Al Bahar, Chairman and Managing Director of IFA, said "Fairmont is the ideal partner for our significant development in Zimbali as it will bring the highest level of hospitality standards to South Africa. IFA remains committed to becoming one of the leading foreign tourism and property investors in Africa, ultimately expanding tourism in this burgeoning tourism market."
First Le Méridien Hotel Signing Since Starwood’s Recent Acquisition of the Brand Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc newest global hotel brand Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts, is planning to expand its presence in Central Europe following the signing of a management agreement for a new five-star hotel in Prague, capital city of the Czech Republic. The Le Royal Méridien Prague will be located in an existing building currently housing a banking operation and is situated in the old part of the town that dates back to the 11th century. The developers are J&T Global, based in Prague and the Belgian company Buelens Real Estate. When the redevelopment of the property is completed, the hotel, which is due to open early 2009, will have a minimum of 165 rooms, including 18 suites; meeting rooms; restaurant, bar and street café; a fitness club and parking facilities.Prague has been experiencing a cultural renaissance since the breakdown of the Communist regime in 1989 and is a picturesque “many-spired” city comprised of cobblestone streets, quaint and historic neighborhoods, and a diverse array of centuries-old architectural styles. The city teems with many new galleries, shops, restaurants, cafes and an eclectic mix of nightclubs and bars.
Hilton Continues to Grow Its Presence in Italy with New Hilton Florence Metropole The presence of Hilton Hotels in Italy continues to grow following the signing of a franchise agreement with Mita Hotels to open the Hilton Florence Metropole, which has just completed its re-branding phase. The stunning structure of the Hilton Florence Metropole, located in the heart of the business district just 4 km from the Duomo, is a towering landmark in the Florentine skyline. The hotel offers 212 elegantly furnished guestrooms, including 26 deluxe rooms and four suites on the 15th floor. All rooms have been designed for maximum comfort and are furnished in a warm contemporary style with wooden floors and marble bathrooms. Rooms are also equipped with either an HDSL line or Internet access on TV, air conditioning, LCD satellite TV with radio, videogames, pay-tv, a safe and a mini-bar. The first floor hosts the refined restaurant "Luci della Citta" and the stylish breakfast room, ideal for private receptions. The bar on the ground floor, with comfortable sofas and chaise lounges, is the perfect place to relax while enjoying a regenerating espresso or a delicious aperitif, accompanied by delectable snacks and a pleasant musical background.The hotel offers two meeting rooms of 500 sqm each (5,570 sq. feet) with natural daylight, that can be divided to reach a maximum of 10 smaller rooms of various sizes, all equipped with state of the art technology. The hotel also offers spacious complimentary outdoor parking and underground garage, a fitness centre with indoor pool opening soon and a shuttle bus service to and from the city centre available every day with hourly frequency.
Hilton Hotels Corporation announced today that it has been awarded the management contract of the legendary Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas. Currently operating under the Wyndham brand name, the 1,606-room hotel will begin to take advantage of Hilton’s industry-leading service, amenities and reservations system immediately, followed by reflagging as a Hilton in January, and a $30 million renovation over the next two years. The hotel is owned by Dallas-based Crow Holdings. “Elegant, contemporary and rich in heritage, the Anatole Hotel has built its well-deserved legacy as one of Dallas’ finest landmarks by accommodating travelers with unmatched service and style,” said Ken Smith, senior vice president, Hilton/Doubletree Mountain/Central Operations, Hilton Hotels Corporation. “With a wealth of features and amenities sure to please the most discerning business and leisure traveler, we are thrilled to welcome this distinctive property and the renowned service culture of its highly-regarded staff into the Hilton brand.” Situated on 45 acres near downtown Dallas, the Anatole Hotel was built in 1978 and a tower was added in 1984. The 1,606 guestrooms include 129 suites, four presidential suites, six grand presidential suites, 15 garden hospitality suites, 50 executive conference center suites and 54 tower suites, each offering spacious accommodations and luxurious furnishings. The hotel’s conference center offers more than 340,000 square feet of technologically-advanced meeting space. Other features of the hotel include a business center, eight restaurants/bars, 10 hotel boutiques, an 80,000 square foot health club and spa, three pools, a private seven-acre park, and one of the most prestigious art collections in any hotel in the U.S.
Hunter H. Hansen Named Managing Director, The Registry Resort & Club and Edgewater Beach Hotel & Club, Both in Naples, Florida LXR Luxury Resorts is pleased to announce that Hunter H. Hansen will join the company as Managing Director, The Registry Resort & Club and Edgewater Beach Hotel & Club, both located in Naples, Florida. Hansen joins LXR Luxury Resorts after spending over three decades with Marriott International, Inc. During his Marriott tenure, Hunter worked in a variety of managerial capacities at numerous locations in the United States and abroad. Most recently, he served as General Manager of the London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square. LXR Luxury Resorts Co-President Joe Berger stated, "We are very pleased to have Hunter join our team. We know that Hunter’s seasoned and savvy managerial experience will certainly augment the exciting changes already underway at The Registry Resort & Club.” The Registry Resort & Club is currently experiencing a multimillion dollar renaissance, with significant enhancements underway including a redesign of the lobby, lounge, banquet facility, bungalows and accommodations by world renowned designer Robert Barry of Robert Barry Design. A state of the art Golden Door Spa and a signature restaurant, the Strip House are also being added. Effective January 1, 2006, the resort will be renamed to become Naples Grande Resort & Club. These upgrades will further solidify the property as one of Florida’s premier resort destinations.
Black Diamond Resorts-Vail LLC Breaks Ground on $200 million Four Seasons Resort and Residences in Vail, Colorado, Includes 120 Hotel Rooms, 16 Private Residences and 19 Fractional Units Developers in Vail will break ground today on the Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail, the luxury hotel's first outpost in Colorado. The $200 million project, on a 2.7-acre site just southwest of the main Vail roundabout, will feature 120 hotel rooms, 16 private residences and 19 fractional units. "Four Seasons has been interested in Vail for a very, very long time," said T.J. Brink, vice president of Black Diamond Resorts-Vail LLC, the project's developer. "We finally found a site in the village that is big enough to accommodate all three components. And it has really great views." The Four Seasons, expected to open in June 2008, will also feature more than 11,000 square feet of meeting space, a grand ballroom, a spa, a restaurant and four retail shops. Average room rates and prices for the condominiums and fractional units were not available. Slifer, Smith & Frampton Real Estate in Vail will handle the sale of the wholly owned residences, and Playground Destination Properties, a division of Intrawest Corp., will sell the fractional units. Playground is based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Sales are expected to launch in January. Vail is undergoing a $1 billion revitalization, financed by the town, Vail Resorts Inc. and private developers. Vail Resorts announced in June that it plans to build a 108-room Ritz-Carlton Residences, a luxury condominium project, in Lionshead Village. "We're thrilled to have an international name like the Four Seasons coming into the heart of Vail," said Robin Litt, vice president of partnership for the Vail Valley Chamber and Tourism Bureau. "Together with some of the other properties that are being constructed right now, we're expecting to see the quality of service and the quality of the bed base in our community improve across the board." A 50-story Four Seasons hotel and condominium project also is proposed for downtown Denver and would become the second in Colorado.
The Countdown is On to the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Melbourne is preparing for its biggest sporting event and its biggest party in its history. It is only 15 weeks to go before Australia hosts 4500 athletes from 71 nations and final preparations are underway for this once in a lifetime event. The Games will take place from 15 to 26 March 2006. The Games have a dedicated International Tourism marketing strategy and travel packages are now on sale via official travel agents as well as the official Games website. A global campaign 'United by the Moment' has been launched with support from Tourism Australia and Tourism Victoria. Check out the Games website for information on tickets, travel packages and much more. www.melbourne2006.com.au .
Ritz-Carlton Tokyo to Open in 2007 Located in central Tokyo, The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo will offer travelers a new business address when it opens in early 2007. Situated on the former Defense Agency site in the Roppongi District, the hotel will be part of a mixed-use development that will be developed and owned by a consortium led by Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., will operate the hotel under a long-term lease agreement. The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo will occupy the top nine levels of a skyscraper designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, L.L.P. The property will feature 250 guest rooms, a sky lobby, several restaurants and bars and a large health club and spa.
Dadabhai Group to Tap Indian Realty, Hotels Sectors Bahrain's biggest player in the tourism sector, Dadabhai Group, is scouting for opportunities in the Indian hospitality and real estate sectors. A feasibility study is being undertaken for setting up serviced-apartments in the country, along with projects for marketing Bahrain as a tourist destination in India. High on the agenda is luring India Inc to set up base in Bahrain and use it as springboard to tap markets in the Gulf. His business interests include real estate, hospitality, travel, construction, trading and education. A way forward could be the Indian government encouraging overseas Indians to play a bigger role in developing India's tourism infrastructure. If Bahrain can attract one million tourists, along with four million transit tourists every year, India needs to think about setting up tourism infrastructure on a global scale.
Kempinski to Manage Hotel in Shanghai |Kempinski Hotels has taken its first step into Shanghai's hotel market to capitalize on the expected rise in tourism from World Expo 2010. Beijing Key International Hotels Management Co Ltd, Kempinski's joint venture in China, has signed a deal with Shanghai Xintai Real Estate Development Co Ltd to build a Kempinski hotel in the city that will open in 2009. Xintai will fund the project while Kempinski will provide management, as well as branding and marketing services. Xintai estimated the hotel will cost US$247 million. Located along the Huangpu River, the 180,000-square-metre hotel will overlook the future Expo exhibition halls on both banks of the river. The project also features a 44-story office building to attract companies to the area.
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