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Cunard has paid tribute to Sir David Frost, who has died of a suspected heart attack while on board its cruise ship Queen Elizabeth.
The veteran broadcaster, 74, had been giving a speech as a guest lecturer on the cruise on Saturday night. The Queen Elizabeth had just left Southampton on a 10-night Mediterranean cruise to Civitavecchia (Rome). Cunard president and managing director Peter Shanks said: "Sir David Frost was a remarkable journalist and broadcaster. Cunard had a proud association with him over many years. On behalf of us all at Cunard Line I would like to extend our deepest sympathy to his wife, family and friends."
Dubai World is in the final stages of selling its 50% stake in Miami Beach's Fontainebleau hotel to South Florida developers led by the Soffer family, Reuters reported on Monday.
Sources told Reuters that once the deal for an undisclosed amount is concluded, Turnberry Ltd. will take the other half of the famed Art Deco-style hotel. One source told Reuters that a deal was expected to be signed in few weeks. In 2008, Dubai World paid US$375 million for its stake in the resort, which borrowed more than US$620 million to fund a restoration program before it reopened in November 2008. In 2010, Dubai World offered US$100 million of new equity to lenders as part of a debt restructuring plan.
Australia is sailing into its busiest ever cruise season.
Ports around the country will see almost 600 visits by cruise ships over coming months. Figures compiled by the national cruise body, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia, show that its member cruise lines will have a record 34 ships cruising Australian waters between October 1 and April 30, 2014. Regional ports from Eden in NSW to Geelong in Victoria, Robe in South Australia and Exmouth in Western Australia will see ship visits this season. CLIA Australasia general manager Brett Jardine said the 2013-14 season would also see an unprecedented 202 roundtrip cruises offered from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Fremantle. "Cruising is a year round industry for Australia now, but a busy summer season like this will be worth hundreds of millions of dollars to (Australia's) economy," Jardine said. "As cruising grows in popularity we're seeing new opportunities open up for smaller ports along our coast to share in that growth and build their local tourism," Jardine said.
Key Appointments in the Industry
Congratulations to these new appointments…
Atlanta-based Hotel Equities (www.hotelequities.com) recently promoted Brad Rahinsky to the position of Chief Operating Officer. With a comprehensive 20-plus year background in hospitality operations, sales and marketing and business development, Brad sets the strategic path for Hotel Equities overseeing all aspects of the organizations day-to-day activities with the assistance of an industry-best support team. Prior to HE, Brad's experience includes several executive level positions with multiple brands and hotel management firms. He joined the firm in early 2012.
Respected businessman PY Gerbeau has been appointed as non-executive chairman to the five-star La Manga Club resort in Spain. Known for his entrepreneurial restructuring of many large corporations and successful involvement with high profile projects such as Disneyland Paris and The Millennium Dome, Gerbeau joins with immediate effect and will work with the La Manga Club management team to oversee future strategy and implementation of their vision.
The Latest in Hotel Openings
Wyndham has signed its first Tryp by Wyndham hotel in the Middle East. The management agreement was signed with Omega I, a subsidiary of British-owned developer The First Group. The Dubai property, scheduled to open in late 2016, is currently planned to be the select-service brand’s largest in the world.
Amid Detroit's financial woes, Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center announced it will invest US$30 million into a renovation project. Renovations to 1,329 guestrooms will start in February 2014 and should take about a year. The project will also give some 100,000 sq ft (9,290 sq m) of meeting space a fresh look starting in spring 2014 and concluding in the fall. The property will remain open during construction; a few floors of the 70-story building will undergo renovations at a time.
Celebrating 40 years of service in the hospitality industry, the Mövenpick Hotels & Resort’s calendar of events for 2013-14 look busy with a slew of new projects set to come on board. The group added its first hotel in China with the opening of the Mövenpick Hotel Enshi late last month and is set to open its sixth property in the UAE, the 168-room Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT), in October. Even though the market has been affected in a few areas of the Middle East, like Syria, Andreas Mattmüller, chief operating officer for Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts Middle East and Asia, says that overall, business has been very good for the group especially in Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
Homewood Suites by Hilton, the international brand of upscale, all-suite, extended-stay hotels, announces today the opening of its newest property in Columbus, Ohio. Creating 20 permanent jobs, the five story, 109-suite hotel is owned by Lane Avenue Enterprises, Ltd. and will be managed by S&S Management, Inc. General Manager Nathan Lipps has been in the hotel industry for 16 years, and will be supported by Director of Sales Lesley Cornathan.
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