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Passengers injured after plane skids off runway.
A Thai Airways plane skidded off the runway at Bangkok's main international airport, injuring 14 people. The aircraft was arriving from Guangzhou in China into Suvarnabhumi Airport. Thai Airways said the landing gear malfunctioned, causing the aircraft to skid. Passengers were evacuated using emergency slides. An investigation into Sunday night's incident has begun. The airline said in a statement: "After touchdown at Suvarnabhumi Airport, the landing gear malfunctioned and the aircraft skidded off the runway. "Fire sparks were noticed from the vicinity right landing gear near the engine, the matter is under to be investigation." A total of 288 passengers and 14 crew were on the plane, the airline said. The 14 injured passengers were taken to hospital. Officials said the runway at Suvarnabhumi Airport would be temporarily closed.
SWISS voted “Europe’s Leading Airline Business Class” for the third time running in 2013 World Travel Awards.
Swiss has secured first place once again in the “Europe’s Leading Airline Business Class” category of the annual World Travel Awards – for the third time in succession and the fifth time overall since 2005. “We are delighted that our constant endeavours to make the SWISS Business air travel experience as attractive as possible on both the long and the short haul have been recognized once again,” said Frank Maier, Head of Product & Services at SWISS, on learning of the award. “This latest distinction also confirms to us,” he continued, “that as The Airline of Switzerland, with our typically Swiss top-quality service, we can more than hold our own.”
A total of 604 hotels changed hands in the U.S. during the first half of the year, compared to 364 in the same period last year, according to a new report from Lodging Econometrics.
Of all transactions, 216 were hotels sold within portfolios, while 334 were individual hotel transactions. The number of hotels in portfolios sold year-to-date was 400 percent higher than the same period of 2012. Although more hotel transactions were reported, the volume is far from the record 3,218 hotels set in 2007, the firm stated. But the firm expects a sharp increase in hotel deals. "Depending on scheduling, the next 12 months could be the highest hotel transaction property transfer period recorded, possibly exceeding the peak set in 2007," the firm said. During the first half of 2013, selling prices reached $130,119 per room, 15 percent higher than last year, exceeding the previous record of $118,949 per room set in 2007. (Of the total, 508 hotels out of the 604 transactions reported selling prices.) The time period from late 2012 to 2014 will represent the end of the first upward leg of the real estate cycle, the firm said.
Key Appointments in the Industry
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Marriott International reinforces its presence in Central America with the appointment of Dennis Whitelaw as both the Country Manager responsible for all managed properties in Costa Rica and General Manager for Costa Rica Marriott Hotel San Jose. Dennis is an award-winning leader with more than 32 years of hospitality experience with Marriott International. Marriott International has commissioned Dennis' expertise for more than 32 years, most recently with positions held south of the U.S. border such as General Manager of Marriott CasaMagna Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa; General Manager of Marriott Guatemala City, Guatemala; and Director of Sales and Marketing for Marriott International, Mexico D.F.
Loews Hotels & Resorts today announced the appointment of Cheraz Ecker as General Manager of Loews Madison Hotel. With 25 years of hospitality experience, she will manage all sales, marketing and operational aspects of the hotel. Ecker was most recently the Director of Rooms Division for the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. While there, she successfully reversed declining service scores and implemented processes that significantly increased revenues without compromising quality. Previously, Ecker was Director of Operations for The Venetian Las Vegas Resort Hotel Casino and opened The Palazzo Hotel Resort. After a decade of operating 5-Diamond luxury hotels on the Las Vegas "Strip," she moved to Asia to be the General Manager for Singapore's 5-Star luxury hotel, Marina Bay Sands.
The Latest in Hotel Openings
Built in 1900, the Marlton House has reopened following a multi-million dollar renovation by hotelier Sean MacPherson. The Marlton, located at 5 West 8th Street--just off Washington Square Park, offers 107 guestrooms spread over nine floors and including two penthouse suites with terraces. The hotel maintains the original architecture of the historic structure, while updating it with an eclectic refinement. The ground floor will house a 98-seat restaurant in the rear of the lobby with a skylight terrace, as well as a coffee bar. MacPherson said he envisioned an open, flowing space. French influences are evident throughout the hotel. It offers its original herringbone wood floors, brass fixtures, crown moldings, chicken wire closet doors and marble bathrooms. MacPherson looked to the Paris depicted in F. Scott Fitzgerald's Tender is the Night, as well as his own stays in that city’s Hôtel de Saints Pères and Hotel Ritz, as models for the hotel.
Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort & Spa is officially open following a Hawaiian blessing ceremony. The property, the 10th hotel to join the Andaz brand, is the first Andaz hotel in a resort destination. Rockwell Group used natural materials and worked to open the buildings to the natural landscape. Guests enter the resort through a bridge of Ambrato stone framed in mahogany, over an infinity-edge pool. The Andaz Lounge has a pitched roof with natural sunlight; the center of the space features a sandpit so guests can feel the beach during check-in
Dusit Fudu Hotels and Resorts has signed a management contract for a a new hotel project in China. The dusitD2 Shaoxing hotel is owned and being developed by Zhejiang Guannan Property Development Co., Ltd. Scheduled for a soft opening in the fourth quarter of 2014, dusitD2 Shaoxing is located in the prime commercial centre of Shaoxing, Zhejiang province. Shaoxing is located on the South bank of the Qiantang River estuary with numerous canals and waterways, giving it a classic Jiangnan style scenery. Comprising 280 guestrooms at 48 sqm each and 20 suites including a Presidential Suite, dusitD2 Shaoxing will offer guests an array of restaurants as well as Dusit’s own signature Devarana Spa.
Having recently successfully opened its first property in Jaipur, Sydney-based StayWell Hospitality Group (StayWell) has signed an additional two properties in the National Capital Region (NCR) of India. A 60-room hotel located in West Gurgaon will be the second Leisure Inn property to open in India. Due to be launched in January 2014 Leisure Inn West Gurgaon facilities will include an all day dining café, garden bar and grill, banquet and conference facilities, executive meeting rooms, gymnasium and roof top swimming pool.
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