DirectoriesAdd Your Business
News Archive Search
In Other News...
Some current conversation starters…
Hilton Worldwide, McLean, Virginia, filed on Thursday for an initial public offering of up to US$1.25 billion.
The Blackstone Group, New York City, owns Hilton Worldwide and took the hotel management company private for US$26 billion in 2007. The number of shares to be offered and the price range for the proposed offering have not yet been determined, but the initial value of the IPO is estimated to be US$1.25 billion. According to the filing Blackstone will retain majority ownership. Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs Group, Bank of America Corp. and Morgan Stanley are arranging the IPO. Neither Blackstone nor Hilton Worldwide are commenting on the filing. Bloomberg reported that according to a person with knowledge of Blackstone’s plans, Hilton could be valued at US$30 billion. The IPO would be the largest for a hotel company and its value is boosted by Hilton Worldwide’s performance figures. In the filing Hilton reported a net income of US$352 million in 2012, an increase of 39% from the previous year. Source: HotelsMag
EasyJet pilot offers passengers cash to get off plane.
An easyJet pilot offered passengers cash to give up their seats after he realised the plane was too heavy to get off the ground. He initially offered €250 per passenger, plus an overnight hotel but it wasn't until he upped the offer to €400 each that four passengers voluntary left the aircraft, said the Daily Mail. Flight EZY8365 from Gatwick to Bari in Italy was delayed on the tarmac for 50 minutes while the pilot negotiated with passengers, said the newspaper. One passenger told reporters that the pilot had said unless there were volunteers, the last four people to check in would have to leave. When four people volunteered there were cheers onboard, it said. EasyJet confirmed to the Daily Mail that four passengers were asked to give up their seats because the aircraft was over its maximum take-off weight. "This occasionally happens due to factors such as unexpected weather conditions or heavier-than-expected luggage," she said. "Volunteers are paid according to EU regulations which is based on the distance of the flight. "Unfortunately the pilot was given incorrect information initially and so later corrected the amount the passengers were entitled to. No bartering took place." EU regulations state that passengers who are denied boarding are entitled to €400 for flights over 1,500kms. Source: Travelmole
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co. has launched a new Chinese website as well as a page on Sina Weibo, the first Mandarin-language social media channel for the brand.
These moves follow a year of Chinese consumer research by Ritz-Carlton. One study was an online pathways project to understand how affluent Chinese consumers felt about the brand’s digital presence and that of its competitors. Another piece of research focused on website designs, content structure, website navigation, digital assets, photographs, page layouts and social conversation. The research process in China helped us to make subtle changes to design that would resonate,” said Ed French, Ritz-Carlton’s chief sales and marketing officer. “We learned that the color blue is associated with immortality and wisdom, and so the shade of blue used was chosen for its richness and is sampled from the blue found in Chinese porcelain. Another significant finding was the high level of customers’ appreciation for The Ritz-Carlton traditions, history and heritage. There was great desire for our digital channels to reflect that tradition, while also demonstrating that we understand the online preferences in China, and that we are speaking to the audience in a way that is culturally relevant.” Ritz-Carlton also expects to launch a Chinese mobile site by year-end, and there are plans to double the inventory of Ritz-Carlton hotels in China from eight to 16 within the next three years. Source: HotelsMag
Key Appointments in the Industry
Congratulations to these new appointments…
PUBLIC Chicago, the first hotel opened under Ian Schrager's evolutionary brand, welcomes Kathryn Day as new General Manager effective today. Mrs. Day joins PUBLIC Chicago with a wealth of experience in the luxury sector, previously holding the position of Director of Hotel Services at the Waldorf Astoria Chicago. During her tenure at the Waldorf Astoria, Mrs. Day was instrumental in achieving several prestigious accolades including the property's Five Diamonds Luxury rating, World's Best Service and World's Best Hotel by Travel + Leisure, and Best Hotel in the USA by Condé Nast Traveler, among others. Prior to joining Waldorf Astoria Chicago, Ms. Day was the Director of Rooms for Four Seasons Hotels Philadelphia, Mansion of Forsyth Park in Savannah Georgia, Conrad and Hilton Hotels in China, Malaysia and Maldives.
Per AQUUM is pleased to announce the appointment of Nick Downing as Vice President, Per AQUUM Retreats - Resorts - Residences, based in Bangkok. Nick was part of the launch team of Per AQUUM from 2003 to 2006 when he served as pre-opening Director of Operations, followed by General Manager of Huvafen Fushi, Maldives. As Vice President of Per AQUUM, Nick is responsible for the overall leadership, direction and vision of the brand. Prior to re-joining Per AQUUM, Nick spent the last two years with Starwood Hotels & Resorts as General Manger of W Retreat Koh Samui. Before that he spent four and a half years at Ativa Hospitality Corporation as General Manager of Hotel de la Paix in Siem Reap, Cambodia before being promoted to Director of Operations at the company's Corporate Office in Bangkok.
The Latest in Hotel Openings
GHM dropped anchor in the Indian Ocean last month when the luxury hotel group inked a deal to operate its first resort in the Maldives, scheduled to open in 2016. Located on a 55-hectare, crescent-shaped atoll -- one of the largest habitable islands in the Maldives -- and 20 minutes by speedboat from Hanimadhoo International Airport, The Chedi Dhapparu will include 90 hotel-managed residential villas and 40 hotel suites, half of which will hover over crystal-clear waters the republic is known for.
Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants announced today it will expand into Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with the conversion of an historic, Beaux Arts-style building into a new Hotel Monaco. An adaptive reuse of the city's iconic James H. Reed Building, originally built in 1903, the new Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh will feature 247 rooms, nearly 9,000 square feet of meeting and event space and a chef-driven, 120-seat restaurant with a prominent corner entrance. Slated for a late 2014 opening, the nine story property is located at the intersection of 6th Avenue and William Penn Way, across from prestigious Mellon Square and in the heart of the city's bustling Golden Triangle area. The new hotel's interiors will reflect a locally inspired and distinctive take on the vibrant and whimsical Hotel Monaco style.
The 227-room pentahotel Prague has opened. The hotel is located close to the historical city centre and just two kilometres from the Old Town and the famous Wenceslas Square, with subway and tram stations a few steps from the property. Pentahotel Prague features stylish pentarooms designed by star architect and interior designer Matteo Thun. http://www.asiatraveltips.com/news13/139-Pentahotel.shtml
Starwood will expand its portfolio of hotels in Singapore when the group's first Westin hotel there opens in November 2013. The upper upscale hotel will be located on levels 32 to 46 of the brand new Asia Square Tower Two development, overlooking the vibrant Marina Bay in the heart of Singapore’s financial district. Each of the 305 guest rooms and suites have been fitted with floor to ceiling windows, offering views of the city, and will each come equipped with the signature Westin Heavenly Bed, signature Westin Heavenly Bath with signature Westin bath amenities.
Visit our sponsors