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Swissôtel Hotels and Resorts has launched a new loyalty programme


The membership for Swissôtel Circle is divided into three alpine-inspired tiers: Inizia, Elevà and Zenit. These categories make reference to the brand’s Swiss origin and are expressions from Romansh, the fourth official language in Switzerland and language of the craggy eastern … Continue reading

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Hilton to open first hotel in Iraq in 2013


Hilton Worldwide will open its first hotel in Iraq, Double Tree Suites by Hilton Erbil, by the end of 2013. The international hotel chain will open the property under a management agreement with New York-based real estate developer The Claremont … Continue reading

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Mövenpick Open Its First India Property


Mövenpick Hotel & Spa Bangalore has officially opened its doors today, becoming the first property in India for the international upscale hotel company. The five-star hotel is designed as a contemporary business destination whilst also offering exciting leisure opportunities for … Continue reading

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What is LOHAS?


LOHAS Those adopting “Lifestyles Of Health And Sustainability.”     The tourism sector’s new premium customers in the years to come will be ‘Lohas’ – an acronym coined for a new social phenomenon that has emerged over the last decade or … Continue reading

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The Rezidor Hotel Group is looking at bringing a new sub-brand to its upscale Radisson Blu hotel chain. A ‘Royal’ designation will be added to certain Radisson Blu properties, Rezidor’s Middle East area vice president Marko Hytönen told HotelierMiddleEast.com. The former JAL hotel … Continue reading

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World’s 10 most expensive cities for a hotel stay


Article by: Hogg Robinson Group Good news for some hoteliers, bad news for travellers on a budget; international corporate services company Hogg Robinson Group (HRG) has reported a 4% rate growth for hotels around the world in the first half … Continue reading

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The fourth luxury beachfront hotel has opened on the crescent of the Palm Jumeirah in Dubai; the Kempinski Hotel & Residences Palm Jumeirah. Developed by EPG Hotels and Resorts and managed by European hotel chain Kempinski, the new hotel consists of 244 suites, … Continue reading

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Hyatt Announced Transaction to Purchase Twenty Hotels for Approximately $660 Million in Cash


Hyatt Completes Acquisition of LodgeWorks’ Portfolio Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced that its wholly owned subsidiaries acquired a portfolio of assets from LodgeWorks, L.P. and its private equity partners, finalizing a previously announced transaction to purchase twenty hotels for approximately … Continue reading

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Hilton signs first hotel in Sierra Leone


Article by: Harriet Sinclair Hilton Worldwide will open its first hotel in Sierra Leone, after signing a management agreement with Cape Sierra Hotel Company. Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president, development, Europe and Africa, Hilton Worldwide said: “Hilton Worldwide has enjoyed … Continue reading

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Abu Dhabi room rates drop nearly 15% this year


Article by: Louise Birchall Two years ago Abu Dhabi was the world’s second most expensive city for hotel rooms, but declining rates have seen the emirate drop to 24th place this year. Average hotel room rates declined by nearly 15% … Continue reading

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