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Capri by Fraser Opens in Bukit Bintang of Kuala Lumpur

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Capri by Fraser Opens in Bukit Bintang of Kuala Lumpur - HOTELWORLDS - TRAVELINDEXKuala Lumpur, Malaysia, February 15, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Frasers Hospitality, a member of Frasers Property Group, has expanded its footprint in Asia Pacific with the launch of Capri by Fraser, Bukit Bintang, a smart new hotel residence living in KL’s most dynamic downtown district. This is a tech-savvy, lifestyle-led property where art and technology combine to create seamless, 24-7 stays. Soaring 43 storeys high and surrounded by luxury retail malls, upmarket restaurants, vibrant bars and exciting attractions, this sleek hotel residence elevates every stay to new levels of comfort, convenience and connectivity. Guests can enjoy expedited arrivals with a fully automated car park and self-check-in kiosks.

Stays at Capri by Fraser, Bukit Bintang are centred around The Den, a stylish social hub that spreads across two levels and where travellers can chill out, catch up with friends, play board games, listen to music on the digital jukebox, or dine in style. Guests can work out at the high-tech 42nd floor gym, which frames jaw-dropping views of the Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) skyline through floor-to-ceiling windows, or cool off into the healthy saltwater pool. Even chores like the laundry have a fun twist at Spin & Play, the guest laundrette and games room. To make every stay run smoothly, The Fixer – a friend, guide and all-round cool character – is on hand to manage any requests, offer insider tips on KL’s lively local social scene, or simply make guests feel at home.

The 319 contemporary studios and one-bedroom apartments range in size from 30 to 50 square metres and are fully furnished with living areas, bedrooms and well-equipped kitchenettes – perfect for short breaks, urban escapes, extended stays and family vacations in Kuala Lumpur. The interior design reflects Bukit Bintang’s heritage as a hotspot of entertainment, with wavy walls depicting cinema hall curtains and artworks featuring movie motifs, and each apartment is integrated with smart technology, including fast and free Wi-Fi, a large flatscreen IPTV with Chrome casting, a mobile charging dock and Lola, the personal digital concierge.

With round-the-clock services and high-speed internet in every corner of the property, Capri by Fraser is ideal for the new generation of digital nomads, free-spirited urban adventurers and anyone who needs to stay in touch with their home, office or social media platforms. For guests staying in the chic Studio Premier and One Bedroom Premier apartments, an extra level of personalised hospitality is available at Pow Wow, the dramatic top floor lounge with 360-degree views.

To keep guests safe, all team members at Capri by Fraser, Bukit Bintang have been fully-vaccinated and Frasers Hospitality’s global FraserCares programme comprises a wide range of world-class health and safety protocols, including the use of a patented, chemical-free, child-friendly cleaning system to eliminate germs.

“Capri by Fraser is one of the most innovative concepts in the serviced residence sector, catering for explorers who have a millennial mindset and lead ‘always-on’ lives that blur the boundaries between work and play. Since the opening of our first Capri by Fraser property in 2012, this intuitive, socially-inspired concept has emerged in many of the world’s most fashionable urban districts. This makes it the perfect fit for Kuala Lumpur, one of Asia’s most iconic and engaging cities. We look forward to welcoming our community of experience-seeking guests to Capri by Fraser, Bukit Bintang,” said Ms. Tonya Khong, Senior Vice President, Head of Asia Pacific, Frasers Hospitality.

Capri by Fraser, Bukit Bintang becomes the 10th Capri by Fraser property in a global portfolio that now includes trend-setting cities such as Barcelona, Berlin, Brisbane, Ho Chi Minh City and Singapore. It also becomes Frasers Hospitality’s third property in Malaysia, joining Fraser Place Puteri Harbour and Capri by Fraser Johor Bahru.

To celebrate its launch, Capri by Fraser, Bukit Bintang has revealed an exclusive opening promotion. Guests get 50% off their first stay, and Fraser World members will receive another 20% off to book a stay at participating Fraser World properties. Discounted rates start from just MYR 238 nett per night, valid until 31st March 2022.

About Capri by Fraser, Bukit Bintang
Capri by Fraser, Bukit Bintang is a smart, lifestyle-led hotel residence in the heart of downtown Kuala Lumpur. Soaring 43 storeys high and surrounded by vibrant attractions, this sleek property features 319 contemporary studios and one-bedroom apartments, all fully furnished and enabled with smart technology and a digital concierge. Facilities include The Den, a two-level social hub and dining area, Spin & Play laundrette and games room, and an elevated high-tech gym and saltwater pool. The arrival process is expedited with a fully automated car park and self-check-in kiosks, and The Fixer is on hand to offer insider tips and ensure that every stay runs smoothly. With 24-7 services and high-speed Wi-Fi throughout, Capri by Fraser, Bukit Bintang is ideal for the new generation of digital nomads and free-spirited urban adventurers.

About Frasers Hospitality
Frasers Hospitality, a member of Frasers Property Group, celebrates 23 years of offering memorable experiences to guests through its Gold-Standard serviced, hotel residences and boutique lifestyle hotels across Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Growing from two properties in Singapore to more than 120 properties in over 70 cities, Frasers Hospitality is now one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing providers of serviced and hotel residences. Conceived with the lifestyle preferences of today’s discerning business and leisure travellers in mind, the global hospitality operator has three Gold-Standard serviced residences offerings – Fraser Suites, Fraser Place and Fraser Residence, a modern and eco-lifestyle brand, Modena by Fraser, and a design-led hotel residence brand, Capri by Fraser. In addition, it operates two brands of upscale boutique lifestyle hotels in the key cities of UK, Malmaison and Hotel du Vin.

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Pioneer of the All-Inclusive Concept Will Open 17 New Resorts by 2024

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Pioneer of the All-Inclusive Concept Will Open 17 New Resorts by 2024 - TRAVELINDEXParis, France, February 14, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Club Med, the pioneer of the all-inclusive concept for more than 70 years, will open 17 new resorts by 2024. The new openings, along with Club Med’s destination-forward experiences, digital innovations, and new product novelties, will further solidify the brand as the leader in the booming all-inclusive market for families and upscale travelers. With such a wide range of locations and activities to choose from, Club Med invites guests to write their own vacation stories, emphasizing that “when everything is included, all you need to add are the memories.”

“Since 1950, Club Med has continued to shape the all-inclusive industry by introducing new destinations and experiences to travelers worldwide,” says Carolyne Doyon, President & CEO of Club Med North America and the Caribbean. “Throughout our 72-year history, we’ve successfully adapted our portfolio to appeal to upscale travelers and families, as well as demonstrated our leadership in the all-inclusive mountain experience. Maintaining our ambitious expansion plan, we are on track to open 17 new resorts, as well as complete 13 renovations or extensions of existing resorts, by 2024.”

Some of the upcoming openings, renovations, and upgrades from Club Med include:

– Ambitious Expansion Plans + Introducing All-Inclusive Ski to North America
– Despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Club Med continued its expansion momentum in 2021 with four resort openings, including Club Med Seychelles (Africa), Club Med Lijiang (China), Club Med Québec (Canada), and Club Med La Rosière (French Alps). The brand also completed four renovations, including Club Med Albion (Mauritius), Club Med Peisey-Vallandry (French Alps), Club Med Pragelato-Sestriere (Italian Alps), and Club Med Marrakech (Morocco).

Club Med has also established its commitment to further expanding its all-inclusive mountain product to new markets with the forthcoming December 2024 opening of Club Med Utah. This property will be the brand’s first new resort in the U.S. in more than 20 years, as well as its first-ever Exclusive Collection (5-Star) mountain resort in North America, which will be open year-round. Club Med’s Exclusive Collection portfolio, which features 13 of the brand’s most luxurious resorts and spaces around the world, is characterized by premium accommodations, exclusively beautiful locations, and refined dining concepts. Of the 30 development projects in the works for Club Med over the next two years, several of them will feature new additions to the Exclusive Collection portfolio, well-suited for both families and couples.

As the worldwide leader of the all-inclusive family vacation continues its global expansion through 2024, some of the upcoming opening, extension, and renovation highlights include:

North America & Caribbean
– Club Med Utah, USA (2024)
The brand’s renowned all-inclusive mountain concept will be expanding to the United States with an Exclusive Collection (5-Star) resort in Snowbasin, Utah. Located 35 miles from Salt Lake City, the Snowbasin resort is one of the most accessible and oldest operating ski resorts in North America. The 320-room four season resort will combine American luxury with Club Med’s French savoir-faire, appealing to every type of traveler including families, couples, and meetings & events groups. Accommodations will include spacious 2-bedroom Deluxe rooms & Family Suites, while private Penthouse Suites will be available for those seeking added luxury. Club Med will also offer its award-winning children’s clubs from 4 months to 17 years old for families seeking a more tailored, family-fun experience. In addition to all-day dining available at the resort’s restaurants and lounges, guests can also enjoy included group ski and snowboard lessons with ski-in/ ski-out access, lift tickets, and a heated swimming pool during the ski season. During the warmer months, there will be opportunities to explore more than 3,000 acres of surrounding mountains and valleys through guided activities like hiking programs, mountain biking, and Club Med’s trademark circus activities.

– Club Med Magna Marbella, Spain (May 2022)
Located 45 minutes from the Malaga International Airport in the Andalusia region of Spain, Club Med has retaken one of Spain’s most mythic destinations to open a brand-new resort. With a focus on the cultural and natural richness of southern Spain, the resort will mix tradition and modernity to offer an experience focused on wellness, nature, family experiences, and discovery of the destination. Guests will find unique features in the 485-room resort, such as a family fun zone, garden parties, 14 hectares of Andalusian gardens, a Club Med Spa by Cinq Mondes, and five different swimming areas.

– Club Med Tignes, French Alps (Dec. 2022)
A historic destination that has been home to Club Med since 1958, Tignes Val Claret is a natural sports paradise located at an altitude of 2,150 meters. The brand-new Club Med Tignes resort will be located in the center of the liveliest part of town, making it a hotspot for winter sports and nightlife. The resort will feature 430 rooms, including 25 Exclusive Collection (5-Star) suites, two restaurants, a full spa and wellness salt wall, the largest Club Med pool in the Alps, a full childcare program, and a ski domain suitable for every level.

– Club Med Val d’Isère, French Alps (Dec. 2022)
Located in the Tarentaise Valley at an altitude of 1,850 meters, this authentic village is home to an internationally-recognized ski mecca. The resort is undergoing a complete transformation worthy of its soon-to-be Exclusive Collection designation. As such, it will be the brand’s first entirely 5-Star mountain resort, with a total of 216 rooms available for booking in both winter and summer. As well as offering fabulous skiing, gourmet dining, childcare starting at age 4, and a welcoming spa and yoga program, the resort will redefine luxury by combining intimacy, conviviality, and relaxation.

– Club Med San Sicario, Italian Alps (Dec. 2024)
A new addition to Club Med’s mountain portfolio in the Italian Alps, the bi-seasonal Club Med San Sicario, will feature 200 rooms located on a prime ski location from the 2006 Turin Olympics.

– Extension – Club Med Pragelato-Sestriere, Italian Alps (2022)
Nestled in the Piedmont region of Italy, Club Med’s Pragelato Sestriere resort consists of a hamlet of wooden chalets. The expansion plan will include 17 new chalets housing 105 new rooms. Construction will be completed following the architectural style of the region.

– Renovation & Extension – Club Med Gregolimano, Greece (2023)
One of the brand’s flagship summer resorts in the Mediterranean Basin, located on the Greek Island of Evia, will undergo both a renovation and extension including newly renovated beachfront bungalows.

– Renovation & Extension – Club Med Phuket, Thailand (2023-2024)
Visitors traveling to Club Med Phuket, located on Kata Beach, can look forward to newly refreshed facilities and experiences aimed at recreating an authentic Thai atmosphere for everyone. Enhanced with an eco-chic, modern, and upscale twist, the refreshed resort spaces will include a redesign of the main restaurant, meetings & events center, pool and sun deck, and more.

– Club Med Hokkaido, Japan (2023)
Following the success of its two other mountain resorts in Japan, Club Med will open a third property on the northern island of Hokkaido. Known as one of Asia’s top travel destinations, Hokkaido offers a fun-filled family experience, perfectly powdered snow for skiing and trekking, natural landscapes, and local culinary delights.

– Club Med Borneo Kota Kinabalu, Malayasia (Opening 2024)
Adding to its portfolio in Southeast Asia, Club Med will build a new resort on the Malaysian side of the island of Borneo. The destination is known for its beaches, biodiverse rainforest, Mount Kinabalu (Southeast Asia’s highest peak), famed dive site Sipadan Island, and native species such as orangutans and clouded leopards. This forthcoming resort embodies Club Med’s pioneering spirit, as it will bring a brand-new resort to a secluded destination.

Dedication to Sustainable Practices
Since its inception, Club Med has held a firm belief that memorable experiences cannot be lived at the expense of others or of nature, which is why the brand continues to devote itself to responsible practices. Club Med’s Happy to Care program, founded in 2019, features a range of commitments based on sustainable tourism.

For example, Club Med’s two newest resorts in North America, Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda and Club Med Québec, were designed with sustainability in mind, from the design phase all the way to the resort experience. Today, Club Med’s worldwide objectives to address sustainable practices include:

– Phased elimination of single-use plastics, including water bottles
– Eco-certifications from the best in the industry: BREEAM certification ensuring responsible construction and Green Globe certification ensuring a responsible hotel operation
– Construction of new resorts in harmony with nature, with built-up surfaces covering less than 10% of the total site surface
– Reduction of energy consumption and introduction of green energy sources
– Responsible, local, and ethical sourcing of food products and materials
– Employee uniforms created out of recycled plastic bottles; since 2019, 2.3 million bottles have been recycled for this initiative in North America, with 1.2 million more expected to be recycled by 2023
– Sponsorship of rural farming development projects to increase the efficiency, quality, and demand for local farmers
– Promotion of animal welfare by prohibiting experiences involving captive cetaceans, large cats, and elephants
– Food waste and hazardous waste management
– Community outreach via the Club Med Foundation, founded in 1978
– Partnerships with organizations focused on environmental preservation
– Happy To Care continues its purposeful objectives in 2022 to achieve the above ambitions. Looking ahead, Club Med’s North American resorts will see more ecological menu options featuring plant-based proteins and an increase in both local and organic products. Club Med North America has also set an objective to source 100% fair trade coffee by 2023 and 100% cage-free eggs by 2025.

New Product Novelties and Digital Innovations

New Programming For Teens
As family travel evolves, Club Med is enhancing its existing teen programming (Club Med Passworld for teens ages 11–17). Club Med’s new teen program will feature unique activities and social-forward events that give teens the opportunity to have exciting vacation moments and experiential content to share online. As part of this new programming, teens will also be able to take part in Club Med’s Happy To Care CSR mission. The pilot program is launching this spring in Club Med Punta Cana and Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda.

New Resort Experiences
Over the past year, numerous studies have shown that travelers are eager to get outdoors in destinations that offer plenty of room to roam, are prioritizing health and wellness, and are interested in vacation options that cater to the entire family. With this market research in mind, Club Med enhanced its existing resort experiences, including:

– Circus School by Club Med, an acrobatic playground with activities like flying trapeze, tightrope walking, and aerial silk in Club Med Punta Cana
– New and/or upgraded pickleball courts in all resorts in Florida, the Caribbean, and the Pacific Coast of Mexico
– Club Med Amazing Family Program, a fun-filled agenda of weekly activities designed to help families bond and reconnect, launched in all resorts across Florida, the Caribbean, and Mexico
– Club Med Spa by Sothys opened in three resorts including Club Med Sandpiper Bay, Club Med Québec, and Club Med Ixtapa Pacific
– Wing foil watersport activity in Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda
– All-day yoga programming in Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda and Club Med Québec, with planned expansion to other North American resorts
– The “sunset ritual”, a weekly lifestyle experience on the beach in Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda, with planned expansion to Club Med Cancun and Club Med Ixtapa Pacific
– New dining concepts in existing resorts:
– “Lucky Lime”, an all-day Mexican taqueria at Club Med Sandpiper Bay
– “From Jungle to Table”, a sustainable dining concept at the Coco Plum Beach Lounge in Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda
– “Altamar”, a premium seafood restaurant in Club Med Punta Cana
– “Le Chalet”, a gourmet lounge in Club Med Québec featuring locally-sourced, family-style dinners “a la bonne franquette” – meaning cozy, friendly, and without any fuss

Digital Innovation
Touchless travel and contactless amenities are critical. To ensure guests feel well prepared and taken care of before and during their vacation, Club Med continues to enhance its digital, touch-free offerings. In 2021, Club Med’s Easy Arrival contactless check-in/check-out service, which prepares guests to get vacation-ready before vacation begins, was deployed in all Club Med resorts in Florida, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Through the app, guests can sign their children up for childcare services or book ski equipment before they arrive to their respective Club Med resort. The My Club Med app features options to create a personalized itinerary, preview the daily activity schedules and, launched in 2021, guests can now book spa appointments at Club Med Sandpiper Bay, Club Med Québec, and Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda. In 2021, the “room ready” feature was also deployed in North America, so guests can be conveniently informed upon check-in when their room is ready.

About Club Med
Club Med, founded in 1950 by Gérard Blitz, is the pioneer of the all-inclusive concept, offering approximately 70 premium resorts in stunning locations around the world including North and South America, Caribbean, Asia, Africa, Europe and the Mediterranean. Each Club Med resort features authentic local style and comfortably upscale accommodations, superior sports programming and activities, enriching children’s programs, gourmet dining, and warm and friendly service by its world-renown staff with legendary hospitality skills, an all-encompassing energy and diverse backgrounds.

Club Med operates in more than 30 countries and continues to maintain its authentic Club Med spirit with an international staff of more than 23,000 employees from more than 110 different nationalities. Led by its pioneering spirit, Club Med continues to grow and adapt to each market with three to five new resort openings or renovations per year, including a new Alpine ski resort annually.

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Enjoy Accelerated Earnings with Best Western Reward Rush

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Enjoy Accelerated Earnings with Best Western Reward Rush - TRAVELINDEXBangkok, Thailand, February 12, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Best Western Hotels and Resorts has unveiled “Reward Rush”, an exclusive new offer that lets every guest maximize the benefits of their vacation! Available now, for all qualifying stays until May 8, 2022, this enticing offer promises double Best Western Rewards points all across Asia and in many other destinations around the world!

The beauty of Reward Rush is that it guarantees double points, no matter what the destination, brand, length-of-stay or room category! So, whether the guest books a stylish break in a Best Western branded property, an immersive two-week vacation in a participating SureStay® Hotel, or a truly unique escape in a luxurious WorldHotels Collection property, the double points are still offered.

Based on the standard 10 points for every dollar spent, every member will now earn 20 points per dollar spent on their hotel room, minus any taxes and fees. This comes on top of the recent extension of each member’s elite status and benefits, ensuring that guests can enjoy exclusive benefits all around the world. The only limitation is a maximum of five stays.

All BWR members, whether long-standing or newly-enrolled, can take advantage of the Reward Rush promotion for their next stay in Asia – and many other regions around the world. This offer is also valid for qualifying stays at all SureStay Hotel Group properties and participating hotels and resorts under the WorldHotels Collection, so every guest can find the ideal hotel or resort to suit their unique travel needs.

BWR continues to elevate the travel experience for its guests by enabling all members to retain their elite status for another year. Every member worldwide is eligible for this latest tier extension, which is valid through March 31st, 2023. No action is required; you can just sit back, relax and rest assured that Best Western is taking care of you! BWR is also the only loyalty program in the industry where points never expire, so members are not impacted by unpredictable circumstances that could prevent them from using their hard-earned points.

Best Western Hotels & Resorts offers a global network of hotels in nearly 100† countries and territories worldwide. From our traditional hotel brands to our extended stay or unique boutique and upscale options, you’re sure to find the perfect property to satisfy your travel needs, all around the world.

SureStay Hotel Group delivers exceptional value-driven experiences for travelers who desire international accommodation at affordable prices. Comprised of four distinctive brands, SureStay Hotel Group ensures that all travelers can stay in comfort while away from home.

WorldHotels Collection is a curated portfolio of the finest independent hotels and resorts around the world. All WorldHotels properties are as exquisite as the destinations in which they are found, creating unforgettable experiences from the moment you walk through the door.

About Best Western Hotels and Resorts:
Best Western Hotels & Resorts headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, is a privately held hotel brand within the BWH Hotel Group® global network. With 18 brands and approximately 4,700 hotels in over 100 countries and territories worldwide*, BWH Hotel Group suits the needs of developers and guests in every market. Brands include Best Western®, Best Western Plus®, Best Western Premier®, Executive Residency by Best Western®, Vīb®, GLō®, Aiden®, Sadie®, BW Premier Collection® and BW Signature Collection®. Through acquisition, WorldHotelsTM Luxury, WorldHotels Elite, WorldHotels Distinctive and WorldHotels Crafted collections are also offered. Completing the portfolio is SureStay®, SureStay Plus®, SureStay Collection® and SureStay Studio® franchises**.

* Numbers are approximate, may fluctuate, and include hotels currently in the development pipeline.
**All Best Western, WorldHotels and SureStay branded hotels are independently owned and operated.

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Avani Hotels Launches First Hotel in the Sultanate of Oman

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Muscat, Oman, February 11, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Minor Hotels has announced the launch of Avani Muscat Hotel, its newest property in the Middle East and the upbeat, contemporary brand’s first property in the Sultanate of Oman. Located in Seeb, a prime residential area at the heart of Muscat’s westward growth, the new property benefits from superb airport and city access making it a convenient base for business travellers, digital nomads and leisure travellers alike.

Blending heritage-inspired touches and sleek contemporary style, the property’s 161 guest rooms are a masterclass in subtle design. Soothing yet stimulating environments, empathetic to the needs of today’s hyper connected traveller, have been created with natural materials, bespoke décor and Omani tones. In response to global travellers’ evolving working behaviours, in-room workspaces feature flexible configuration options and easy access to the smart power panel outfitted with multiple plugs and USB ports.

On the residential side, 45 studios and one, two- and three-bedroom serviced apartments bring Avani’s fresh, forward-looking aesthetic to one of Muscat’s most dynamic neighbourhoods. At 128-square metres, the three-bedroom apartments are the largest in the inventory and are perfectly suited for long-stay guests and families with children who can take full advantage of AvaniKids, the hotel’s kids’ club and pool.

Flavourful dining options include Trisis, a nature-inspired all-day dining restaurant with indoor tree features and specialising in Omani, Arabic and international cuisines, and Avani’s easy gourmet grab-and-go concept Pantry, known for its honest, nutritious meals and specialty coffee. The alfresco Patio Bar offers refreshments and the perfect spot to kick back overlooking the turquoise swimming pool whilst taking in the heartbeat of the city. Dedicated exercise and health club amenities are available at AvaniFit providing space to get in shape or unwind at the sauna or steam room.

Avani Muscat is adjacent to the Al Araimi Boulevard Mall and is just a five-minute drive from the Mall of Muscat, home to a spectacular 8,000 square metre aquarium and countless shopping, dining and entertainment options. Guests can also explore Seeb’s famous traditional souq, a sprawling blend of markets offering everything from spices to gold to Omani embroidery.

Thanks to the brand’s Travel Blog for culturally-curious travellers, Avani Muscat residents and guests have access to wanderlust-inducing destinations, Instagrammable spots and insightful guides curated by local culture experts. Outdoor-minded visitors to the city can embark on marine tours and dive charters from the nearby Al Mouj Marina or work on their putting or swing at Al Mouj Golf, Oman’s first PGA links golf course designed by Greg Norman.

The Royal Opera House, an architectural marvel offering a strong calendar of world-class music events, and the iconic Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque are both a short drive away. Farther afield but still well within a day-trip distance from the hotel are Al Alam Palace, one of the active royal residences that dates back 200 years, and The National Museum of Oman showcasing the rich and diverse culture of the Sultanate.

Avani Muscat is well positioned to become one of the city’s leading conference and event venues, with a spacious and stylish ballroom able to accommodate large-scale social celebrations such as weddings and banquets, and boasts high ceilings, an outdoor pre-function area, a private Majilis and plenty of parking.

As well as being one of Southeast Asia’s fastest-growing hotel brands, Avani Hotels and Resorts ( is well-established in the Middle East, with three properties in Dubai in key tourist and business areas: upmarket Palm Jumeirah, historic Deira and Ibn Battuta on the city’s main Sheikh Zayed Road. The brand recently announced the further expansion of its footprint in the region into Bahrain with Avani Bilaj Al Jazayer Bahrain Resort scheduled for a 2024 opening.

About Avani Hotels & Resorts
Launched in 2011, Avani Hotels is part of the global hospitality group Minor Hotels (BKK: MINT) and was designed for the millennial-minded traveller whose priorities are style, value and comfort. Avani is an upbeat and contemporary hotel concept that delivers the perfect balance, with a focus on good sleep, designed social spaces, locally inspired sustenance and friendly service.

Avani welcomes guests to over 30 properties in Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Australia, New Zealand, Seychelles, Mozambique, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Zambia, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Portugal, with a growing pipeline across Asia, the Indian Ocean and the Middle East.

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First Fairmont City Hotel to Debut in Vietnam in 2024

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First Fairmont City Hotel to Debut in Vietnam in 2024 - - TRAVELINDEX

Ha Noi, Vietnam, February 10, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Accor, a leading international hotel operator in Vietnam, is readying to welcome the iconic Fairmont brand to the capital city, with the signing of a 241-room luxury hotel. The Fairmont Hanoi is slated to open in 2024 and will be situated in the city centre, adjacent to Ly Thai To and Tran Nguyen Han streets.

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Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is one of the world’s most celebrated luxury hotel brands, founded in San Francisco in 1907. Since then, Fairmont has become synonymous with landmark locations worldwide with renowned addresses including The Plaza in New York, The Savoy in London, Le Château Frontenac in Quebec City and most recently the Fairmont Ambassador Seoul and the Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi.

For more than a century, Fairmont hotels have served as the extraordinary settings for globally significant moments in history. The UN Charter was drafted and signed by 50 countries in the Garden Room of Fairmont San Francisco. John Lennon and Yoko Ono made history with their Bed-in for Peace at Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth in Montreal in 1969, when the former Beatle penned the lyrics and recorded “Give Peace a Chance.” Wherever Fairmont resides, its hotels are at the cultural and social epicentre of the community; steeped in local experience and deeply rooted in the places they call home.

Designed by the renowned Perkins Eastman and Aston Design, the architecture and interior design of Fairmont Hanoi is the result of extensive research into the culture and history of Thang Long. The hotel takes inspiration from the art of lacquer with the traditional colours of Vietnam, the Indochinese style from the French colonial period, and draws motifs from Vietnam’s dynasties.

Located in the heart of Hanoi, only a 10 minute walk to Hoan Kiem Lake and the Old Quarter, Fairmont Hanoi offers close proximity to some of the most important governmental and business districts of the city. The hotel will feature extensive leisure and event facilities and is certain to become a favourite destination for both business and leisure travellers visiting the capital of Vietnam.

Fairmont Hanoi will allow guests to discover an urban resort with a wide range of offerings such as six dining and bar venues including a rooftop restaurant, along with two indoor and outdoor swimming pools, an extensive gym, wellness spa and bathhouse. The hotel will also feature an expansive 1,000 square metre grand ballroom as well as nine meeting rooms, making it an outstanding destination for meetings, conferencing and events.

“The signing of the first Fairmont city hotel in Vietnam is a significant step forward in Accor’s development within the country. Our ambition is to debut a greater collection of premium and luxury offerings to meet the rapidly growing demand for high-end hospitality in the market. A stay in any Fairmont hotel is truly unforgettable – our guests love to visit this collection of grand, awe-inspiring properties and appreciate the thoughtful service they receive each and every stay. Fairmont Hanoi will offer an experience that is steeped in local culture and is sure to become intrinsic to the local neighbourhood. The signing of this iconic address demonstrates our appreciation for Vietnam’s development of tourism and its ability to provide leading hotel standards,” said Garth Simmons, Chief Executive Officer of Accor Southeast Asia, Japan and South Korea.

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Fairmont Hotels & Resorts was founded in 1907 and today offers more than 80 magnificent hotels, rich with character and deeply connected to the history, culture and community of their destinations. Through its Fairmont Sustainability Partnership, the band also takes great pride in its pioneering approach to hospitality and leadership in sustainability and responsible tourism practices.

About Accor
Accor is a world leading hospitality group consisting of more than 5,200 properties and 10,000 food and beverage venues throughout 110 countries. The group has one of the industry’s most diverse and fully-integrated hospitality ecosystems encompassing more than 40 luxury, premium, midscale and economy hotel brands, entertainment and nightlife venues, restaurants and bars, branded private residences, shared accommodation properties, concierge services, co-working spaces and more. Accor’s unmatched position in lifestyle hospitality – one of the fastest growing categories in the industry – is led by Ennismore, a creative hospitality company with a global portfolio of entrepreneurial and founder-built brands with purpose at their heart. Accor boasts an unrivalled portfolio of distinctive brands and approximately 260,000 team members worldwide. 68 million members benefit from the company’s comprehensive loyalty program – ALL – Accor Live Limitless – a daily lifestyle companion that provides access to a wide variety of rewards, services and experiences. Through its Planet 21 – Acting Here, Accor Solidarity, RiiSE and ALL Heartist Fund initiatives, the Group is focused on driving positive action through business ethics, responsible tourism, environmental sustainability, community engagement, diversity and inclusivity. Founded in 1967, Accor SA is headquartered in France and publicly listed on the Euronext Paris Stock Exchange (ISIN code: FR0000120404) and on the OTC Market (Ticker: ACCYY) in the United States.

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One&Only Ultra-luxury Resort to Redefine Hospitality in Montana

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One&Only Ultra-luxury Resort to Redefine Hospitality in Montana

Big Sky, Montana, United States, February 4, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Lone Mountain Land Company and Kerzner International Holdings Limited announced One&Only Moonlight Basin in Big Sky, Montana, the first One&Only resort and residential community in the United States. The addition of One&Only Moonlight Basin is part of the strategic growth for the One&Only portfolio, introducing resorts and residences in the world’s most incredible natural settings, buzzing urban centres, and exclusive communities of One&Only Private Homes. The brand’s first alpine resort, this continues the evolution of One&Only in one of the world’s most sought-after destinations.

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Designed by renowned architect, Olson Kundig, One&Only Moonlight Basin will include 73 guest rooms and suites in the main lodge, 19 secluded villas throughout the resort, a separate ski lodge, and a Chenot Spa. The resort is expected to open in 2024. In addition, the resort will introduce the first community of One&Only Private Homes in the U.S., offering 62 private residences throughout the landscape, sure to become one of the most sought after addresses in the U.S. The free-standing Olson Kundig-designed homes will offer a contemporary design, complete with glass walls to showcase Big Sky’s soaring mountain ranges.

Located between the iconic Lone Peak and the Spanish Peaks, this new, secluded One&Only resort will showcase Montana’s mountains, unsurpassed scenery, and abundant wildlife, while providing every modern amenity, making the remote retreat a truly exclusive experience. One&Only Moonlight Basin will be connected by gondola to Big Sky’s world-class skiing with over 5,800 skiable acres, and will provide access to unparalleled mountain golf courses, and limitless outdoor opportunities. Less than an hour’s drive from Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport and an hour from Yellowstone National Park, Big Sky is located in the heart of a 3-million-acre national forest and is ultimately joined with the 20 million-acre Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

“I am thrilled that we are introducing our first One&Only resort and community of Private Homes in the U.S. Each One&Only resort celebrates their own distinctive location and Big Sky is the perfect site, where guests and residents alike can enjoy the very best of nature year-round through the life and energy of One&Only,” says Philippe Zuber, Chief Executive Officer, Kerzner International. “At Moonlight Basin, Lone Mountain Land Company has built a mountain destination that showcases the natural beauty of Montana’s extensive, dramatic landscapes, and I am delighted to introduce One&Only in this unrivalled destination.”

Intimate in size, the architectural design of the resort respects the terrain and minimal impact will be made to the location’s ecosystem during development. Framing the majestic mountain ranges of the area, the resort will seamlessly integrate into the inspired landscape. Featuring local art embracing textiles, roaring fires, and stunning floor-to-ceiling windows, guests will simultaneously feel connected to, yet protected from, the spectacular surroundings. Like all properties in the One&Only collection, One&Only Moonlight Basin will place an emphasis on privacy, providing the ultimate hideaway within a choice of accommodations that are perfect for both couples and families. An emphasis will be placed on outdoor living spaces to enjoy the natural mountain surroundings.

“Moonlight Basin offers one of the most unique mountain experiences in the U.S.,” says Matt Kidd, Managing Director, Lone Mountain Land Company. “We look forward to working with the One&Only team in Big Sky to bring the unique design and exceptional service standards of One&Only to Montana.”

One&Only also has an exclusive global partnership with the leading health and wellness brand based in Switzerland, Chenot. The resort will be home to a transformative Chenot Spa, providing an experience that combines science-based health and beauty with alternative therapies. This will be the first time the Chenot Method® will be available in North America. A cutting-edge fitness center will feature both indoor and outdoor spaces, as part of the resort’s overall amenities that will evolve with the seasons.

One&Only is known for their culinary prowess and One&Only Moonlight Basin will be no exception, offering an array of remarkable indoor and outdoor dining experiences featuring fresh, local ingredients and internationally inspired cuisine. As a culinary destination, each restaurant at the resort will be defined by their own distinct ethos, design, and flavour. The resort will also be ideal for memorable corporate retreats or an intimate celebration. Outdoor spaces will be available to transform locations into unrivalled private events with spectacular views.

The resort will act as both the nexus for adventure and a space to unwind between activities. From hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, fly fishing and snowshoeing, to Alpine and Nordic skiing, dogsledding, and snowmobiling, personal experiences will be offered to discover the best of Big Sky. As with all One&Only properties, the resort will offer innovative programming for families with children while carefully preserving space for adults only as well.

From awe-inspiring natural landscapes to state-of-the-art facilities for fitness, wellness, art, cooking and more, One&Only Moonlight Basin will be a stimulating oasis for active, mindful, and creative pursuits, regardless of age or passions. An adventurous experience, authentically wild.

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Kerzner International Holdings Limited, through its subsidiaries, is a leading international developer and operator of destination resorts, ultra-luxury hotels and residences and innovative entertainment and gaming experiences. Kerzner’s flagship brand Atlantis includes Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai, a 1,500-room, water-themed resort on The Palm, overlooking the Arabian Sea and mainland Dubai and Atlantis, Sanya Hainan in China; and in development, Atlantis, The Royal Resort & Residences in Dubai. Under the One&Only brand, Kerzner manages some of the most top-rated ultra-luxury resorts in the world, located in Montenegro, Mexico, Mauritius, the Maldives, South Africa, Dubai, Rwanda, Malaysia, and Australia. Upcoming immersive lifestyle brand, SIRO is the newest hospitality experience from Kerzner, focusing on holistic health and wellness. Additionally, Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort, a 500-room destination golf and casino resort in Morocco, is also operated by Kerzner.

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Beaumier Hotels Acquires Three Hotels in Switzerland

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Beaumier Hotels Acquires Three Hotels in Switzerland

Wengen, Switzerland, February 4, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Beaumier, the hotel group for those who are looking for an escape in a unique and authentic setting, today announced the acquisition of three hotels in Switzerland’s Alpine region of Wengen for an undisclosed amount. The three hotels are located in the center of the village with ski-in, ski-out capabilities and offer views of Jungfrau and Lauterbrunnen Valley. The acquisition is the first of its kind for the hotel group outside of France and reflects its desire to acquire quality hotels across seasonal leisure destinations throughout Europe. The pre-existing portfolio already consists of eight hotels spread across the French Alps, Provence and the Côte d’Azur.

“We are excited to bring Beaumier to Switzerland. The addition of these three hotels is a strategic next step for the continued growth in Europe and beyond,” said Eric Dardé, CEO at Beaumier. “Our aim is always to create hotels full of life and soul by anchoring them in their local culture and environment. The Zinnert family has created hotels full of heritage and we can’t wait to carry on their legacy.”

Bettina Zinnert, of Wengen Classic Hotels, said in a press note, “My goal has always been to take Wengen Classic Hotels to the next level. After the passing of my father, I realized that as a family run business, we didn’t have the resources to reach our truest potential. I am delighted that Beaumier will help bring the hotels to the top of the market and really put Wengen on the map as a destination. Beaumier is a hotel group that echoes lots of our own values and I am excited to see what is next for these properties.”

Wengen Classic Hotels’s porfolio include the Hotel Silberhorn, Hotel Wengener Hof and the Hotel Belvédère Wengen.

Besides the three recently acquired hotels in Wengen, Beaumier operates eight hotels in France: Hotel Le Val Thorens, Hotel Le Fitzroy in Val Thorens, and Hotel des 3 Vallées in Courchevel 1850 in the French Alps; Hotel L’Alpaga in Megève; and Hotel Les Roches Rouges, in Saint-Raphaël on the Cot̂e d’Azur along with Le Moulin and Le Galinier in Lourmarin and Le Capelongue in Bonnieux.

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Beaumier hotels offer the opportunity to discover authentic experiences in unique destinations, where the staff embody the values of service and hospitality that has become its trademark. Choosing to stay in a Beaumier hotel means first deciding on the destination: snowcapped peaks, the rolling hills of Provence or the sun-kissed shores of the Mediterranean, where every piece of the experience conjures its own adventure and the chance to indulge in luxurious calm and to absorb the stunning nature of each place.

In addition to the three recently acquired hotels in Wengen, Beaumier operates eight hotels in France: Hot̂el Le Val Thorens, Hot̂el Le Fitzroy in Val Thorens, and Hot̂el des 3 Vallées in Courchevel 1850 in the French Alps; Hot̂el L”Alpaga in Megève; and Hot̂el Les Roches Rouges, in Saint-Raphaël on the Cot̂e d’Azur along with Le Moulin and Le Galinier in Lourmarin and Le Capelongue in Bonnieux.

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IHG to Welcome over 50 Hotels to Luxury and Lifestyle Portfolio

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IHG to Welcome over 50 Hotels to Luxury and Lifestyle Portfolio

Denham, United Kingdom, February 3, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / IHG Hotels & Resorts has a rich and long-standing heritage in the world of luxury hospitality, which at more than 400 hotels and 100,000 rooms is one of the largest in the industry*. Its Luxury & Lifestyle portfolio is projected to debut over 50 hotels in 24 countries this year in incredible, inspiring destinations from Rome to Riyadh and Melbourne to Mallorca.

The IHG Luxury & Lifestyle portfolio is a collection of storied brands, including Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas, Regent Hotels & Resorts, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, Hotel Indigo and the recently launched Vignette Collection, IHG’s first collection brand. Inspired by the tastes and desires of the luxury traveller, IHG continues to evolve its Luxury & Lifestyle offering with a focus on welcoming guests with exceptional design, bespoke service delivered with intention and meaningful, transformative experiences, all while thoughtfully expanding its portfolio.

“Luxury, and what it means to consumers, continually changes and adapts. We’ve been intentional and strategic with the enhancements we’ve made to the IHG Luxury & Lifestyle collection in recent years, and our exciting pipeline of openings for 2022 demonstrates the strength and depth of the portfolio. Now more than ever, luxury consumers are eager to indulge in travel again, but in a more meaningful, purpose-driven way. Our Luxury & Lifestyle brands bring distinctive design and unforgettable service together with extraordinary experiences. The addition of these new hotels and resorts in key and emerging markets adds further choice for guests to experience inspiring and personalised stays that meet their travel desires in the moment,” said Tom Rowntree, Vice President Global Marketing for Luxury Brands.

Six Senses invites guests to experience something out of the ordinary

With an ethos rooted in reconnecting with oneself, others and the surrounding world, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas continues to reawaken the senses and offer travellers experiences that are out of the ordinary. In 2022, Six Senses expects to unveil four resorts and spas designed with the diverse and responsible creativity that has become a brand hallmark. Six Senses Rome, located on the quiet and quaint Piazza di San Marcello, will welcome guests to the center of ancient Rome, blocks away from the Fontana di Trevi, the Pantheon and the city’s famed luxury shopping streets. In Switzerland, Six Senses Crans-Montana will feature a resort and residential accommodations in one of the region’s most prominent ski areas just two hours by rail or road from Geneva. As the brand’s second property in the Maldives, the forthcoming Six Senses Kanuhura will encompass three white-sanded private islands on the private island hideaway of Lhaviyani Atoll. With majestic desert surroundings, Six Senses Southern Dunes, The Red Sea in Saudi Arabia will combine an architectural approach that pays homage to the Nabataean heritage with the brand’s trademark wellness and respect for centuries past.

Regent Hotels & Resorts redefines the luxury experience

When Regent Hotels & Resorts was founded in 1970, it marked the beginning of modern upper luxury. The Regent brand has returned to redefine luxury once more through its legacy of innovation, extraordinary views, landmark destinations and exceptional service. With plans to grow the brand to more than 40 hotels in key global gateway cities over the long term, Regent is due to welcome two prestigious properties in some of the world’s most breathtaking destinations in 2022. In addition to the much-anticipated Regent Phu Quoc, which will open with luxurious and exclusive private residences, this year will see the former InterContinental Hong Kong return to its iconic roots – the hotel first opened its doors in 1980 as a Regent and will re-open this year as Regent Hong Kong following a complete and spectacular makeover.

InterContinental Hotels & Resorts continues to open new doors

As the world’s first and largest international luxury hotel brand celebrates its 75th Anniversary, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts continues to pioneer travel in emerging and iconic destinations with 10 properties anticipated to debut in 2022. Following openings in Barcelona and Azerbaijan in 2021, the brand will bring its world-class service to Rome, one of the most visited cities in the world. InterContinental Rome Ambasciatori Palace, opening on the iconic Via Veneto, was designed in the early 1900s in the neo-renaissance style and was originally home to ambassadors staying in Rome. It will be beautifully restored to create a sense of discreet and modern luxury for worldly travellers and locals alike. Expanding its footprint in the Middle East, the brand will open two new resort properties in the UAE and Saudi Arabia. In Australia, the former Hotel Continental, just outside of Melbourne, will have a new, luxurious lease on life when it opens as InterContinental Sorrento Mornington Peninsula. True to its heritage of pioneering emerging destinations, the brand is also poised to land in Khao Yai in Thailand, and Appi Kogen Resort in Japan, in addition to Hangzhou Liangzhou, Chongli and Zhengzhou in Greater China. In Peru, the 322-room InterContinental Lima Miraflores is set to welcome guests with a modern design, including 29 opulent suites.

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants strengthens its international presence

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is celebrated for having pioneered the concept of unique, distinctive, design-forward hotels that foster genuine human connections. Since acquiring the Kimpton brand in 2015, IHG has been committed to its global expansion, establishing a presence in Europe, Asia and Greater China. Following the recent openings in Paris, Bangkok and New Orleans, the brand is due to open seven properties throughout 2022. The highly anticipated Kimpton Margot Sydney will feature a range of innovative culinary experiences built on Kimpton’s legacy of locally loved restaurants. The 79-room Kimpton Aysla Mallorca will bring the brand’s distinctly laid-back approach to luxury to the island as a perfect complement to Mallorca’s relaxed but chic styling and hospitality. In Southeast Asia, the brand plans to unveil the Kimpton Naranta Bali resort in Indonesia in addition to the recently opened Kimpton Kitalay Samui, its first resort in the region, as well as a property in Suzhou, Greater China. As Kimpton’s third boutique hotel in Georgia’s capital city, the Midtown Atlanta property will bring the city’s vibrant arts and culture scene to its innovative design. Expected to debut at the close of 2022, Kimpton Roatan in the Caribbean will be a nature lover’s paradise offering convenient access to spectacular corals and the surrounding jungle canopy.

Hotel Indigo carries on its global growth trajectory

Hotel Indigo, IHG’s fast growing boutique hotel brand, plans to settle into 26 neighbourhoods over the upcoming year, stirring curiosity and inspiring discovery of the local experience. The brand is slated to continue its rapid growth in The Americas, with openings expected in New Orleans, Omaha, Vancouver in Washington, St. Louis, The Galapagos, Lima, Tulum and Baja. Additionally, three hotels are planned to open in New York City. Following new properties in Serbia and France last year, Hotel Indigo is due to welcome four new hotels in Europe and the Middle East with Vienna, Batumi in Georgia, Baku in Azerbaijan as well as Jabal Akhdar in Oman. Last year marked the debut of the brand in Australia with Hotel Indigo Adelaide Markets, and the forthcoming hotels in Brisbane City Centre and Melbourne will capture the spirit and energy of their neighbourhoods, creating a unique guest experience. Openings are also planned across exciting destinations in Asia – Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, Karuizawa and Inuyama in Japan, Saigon in Vietnam, Bintan in Indonesia, Alishan in Taiwan, Greater China, and Anji, Hangzhou Xianghu Lake and Xiamen Haicang in Greater China.

Vignette Collection builds momentum following launch

Vignette Collection, the newest addition to the IHG Luxury & Lifestyle portfolio, is a family of one-of-a-kind hotels in sought-after urban and resort locations where guests can indulge a growing passion for stays that are authentic, experiential and considered. Following the brand’s launch in August last year and the opening of its very first hotel, Hotel X Brisbane Fortitude Valley, in December, Vignette Collection is poised to welcome more hotels to the Collection in 2022 – Sindhorn Midtown in Bangkok, Grand Hotel Wien in Vienna, Austria as well as Penina Resort & Golf and Dona Filipa Hotel, both on Portugal’s Algarve. Over the next 10 years, IHG anticipates Vignette Collection to attract more than 100 properties globally.

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Raffles and Fairmont Hotels to Open in Qatar Next Year

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Raffles and Fairmont Hotels to Open in Qatar Next Year - - TRAVELINDEXDoha, Qatar, January 29, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Katara Hospitality, a leading global hotel owner, developer and operator based in Qatar, announced a new partnership with Accor, a world-leading hospitality group with the two-fold signing of Raffles and Fairmont hotels in Qatar. The management agreement was signed by His Excellency Sheikh Nawaf Bin Jassim Bin Jabor Al-Thani, Chairman of Katara Hospitality and Mr. Sébastien Bazin, Chairman & CEO of Accor.

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The agreement signing was held at Katara Hospitality headquarters in Doha in the presence of Katara Hospitality Management represented by Mr. Andrew Humphries, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Kamal Rhazali, General Counsel, Mr. Irfan Sharief, Chief Asset Management Officer, Mr. Juan Aguilar, Acting Chief Technical Officer. As well as Accor Management represented by Mr. Mark Willis, CEO India, Middle East, Africa & Turkey and Mr. Gaurav Bhushan, CEO of Accor’s Lifestyle Brands.

The agreement consolidates the long-standing partnership between Accor and Katara Hospitality, whom already own several landmark hotels managed by Accor, with the property set to open in 2022. Once completed, the Fairmont Hotel and Raffles Hotel & Residences will join the brand’s worldwide portfolio, known to be the world’s largest collection of historic and iconic hotels. As with any Fairmont property around the world, guests will find themselves immersed in a local authentic environment. Similarly when visiting the Raffles, guests will discover the individual personality and story offered by the hotel. At the essence of every Raffles is to deliver thoughtful, personal and discreet service to well-travelled guests.

On this occasion, His Excellency Sheikh Nawaf bin Jassim bin Jabor Al Thani, Chairman, Katara Hospitality said: “Katara Hospitality is one of the first investors that understood the significance of the project, committing to developing the hospitality icon of Doha for the 21st Century in the State of Qatar. We are confident the ethos of Accor brand is a strategic fit for this iconic project as it is important that we have an operator who understands our vision and strategy, while ensuring it occupies its rightful position in the local and global marketplaces when it opens next year.”

“The world’s most loved cities are often identified through imagery and landmark buildings. We strongly believe the property we are developing will provide Qatar with an architectural symbol that is known and understood right across the globe. Our aim is to create the hospitality icon of the 21st Century that is within one of the world’s most exciting urban developments. Our vision is to set new standards that go beyond the borders of the hospitality industry and provide a landmark location that is instantly recognised internationally,” HE added.

“While we regard 2022 as a milestone in the country’s development, this new property in Lusail will also occupy a focal point for residents and travellers during the FIFA World Cup. We believe that this is our opportunity to showcase a country that has grown into an international destination and Katara Hospitality will create the landmark to underpin lifetime memories.”

Sheikh Nawaf concluded: “As Qatar National Vision 2030 creates the perfect framework for us, we will continue to develop peerless hospitality at home and abroad that are not only jewels in our portfolio but are emblematic for Qatar as well.”

Sebastien Bazin, Chairman & CEO of Accor commented, “We are extremely excited to announce this iconic property and to showcase it on the world stage in the years to come. The arrival of the Raffles and Fairmont brands in Qatar marks an important milestone for Accor, as we endeavour to bring their distinctive levels of quality and luxurious service to residents and travellers alike. We thank Katara, one of our most valued partners, for once again entrusting us with such a unique project, which is set to become a landmark, not only in Qatar, but in the region.”

Symbolically intertwined with Qatar’s heritage, the Iconic Towers in Lusail are an architectural translation of Qatar’s national seal, representing the traditional scimitar swords. Raising gracefully from the podium level, the arched towers will host a luxurious five-star hotel with 361 rooms and suites to cater to discerning business travellers, a lavish six-star hotel with 132 suites to meet the needs of those seeking sophisticated luxury accommodation and 49 branded apartments to become home to permanent residents. State-of-the-art entertainment and recreational facilities, including specialist boutiques, VIP movie theatres, signature restaurants and a private Cigar Lounge are to be complemented by exquisite banqueting and conference spaces, as well as office dedicated areas.

“We believe Qatar to be an ideal place to spend a few days in the Middle East: there is a rich variety of beaches, it features year round sunshine, and the food is equal to the best the region has to offer” said Mr. Andrew Humphries, Acting Chief Executive Officer of Katara Hospitality. We are happy to collaborate again with Accor to open the first Raffles and Fairmont properties in Qatar, which we believe will position Qatar as a leading luxury, lifestyle and conference destination locally and globally”.

“This is a unique opportunity to consolidate Fairmont and Raffles image in the Middle East, with both hotels sitting in on of the most iconic building of the region, indeed an incredible showcase for both brands”, said Mark Willis, CEO of Accor India, Middle East, Africa and Turkey.

Mark Willis adds: “We expect that these properties, with their iconic design and unrivalled presence, will become an architectural emblem and reference in Luxury in Doha”.

Accor currently operates six properties (1,378 keys) in Qatar across five brands including Movenpick, Mondrian and MGallery, with nine additional hotels (2,920 keys) in the pipeline.

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Having been at the forefront of the hospitality industry for over 50 years, Katara Hospitality has built a portfolio of iconic hotels in Qatar and key international gateways. An experienced hotel owner, developer and operator, the group has been a hospitality pioneer in Qatar.

Today, Katara Hospitality’s portfolio of operating hotels and those under development has reached 42 assets globally, encompassing over 8,000 rooms, while it aims to reach 60 properties by 2030.

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Aria Resort Sets Standards on Las Vegas Strip with Revamped Ultra-Luxury Skyvillas

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Aria Resort Sets Standards on Las Vegas Strip with Revamped Ultra-Luxury Skyvillas - - TRAVELINDEXLas Vegas, Nevada, United States, January 28, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Aria Resort thought of everything, so you can forget it all. The 2,060 square-foot Sky Suites Two Bedroom Penthouse is the ultimate in contemporary sophistication. Luxuries include custom residential decor, unmatched amenities, dramatic views of Las Vegas, our signature one-touch room controls and, of course, exclusivity. Las Vegas may be your destination, but it won’t be until you enter your Penthouse that you’ll realize you’ve arrived.

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The seven superlative two-bedroom Skyvillas flaunt a unique palette, personality, and layout. The designers hit a bull’s-eye with a soft contemporary design aesthetic inside that displays a contrasting, brightly-lit Vegas through the floor-to-ceiling windows on the outside. The tasteful, individualistic jewel-toned furnishings give the room a touch of regality. While utterly lavish, the living rooms also create an intimate ambiance with flow-through sofas and furniture. All said and done, the suites and Skyvillas are Aria’s highlight, and luckily for regular Richie Richs, they just got even better.

The Sky Suites are commodious rooms ranging from 1,050 to 2,060 square feet inundated with muted blues and silvers. The suites impress with their mid-century modern styling, seen in one- and two-bedroom accommodations. Sky Suites offer their guests a personal concierge, private pool, private entrance, and some moments of frivolity with game kits such as backgammon, checkers, and chess. While the high rollers can always go to the casino floor for guests who would want to soak up the luxury of the suites they can try live roulette games. Something more adventurous on your mind? The 24-hour concierge team is at your disposal to secure difficult last-minute reservations, tickets, and the like.

Anton Nikodemus, President & COO of Aria, said, “In reimagining Aria’s Skyvillas and Sky Suites, our crown jewels, we took great care to consider what would enhance and differentiate ARIA’s award-winning experience. Inspiring design and breathtaking views are complemented by exceptional, detail-oriented service, creating unparalleled stays for our guests.”

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These 2,000- to 7,000-square-foot residences sit at the apex of Aria, offering posh art-deco bathrooms (stocked with the likes of Hermès, Bulgari, or Creed products), blue-chip art, and fully-stocked caparisoned bars, among other fancy aspects. Skyvillas come with their own in-villa kitchens for esteemed guests who are particular about their tastes and don’t find à la carte tempting. Aria puts a celebrity chef in charge of preparing a memorable meal followed by a cigar sommelier, who, if called upon, will bring up a selection of impossible-to-find offerings. Before these high-tech accouterments even begin to work their charm, guests are floored with Rolls-Royce Phantoms and Champagne-baring butlers who whisk them directly up to their accommodations.

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