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European Brand Tivoli Hotels Debuts in China with Opening in Chengdu

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European Brand Tivoli Hotels Debuts in China with Opening in Chengdu - - TRAVELINDEXChengdu, China, April 7, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Tivoli Hotels and Resorts, a luxury Portuguese-rooted hospitality brand, has announced an important milestone in its expansion strategy throughout Asia with the opening of Tivoli Chengdu at Cultural Heritage Park.

Developed in partnership with Chengdu Qingyang Urban and Rural Construction Development Company Limited, the 201-room luxury property is located in the International Intangible Cultural Heritage Park, in Chengdu. While holidaymakers will enjoy direct access to the park’s purpose-built exhibition halls showcasing world cultures, business travellers will appreciate the proximity of Chengdu Shuangliu Airport located just 19 kilometres away and the hotel’s state-of-the-art meeting facilities.

Chengdu, a thriving cultural and commercial capital of Sichuan Province, has an established travel industry thanks to its pleasant climate, a bevy of historical attractions, excellent food, and a world-renowned breeding and research base for giant pandas. Opening the doors to these thrilling urban experiences, Tivoli Chengdu will feature a collection of signature Tivoli moments twinned with authentic cultural discoveries.

Designed to resemble a spread-out gilded scroll, the property is nestled into lush, green surroundings. In the soaring lobby, hibiscus pillars and earthenware artworks aim to bring Chengdu’s natural landscapes indoors, while inside the spacious Deluxe Rooms muted tones and luxury furnishings create a deeply relaxing environment. At 75 square metres, the signature Tivoli Rooms provide ample space and a luxurious residential feel enhanced by nature-inspired art, such as the handmade butterfly print over the bed chosen for its symbolism and lucky connotations.

With six dining and lifestyle venues, gastronomy is a major highlight of the Tivoli Chendgu experience. Casa de Fados, the first Portuguese restaurant in Chengdu, will host a European-style Sunday brunch, as well as serving daily seafood-rich Mediterranean meals paired with fine wines on a sunny terrace surrounded by a garden. Another signature venue, Tihong Chinese Restaurant, is designed as a lively family hub where diners can sample dim sum and contemporary Szechuan and Cantonese dishes prepared with ingredients sourced from Chengdu and its environs. The restaurant’s 11 private dining rooms are each named after the prose poems penned by the great Chengdu-born poet, Sima Xiangru.

At the all-day dining CAFÉ 1933, chefs concoct exquisite dishes from around the globe, with a focus on South-east Asian specialties. Lobby Lounge will offer light Western meals and casual dining in vibrant surrounds, with premium teas served at the adjacent antique tea room. Fun DIY bakery sessions and chocolate workshops will be offered as part of the family-friendly Mr Fun Bakery House experience, an extension of the Lobby Lounge. Family picnic sets are also available to enjoy out in the gardens or in Chengdu Cultural Heritage Park. A must at Tivoli Chengdu are sundowners and celebrations at the Sky Bar offering panoramic views over the park and classic Tivoli cocktails.

The property’s 800-square-metre outdoor Kids’ Garden will provide baby-sitting services as well as offering dedicated pet’s bed, pet’s menu, and a spacious play area. Other amenities include a fully-equipped health centre, the renowned Anantara Spa and a soon-to-open swimming pool. With its 2,275-square-metre pillarless banquet hall and heritage-themed coffee breaks, Tivoli Chengdu is perfectly positioned for events of any size and style. The 3,650-square-metre outdoor lawn, in the meantime, is ideal for weddings and social celebrations.

A short walking distance from Tivoli Chengdu is Chengdu Metro Line 4, providing convenient access to local popular attractions such as the Broad and Narrow Alley, Du Fu Thatched Cottage, Qingyang Palace, Huanhuaxi Park and Tianfu Square. Nancaoping Ecology Park and the 18-hole Tianfu Golf Club are also within easy reach.

First published at – Global Travel News

Ascott Thailand Annouces Reopening of Citadines Sukhumvit 8

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Ascott Thailand Annouces Reopening of Citadines Sukhumvit 8 - - TRAVELINDEXBangkok, Thailand, March 29, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / CapitaLand’s wholly-owned serviced residence business subsidiary, The Ascott, announces that the Citadines Sukhumvit 8 Bangkok has completed its renovation and reopened for business with SHA Plus+ accreditation. With its new rooms, public spaces, and lobby, this renovated apart-hotel is ready to welcome all visitors back and make all stay even more enjoyable for a restful recharge.

Situated in a tranquil residential area of the city centre, this apart-hotel is an ideal base to explore Bangkok’s attractions. It’s close to parks, office buildings, shopping malls, and restaurants, and it offers a free tuk-tuk shuttle service between the residence and other popular destinations. The location is ideal for both business and pleasure travellers who want to see Bangkok’s many different attractions.

“We are excited to welcome back the newly renovated Citadines Sukhumvit 8 Bangkok, and show our guests what it’s like to benefit from a living experience that prioritises comfort and offers the flexibility of personalised services to suit each resident’s lifestyle. We can’t wait to see what our guests think.” said Mr. Brian Tan, Country General Manager for Ascott in Thailand and Laos.

Citadines Sukhumvit 8 Bangkok offers 130 stylish units of studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments with a fully-equipped kitchenette and separate living areas. There is a fitness area, an outdoor pool, and business facilities, among many other things that make this apart-hotel unique.

About The Ascott Limited
The Ascott Limited is a member of CapitaLand Investment. It is one of the leading international lodging owner-operators with properties across Asia Pacific, Central Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the USA. Its portfolio of serviced apartment, coliving and hotel brands includes Ascott The Residence, The Crest Collection, Somerset, Quest, Citadines, lyf, Préférence, Vertu, Harris, Citadines Connect, Fox, Yello, Fox Lite and POP!.

About CapitaLand Investment Limited
Headquartered and listed in Singapore, CapitaLand Investment Limited (CLI) is a leading global real estate investment manager (REIM) with a strong Asia foothold. As at 30 September 2021, CLI had about S$120.8 billion of real estate assets under management, and about S$84.3 billion of real estate funds under management (FUM) held via six listed real estate investment trusts and business trusts, and 30 private funds across the Asia-Pacific, Europe and USA. Its diversified real estate asset classes cover integrated developments, retail, office, lodging and new economy sectors such as business parks, industrial, logistics and data centres.

CLI aims to scale its FUM and fee-related earnings through its full stack of investment management and operating capabilities. As the listed investment management business arm of the CapitaLand Group, CLI has access to the development capabilities of and pipeline investment opportunities from CapitaLand’s development arm. Being a part of the well-established CapitaLand ecosystem differentiates CLI from other REIMs.

As part of the CapitaLand Group, CLI places sustainability at the core of what it does. As a responsible real estate company, CLI contributes to the environmental and social well-being of the communities where it operates, as it delivers long-term economic value to its stakeholders.

First published at – Global Travel News

Best Western Brings International Hospitality to Central Kalimantan

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Best Western Brings International Hospitality to Central Kalimantan - - TRAVELINDEXPalangkaraya, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia, March 24, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Best Western Hotels and Resorts continues to introduce its international standards of hospitality to Indonesia’s most dynamic destinations with the launch of Best Western Batang Garing, a modern midscale hotel in Palangkaraya, the capital and largest city in Central Kalimantan.

Perfectly positioned in the heart of the city, just 15 minutes’ drive from Tjilik Riwut Airport and surrounded by local attractions, offices and government buildings, Best Western Batang Garing is the ideal option for business and leisure travelers alike. Designed in a modern Dayak style, the hotel features 133 cozy and contemporary rooms, all of which come fully equipped with comfortable king or twin beds, refreshing bathrooms, working desks and the latest technology, such as flat-screen TVs and complimentary Wi-Fi.

High-quality Indonesian, pan-Asian and Western cuisine can be enjoyed at the hotel’s all-day restaurant, while the chic lounge serves a wide range of refreshments throughout the day and evening, with a choice of indoor and outdoor seating. Guests can cool off in the semi-indoor swimming pool and experience soothing therapies at the spa and massage area.

Best Western Batang Garing is also set to become one of the city’s top venues for meetings and events, with three well-equipped function spaces and a large ballroom that can host major corporate functions and social occasions, including weddings. With its prime location in the city center, guests can explore local attractions such as Huma Betang, Balanga Museum and the Soekarno Monument. A short drive outside Palangkaraya, the jungles of Central Kalimantan offer outstanding opportunities for eco adventures, including boat trips and wildlife treks in Sebangau National Park, which is home to the world’s largest population of orangutans.

“We are excited to open Best Western Batang Garing, introducing our world-famous standards of hospitality to yet another exciting Indonesian destination. Our core Best Western brand is perfectly suited to Indonesia’s emerging second and third tier cities, such as Palangkaraya, which are seeing rising demand for high-quality accommodations and amenities. With its contemporary rooms and suites, fantastic facilities and professional meeting spaces, this new hotel is set to become one of the city’s most sought-after places to stay, meet, dine and unwind,” said Erwann Mahe, Managing Director, International Operations – Asia, BWH Hotel Group®.

The launch of Best Western Batang Garing marks the latest phase of Best Western’s expansion strategy in Indonesia. At present, the company operates 18 properties across the country, comprising 10 Best Western®, three Best Western Plus® and five Best Western Premier® branded hotels. Looking ahead, the group will continue to unveil new brands in established locations such as Jakarta and Bali, while also introducing international hospitality to the country’s emerging regions.

About Best Western Hotels & 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.

First published at – Global Travel News

Accor Hotels Roars with Record Growth Across Greater China

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Accor Hotels Roars with Record Growth Across Greater China - TRAVELINDEX

Beijing, China, March 16, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Accor is advancing through 2022 with a continued focus on expanding its presence across Greater China, offering more hotels to travelers and loyalty members than ever before, from acclaimed brands such as Raffles, Fairmont, Sofitel, MGallery, Pullman, Grand Mercure, Novotel, Mercure, and ibis. Accor’s new project signings in China reached an all-time high in 2021 – leading to more than 520 hotels now in operation and an additional 350 under development. Accor is also on track to drive even greater momentum and growth success this year.

“Surpassing 500 hotels in Greater China truly is a milestone of which we are extremely proud. This achievement is a result of the powerful connection that Accor’s brands and our dynamic team members have forged over the past 35 years with owners and guests throughout this region,” said Gary Rosen, CEO, Accor Greater China. “We are really excited about our strong momentum in 2022 and beyond. On average, every five days a new Accor-branded hotel is opened in the region to meet the ever-growing demand for high-quality hospitality experiences. Accor provides one of the most diverse brand portfolios in the world, positioning us well to continue introducing more brands, more hotels, and more experiences for leisure and corporate travelers across Greater China.”

China’s emergence as an economic leader has redrawn the lines of global tourism, with China set to overtake the US as the world’s largest economy within the next decade. According to research from Euromonitor International, China is on track to become the world’s #1 global tourism destination by 2030, while continuing to be a world leader in fueling outbound tourism to other countries. Meanwhile, the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has hailed China as the world’s #1 domestic tourism market. The WTTC cites China’s 62% absolute growth in domestic tourism since 2008, pushing it up the list from fourth position to the top spot today. This dovetails neatly with the China Tourism Academy’s forecast for 2022, which anticipates a return to nearly 70% of pre-Covid levels of domestic travel this year.

“China is one of the fastest-growing and most competitive economies in the world for hotel development and Accor is proud to lead this important market,” said Agnès Roquefort, Chief Development Officer, Accor. “Accor’s brand portfolio is a key differentiator for the Group and will be a driving force in our success. Close to 40% of our hotels in China are at the luxury and premium level, while we retain a stronghold in the midscale and economy segments. This puts us in an enviable position and combined with our deep local knowledge and the expertise of our regional development and commercial teams, we have a flexible and highly compelling value proposition to offer owners and developers.”

Across Greater China, Accor’s top flagship hotels are well-known and beloved by travelers, including Raffles Shenzhen, Fairmont Peace Hotel, Sofitel Legend People’s Grand Hotel Xi’an, Sofitel Guangzhou Sunrich, DongFengYun Hotel Mi’Le – MGallery, Pullman Shanghai South, and Novotel Guangzhou Airport. Some of the most popular, high-profile openings of 2021 included Fairmont Sanya Haitang Bay, Sofitel Hangzhou Yingguan Hotel, Pullman Jiaxing Pinghu Excellence Hotel, Ocean Spring Resort Chengdu – MGallery, Novotel Zhengzhou Airport Hotel and Grand Mercure Pingxiang Kaiguang Hotel.

Looking ahead to the remainder of 2022, The Year of the Tiger will bring some highly-anticipated new flagship hotels to life, such as Raffles at Galaxy Macau, Fairmont Xiamen, and Sofitel Shanghai North Bund. This year will also see the grand return of the beloved landmark, Swissôtel Beijing, following three years of extensive renovations and restyling.

Accor’s newest luxury brand, Emblems Collection, will open its first hotel in the world in December 2022 – a magnificent flagship hotel, Guiyang Art Centre Hotel, Emblems Collection, in Guizhou province. The new brand has a goal to create a unique global portfolio exceeding 60 boutique hotels and luxurious resorts by 2030, which will certainly include additional properties in China.

MGallery Hotel Collection is a brand to watch – with not one, but two – hotels opening in Hong Kong this year. The Silveri Hong Kong – MGallery creates a serene retreat on Lantau Island, while AKI Hong Kong – MGallery complements the neighborhood buzz of Wan Chai with a stylish energy. Upcoming MGallery destinations include Shenzhen’s vibrant Dalang District; Wuxi Dangkou Ancient Town; as well as Guangzhou.

One of China’s top performing premium brands, Pullman, has multiple new properties slated to open in 2022, including Pullman Nanchang Xinlv, Pullman Shenzhen North Station, Pullman Chongqing Beibei, and Pullman Wuhan Airport New City. These are in addition to Pullman Dali, Pullman Haikou and Pullman Suzhou Taicang which have been open since January 2022. Greater China has more Pullman Hotels & Resorts than any other country in the world, with nearly fifty hotels in operation, a record number of new project signings, and no signs of slowing.

The power of Accor’s midscale and economy brands is also noteworthy. Novotel, a longtime favorite amongst travelers, continues to push forward with innovative new design concepts and exciting openings like Novotel Guangzhou Airport and Novotel Chengdu Tianfu Living, both set to open in 2022. Other upcoming destinations for the beloved brand include Novotel Wuxi Wanshan Lake, Novotel Xi’an Aden, and Novotel Qingdao Downtown. Not to be outdone, one of Accor’s top midscale brands, Mercure, has been singled out as one of the fastest growing brands in the world, according to a past ranking from Brand Finance. Mercure currently has more than 110 hotels in Greater China, and nearly 100 more in development. Additionally, Accor’s trailblazing economy brand, ibis, now offers more than 200 hotels in Greater China, a truly remarkable achievement.

“Accor was founded on the premise of building innovative brands and boldly expanding them throughout the world,” added Mr. Rosen. “As we progress through 2022, all of us at Accor look forward to sharing even more exciting news about our growing portfolio in Greater China and around the world, as we embrace each opportunity with the strength, confidence and adventurous spirit that the Year of the Tiger inspires.”

First published at – Global Travel News

Iconic Sea Ranch Lodge Now Reopen Following Extensive Renovation

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The Sea Ranch, California, United States, March 12, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / The Sea Ranch Lodge reopened to the public in October 2021 following an extensive revitalization project that breathes new energy into the iconic property while preserving the original architecture and integrity. The remodel features architectural design by Mithun, landscape architecture by TERREMOTO, interior design by The Office of Charles de Lisle and construction by David Hillmer.

“With the restoration and reopening of The Sea Ranch Lodge, we are excited to honor the vision of the original developer and original group of architects including Al Boeke, Lawrence Halprin, and MLTW (Charles Moore, Donlyn Lyndon, William Turnbull and Richard Whitaker)—stewardship and respect of the land, sustainability for The Sea Ranch and creating a gathering place for all Sea Ranchers,” said Kristina Jetton, general manager of The Sea Ranch Lodge. “As we continue to fulfill their original masterplan, we will always design and host experiences here that live in harmony with the natural elements that make The Sea Ranch so special. We look forward to welcoming Sea Ranchers, locals, visitors and the next generation of creators to dine at our new restaurant, walk the trails, enjoy a memorable event in the meadow, or simply come by and be inspired by this magical coastal setting.”

Set on 53 acres of spectacular Northern California coastline in Sonoma County, the iconic Sea Ranch Lodge was designed to respond to—and live in harmony with—the natural elements. The Sea Ranch Lodge includes a dining room, bar and lounge, café, general store, post office and extensive open space with views of the Pacific. Located 100 miles north of San Francisco along Highway 1, the Lodge exists within the greater 7,000-acre Sea Ranch community which consists of 2,200 private homes clustered at intervals marked by cypress hedgerows, undeveloped lots, sprawling meadows, rolling hills, redwood and Douglas fir forests, nature trails and ocean views across 10 miles of the Pacific’s coastal shelf.

Design Perspectives: History, Inspiration And Renewal

The architectural renovation of the Lodge was inspired by the original Sea Ranch architecture and the landscape behind its vision: the wind-shaped coastline and traditional barns. Lawrence Halprin, lead designer of the Sea Ranch master plan, directed architects to “focus on how to inhabit the land and protect the awesome character without softening it or altering it.” The Sea Ranch Design Guidelines put it this way: “This is not a place for the grand architectural statement; it is a place to explore the subtle nuances of fitting in—blending buildings into the existing environmental setting and the historical context.”

With those lessons in mind, Mithun’s goal with the Lodge was to simplify and clarify the original structure to focus the experience on the natural setting and exceptional views. We started with the removal of previous remodels, which had compromised the original building. We then continued to remove walls and partitions that had subdivided spaces, separating them from light and views. Spaces were opened and recombined to create a simpler plan with better connection to the exterior. Respect for the history of the building was fundamental to the design. Any required new elements were constructed in the simple agricultural language of the original with similar basic materials and details.

The Lodge experience was updated and expanded with the addition of a café to replace the previous reception/office area, integration of the solarium space into the lounge, and a new open layout for the kitchen which has also improved the dining room. The original building had followed the slope of the site, resulting in four slightly different levels at the main floor. These have been simplified to allow disabled access to all public spaces. Occupant comfort and building performance has also been improved with insulated windows, integrated sun shading, improved lighting, and a sound-absorptive ceiling in the lounge and dining rooms. The public spaces are oriented toward the true amenity of the Sea Ranch Lodge: a meadow rolling gently toward the Pacific Ocean.

First published at – Global Travel News

Accor Hotels Core Focus in India is Densification of Existing Brand Portfolio

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Accor Hotels Core Focus in India is Densification of Existing Brand Portfolio- TRAVELINDEXDelhi, India, March 7, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Despite the dynamic circumstances that the pandemic brought with it for the hospitality industry, Accor launched three of its much-awaited hotels in 2021, the luxurious Raffles Udaipur, Novotel Chandigarh Tribune Chowk and ibis Vikhroli Mumbai, in partnership with InterGlobe Hotels. This underlines Accor’s sustainable growth in the Indian market and its commitment to holistic development, involving its guests, owners, and partners. In India, Accor has a wide portfolio, with ten brands across the luxury, premium, upper midscale, midscale and economy segments, and each brand has been able to create a niche for itself, among the rich base and varied needs of the Indian market.

The Novotel and ibis brands from the Accor portfolio in India have an extremely high brand recall and a strong focus on the meetings and conventions market, as well as the weddings and socials market. The Novotel network, with 21 operational hotels, forms the largest network of mid-scale hotels in the country, with hotels in key cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Goa and Hyderabad. Over the next 24 months, Accor expects to add six new properties to the network, two of which will debut in leading two-tier markets within India – Novotel Bhubaneshwar Janpath Road and Novotel Jodhpur ITI Circle. Accor will also continue to expand its ibis and ibis Styles brand in partnership with InterGlobe Hotels by adding three more hotels in the next two years to the existing portfolio of 20 hotels.

“India is a diverse market with heterogenous guests, and our endeavour is to cater to our guests in all their varied personas and changing needs.”, said Mark Willis, CEO India, Middle East, Africa & Turkey. “Our Novotel and ibis brands are much preferred by guests given their value, price and ability to offer a consistent experience, with a seamless service. We will continue to expand our footprint in the upper mid-scale and economy segment in India with the Novotel and ibis brands, and also keep looking for the right partners as we expand our luxury brands after the successful response we received for Raffles Udaipur last year.”

Speaking on the occasion, Puneet Dhawan, Senior Vice President of Operations – India & South Asia, Accor said “We are excited to be entering new markets that promise vast business potential. With travelers’ confidence rebounding, and the Indian tourism sentiment demonstrating positive outcomes, staycations and workcations to both metropolitan and non-metropolitan cities are in demand. We are well positioned to address this demand and an addition of nine new hotels to our existing network would surely lead Accor to even higher levels of hospitality in the country.”

Accor currently has a focused yet differentiated brand portfolio with 54 hotels in India, and more than 10,000 keys. From a development perspective, Accor has been following a densification strategy, and enhancing expansion in key cities with multiple hotels across varying price points.

All Accor properties in India, across brands, have received the ALLSAFE global certification to ensure guests of their safety and wellbeing. The ALLSAFE programme is designed to reassure guests with an all-encompassing set of procedures responding to new consumer behaviours and expectations around a safe experience.

Accor’s comprehensive loyalty program ALL – Accor Live Limitless for all Accor hotels across the globe is a daily lifestyle companion that provides access to wide variety of rewards, services, and experiences. As per ALL’s current offer, guests get to save 25% on stays with a chance to win 1 million Reward points when they stay at any of Accor’s participating hotels & resorts across India and Sri Lanka.

Accor, a world-leading augmented hospitality group, has announced plans to densify its portfolio by adding nine new hotels across the mid-scale and economy categories to the existing portfolio of 54 hotels in India. Over the next two years, Accor will add more than 1,300 keys to its Novotel and ibis brands in the country.

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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Savor the Beauty of Spring Blossom in Japan with Best Western Hotels

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Savor the Beauty of Spring Blossom in Japan with Best Western Hotels - TRAVELINDEXOkinawa, Japan, February 22, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Best Western Hotels and Resorts is inviting its experience-seeking guests to watch Japan’s spectacular sakura season with its new “Japan’s Spring Blossom Sale”. Under this enticing offer, travelers from all over the world can enjoy a generous 20% discount at hotels and resorts in many of the most popular destinations all across the “Land of the Rising Sun”.

Simply book from 23 February until 31 March 2022, for stays taken any time until 31 May 2022, and enjoy an instant 15% discount on the hotel’s Best Rate. Best Western Rewards® members are entitled to an additional 5% off. Whether guests want to discover Japan’s thrilling cities, captivating culture, magnificent mountains or its beautiful beaches, Best Western has the perfect hotel for every spring vacation in Japan.

Tokyo’s exhilarating urban attractions, from the iconic Shibuya Crossing to the exquisite Imperial Palace Gardens, can be enjoyed at Best Western Hotel Fino Tokyo Akasaka and Best Western Hotel Fino Shin-Yokohama. Alternatively, foodies can treat their taste buds in Osaka, Japan’s culinary capital, where Best Western Osaka Tsukamoto, Best Western Plus Hotel Fino Osaka Kitahama and SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western Shin-Osaka create great options for visitors to this exciting city.

Or for a blissful beach break, Best Western Okinawa Kouki Beach and Best Western Okinawa Onna Beach boast stunning seafront locations in Japan’s tropical island paradise, allowing guests to splash, swim and snorkel in the clear turquoise water or simply stroll along the soft sand.

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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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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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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