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Swiss-Belhotel International Ups Expansion Plans

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Swiss-Belhotel International Ups Expansion Plans - - TRAVELINDEXDubai, United Arab Emirates, May 11, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Swiss-Belhotel International has announced ambitious expansion plans with a strategic focus on Central and Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Africa. As part of the move the group recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Odyssey Group to support its expansion in Japan.

Swiss-Belhotel International is looking at other asset management alliances globally to support its expansion and is presently negotiating on more opportunities. This is a real pivot and change in the expansion approach by working with third party asset managers and investment bankers.

Making the announcement at the Arabian Travel Market, Mr. Gavin M. Faull, Chairman and President of Swiss-Belhotel International, stated, “We are well placed to take advantage of the growing confidence in travel and very excited to continue our global expansion with a strong focus on Central and Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Africa. These regions hold enormous potential for our brands and are important growth markets for us. Today we are at 125 hotels and are aiming towards a healthy growth of 250 hotels by 2030. Working closely with our owners we have been successfully navigating the unprecedented challenges posed by the pandemic and look forward to driving value to our owners, associates, employees, and guests through our diverse brands.”

As part of its robust expansion in Southeast Asia, Swiss-Belhotel International has recently set up a regional office in Thailand. The company is looking to capitalize on new opportunities in priority markets like Thailand and Vietnam where it has multiple hotel projects in advanced negotiations.

Mr. Faull added, “While we are particularly pleased with our progress in Thailand and Vietnam, Southeast Asia as a whole offers tremendous opportunity to expand our footprint further. Our collaboration with the Odyssey Group, which is one of Asia’s leading mid-market private market asset managers providing differentiated and bespoke investment solutions across multiple asset classes, is aimed at bolstering our expansion in Japan.”

As the travel market continues to recover, Swiss-Belhotel International is also looking to increase its presence in Africa with several deals under negotiation. “African countries are still underserved by branded hotel supply despite solid domestic demand. We are witnessing strong owner interest in our brands across Africa with many promising opportunities in the pipeline that we expect to finalise soon.”

About Swiss-Belhotel International
Swiss-Belhotel International is currently in 19* countries, managing a portfolio of more than 125* hotels, resorts and projects located in China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland and Tanzania. The Group provides comprehensive and highly professional development and management services in all aspects of hotel, resort and serviced residences. Offices are strategically located in Hong Kong, New Zealand, Australia, China, Indonesia, United Arab Emirates, Switzerland, Vietnam and Thailand covering Oceania, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa and India regions.

First published at – Global Travel News

Accor Announces Global Launch of All-Inclusive Collection

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Accor Announces Global Launch of All-Inclusive Collection - TRAVELINDEX - HOTELWORLDS.comAntalya, Turkey, May 10, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Accelerating its expansion in the fast-growing market with a unique platform of multi-branded luxury and premium offers. Focusing on experiences through high-quality entertainment and wellness program. Unrivalled and diverse F&B concepts.

Accor, a global hospitality leader, today announced that it is accelerating its expansion in the all-inclusive market with the launch of its multi-branded All-Inclusive Collection – an attractive offering that will see the Group double down on this fast-growing segment by building upon the success of the Rixos brand. The platform will incorporate the key strengths of Accor’s brands and leverage the Group’s leading market position in the luxury and premium segments. Building on Rixos’ invaluable 20+ years of experience in the luxury-all-inclusive market. The offering will look to provide exciting and memorable experiences globally.

Accor entered into a joint venture with Fettah Tamince, founder of Rixos Hotels, in 2016 to develop the All-Inclusive segment. The partnership has proved to be great success with Rixos successfully tripling its network (including committed pipeline) over the last 5 years. Rixos is a leading global player in the luxury all-inclusive segment and the dominant market leader in Turkey, the Middle East and Central Asia with 24 hotels and over 10,000 rooms in operation and a further 26 hotels with over 14,000 rooms in the pipeline.

Building upon the success of Rixos, Accor is significantly expanding its all-inclusive offering by including its luxury and premium brands with Fairmont, Sofitel, Pullman, Swissôtel and Mövenpick in the Collection. The objective is to leverage the strength and visibility of these brands in the key target markets for expansion for the All-Inclusive Collection.

Fettah Tamince, Chairman of the Board of Rixos Hotels said: I am incredibly proud of the success Rixos has achieved in the five years as part of the Accor portfolio. Together, Accor and Rixos complement each other’s market-leading expertise, and the All-Inclusive Collection is the next step in accelerating their positions in the sector. This new initiative comes at a time when the demand for all-inclusive stays could not be stronger and now is the right time to leverage this positive trajectory. I am excited and pleased to continue my partnership with Accor with this expanded brand portfolio.

Carefully curated entertainment programmes, for both day and evening activities, will play a central role and will build on Rixos’ expertise in children’s clubs, fitness, watersports as well as in programming for outdoor activities and MICE. Guests can look forward to spectacular shows with breathtaking performances delivered by entertainers and multiple sporting activities per resort accompanied by world-class spa and wellness facilities.

This will be complemented by the exceptional quality and wide breadth of restaurant, bar, beach club and nightlife concepts, creating unforgettable guest experiences. The Collection’s programming in this space will be inspired and led by Carte Blanched, Ennismore’s F&B Concept Lab with each venue providing diverse and culturally relevant cuisines and culinary experiences. Ennismore is the leading lifestyle platform established by Accor in a joint venture with Sharan Pasricha.

International expansion of the all-inclusive business will be centered in Europe, Middle East Africa, Turkey, Asia and Central America and the Caribbean. These geographies have been selected for their promising growth potential in the all-inclusive segment and the strength of these brands in the target markets. The Collection will initially focus on the further expansion of Rixos’ footprint of 50 properties in the network and pipeline and will quickly scale and diversify as part of a longer term multi-branded strategy of having over 100 all-inclusive resorts in the next 5 years.

The Collection is set for a strong year of openings which will include: Rixos Gulf Hotel Doha, Rixos Qetaifan Doha, which includes one of the world’s largest waterparks. Both these resorts will open in time for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Also opening later this year the Swissôtel Sharm el Sheikh, the first non-Rixos branded property in the All-Inclusive Collection with 1,350 rooms, a water park, multiple dining, beach club and entertainment facilities.

Gaurav Bhushan, CEO Accor Lifestyle & Entertainment, Co-CEO Ennismore said: the post-Covid travel market is witnessing a renewed desire for leisure stays. Accor’s strategic decision to double down on the all-inclusive segment, the fastest growing sector in this market and build upon its success with Rixos, capitalizes on this opportunity. The new luxury and premium All-Inclusive Collection, reinforces our business model while increasing our exposure and value proposition for hotel owners.

First published at – Global Travel News

Palace Hotel Tokyo Unveils New Premier Suites

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Palace Hotel Tokyo Unveils New Premier Suites - - TRAVELINDEXTokyo, Japan, May 9, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / In celebration of Palace Hotel Tokyo’s tenth anniversary this May, the highly acclaimed property is cutting the ribbon on a new category of suites. Six Premier Suites were officially unveiled this month, adding a mid-range category to the hotel’s now-seven categories of suites, which range in size from 75 square meters to 250 square meters (810 – 2,690 square feet).

The hotel turned to the award-winning, luxury hospitality design firm that originally fashioned its interiors, G.A Group, to envision the new suites. Drawing on the elegant-simplicity aesthetic the hotel is known for and taking into account the growing demand for luxury accommodations that cater to longer-stay guests, the property conceived the 90-square-meter (970-square-foot) Premier Suites to better suit business and leisure travelers who desire more space for work and play.

“The luxury market has proven to be very resilient, as there’s always a demand for hotel suites tantamount to pied-à-terres among those accustomed to traveling the world and expecting their accommodations to exude the same level of luxury and sophistication as their own homes,” said Daisuke Yoshihara, president of Palace Hotel Co., Ltd. about the decision to expand the hotel’s offerings. “The addition of these new suites exemplifies our company’s commitment to continuously raising the bar on the products and services that we offer.”

Each Premier Suite’s living space features two distinct areas – a spacious lounge with ample seating and a separate, multi-purpose space in which to dine or work. In the bedroom, which comes outfitted with a dressing table, a walk-through closet leads to an ensuite bathroom with double vanity and separate soaking tub and rain shower. Guests can choose between a king-size bed or two oversized twin beds.

Spread over floors 10 – 15 of the hotel, each of the new suites features two separate balconies on which to dine alfresco while taking in views of Wadakura Fountain Park, the Imperial Palace gardens and the city skyline beyond. In keeping with the original design directive, the verdant landscape surrounding the property served as inspiration for the interiors, with textural elements and an earthy color palette of mossy green, soft browns and light taupe being drawn from the natural environment.

A number of design features add a sense of warmth and richness to the space, including polished timber floors, plush fabric wall coverings and bespoke rugs patterned to echo the wabi sabi beauty of moss as it emerges from untended spaces. Decorative elements range from contemporary Japanese ink wash paintings to sculptural porcelain and ceramic pieces.

The furnishings and artwork are all original and exclusive to Palace Hotel Tokyo, most having been commissioned specifically for the new suites. Curated by Art Front Gallery, the art pieces were all done by contemporary Japanese artists and chosen to reflect the hotel’s connection to nature and the beauty of its surroundings. Japanese sumi (ink wash) paintings reflecting award-winning artist Naoto Sunohara’s abstract, aerial perspectives on the vast Imperial Palace gardens and the green-roofed palace buildings situated within hang prominently in each suite.

In addition to the artwork, the destination is further reflected in uniquely Japanese touches such as the bath linens made in Imabari – a city renowned for over a century for the quality of its towel production – the nambu-tekki cast iron teapots, tea cups handmade in the traditional Mashiko-yaki style of pottery, and Echizen lacquerware tea cup saucers.

For optimum flexibility, each Premier Suite can be expanded into a two-bedroom unit when the adjoining Club Deluxe King or Twin with Balcony room is also booked. Suite guests also enjoy Club Lounge access and privileges, which include private check-in, check-out and concierge service as well as daily breakfast, afternoon tea and evening cocktails and canapés. A private meeting room that seats up to six as well as an outdoor terrace offering captivating vistas of Tokyo round out the 172-square-meter (1,851-square-foot) space’s facilities.

“There’s been a noticeable increase in the amount of time our guests spend on-property – particularly among domestic travelers, but also overseas business professionals traveling on tight schedules who prefer to host their meetings and entertainment at the hotel,” said Masaru Watanabe, Palace Hotel Tokyo’s senior managing director and general manager. “So, it’s important that we continue to adapt and expand our offerings to suit the ever-evolving lifestyles of our diverse clientele. With the debut of these new suites, we have every expectation that our guests will want to linger even longer.”

Premier Suites start from JPY 288,000++ per night.

First published at – Global Travel News

First Female General Manager in St. Regis New York’s History

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First Female General Manager in St. Regis New York's History - TRAVELINDEX - HOTELWORLDS.comNew York City, New York, United States, May 9, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / The St. Regis New York is pleased to announce Octavia Marginean-Tahiroglu as General Manager of the celebrated and historic flagship property. A respected leader in the luxury hospitality arena, Octavia has been a part of The St. Regis New York family for over seven years and brings to her new role a wealth of experience and expertise garnered from her time at the landmark hotel. As the milestone first female general manager in the hotel’s history, Octavia’s designation marks a momentous and exciting new chapter in the hotel’s illustrious history.

“I am thrilled and honored to be at the helm of one of the most glamourous and storied hotels in the world and look forward to leading The St. Regis New York as General Manager,” said Octavia Marginean-Tahiroglu. “The hotel has long served as the benchmark for luxury travel, and I look forward to guiding our dedicated team to carry on the hotel’s legacy as the best address in Manhattan.”

With over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Octavia brings a wealth of knowledge to her new role at The St. Regis New York. Octavia is a longstanding member of The St. Regis New York family, having served as the Hotel Manager since 2015. As Hotel Manager, she worked to maximize profitability while exceeding guest expectations through the highest quality service, amenities, and attention to detail. In 2021, Octavia successfully led the hotel’s reopening, welcoming travelers from around the world back to the beloved property. Prior to joining the St. Regis New York, Octavia served as the General Manager of The Tribeca Grand Hotel and the Deputy General Manager of The Soho Grand Hotel. Octavia began her work with Marriott International in 2004 with The Westin New York at Times Square and first joined The St. Regis New York in 2006 as the Front Office Manager.

Octavia attended Hunter College in New York where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. She is currently enrolled at Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College in the MBA Program.

The St. Regis New York, originally founded by John Jacob Astor over a century ago, is revered as one of the finest hotels in the world. The majestic Beaux-Arts exterior, elegant public spaces, exquisitely designed guest rooms, suites, and unparalleled, bespoke service have preserved its legendary status for more than 100 years. The hotel is also home to the famed King Cole Bar, the birthplace of the original Bloody Mary. Ideally located in the heart of Manhattan at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 55th Street, The St. Regis New York is steps from the city’s finest shopping, restaurants, and museums.

First published at – Global Travel News

Orient Express to Open Luxury Hotel in Venice at Palazzo Donà Giovannelli

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Orient Express to Open Luxury Hotel in Venice at Palazzo Donà Giovannelli - - TRAVELINDEXVenice, Italy, May 4, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Legendary travel brand Orient Express, part of the world-leading Accor group, has signed a partnership agreement with Italian hospitality group Arsenale S.p.A to open the second Orient Express hotel in Italy at the spectacular Palazzo Dona Giovannelli in Venice. The Groups have selected architect and interior designer Aline Asmar d’Amman and her studio Culture in Architecture to design and decorate the space.

Venice, once the gateway to Constantinople and a mythical stop on the legendary Orient Express train – that opened its doors in 1919 with the completion of the Simplon tunnel linking Switzerland to Italy – will be the home of the second Orient Express hotel, set to open in early 2024.

Located just ten minutes from Venice’s Santa Lucia train station, next to the Cannaregio shopping district, and rooted in the origins of the City of the Doges, the Palazzo Donà Giovannelli is a treasured palace built in 1400 by architect Filippo Calendario, known for Venice’s famed Doge’s Palace. Former home of the Duke of Urbino, a patron of the arts, it has been renovated twice, notably in 1800 by architect Gian Battista Meduna. At one time a pinacotheque which housed the painting La Tempesta by Giorgione, it was successively owned by the Donà and Giovannelli families.

An ode to the heritage of Venice, inspired by all of the cultures and eras that are forever a part of its history, the Orient Express Venice Hotel will be home to 45 rooms and suites, all overlooking the gardens and canals of Venice. The hotel bar will be located in the former piano nobile ballroom on the main floor of the building. A world-class restaurant will introduce guests to the flavours of Italian gastronomy. Select terraces hidden on the hotel’s rooftops will offer the most beautiful views of the wonders of the Serenissima.

As soon as the hotel opens, passengers on the Orient Express La Dolce Vita train will be able to disembark directly at the Venice Santa Lucia Station and reach the Orient Express Venice Hotel by foot or by boat.

“Orient Express Venice embodies a unique encounter between two icons: the legendary luxury brand and the Palazzo Donà Giovannelli. An architectural feat at the crossroads of cultures, a link between the East and the West, the landmark building is anchored in eternity and ready to come back to life with a theatrical and contemporary art of living, steeped in infinite elegance” says Aline Asmar d’Amman.

Born in Lebanon, Aline Asmar d’Amman, via her studio Culture in Architecture, creates projects where past and future are connected, where culture symbolizes a bridge between continents. Convinced that beauty adds to, in her words, “the poetic soul of the world”, she has designed the interior architecture of numerous private residences and has taken on the art direction of luxury hotels such as the Hôtel de Crillon in Paris and emblematic restaurants such as Le Jules Verne at the Eiffel Tower. She has also collaborated with Karl Lagerfeld on the making of prestigious decorations and a collection of objects and furniture in marble. Last April, she unveiled the architectural scenography of the Lebanese Pavilion at the Venice Biennale of Art.

About Orient Express
A brand within Accor: Artisan of travel since 1883, Orient Express sublimates the Art of Travel through its luxury trains, unique experiences, collections of rare objects, and soon its first hotels around the world. The Orient Express Venice hotel, which will open in 2024, is the result of a partnership between Accor and the Italian hospitality group, Arsenale S.p.A.

About Arsenale S.p.A.
Founded in 2020 by Annabel Holding and Paolo Barletta, Arsenale is an Italian company who continue to make a mark in the world of luxury hotels. The main objective is the enhancement of the Italian tourism sector, through two main divisions: Hospitality Hotel and Resort, focused on the development and management of hotel facilities in synergy with the most renowned luxury brands in the world, and Hospitality Travel Itinerary with Orient Express La Dolce Vita, the first sustainable railroad tourism project in collaboration with Orient Express, Trenitalia-Gruppo Ferrovie dello Stato and Fondazione FS.

First published at – Global Travel News

Michel Reybier Hospitality Buys Boutique Hotel L’Oscar London

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Michel Reybier Hospitality Buys Boutique Hotel L’Oscar London - - TRAVELINDEXLondon, United Kingdom, April 30,2022 / TRAVELINDEX / The hotel group Michel Reybier Hospitality is taking over the exclusive boutique hotel L’Oscar London. The 39-room hotel, which was recently completely redesigned by the renowned architect Jacques Garcia, is Michel Reybier Hospitality’s first hotel outside France and Switzerland.

With L’Oscar London, Michel Reybier Hospitality is expanding its portfolio with another unique hotel in an attractive destination. Part of this property was once a Baptist Church and was built in 1856 in the Victorian style. Between 1901 and 1903 the building was extended to become the headquarters of the Baptist Church in England. The building is located on Southampton Row, nestled between Covent Garden and Bloomsbury, not far from the British Museum. The name L’oscar pays tribute to the world-famous writer Oscar Wilde. It ties into the literary and history of the area, as it was home to a group of associated writers, philosophers and artists including Virginia Woolf, E.M Forster and Lytton Strachey, known as the ‘Bloomsbury Set’.

Listed Grade II* and considered as a particularly important building of more than special interest in the United Kingdom, the hotel is not only the first of the group in London, but it was also the first time that the renowned architect Jacques Garcia created the interior design of a hotel in London. True to his style, the Frenchman lent the rooms opulence and, above all, atmosphere with a keen sense of history and attention to detail.

The boutique hotel, which opened in 2018, has 39 spacious rooms. From the Superior Room to the L’oscar Suite, each Garcia-designed room has its own unique charm, many with fireplaces and, of course, the latest technology.

The Baptist Bar is set in the former chapel, featuring an octagonal dome. One of the eye-catchers at L’oscar Restaurant is the illuminated onyx bar. The house, which is filled with many arts and craft treasures, also has a beautiful oak-lined library and The Committee Room, which is adorned with an original fireplace engraved with a scene from John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress, is perfect for smaller events.

About Michel Reybier Hospitality
For more than 20 years, Michel Reybier has been blazing the trail for a singular, highly contemporary vision of luxury and hospitality. In both Switzerland and France, each of the Michel Reybier Hospitality destinations upholds his cherished values of excellence, authenticity and simplicity. Whether in a hotel, a villa or a private apartment, in the mountains or by the sea, in the countryside, in the heart of the vineyards or in the city… A sole requirement: namely exceptional places that throb with a distinctive emotion. A sole ambition: to share a refined art of living, dedicated above all else to our guests’ well-being and pleasure. This holistic approach is based on unforgettable experiences, where sport, food, wellness and passion form an inseparable whole. This approach is supported by the medical expertise of Nescens, whose ultimate goal is to ensure people live better, healthier lives for as long as possible. The promise of instilling meaning into each and every moment.

First published at – Global Travel News

La Vie Hotels Announces Opening of Quality Resort and Spa Patong Beach

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La Vie Hotels Announces Opening of Quality Resort and Spa Patong Beach - - TRAVELINDEXPhuket, Thailand, April 15, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / La Vie Hotels and Resorts is thrilled to be officially opening Quality Resort and Spa Patong Beach, alongside key franchise partners, Choice Hotels. The hotel opened to a crowd of almost 250 dignitaries, industry partners, celebrities, media alongside the CEO of La Vie Hotels & Resorts, Jerry Xu, Managing Director, Craig Bond, hotel owner Mr Amardeep Singh Khanijow and Anthony Stanley, Director of Performance & Revenue Management from Choice Hotels.

The opening of Quality Resort and Spa Patong Beach is the third property for La Vie in Phuket and represents the group’s commitment to growing in the region and investment in talent. The group recently expanded its Bangkok regional head office and continues to build its pipeline of hotels in South East Asia.

Located in the heart of Patong Beach, Phuket, Quality Resort and Spa has undergone a complete refurbishment of all its guestrooms, facilities and public areas, and is guaranteed to be a leading hotel of choice for international travellers heading back to the famed tourist island.

Boasting a prime beach-side location, Quality Resort and Spa Patong Beach features 88 rooms, 12 of which are poolside, surrounded by lush tropical gardens. It is an ideal destination for those wishing to enjoy in Patong’s vibrant atmosphere while also relaxing in a tranquil haven. Guests can also explore Patong Beach and its myriad of activities just steps from their room. The resort offers several dining options for guests, including Saffron, a Thai – Indian themed all day dining Restaurant, a Pool Bar, and James & Joyce – a lively Irish Pub.

Mr Amardeep Singh Khanijow, owner of Quality Resort and Spa Patong Beach said he is thrilled to be welcoming guests to the new property, and back to Phuket. “I remember as a child fighting my way through the jungles of Patong Hill to get to Patong Beach. I travelled early in my career and, having started one of my earliest businesses in Patong, this area has always held my imagination.”

“I have taken the time during the pandemic to consider what guests coming back to Phuket will want in a post-COVID era and partnering with an international hotel chain like Choice Hotels will position us perfectly to serve our guests as tourism returns. I can’t wait to share my pride and vision as Phuket welcomes visitors.”

Mr Jerry Xu, CEO of La Vie Hotels & Resorts said: “As a master franchisor for Choice Hotels in the region, La Vie Hotels & Resorts plans to grow the Choice Hotels portfolio in select markets throughout Asia-Pacific over the next several years, and Quality Resort and Spa Patong Beach Phuket will set the standard for many more to come.”

Mr Jerry Xu continued “We are thrilled to be opening this hotel, right in the heart of Patong Beach and we’re confident that, as international tourism returns, travellers will be drawn to the property, not only for its location and its facilities, but because they have the peace of mind, knowing they have an internationally recognised hotel chain ensuring safety and hygiene protocols are held to the highest standard.”

“La Vie Hotels & Resorts pipeline of hotels in South East Asia is very strong and we have some very exciting announcements which we will soon be making and we look forward to a big year of growth ahead”.

First published at – Global Travel News

Hyatt Place Kyoto Celebrates Official Opening

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Hyatt Place Kyoto Celebrates Official Opening - - TRAVELINDEXKyoto, Japan, April 4, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / The 239-room Hyatt Place hotel opens in central Kyoto with convenient access to many attractions in Japan’s ancient capital. Hyatt Place Kyoto, the first Hyatt-branded select service hotel in Kyoto, is officially open, expanding Hyatt Place brand’s footprint globally in markets that matter the most to guests and World of Hyatt members. The new hotel features the Hyatt Place brand’s intuitive design, casual atmosphere and practical amenities, such as free Wi-Fi and 24-hour food and beverage offerings.

Because Hyatt’s efforts are grounded in listening and fueled by care, Hyatt Place hotels combine style, innovation and 24/7 conveniences to create an easy-to-navigate experience for today’s multi-tasking traveler. Hyatt Place Kyoto is located in central Kyoto at the southwest corner of the Kyoto Imperial Palace and close to Nijo-jo Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The hotel is directly connected to the Marutamachi station on the Karasuma subway line and is about 10 minutes from Kyoto station by subway or car. Hyatt Place Kyoto also provides business travelers with convenient subway access to the Kyoto International Conference Center, a major conference facility for international meetings and where the Kyoto Protocol was signed in 1997.

“As Japan’s international borders start to reopen, we are excited to welcome guests to the first Hyatt Place hotel in Kyoto,” said General Manager Takuma Yoshimura. “Our hotel’s central location makes it easy for our guests to travel around Kyoto, visit the city’s many cultural and traditional sites as well as attend business appointments. With our smartly designed social spaces and guestrooms with separate work, play and sleep areas, our multitasking guests can easily accomplish what they need to do while on the road.”

Hyatt Place Kyoto offers:

– 239 spacious guestrooms including three suites, with separate spaces to sleep, work and play, as well as a Cozy Corner sofa-sleeper
– The Kitchen featuring hot breakfast items, fresh fruit, steel-cut oatmeal, Greek yogurt, and more
– Lobby Bar serving freshly prepared meals anytime, day or night, and also featuring specialty coffees and premium beers as well as wines and champagne
– Necessities program for forgotten items that guests can buy, borrow or enjoy for free
– Free Wi-Fi throughout hotel and guestrooms
– Fitness Room featuring cardio equipment with LCD touchscreens

About Hyatt Place
Hyatt Place hotels combine style, innovation and 24/7 conveniences to create an easy to navigate experience for today’s multi-tasking traveler. Guests can enjoy thoughtfully designed guestrooms featuring distinct zones for sleep, work and play, and free flowing social spaces that offer seamless transitions from work to relaxation. With more than 365 locations globally, Hyatt Place hotels offer freshly prepared food around the clock, efficient service and differentiated experiences for World of Hyatt members.

Read original article at Hyatt Newsroom

First published at – Global Travel News

Villa Nai 3.3 Appoints Maksim Juričić as New General Manager

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Villa Nai 3.3 Appoints Maksim Juričić as New General Manager - TRAVELINDEXDugi Otok, Croatia, March 21, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / The luxurious, five-star adult-only hotel, Villa Nai 3.3, a member of Leading Hotels of the World, opened in Summer 2021 on the Croatian island of Dugi Otok, is delighted to announce the appointment of its new General Manager, Maksim Juričić.

Maksim began his career in northern Italy’s finest resort destinations including Lake Garda and Madonna Di Campiglio. He then spent 11 years at the Park Hyatt Milano as a Concierge and Concierge Assistant Manager. In 2008 he became an esteemed member of Les Chefs d’Or and in 2012, he was given the honour of being named as ‘One of the Five Best Concierges in Milan’ by Where Magazine. Maksim continued to develop his knowledge and finesse his skills, in a five-star hotel collection in Ireland before returning to Croatia, from where he originated as a native of the Northern Istria region.

The recent appointment of Maksim as General Manager for Villa Nai 3.3. coincides with the re-opening of the property for the 2022 season. His exemplary customer service skills, combined with his excellent ability to co-ordinate and manage people, will be advantageous for the luxurious and unique property.

“My philosophy is to offer genuine and authentic hospitality without compromising on quality, coincides with the focus of the strong team already in place at Villa Nai 3.3. As a team, I hope that we continue to meet the requirements of our guests through our bespoke and tailor-made service. We will continue to create unique experiences at Villa Nai 3.3. Dugi Otok is a secluded gem of splendid isolation, and the Dalmatian region is an area of immense beauty. It is an ultra-luxurious destination. I was incredibly impressed by Villa Nai 3.3, as well as the overall property, estate, and vision of the owners and look forward to the beginning of the 2022 season as General Manager.” Enthuses Maksim Juričić.

“We are thrilled to have Maksim Juričić as our new General Manager. His forward-thinking approach for Villa Nai 3.3 and passion for the Dalmatian region are admirable. We aim to centre Villa Nai 3.3 as a hub for the Kornati archipelago in 2022 and are in the process of creating bespoke itineraries for our guests to have a more interactive experience with the olive harvest during October. Maksim has been hugely involved in this and I am looking forward to seeing the great work he will do at Villa Nai 3.3.” Delights Goran Morović, Owner of Villa Nai 3.3.

About Villa Nai 3.3
Villa Nai 3.3 opened in Summer 2021 and was designed by renowned Croatian architect Nikola Bašic who drew inspiration from luxurious yachts to create a truly unique concept hotel, which blends seamlessly into the outstanding natural beauty of Croatia’s historic Dugi Otok Island. The exclusive hotel has just eight deluxe rooms and suites for the ultimate comfort and private experience. Villa Nai 3.3 is situated amongst 500-year-old olive groves from which they source the olives used in their multi-award-winning olive oil 3.3. The “liquid gold” is used as a basis in their soothing spa products and treatments and in each of the delectable dishes at their 3.3 Restaurant and Grotta 11000 Restaurant which contain the very best of local produce from surrounding farms, orchards, and waters. Equidistant between Venice and Dubrovnik, guests can expect an experiential, culinary, and wellness journey at Villa Nai 3.3.

First published at – Global Travel News

Accor Continues Expansion of Luxury Footprint in Saudi Arabia

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Madinah, Saudi Arabia, March 19, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Accor, group with over 420 hotels across India, Middle East, Africa and Turkey, continues to expand its luxury footprint in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, with the signing of its first Sofitel property in the Holy City of Madinah, scheduled to open in 2023. With plans to revamp and rebrand under the Sofitel marque next year, the hotel will continue to operate under white label while it undergoes a comprehensive renovation to position it at the pinnacle of the luxury market in Madinah. Upon completion of the revitalization works, the hotel will stand out as a beacon of modern luxury and French savoir-faire, blending the brand’s unique sense of joie de vivre with the very best of the locale.

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Partnering with Waqf Sheikh Abdul Bari al-Shawi, represented by the principal of Sheikh Hamza al-Shawi, the hotel ownership is part of a joint charitable entity that donates a portion of its annual profit to treat patients in need in Madinah.

“The agreement reinforces and advances the humanitarian message the Waqf stands for. We could not think of a better group to collaborate with than Accor and look forward to a successful partnership in the coming years,” mentioned Sheikh Hamza al-Shawi, Principle and representative of the Waqf.

The hotel boasts a landmark location in the centre of Madinah, a short walk from the northern entrance of the Al-Masjid an-Nabawi. The property features 469 keys, including the most luxurious suite in Madinah, two- and three-bedroom suites, three dining outlets, an executive lounge, two meeting rooms and a fitness centre with a gym.

“The hotel is another great addition to our luxury portfolio in the Kingdom and the region overall”, says Mark Willis, CEO of Accor India, Middle East, Africa & Turkey. “The new Sofitel Madinah is set to become the ultimate choice for travellers, including those partaking in the annual Islamic pilgrimage, that are looking for unparalleled luxurious hospitality while being strategically located, minutes away from key Holy landmarks.”

The signing of this milestone project further strengthens Accor’s already dominant position in the religious markets of Madinah and Makkah, providing guests with an unparalleled and diverse offering when visiting the Holy Cities.

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Accor currently operate 40 properties (14,660 keys) in Saudi Arabia with a pipeline of 42 properties (10,864 keys).

About Accor
Accor is a world leading hospitality group consisting of more than 5,300 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 joint venture, which Accor holds a majority shareholding. Ennismore is a creative hospitality company with a global collective 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. 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.

First published at – Global Travel News