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News: Emirates Palace appoints Martin Cramer as new general manager

Emirates Palace has announced Martin Cramer has been appointed as the hotel’s new general manager. With a distinguished career in hospitality spanning over 30 years, Cramer brings a wealth of experience to Abu Dhabi’s iconic property.  “Emirates Palace is a jewel among hotels, a symbol of exemplary luxury and hospitality excellence around the world,” Cramer said following appointment. “It is a great honour and challenge to take on the role of general manager of such a fine property, and I intend to build upon its distinction as one of the…

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Smithsonian Museums Will Remain Open this Weekend, Federal Shutdown or No

As a divided Senate weighs a stopgap federal budget today, the possibility of government shutdown seems very real. Though the House managed to clear the plan yesterday, the supermajority Senate requirement may prove insurmountable. Senators on both sides of the aisle have their reasons for torpedoing the budget: many Democrats are protesting in light of the uncertain fates of DACA immigrants, and several Republicans dislike a multibillion-dollar children’s education allotment added as a concession to the left. This precarious state of affairs leaves the near-term operations of the federally funded…

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Photos Document the Last Remaining Old-Growth Pine Forests of the American South

Before the early 20th century, longleaf pine forests were ubiquitous to the southern coastal plains, encompassing approximately 90 million acres of land. But years of deforestation by the logging and farming industries took its toll on the forested ecosystem, and today only 3 percent remains. Growing up in the pine belt of southern Mississippi, Chuck Hemard would explore the longleaf pine (Pinus palustris) forest adjacent to his neighborhood, but it wouldn’t be until 2010 that the photographer would embark on a seven-year project capturing what still exists of the forests…

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Focus: Breaking Travel News interview: Patrick Divall, vice president, Western Europe, Wyndham Hotel Group

Something of a stately presence on the global hospitality scene, Wyndham Worldwide has been undergoing a significant reorganisation over the past 18 months. The giant is currently splitting itself in half to create two separate, publicly traded companies. Wyndham Hotel Group, with more than 8,100-hotels and based in Parsippany, New Jersey, will become a standalone hotel company, while Wyndham Vacation Ownership will move to Florida to become the largest publicly traded timeshare company. At the same time, Wyndham Hotel Group is itself expanding, having just this week announced a $…

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News: AccorHotels to manage Le Grand Amman, Lebanon

AccorHotels have announced the rebranding of a prominent landmark hotel in Jordan to Le Grand Amman – managed by AccorHotels. The property consisting of 298-rooms and 67 well-appointed serviced apartments was launched in partnership with Iskan Co. for Touristic & Hotel Investments.  Le Grand Amman is situated in close proximity to the upcoming Abdali Downtown Project, a ground-breaking development that is set to become Amman’s premiere leisure, tourism and business hub. Catering towards a growing number of business travellers, the hotel is located at the centre of the Shmeisani commercial…

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News: Africa Hotel Investment Forum headed for Kenya this October

The Africa Hotel Investment Forum will return to Nairobi on October 2nd-4th. The event is considered premier hotel investment conference in Africa, attracting many prominent international hotel owners, investors, financiers, management companies and their advisers. This year, the day prior, October 1st, will feature investment inspection visits to several development projects around Kenya.  Kenya has varied and wide-ranging tourism potential and the opportunity to explore some of these investment opportunities before congregating in Nairobi will be one of the highlights of the event programme.  The visits will include various projects…

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News: Shama Zijingang Hangzhou, China, to open in 2019

Onyx Hospitality Group has continued the expansion of its Shama brand with the signing of another new project, Shama Zijingang Hangzhou. The deal marks the fourth Shama signing this January. Occupying a 21-storey building within Yaojiang Wending International, the large-scale commercial complex development by Yaojiang Group, Shama Zijingang Hangzhou is perfectly positioned within the Xihu (West Lake) District of Hangzhou. The hotel is close to the Zijingang Campus of Zhejiang University, one of the most prestigious tertiary education institutions in China. The Hangzhou International Convention and Exhibition Centre and the…

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