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News: Conrad Hotels moves into Colombia with Cartagena property

Conrad Hotels & Resorts has announced the opening of Conrad Cartagena, the brand’s first hotel in Colombia and third in Latin America. The oceanfront oasis on the north side of the iconic Walled City welcomes guests to the shores of the Caribbean Sea. “With Cartagena being one of the most popular destinations in the country, we are proud to announce the opening of Conrad Cartagena as the newest addition to our luxury portfolio in the region,” said Tom Potter, senior vice president, operations, Latin America and the Caribbean, Hilton. “We…

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News: Minor Hotels to launch Anantara Sharjah Resort in 2020

Minor Hotels has signed a management agreement with Basma Group and Arada for a new Anantara resort in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Scheduled to open in mid-2020, the 233-key Anantara Sharjah Resort will be located on a prime beachfront location in Sharjah, approximately 30 minutes’ drive from Dubai International Airport and 15 minutes’ drive from Sharjah International Airport. The new-build resort will offer a selection of accommodation options including deluxe rooms and luxury suites. Facilities will include multiple dining options with a specialty restaurant located on a pier, a male…

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News: WTM 2017: Rotana announces opening of 14 new hotels by end of 2018

Rotana Hotels & Resorts is pressing forward with an inspired growth plan with 14 new properties across the UAE, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Oman, Iran, Iraq and Tanzania. The new openings will take place in the coming year, bringing Rotana’s hotel portfolio to 71 by the end of 2018, enforcing the group’s vision of operating 100 hotels by 2020. Rotana, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, has also just released year-on-year figures showing that UK room nights at Rotana properties in Abu Dhabi grew by 6.9 per…

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Hilton Hotels fined for credit card data breaches

The company behind Hilton Hotels is paying a $ 700,000 (£525,000) fine after being accused of mishandling two separate credit card data breaches. The attacks were in 2014 and 2015. More than 363,000 accounts were put at risk, although it remains unclear whether the perpetrators managed to extract any details. US government investigators said the firm had taken too long to warn customers and had lacked adequate security measures. The penalty will be divided between the states of New York and Vermont. Their attorney generals agreed the settlement with the…

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News: trivago Hotel Relations seeks to bolster independent hotels

trivago has launched trivago Hotel Relations, a new wholly-owned subsidiary that will foster strong direct relationships with independent hotels. The company will focus on empowering hoteliers around the world to be more competitive online and to drive more direct bookings through their hotel websites. “With this step we are accelerating our ability to scale an exceptionally skilled international salesforce and build stronger ties with hoteliers. “It enables us to work even closer with hoteliers and better support them in making their direct marketing successful,” said Johannes Thomas, managing director and…

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News: InterContinental Hotels Group takes Kimpton brand into Asia

InterContinental Hotels Group has signed three management contracts to introduce its luxury boutique hotel brand, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, to Asia. Announced at the 2017 Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific, the first Kimpton properties in the region will be located in prime markets in south-east Asia and Greater China. Keith Barr, chief executive, IHG, said: “Our Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants brand is incredibly unique and we’re thrilled to see our plans to take it global continue to gather pace. “This is the right time to introduce Kimpton to Asia, where…

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News: Corinthia Hotels expands into Brussels, capital of Europe

Work is underway to turn a part-listed, trophy property that has stood vacant for ten years into the Corinthia Grand Hotel Astoria, injecting true five-star glamour back into the city. Acquired in May 2016, what was the Hotel Astoria in Brussels will now be fully refurbished as the city’s leading luxury hotel. It is due to open toward the end of 2019. The Corinthia Grand Hotel Astoria will comprise 126 bedrooms including 36 suites, as well as a grand ballroom (restored from the original, pictured), meeting rooms, several dining venues…

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