Category Archives: International

Acquisition will Make Marriott Africa’s Biggest Hotel Operator

Marriott International will soon control 14 times as many hotels in Africa as it does currently through a deal to acquire one of the continent’s biggest hotel operators. Marriott is reportedly paying more than $200 million to acquire Protea Hospitality Holdings Ltd., which operates 116 hotels in sub-Saharan Africa, including 80 in its home country…

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Sheraton, Novotel Hit The 100 Mark in the Asia Pacific Region

Two hotel brands reached the same milestone in the last week. Both Sheraton and Novotel celebrated the openings of their 100th properties in the Asia Pacific region. For Sheraton, the distinction came with the opening of the Sheraton Shantou Hotel in China’s Guangdong province. Located about 300 miles up the coastline from Hong Kong, Shantou…

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New Moon Palace Arena to Host Tianguis Event

The Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort in Cancun, Mexico, is currently building a new arena and will use Mexico’s leading travel industry event next spring to showcase this state-of-the-art meeting space. The Moon Palace Arena, which is expected to open in December, will host the official inauguration of Tianguis Turistico on May 7, 2014….

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$3.5 Billion Bahamas Resort Due to Open Late Next Year

Touted as the largest resort project under development in the Western Hemisphere, the $3.5 billion Baha Mar in the Bahamas is on track to open 14 months from now on the north shore of New Providence island. This week, developers unveiled details of the project at a gala event in New York City. Located on…

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Oakwood Expands Footprint in India With New Bangalore Property

The famed ‘Silicon Valley of India’ introduces a new standard of living with the Oakwood Residence Prestige in Whitefield, Bangalore. “India, being one of the world’s fastest growing economies and favored destination for global investment, continues to be a key market as we look to expand in the region,” said Mr. PG Mathew, managing director…

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Convention Center in Helsinki, Finland, Debuts New Name, Renovated Facilities

The largest convention center in Finland unveiled a new name to coincide with the completion of a renovation project. The former Helsinki Exhibition & Convention Centre is now the Messukenskus, Expo and Convention Center Helsinki. Work done during the spring and summer included an expanded northern entrance; a makeover for the Galleria lobby between exhibition…

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Marriott’s Edition Brand Makes Long-Awaited London Debut

Marriott International’s The London Edition hotel opened last week. It joins The Istanbul Edition as the  second hotel worldwide in the brand, which was developed with hotelier and Studio 54 founder Ian Schrager in an attempt to bring some of his approach—hip, boutique hotels with their own, individual personalities—to the hospitality giant. It is also…

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Four Seasons Coming to Korea in 2015

The Four Seasons brand will debut in South Korea in May 2015 with the opening of the Four Seasons Hotel Seoul. Located in the capital’s central business district, the 25-story building is now under construction in Sejongro Square.  The hotel will be marketed to international travelers and will feature 317 guest rooms and meeting rooms,…

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