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Ultra-Luxury Portfolio Expands in Dubai

Michael P. Wale, Chief Executive Officer, Kerzner International

Kerzner International Holdings Limited (“Kerzner”), the owner of the iconic Atlantis Resort & Residences and ultra-luxury One&Only Resorts brands worldwide, achieves a new milestone in its continued evolution of the One&Only portfolio, as it introduces One&Only Urban Resorts. To provide the experiences One&Only guests have craved, One&Only Urban Resorts will be introduced in Dubai’s latest architectural icon, One Za’abeel, a completely original destination with revolutionary design; the perfect site for the introduction and launch of One&Only Urban Resorts, One&Only One Za’abeel.

“There is a duality to One Za’abeel, reflected in its two towers, that evokes pairings. Timeless elegance with function, efficiency with leisure, tradition with modernity, inclusion and privacy,” His Excellency Mohammed I. Al Shaibani, Chairman of Kerzner International, Executive Director and CEO of Investment Corporation of Dubai “The paired concepts come together where The Linx traverses the towers offering all those who get in touch with One Za’abeel one complete, bespoke, and very individual experience every time. That is why, it is very fitting,” he added, “that the first urban resort for One&Only opens in this development of the future.

ITDC Jamia Millia Signs MoU to Jointly Offer B.Voc

  Ravneet Kaur, CMD, ITDC(Fourth from left) and Prof Talat Ahmad, Vice Chancellor, JMI (Sixth from left) sign the Mou

India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) hospitality major under the aegis of the Ministry of Tourism, Govt of India has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Jamia Millia Islamia, a Central University to jointly offer a Three-year Bachelors of Vocation (B.Voc) in Food Production and One year Diploma in Hospitality through The Ashok Institute of Hospitality and Tourism Management (AIH&TM), one of the premier PSU Hospitality Training Institutes of the country under ITDC.

The MoU was signed in the presence of Ravneet Kaur, IAS, Chairperson & Managing Director (C&MD), India Tourism Development Corporation and Prof Talat Ahmad, Vice Chancellor, Jamia Millia Islamia, by Piyush Tiwari, Director (Commercial & Marketing), ITDC and A P Siddiqui, IPS, Registrar, Jamia Millia Islamia.

Radisson Hotel Group
Aims 200 Hotels in South Asia

  (Left) Raj Rana, CEO, South Asia Radisson Hotel Group; Katerina Giannouka President, Asia Pacific Radisson Hotel Group(Right)

The newly rebranded Radisson Hotel Group announced its expansion plans at Hotel Investment Conference South Asia (HICSA) 2018. The company aims to expand its portfolio to more than 200 hotels in operation and under development by 2022 in South Asia, where it is already a dominant international player.

The group has already signed Radisson Blu Resort Visakhapatnam, Radisson Panipat City Centre and Country Inn & Suites by Radisson Agra in the first quarter of 2018. Radisson Gwalior opened last month and the group is on track to open another eight more hotels in India this year.

“This is a most exciting period in our company’s long history,” said Katerina Giannouka, President, Asia Pacific, Radisson Hotel Group. “With the rebranding of our company and many other initiatives in the pipeline, we are positioning Radisson Hotel Group for a bright future. One of the new giants of the global economy, India has been a key market for us for many years. We look forward to working with hotel investors, owners, developers and other stakeholders across the country as we accelerate the expansion of our portfolio and introduce exciting brand concepts such as Radisson Collection to India,” added Giannouka.

THE Park Hotels Launches New Adults-Only Property

  The Park Hotel, Baga River Goa

The Park Hotels, pioneers of design and boutique hotels in India, has launched its newest boutique hotel in Baga River, one of the most sought after and picturesque areas of the Goan coast. THE Park Hotel Goa Baga River, surrounded by rich greenery and coconut trees, is just a half an hour from the airport and a ten-minute drive from the beach, and boasts scenic views across the lagoon.

The property, with 28-bedrooms, will be the first of THE Park Hotels to be an adults-only hotel (over 18) and is one of the few boutique adults-only hotels in all of India. The luxurious interiors hint at Portuguese influences with bold accents of yellow, the traditional colour of Goa, and the hotel has a fantastic selection of local art from Goan artists, true to form for this very art and design-centric hotel brand.

V Resorts Partners with Zoomcar
  Dhaval Jani, VP-Sales, V Resorts

With an aim to bring great travel deals to its customers, V Resorts, the travel solutions and hospitality management company, has collaborated with shared mobility platform Zoomcar.

As a part of the collaboration, both V Resorts and Zoomcar are extending 20% discounts on their respective platforms for bookings for the partner brand.
In line with the objectives of V Resorts to help Indian travellers explore unique locations, the collaboration will help discovery and accessibility of offbeat destinations around India and bringing them into the purview of mainstream tourism. While the alliance directly impacts V Resorts’ entire 130+ portfolio of resorts around the country, the partnership also aim to create visibility for some of its offbeat destinations such as Ghanerao in Rajasthan, Orchha in Madhya Pradesh, and Varkala in Kerala among several others.

Pride Hotel and Convention Centre
Launched in Indore

  SP Jain, M.D., Pride Group of Hotels

Pride Group of Hotels launched the Pride Hotel and Convention Centre in Indore and continues its journey to expand to each and every corner of India. Pride Hotels have entered into a tie up with the HRJ International for the Management of the Pride Hotel & Convention Centre Indore. The inauguration happened in a unique way. Along with the celebration of the launch, on 10th March HRJ International organised wedding of 31 couples along with lunch of 3000 persons at the Pride Hotel & Convention Centre. The couples were from the less privileged stratum of the society. Pride group of Hotels and HRJ International have always believed in supporting social causes for the betterment of the society. The evening was spiritualized by a Bhajan Sandhya by famous singer Anup Jalota.

On 11th March, Pride Hotel and Convention Centre, Indore was inaugurated in auspicious presence of Uttam Swami Ji Maharaj, S. P. Jain, MD, Pride Group of Hotels, Kishore Jaiswal, Kapil Jaiswal, MD, HRJ International and Kailash Vijayvargiya, National General Secretary of BJP Indore. The launch was followed by lunch to 5000 guests. Arun Nayar, Executive Director, Pride Group of Hotels, Atul Upadhyay, Vice President Pride Group of Hotels and Sanjay Sharma, General Manager Pride Hotel and Convention Centre Indore were also present during the launch.


Jukaso Journeys Adds 5 New Properties

  Yajush Khanna, CEO, Jukaso Journeys

Jukaso Journeys acquires 5 properties in Udaipur, Corbett, Manali, Bhimtal and Dharamshala over last 3 months. The recently acquired properties are Jukaso Sai Palace Udaipur, Jukaso Jim Corbett, Jukaso Seven Heaven Bhimtal, Jukaso Mrikula Cottage Manali, Jukaso Palace Dharamshala. The acquisition adds to the growth of Jukaso Journeys in tier II cities.

Jukaso Journeys is planning to expand and hence aims to open 15 properties by the end of 2018. The properties will offer extensive facilities for guests with well-appointed rooms and international service standards as well as an all-day dining restaurant and lounge. With the mission of providing Holiday Experiences beyond the ordinary for emerging Indian Traveller, all the properties of Jukaso Journeys provide state-of-the-art facilities to its guests. Looking at the growing demand, Jukaso Journeys is expanding at a very fast rate.

Yajush Khanna, CEO, Jukaso Journeys said, “We are excited about expanding our footprints in India and the signing more properties. It is a great opportunity to enter the new market as we are trying to cover and mark our presence in the major tourist destinations. We intend to strengthen our upscale brand in the country.”


Jumeirah Redefines the 3-Star Hotel Experience

  José Silva, CEO, Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts

The hotel group that redefined luxury with the opening of Burj Al Arab in 1999, has now redefined the more modest 3-star experience with its latest hotel: Zabeel House MINI by Jumeirah.

The first hotel in the new Zabeel House by Jumeirah collection is described as ‘Maximum Attitude, Minimum Frills’, emphasizing the focus on creating a playful guest experience that is friendly to the bank balance through stripping back the non-essentials that often drive the cost of a hotel room upwards. But with comfy rooms, smart service and inspiring design, that doesn’t mean a boring, feature-less stay. Here are the essentials you need to know before you book a room for AED 250+ TAXES

Location If you’re looking for a hotel close to the charming, historic Dubai Creek, then you’ve hit the jackpot. Zabeel House MINI by Jumeirah is in the new Al Seef district by Meraas, creators of family, couple and tourist friendly neighbourhoods across the city, such as Kite Beach, City Walk, and BoxPark. That means lots of shops, cafes and pop-ups on the doorstep, blending into the city’s past the Creek is where Dubai’s story began Jump in a taxi at Dubai International Airport and be checking-in 15 minutes later – leaving plenty of time to explore.

Meininger to Open Hotel in Lisbon


Cox & Kings owned MEININGER Hotels and project developer Nelson Canal Portugal have signed the agreement for a hotel in Lisbon. The building is located in the Santos quarter on Avenida 24 de Julho, on the banks of the Tejo River. The opening of the 121-room and 453-bed hotel is scheduled for the end of 2019.

Santos is a lively quarter, which is worth exploring, right on the waterfront and not far from the city center. Also known as Lisbon’s “design district”, the Lisbon Art Center & Studios, the Barraca Theater and the well-known art university IADE are based here as well as numerous galleries, shops, cafes and restaurants.

The city centre of Lisbon is just a few minutes away by public transport and 20 minutes by walking. The connection of the hotel to the public transport is excellent. The nearest bus and tram stations are only 5 minutes away from the MEININGER Hotel. Thanks to a good train and ferry connection it’s not far to the beaches near Lisbon. The beach of Cascais can be reached in just 30 minutes.


Sarovar Portico, Lonavala Backed
with a Refreshing Look


Sarovar Hotels & Resorts re-launched its quaint hotel Sarovar Portico Lonavala located in the charming hill town. Back with a refreshing new look and heartwarming experience, Sarovar Portico Lonavala is an ideal destination for a magical summer holiday complemented with heartwarming services. Amidst a dreamy atmosphere, the hotel offers great facilities and comfortable rooms to create a quintessential vacationing experience.

Sarovar Portico Lonavala features 23 well furnished rooms including three Dupleix rooms. Each room is equipped with modern facilities and carefully selected amenities. A multi-cuisine restaurant, The Restaurant at Sarovar Portico Lonavala, offers wide range of delectable delicacies ensuring guests a memorable stay. An appended bar serves a stunning scope of colourful cocktails, international selection of wines, mocktails and starters for some relaxing moments.

The hotel offers excellent conferencing and banqueting services overseen by experts to keep your occasion hassle free and memorable. Outfitted with the latest audiovisual equipment, picture screens, overhead video and slide-projectors and advanced audio and microphone systems, the two meeting spaces at the hotel are equipped with a host of facilities tailored to cater to your business and social needs.

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