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Radisson Hotel Groups signs new Radisson Blu Resort in Ostroda Mazury Lakes, Poland

Radisson Hotel Group has announced an agreement with Polish hotel investor Europlan for a new Radisson Blu resort in Poland. Located in Mazury Lakes, a district known as the ‘land of a thousand lakes’, the Radisson Blu Resort, Ostroda Mazury Lakes offers a resort experience with its own marina and water park. The new property brings the group´s portfolio in Poland to 19 properties across five brands – including Radisson Collection, Radisson Blu, Radisson RED, Radisson and Park Inn by Radisson. Elie Younes, Executive Vice President & Chief Development Officer, Radisson Hotel Group, said: “Radisson Blu remains the largest upper upscale brand in Europe. We thank our partners for their trust and confidence and look forward to accelerating our expansion journey in Poland; creating opportunities to our guests, owners and employees.”  “We’re very happy to be able to revive the construction of this great hotel project located amongst the picturesque scenery of Mazury Lakes. We’re looking forward to successfully cooperating with Radisson Hotel Group, which is both an experienced hotel operator in Poland and a …

Marriott International expects to add 40 new properties across Africa by 2023

Company announces four new deals including entry into Cape Verde; Development pipeline expected to drive owner investment of over $2 billion and generate 12,000 new jobs. From the Africa Hotel Investment Forum in Addis, Marriott International reinforced its commitment to Africa by announcing it expects to add 40 properties and over 8,000 rooms across the continent by the end of 2023. The company also announced signed agreements to open its first property in Cape Verde and further expand its presence in Ethiopia, Kenya and Nigeria. Marriott’s development pipeline through 2023 is estimated to drive investment of over $2 billion from property owners and is expected to generate over 12,000 new jobs in Africa. Marriott International’s current portfolio in Africa encompasses close to 140 properties with more than 24,000 rooms across 14 brands and 20 countries and territories. “Africa is a land of opportunity with untapped potential and remains core to our strategy,” said Alex Kyriakidis, President and Managing Director, Middle East & Africa, Marriott International. “The economic growth the region is witnessing, along with the …

New General Manager Announced at JA Manafaru Maldives

JA Resorts & Hotels announces the appointment of Karen Merrick as General Manager at multi award-winning island resort, JA Manafaru. JA Resorts & Hotels recently announced the appointment of Scottish National, Karen Merrick to take over the operation of multi award-winning JA Manafaru, the private island resort in the Maldives. Karen is the second female General Manager in the JA Resorts & Hotels portfolio of 8 properties, and currently one of few female General Manager in the Maldives. She joins the JA Manafaru team to maintain the islands longstanding popularity with international guests and to communicate the unique soul of the island with her innate understanding of Maldivian culture and heritage. Karen’s career spans 30 years across a variety of boutique hotels in the Indian Ocean and Europe. This will be Karen’s fifth leadership role in the Maldives, as she has a personal connection to the area with a home on Addu island with her Maldivian husband, Alim. Prior to joining JA Resorts & Hotels, Karen has spent the last three years running the Song …

DoubleTree by Hilton Debuts New Hotels in Southeast Asia’s Booming Travel Hubs

Newly opened hotels in Bangkok and Phuket amplify the brand’s growth in two of the most visited cities in the world and across the broader Asia Pacific region With new hotels in Thailand’s premiere travel destinations, DoubleTree by Hilton maintained the brand’s rapid development across Asia Pacific, bolstering the Hilton footprint as the fastest growing hospitality company in the region. Worldwide, DoubleTree by Hilton opened 15 hotels in the first half of the year. This month, DoubleTree will celebrate the openings of new properties in two of the world’s most visited cities according to Business Insider – No. 1 ranked Bangkok and No. 12 ranked Phuket. Since opening its first property in Thailand with DoubleTree by Hilton Sukhumvit Bangkok in 2013, the brand eyes additional development this year as the country continues to see healthy year-over-year growth in both tourism and business travel. Accommodating business travelers visiting Embassy Row or leisure travellers looking to immerse themselves in Thai culture, DoubleTree by Hilton Ploenchit will open its doors in Bangkok’s city centre with close access to one of the area’s vibrant neighbourhoods. The hotel …

Popular Loughborough bar and restaurant making a comeback having secured a buyer

The future of Browns Lane, a popular bar and restaurant situated in the heart of Loughborough, has been secured having obtained a buyer, and will reopen on Friday 27thSeptember. Established in 2001, Browns Lane Bar and Restaurant specialises in freshly prepared European cuisine and is also one of Loughborough’s busiest and most stylish cocktail bars. Despite its popularity, the Company encountered financial difficulty, entering Administration in July 2019 having appointed Dean Nelson from specialist advisors Smith Cooper’s Business Recovery and Insolvency team (BRI). After considering all options as Administrators and having undertaken an accelerated sales process to the open market, a sale of the company’s business and its assets was completed with James Edward Associates Limited, transferring all employees to the new business. Peter Neagle, Director of James Edward Associates Limited comments “I am delighted to have completed the purchase of Browns Lane Bar and Restaurant. The business presents so many opportunities and we’re excited to shake it up.” “The mood will be a laid-back bistro bar- one that suits all and every occasion, with an emphasis …

Homewood Suites by Hilton Wilmington Downtown Opens

Award-winning hotel brand brings 120 suites to the Riverfront in Wilmington, DE Homewood Suites by Hilton, part of Hilton’s (NYSE: HLT) All Suites portfolio, announced today its newest property, Homewood Suites by Hilton Wilmington Downtown. Designed for guests who want to travel on their own terms, Homewood Suites by Hilton Wilmington Downtown offers guests all the comforts of home, whether they are travelling for work or enjoying a well-earned getaway. With 120 new suites, the hotel provides an upscale extended stay offering at the Riverfront to serve the revitalised and growing destination within the market.  “Wilmington’s Riverfront is quickly transforming into a tourism magnet and an economic engine for the city, and Homewood Suites by Hilton Wilmington Downtown is centrally located near top dining, shopping and business districts,” said Rick Colling, global head, Homewood Suites by Hilton. “With offerings such as spacious suites and complimentary breakfast, this hotel provides an extended-stay lodging option that both business and leisure travellers seek when visiting the area.”  The seventh hotel in the Delaware market managed by PM Hotel Group, Homewood Suites by …

Marriott International Signs Agreement to Introduce Ritz-Carlton Brand to Montenegro

Hotel and Residences from The Ritz-Carlton to Usher in a New Era of Elegance to the Chic Luštica Peninsula Marriott International have announced the signing of a milestone agreement with Northstar D.O.O. to bring The Ritz-Carlton brand to Montenegro. Under the plan funded by Al Yasra, The Ritz-Carlton, Montenegro and The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Montenegro are scheduled to bring the brand’s unrivalled elegance and legendary service to the country in 2023. “With its striking views of the Adriatic coast, Montenegro has quickly become a favourite Mediterranean destination for global travellers,” said Carlton Ervin, Chief Development Officer – Europe, Marriott International. “The signing of The Ritz-Carlton, Montenegro highlights the demand for our luxury brands in this exciting region. Combining the country’s serene, natural beauty together with the brand’s legendary service makes Montenegro the perfect destination for The Ritz-Carlton guest.” Slated to rise in a prime position on the Western tip of the chic Luštica Peninsula, the hotel and residences are expected to boast panoramic views over the glittering Adriatic Sea. Planned to be accessible by car in …