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Hyatt and BTG Homeinns Unveil New Hospitality Brand Under Joint Venture

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Following the pioneering joint venture announcement in February, Hyatt and BTG Homeinns Hotels Group continue to make great strides with the unveiling of a new hospitality brand on Wednesday, June 19. Leveraging the respective strengths and resources of Hyatt and Homeinns, the UrCove brand is positioned to compete in the currently underserved upper-midscale segment. UrCove is an entirely homegrown hotel brand, built specifically to meet Chinese travelers’ preferences and growing expectations for a seamless, comfortable and premium travel experience in the upper-midscale market.

Announced at the China Hotels and Tourism (CHAT) conference today, UrCove, pronounced as “your cove”, is a metaphorical reference to having a safe harbor for a boat while on a journey at sea. The Chinese name Yifei (逸扉) also takes on the same concept of providing comfort, assurance and an overall feeling of being at home for travelers. The logo design of the UrCove brand uses a streamlined approach—the elegant C-shaped symbol references a bay as well as waves of the vast sea. The arching details within it echo UrCove hotels being the reliable shelter, as the brand aims to provide a cozy sanctuary for travelers to recharge with excellent quality and care backed by Hyatt.

“As we commemorate our 50th year in Asia Pacific and Greater China region, we are committed to maximizing our core business to drive purposeful growth and cater to the high end travelers of every segment we serve,” said Stephen Ho, president of Greater China, global operations, Hyatt. “Given China’s growing economic importance and the phenomenal growth of its middle-class segment, the UrCove brand strengthens our representation in the underserved upper-midscale segment, and we believe that this locally developed brand will advance our commitment to this important market.”

Data released by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of The People’s Republic of China showed that domestic tourism revenue increased by 13% in 2018, bringing in a solid revenue of CNY 5.05 trillion. The growing middle-class population and a government policy to boost domestic consumption continues to ensure long-term growth for the travel and hospitality market.

“We are one step closer to fulfilling our commitment to elevate the business travel experience of the growing upper-midscale segment,” said David Sun, general manager of BTG Homeinns Hotels Group, chairman & chief executive officer of Homeinns Hotel Group. “The UrCove brand is designed to better serve local consumers. By combining our extensive knowledge and vast network of the local market with Hyatt’s experience in premium care and hospitality, we are on track towards setting a new benchmark for hospitality in China.”

UrCove hotels will cater to the ‘Road Warriors’ – a term used to identify an extension within the upper-midscale segment of frequent business travelers. These highly mobile travelers often seek out efficiency and comfort but are limited in opportunities to get the best out of their travel experience. With its population expected to reach 440 million by 2020 and continuously rising income levels, China’s middle class is greatly underserved when traveling for work.

Located in highly accessible locations in gateway cities where travelers can get the best business and leisure experiences, UrCove hotels will adopt best-in-class design. Functional business space and practical amenities will allow travelers to manage work tasks while exploring their host city with ease. Leveraging Hyatt’s highly renowned food and beverage excellence, UrCove hotels will also provide delicious food including a nutritious breakfast with lavish choices to ensure a whole day’s energy for work, as well as group or business dinner options. The first two UrCove hotels are expected to open in Shanghai and Beijing by late 2020.

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Hilton Announces Tajikistan Premiere with Flagship Dushanbe Property

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Hilton today announced its debut in Tajikistan with the opening a flagship property in the heart of the country’s historic capital city – Hilton Dushanbe. The hotel joins seven Hilton properties trading or under development in Central Asia, demonstrating the group’s growing international presence in new and emerging tourism markets worldwide.

Conveniently located only a seven-minute drive from Dushanbe International Airport, and just three miles away from the Tajik Railway Station, Hilton Dushanbe offers both working professionals and leisure travellers a comfortable stay with 145 spacious rooms, all ergonomically fitted and with stunning mountain views. The property also offers Executive Rooms and access to its Executive rooftop lounge, featuring a private meeting room and terrace overlooking the city.

Hilton Dushanbe offers state-of-the-art amenities for hosting meetings and events, including ranging six conference rooms equipped with the latest A/V technology, two large ballrooms and a stunning outdoor terrace that can accommodate up to 400 people. Guests can also enjoy a relaxing treatment at the hotel’s spa following use of the fitness centre, cool off in the on-property swimming pool, or indulge in a number of delectable dining options.

“We look forward to welcoming guests to a world-class Hilton hospitality experience right here in Dushanbe. Whether celebrating a special occasion, hosting a memorable event, travelling for business, or simply exploring the city’s historic sites, guests can take comfort in our spacious rooms, distinguished amenities, and exceptional service,” said Pavel Jindra, general manager, Hilton Dushanbe.

Gagan Malhotra, Director of CJSC CHL International, the hotel’s owning company, commented: “We are delighted to partner with Hilton as we introduce their iconic brand in Tajikistan with the debut of Hilton Dushanbe. We believe that our partnership with a globally recognised company will have a positive impact on hospitality in Dushanbe as well as Tajikistan going forward.”

Hilton Dushanbe is part of Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton’s 17 distinct hotel brands. Members who book directly have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, exclusive member discounts, and free standard Wi-Fi. Book direct at Hilton.com, the Hilton Honors app or through any official Hilton channels for more perks and a price match guarantee.

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Marriott International Signs Deal To Introduce The Luxury Collection To Saudi Arabia In 2020

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Marriott International, Inc. has signed an agreement with Assila Investments to bring its Luxury Collection brand for the first time to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Situated in the heart of Jeddah, Assila Hotel is anticipated to join The Luxury Collection’s portfolio of more than 100 world-renowned hotels and resorts in 2020.

“We are thrilled to have Marriott International manage the beautiful Assila Hotel, under the Luxury Collection brand,” said Bader Alissa, CEO, Assila Investments. “This only affirms Assila Hotel’s position as a premier luxury hotel in Jeddah.”

“We are delighted to announce plans for the first Luxury Collection property in Saudi Arabia, in collaboration with Assila Investments,” said Alex Kyriakidis, President and Managing Director, Middle East & Africa, Marriott International. “This deal signing supports our plans to further diversify our footprint in the Kingdom while enhancing our overall luxury portfolio in the region.”

Assila Hotel features 210 guestrooms, including a 590 sqm Royal Suite, and 94 apartments. It comprises multiple food and beverage venues, including a Café Lounge and Argentinian and Mediterranean specialty restaurants. The hotel also includes a 348 sqm ballroom and nine meeting rooms, as well as full-service recreational facilities such as a spa, fitness center and squash courts.

The hotel is situated on Prince Mohammed Bin Abdulaziz (Tahlia) Street, on the main commercial and retail strip of the city and within close proximity to the Corniche and many of the city’s landmarks. The site is also within five kilometers of the planned ‘New Jeddah Downtown’ development, a mixed-used project on Jeddah’s five million square meter waterfront anticipated to launch in 2022. The waterfront corniche is expected to include residential, cultural and retail spaces.

This signing of Assila Hotel under The Luxury Collection also underscores Marriott’s growing luxury portfolio in the Middle East, where the company now has more than 30 open luxury hotels, including The Ritz-Carlton Riyadh and The Ritz-Carlton Jeddah.

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Hyatt Announces the Opening of Hyatt Centric The Liberties Dublin

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Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced today the opening of the 234-room Hyatt Centric The Liberties Dublin, the first Hyatt branded hotel in Ireland, managed by Hodson Bay Group.

Located in The Liberties, one of Dublin’s most historic and vibrant areas which dates back to the 10th century, the hotel is the ideal destination for adventure-seeking travelers wanting to stay in the heart of the action. Guests will be within 10 minutes of a number of attractions, including the Irish Museum of Modern Art, St Patrick’s Cathedral, the Dublin Liberties Distillery and Ireland’s top tourist attraction – the Guinness Storehouse.

The lively Liberties district offers an incredible amount of history to explore. Guests will have the chance to learn about the stunning artefacts that were unearthed on the hotel’s site during construction, some of which are up to 900 years old. Hyatt Centric The Liberties Dublin has embraced these exceptional artefacts and their stories by embedding them in unique ways throughout the hotel.

“We are thrilled to announce the opening of Hyatt Centric The Liberties Dublin – representing a milestone for Hyatt in Europe,” said Declan Curtis, general manager of Hyatt Centric The Liberties Dublin. “With passionate colleagues providing local expertise, we aim to prepare our guests to explore the best that Dublin has to offer so they can go forth and discover.”

From the large windows overlooking the bustling city, to the spacious guestrooms, the hotel delivers shareworthy experiences for socially connected guests due to its modern feel and exceptional social spaces. The private, landscaped Poddle Garden, along with The Corner – a relaxing reading lounge – offer places for guests to unwind. Business travelers will also benefit from the hotel’s intuitive service and plentiful meeting space.

“Dublin is world-renowned for its cultural heritage and as a buzzing business hub, making it a natural fit for the vision of the Hyatt Centric brand. In addition to providing sophisticated accommodations and personalized service, this is the perfect hotel for travelers with an adventurous spirit, wanting to explore all the destination has to offer,” said John O’Sullivan, Chairman of Hodson Bay Group.

Guestrooms

The hotel’s 234 contemporary guestrooms include nine spacious suites. The King Suites create a home-away-from-home experience, while the Liberties Suites enjoy open views of The Liberties. Guests can also choose between the 506-square-foot (47 square meters) Cathedral View Suite, which overlooks St Patrick’s Cathedral, and the 538-square-foot (50 square meters) Terrace View Suite, which offers stunning views of the Dublin Mountains.   

Dining

Hyatt Centric The Liberties Dublin boasts two distinct dining experiences, with menus carefully crafted by Hodson Bay Group’s Executive Chef Gavin O’Rourke whose years of experience include a period as Head Chef at the Michelin starred Peacock Alley Restaurant.  The signature Liberties Gate Restaurant provides fresh, locally inspired cuisines, which combine simplicity and elegance.

The Liberties Gate Bar features the finest selection of whiskey from numerous local distilleries and Guinness straight from the Guinness Storehouse at St James’ Gate. Guests can also choose from an all day dining menu that includes specialty breads, gourmet sandwiches, soups, stews and salad options, all served in a relaxed, warm and cozy setting.

The hotel sits in what’s known as the Golden Triangle, a historic center for the brewing and distilling industries in Dublin. Anyone wanting to learn a bit more about the rich tradition of whiskey distilling in The Liberties can take part in a unique Golden Triangle Whiskey Masterclass that has been specially created by the Hyatt Centric The Liberties Dublin in collaboration with three local distilleries – Teeling, Pearse Lyons and Dublin Liberties Distilleries.

Meetings and events

With its superb central location, the hotel serves as the ultimate venue for a variety of events, meetings and conferences. With 4,000 square feet (371 square meters) of flexible meeting and events space, as well as a dedicated and experienced Events Team, guests can relax knowing that all their needs will be fulfilled. The meeting rooms offer state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment, including LCD projectors and electronic screens, as well as on-site tech support. Hyatt Centric The Liberties Dublin offers everything in one place making it a convenient choice for conferences.

Fitness center

The hotel features a modern fitness center, open 24 hours daily. With cardio machines, free weights and additional equipment, guests will be able to maintain their fitness routine effortlessly while away.

There are currently six Hyatt Centric properties across Europe, in Madrid, Istanbul, Venice, Milan, La Rosière and Dublin. The brand is also established globally with a presence in major cities, such as New York, Tokyo and Santiago.

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