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Radisson Blu expands in Vietnam with opening of new beachfront resort at Cam Ranh Bay

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Radisson Blu, the upper-upscale hotel brand that delivers personalized service in stylish spaces, celebrates the opening of an exceptional new beachfront resort on the pure shores of Vietnam.

The new Radisson Blu Resort Cam Ranh is nestled on Long Beach, a stunning 18km-long stretch of sand in Khanh Hoa province, on Vietnam’s south-central coast. Located just 10 minutes’ drive from Cam Ranh International Airport, which offers direct connections to and from major Asian cities including Bangkok, Hong Kong, Seoul and Shanghai, this elegant seafront resort will provide an inspiring retreat for domestic and international travelers alike.

Celebrating the beauty of the local culture, Radisson Blu Resort Cam Ranh brings elements of the Vietnamese fishing heritage into the hotel’s design, from an expansive lobby that features a weave pattern of the fishermen’s baskets, floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the sea, to the warm beige palette complemented by soothing blue and turquoise tones reflective of the sandy shores and calming ocean.

The resort features 292 rooms, suites and pool villas, which range from a generous 45 square meters to an expansive 140 square meters with panoramic ocean views. The 36 villas also boast private pools, cabanas and alfresco dining areas – perfect for life’s special occasions.

Wine and dine at the resort’s six stylish restaurants and bars – Sunrise, the vibrant all-day dining destination; BLU Lobster, the signature Vietnamese restaurant and seafood grill; Cheers Bar Bits N Bites, the lively bar; and Waves Beach Bar, a casual and upbeat beach club. The Lobby Bar offers a sophisticated setting for catching up with family and friends, while the Get Wet Pool Bar is a great spot to enjoy a drink under the tropical sun. Guests staying in premium rooms, suites and villas will enjoy access to the Executive Lounge and an array of services including breakfast, all-day refreshments and evening cocktails.

Guests can relax on the beach along the resort or take part in water sports activities, enjoy the resort’s spa facilities such as the Himalayan crystal salt chamber or Ice grotto, plunge into the outdoor infinity pool or work out in the fully equipped fitness center. Event planners can organize creative meetings and social functions in nine state-of-the-art facilities, including the versatile Grand Ballroom that can seat up to 385 persons for a gala dinner, and all stays are underpinned by Radisson Blu’s ‘Yes I Can!’ service philosophy.

“We are delighted to introduce guests to Radisson Blu Resort Cam Ranh, our new jewel on Vietnam’s golden coast. With a beachfront setting, outstanding accommodation and world-class facilities, we are confident that this will become a sought-after destination for couples’ escapes, family vacations and memorable events, including weddings. We look forward to welcoming the world to Cam Ranh Bay,” said Peter Tichy, General Manager, Radisson Blu Resort Cam Ranh.

Radisson Hotel Group is currently embarking on a significant expansion strategy in Vietnam; lead by its upper-upscale Radisson Blu brand, which is suited to the country’s upmarket resort areas. Radisson Blu Resort Cam Ranh will be the group’s second seafront resort in the country, following Radisson Blu Resort Phu Quoc. Five further projects are in the pipeline: Radisson Blu Hoi An, Radisson Blu Resort, Quy Nhon, Radisson Resort Phu Quoc Long Beach, Radisson Hotel Danang and Radisson Hotel Quang Bin.

“Vietnam’s hospitality industry is booming. Fresh opportunities are emerging across the country, driven by a strong economy, record visitor levels and expanding infrastructure. Khanh Hoa province welcomed 2.8 million international visitors in 2018 and leisure travel spending is forecast to increase 6 percent per annum over the next decade. With its beautiful scenery and pristine coast, this region is perfect for the Radisson Blu brand, which is focused on creating characterful hotels in highly desirable destinations,” stated Andre de Jong, Vice President, Operations, South East Asia and Pacific, Radisson Hotel Group.

Vietnam welcomed 11.3 million international visitors in the first eight months of 2019, up 8.7 percent year-on-year¹. This puts the country firmly on track towards achieving another full-year arrivals record. This upward trend is expected to accelerate in the years to come; the International Air Transport Association (IATA) forecasts that Vietnam will be the world’s fifth fastest-growing aviation market over the next 20 years, adding 112 million annual passengers². Hotel development is also booming, with STR revealing that nationwide room supply is set to surge by almost 30 percent³.

With such rapid growth rates in all areas of Vietnam’s travel and tourism industry, Radisson Hotel Group envisages exciting opportunities for its brands’ expansion across this dynamic South East Asian country.

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JW Marriott Debuts in Oman’s Historic Capital

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JW Marriott announced the opening of JW Marriott Muscat today, setting the stage for distinctive experiences in Oman’s historic capital. Located in the heart of Muscat’s new business hub, within the Sultanate’s largest urban development project Madinat Al-Irfan, the hotel is an integral part of the prestigious Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC) precinct. Directly linked to the OCEC, it also provides easy access to key city landmarks including Muscat Old Town, Royal Opera House, Old Souq and Mattrah Corniche.

“The debut of JW Marriott in Muscat marks an exciting milestone for the brand in the Middle East and Africa as we continue to grow our footprint and deliver an elevated and warm luxury experience,” said Mitzi Gaskins, Vice President & Global Brand Leader, JW Marriott. “The hotel’s extensive offerings encourage guests to live in the present and pursue their best selves while immersing themselves in the culturally authentic experiences of this enchanting city.”

Designed to allow guests to focus on feeling whole, JW Marriott Muscat is a true representation of JW Marriott’s mission to providing enriching experiences that enable guests to live with intent. The property offers spaces to be present in mind, nourished in body and revitalized in spirit; including special mindful moments in dedicated areas throughout. Hotel guests can participate in a series of daily rituals that help transport them into a refuge of calm; each of which includes a five to 10-minute activity that enables them to be more aware, present, focused and inspired:

· The ‘108 Steps’ ritual brings people together by encouraging guests to walk in a circle clockwise, silently counting their steps to the number 108 to cultivate mental discipline and as a gesture of respect for the natural flow of life

· The ‘Words to Inspire’ ritual invites guests to choose words from a bowl and envision themselves being an embodiment of the word, leaving them feeling positive and inspired

· ‘Your Best Day’ ritual is about visualization of what is important to each guest and built around self-acknowledgment

Overlooking inspiring surroundings, JW Marriott Muscat features 304 guest rooms and suites, many of them offering views of Oman’s wadis, spectacular natural valleys flowing with water. With 2500 square meters of banqueting space flooded with natural daylight and equipped with the latest state-of-the-art technology, the new property is the perfect place to host artfully choreographed meetings and events. Whether it is a small board meeting, a large conference, a social gathering or a wedding, the hotel offers space and choice with two large ballrooms and six meeting rooms. Directly linked to the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC) precinct, JW Marriott Muscat invites business travellers to benefit from the acclaimed ‘Events by JW’ service, including multi-lingual and experienced event planners and tailored menus. JW Marriott Muscat houses the largest Executive Lounge in the country and is the first hotel to have an exclusive lounge for airline crew.

Oman’s rich local produce is at the heart of JW Marriott Muscat’s food and beverage philosophy, with five restaurants and lounges to ensure the culinary experiences at the hotel fulfil every taste and desire. The all-day dining found at Kitchen 7 offers a tasteful selection of international buffets, Asian woks, Middle Eastern grills and Indian tandoors with an interactive show kitchen. Fire cooking lovers can enjoy sophisticated grills with a sparkling flair at Pink Salt; nature and the crafts of a botanist inspire the refreshing and creative beverages at Tonika; while Butter Buns gastropub houses the city’s best burgers, creating exceptional flavors. Guests can also relax and enjoy the Mediterranean vibe and entertainment from sunrise to sunset at the property’s CATCH pool bar.

A rejuvenating Spa by JW, offers signature treatments organized by four distinct benefits – renewal, calmness, invigoration and indulgence – as well as sauna and steam room facilities. Additional leisure facilities include a state-of-the-art fitness center, three outdoor swimming pools, a floodlit tennis court and a multipurpose court for basketball, volleyball and badminton.

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The Ben, The First Waterfront Hotel in Downtown West Palm Beach

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Today, Autograph Collection Hotels announced the opening of The Ben, the first hotel on the downtown West Palm Beach, Florida waterfront. The Ben is part of Autograph Collection’s diverse and dynamic portfolio of more than 180 independent hotels carefully crafted with vision and passion. Just like The Ben, each distinctive hotel in the Autograph Collection is singular and special: Exactly Like Nothing Else.

The Ben joins Autograph Collection’s robust portfolio of 18 hotels in Florida including the newly opened Cadillac Hotel & Beach Club in Miami Beach, The Daytona in Daytona Beach and Fenway Hotel in Dunedin.

“We’re thrilled to introduce The Ben, an unmistakably original hotel that injects new energy into the traditionally classic city of West Palm Beach,” said Jennifer Connell, Vice President and Global Brand Leader, Autograph Collection Hotels. “The Ben reimagines classic South Florida lifestyle for today’s travelers by blending elements inspired by the city’s early days as an untamed tropical paradise with modern touches, making it a perfect fit for the Autograph Collection.”

The 208-room, new-build hotel features a modern design aesthetic reflecting the spirit of the Ben Trovato Estate, one of West Palm Beach’s original homes. Byrd Spilman Dewey, one of Florida’s most prolific authors of the pioneer era, gave her 1892 Victorian home the name Ben Trovato, literally meaning “well invented.” The name is derived from “Se non è vero, è ben trovato,” an Italian phrase which, loosely translated, means “Even if it isn’t true, it’s a good story.” The Estate put West Palm Beach on the cultural map, entertaining luminaries from Henry Phipps Jr. to Woodrow Wilson and the Vanderbilts.

Reimagined for today, The Ben creatively channels Dewey’s joie de vivre, her love of entertaining, her whimsical interests and personal passions. Much like the Ben Trovato Estate, this new hotel is a place for socialization, lively conversation and enrichment.

“The Ben is a development unlike anything West Palm Beach has seen before. We’re redefining what it means to travel to and live in West Palm,” said Bernardo Neto, General Manager of The Ben. “We invite guests and locals to experience the essence of this magical waterfront city in an inspired setting fueled by a unique story, thoughtful design and the spirit of socialization.”

Pioneered by South Florida architecture firm EoA and its founder and design director Malcolm Berg, The Ben’s heartfelt design beautifully combines vintage Florida with modern elements. The hotels’ interiors intrigue guests with a combination of rich textures and earth tones accented with lush greenery evocative of the South Florida setting and climate that enchanted Dewey. Guestrooms feature eclectic elements including sliding bookcases that, when discovered, reveal a window into the shower and whimsical, mod iconic collage portraiture. In the lobby, a book display wall is arranged to manifest the silhouette of hotel muse Dewey’s face.

Proper Gritdebuts as the hotel’s signature restaurant, with Executive Chef Andre Sattler at the helm. The contemporary South Florida chophouse is open daily and offers indoor and outdoor seating in a comfortable, yet upscale setting. A communal-style table stretches across the dining room to encourage socialization, with cozy, living-room style nooks along its border where guests can intimately enjoy a cocktail prior to being seated. Menus include fresh, locally sourced fare that combines the property’s Old Florida roots interpreted the “proper” way and offers staples like whole, fresh caught snapper filleted table-side, and a perfectly cooked ribeye steak, served bone-in.

The Ben also features Spruzzo, a stunning rooftop lounge and bar that is accessible via an express elevator directly from the ground floor. This new West Palm hotspot boasts sweeping, ‘Byrds-eye’ views of the Palm Harbor Marina and beyond, and offers a setting for guests to enjoy poolside cocktails and Mediterranean bites al fresco.

Living up to its roots and identity as downtown West Palm’s social hub, The Ben features more than 8,000 square feet of meeting and event space, from a sleek boardroom to a unique glass-enclosed gallery, The Studio, which provides a supplementary flex-space that serves as a blank canvas for the most innovative events to come to life.

For weddings and elegant affairs, The Ben’s rooftop Blue Heron Ballroom ups the ante on events in the area. The space can host up to 500 guests and is the only rooftop ballroom in all of West Palm Beach with captivating ocean views from Singer Island to Palm Beach Island and beyond.

Regular programming will make use of the varied spaces throughout the hotel with offerings including Sunset/Sunrise Yoga on the Rooftop, a Proper Grit Pup Brunch, Gin & Jam Tea Time and more.

Owned and operated by ConcordHospitality, an award-winning hotel development and management company, The Ben is located at 251 N. Narcissus Avenue, one block from vibrant Clematis Street, minutes away from the newly reimagined Rosemary Square and a short drive from Palm Beach International Airport (PBI).

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Hyatt Regency Barcelona Tower Officially Opens

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Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced today the opening of the fully renovated 280-room Hyatt Regency Barcelona Tower, a hotel in the gateway to Barcelona’s new financial district. Connecting travelers between Barcelona’s international airport and city center, the opening of the hotel marks the second Hyatt Regency branded property in Spain as Hyatt mindfully grows the Hyatt Regency brand footprint in markets where guests want to be.

Designed by renowned architect Richard Rogers who is best known for his work on the Pompidou Centre in Paris, the Millennium Dome in London, and the European Court of Human Rights building in Strasbourg, the hotel is one of Barcelona’s skyline landmarks. The 344-foot (105-meter) high and 29-story tower is topped by a stunning glass dome providing the top-floor restaurant with breathtaking 360-degree views of the city.

“Grounded in Hyatt’s purpose to care for guests, we are proud to grow the Hyatt Regency brand in Barcelona with the opening of Hyatt Regency Barcelona Tower,” said Guzman Muela, general manager of Hyatt Regency Barcelona Tower. “Rich culture and world-renowned architecture have ensured Barcelona as a desirable locale where our guests want to stay. Meanwhile, the hotel’s location, just minutes from the Fira Gran Via Congress Center, the vibrant meeting spaces and dining options allow us to cater to business travelers’ needs.”

Guestrooms

Hyatt Regency Barcelona Tower offers 280 contemporary rooms including 41 suites, one Presidential Suite as well as twelve duplex suites, all offering beautiful views of the city skyline. The Presidential Suite is located in the tower on the 26th floor and includes two separate bedrooms, a private office, two large terraces and free access to the Regency Club and Metropolitan Health Club & Spa.

All rooms have ample space, each with walk-in closets, luxurious bathrooms and wall-to-wall mirrors. In addition, the hotel also offers 24-hour room service and around the clock laundry service.

Dining and Drinking

Hyatt Regency Barcelona Tower features a range of energizing drinking and dining options.

Terrum is a new and unique restaurant concept led by the prestigious two-Michelin starred chef, Oscar Velasco. Fresh and seasonal produce as well as excellent service allow guests to depart on culinary adventures.

The Axis Bar invites guests and locals to indulge in cocktails and a variety of snacks and sandwiches in a sophisticated setting. A spectacular outdoor terrace completes the Axis Bar as a perfect place to enjoy the comfortable year-round weather in Barcelona.

The Azimut Restaurant offers a daily breakfast buffet with a wide range of nutritious and healthy options to start the day confidently.

Meetings and Events

Hyatt Regency Barcelona Tower offers a variety of intuitive event and meeting spaces, including its own 500 seat auditorium. Additionally, the Cosmos Room can hold up to 1,800 people and 24 paneled meeting rooms. Furthermore, the hotel lobby offers a wide and open space to work and relax including a spectacular 2034-square-foot (189-square-meter) LED screen, one of the largest in Europe. The flexible meeting spaces backed by the brand’s signature service of personalized care and attention to detail ensures that event planners have seamless and high-touch gatherings.

Fitness Center

Guests of Hyatt Regency Barcelona Tower have exclusive access to one of the most prestigious and best equipped gyms in Spain, the Metropolitan Health Club & Spa. The Metropolitan boasts two paddle courts, a solarium, as well as activity rooms with personal training and Pilates studios.

Hyatt Regency Barcelona Tower was rebranded from Hotel Hesperia Barcelona Tower and is managed by HesperiaWorld. It is the fifth Hyatt hotel to open in Spain, alongside Hyatt Regency Hesperia Madrid, Hyatt Centric Gran Vía MadridHotel SOFIA Barcelona and Park Hyatt Mallorca.

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