Banyan Tree adds six properties to portfolio Hotel and resort management firm Banyan Tree has added six properties to its portfolio including three resorts and three spas. The new properties include three locations in India including Banyan Tree and Angsana resort in Karnataka, Chikmagalur; Banyan Tree resort and spa in Kerala; and Angsana spa in Gurgaon; as well as Angsana spa at Bunratty Castle hotel in Ireland; Angsana spa at Royal Pines Resorts, Gold Coast in Australia; and Angsana spa at Sofitel Fizi Tianmu Lake in China. The addition of the six properties brings Banyan Tree's portfolio to 24 hotels and 32 spas worldwide.
PuroGroup recruits new chief executive
PuroGroup has appointed Alex Bohnenkamp to the newly created role of chief executive officer of PuroGroup SA, the parent company of PuroHotel and PuroBeach. Bohnenkamp joins the company from German group Design Hotels, where he was vice-president. Previously he was general manager of London's Sanderson hotel and head of operations at InterContinental in New York and Vienna. In his new role, he will be responsible for streamlining the group's operations and structuring the company's concepts for further growth.
Hilton Moscow set to reopen in 2007
Hilton Hotels is extending its Eastern European portfolio into Russia with the signing of a franchise agreement for a property in Moscow. The 275-room Hilton Moscow Leningradskaya is currently closed and undergoing refurbishment. It scheduled to reopen in mid-2007 and Hilton has signed a long-term franchise agreement with JSC Sadko Hotel as franchisee and with Interstate Management Services as the hotel operator. The Hilton Moscow Leningradskaya is one of seven famous "Stalin" towers, which define the Moscow skyline. Originally constructed in 1954, it will retain many of its historic features as part of the current refurbishment.
Nikko Hotels International sets its sights on India and the Gulf
Japanese hotel chain Nikko Hotels International has announced plans to expand its operations in India and the Gulf over the coming years. The group, which is operated by JAL Hotels, a subsidiary of Japan Airlines, said it would initially focus on "strongly establishing" its luxury brand in India over the coming months and was revamping its New Delhi hotel, turning it into a "benchmark" for luxury properties to be established elsewhere in India. Nikko said it was also planning to expand in the Gulf region and opening new properties in Fujeirah, Dubai and Bahrain in 2007 and 2008.
Bulgari opens second Bali hotel
Italian luxury brand Bulgari Hotels has opened its second hotel on the South East Asian island of Bali. The opening has been hailed as a major development in restoring the island's tourism following the two terrorist bombings over the past four years. Bali tourism board executive director Wiwin Suyasa said: "It will bring the tourism market into a higher segmentation. It proves that Bali can achieve that target level and adds to our pride and confidence as a main tourist destination."
Dolce International takes over Boston hotel
Dolce International has taken over the management of the 284-bedroom Bedford Glen hotel, just outside of Boston, USA. The company is overseeing a $12m (£6.4m) makeover of the former Renaissance hotel. It is the company's first property around Boston and the 22nd for the company's portfolio.
Consortium buys Jatinga Country Lodge, SA
South Africa's Jatinga Country Lodge, based on the outskirts of White River in Mpumalanga, has been bought by a consortium led the Three Cities Group. The five-star hotel with 20 bedrooms is situated 38km from the Numbi gate of the world famous Kruger National Park. Three Cities manages 40 properties in Africa including Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana.
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