Membership growth for Small Luxury Hotels of the World
Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) has added 15 new members during the first quarter of 2006. Four of the selected hotels are in Italy, while three of them are in Thailand. Stapleford Park Country House in Leicestershire has also joined the consortium, making it SLH's first premises in the Midlands. The other members are in France, Estonia, Czech Republic, Croatia, Cyprus, Malaysia and Wisconsin, USA.
Hilton International launches downloadable brochures
Hilton International has launched its new e-brochures in an attempt to increase online business to 25% by 2009. Managed and hosted by ReportLab, the e-brochures replace the printed Hilton Worldwide Directory, and are available in seven languages. The Directory Listing provides description of resort amenities and a map; the Quick Reference guide details local attractions with directions, and the Complete Hotel Brochure offers comprehensive descriptions of leisure and business facilities.
Starwood embarks on huge development
Starwood has started building the Westin Jersey City hotel in New Jersey, USA. Situated in Newport, in the world's largest mixed-use development, the 26-storey building will include 429 guest rooms, a conference centre, a ballroom, banquet facilities, a fitness centre and 5,000sq ft restaurant.
Carlson Hotels invests heavily in the Radisson brand
Radisson Hotels & Resorts has received $500m (£271m) investment from its parent company, Carlson Hotels Worldwide. The figure equates to approximately $17,000 (£9,200) per guestroom, and will be used for renovation and construction projects at more than 100 locations across the USA. The investment also includes $45m (£24.4m) towards the installation of Sleep Number beds and new customised bedding.
Wa International to design new luxury development in Dubai
Wa International is to design the Mövenpick Jumeirah Beach residence in Dubai, due for completion in 2007. The company's designs are inspired by the Californian coast, and will focus on the use of light. Wa International's other high-profile projects include the ZamZam Sofitel Tower in Mecca and the Zamani Palace in Zanzibar.
Details revealed on Hyatt's new extended-stay concept Global Hyatt Corporation has unveiled a new-build prototype and logo for its extended-stay brand, Hyatt Summerfield Suites. Each suite will include a living area, bedrooms, a fully-equipped kitchen, spa-style bathroom and storage space. They will also come with a flat-screen television that integrates with laptops and a free wi-fi service. Renovation of the first properties will begin in autumn 2006.
Starwood and Belfonti announce Aruba partnership
The 478-bedroom Aruba Resort and Spa will be renamed Westin Aruba Resort and Spa, under a new management agreement between Starwood Hotels and Belfonti Capital Partners. Belfonti will continue to manage the resort's 12,000sq ft casino, while Westin will resume management of the hotel. In addition, Starwood Vacation Ownership plans to launch a Westin-branded vacation ownership resort on Aruba, including 154 two-bedroom villa scheduled for sale in 2007.
Hyatt Regency La Manga launches Regency Club The Hyatt Regency in La Manga, Spain has announced the opening of its new Regency Club. It includes three suites overlooking the resort's championship golf courses and services include a personal check-in, dedicated concierge and private breakfast. The Regency Club marks Hyatt's first stage in a comprehensive restyling and relaunch of its La Manga facilities.
By Emily Manson