Starwood reopens hotel in Istanbul
Starwood Hotels & Resorts has announced the re-opening of the Sheraton Istanbul Maslak after a one-year refurbishment. The 305-room property is spread over 30 floors in the centre of the Turkish capital and includes a variety of restaurants, bars and cafés as well as 16 meeting rooms, a health club, swimming pool and a 3,000sq m spa. The hotel also features the Link @ Sheraton, enabling guests to use the internet in a specially designed communal lounge area.
Prem Group buys four-star hotel in Liège Irish hotel management company Prem Group has acquired the Bedford Hotel Liège in Belgium from local owners for €13.5m (£9.15m). The four-star hotel and conference property is located on the banks of River La Meuse near to the town centre. It features 149 rooms and will be operated under the Ramada Plaza brand. Alexis Delprat, head of European hotels at Savills, who brokered the deal, said: "Prem Group has taken the opportunity to acquire this centrally located property to expand its presence in Europe and particularly in Belgium where it is about to be one of the largest hotel owner operators."
Crescent Hotels & Resorts appoints COO Crescent Hotels & Resorts has appointed Pamela A Suhr to the role of chief operating officer. Suhr, who joins the company from HEI Hotel & Resorts where she was senior vice-president, operations and development, will be responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the company's rapidly growing hotel portfolio and play an important role in the company's acquisition program. Michael George, Crescent president and CEO said: "In her 20-plus-year hospitality career, Suhr has worked at the property, regional and national levels, especially with the first-class, full- service and premium-branded, select-service properties that are typical of our portfolio. She brings a full complement of leadership, operations and marketing skills and adds seasoned depth to our senior management team."
Hilton expands in RussiaHilton Hotels has reached agreements to develop 25 hotels in Russia during the course of the next five years. Hilton will partner with London & Regional Properties to develop the hotels in Russia and will enter into a ‘Preferred Development Alliance' with the company. This agreement will encompass selected Hilton brands, including Conrad, Doubletree by Hilton, Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn and Hampton by Hilton hotels, all of which Hilton Hotels will manage. The development focus in Russia will be in Moscow and St Petersburg as well as key regional cities. The first hotel will be a 186-room Doubletree by Hilton in the centre of Novosibirsk (Russia's third largest city).
Hilton appoints president for the Middle East and Africa Hilton Hotels has appointed Jean-Paul Herzog to the role of president for the Middle East and Africa. In his new role, Herzog will oversee a geographical area that comprises 44 properties in the Middle East and Africa with the planned development of a further 13 properties in the region. Hilton's development strategy will also see an additional 20 properties signed across the Middle East within the next five years. Most recently Herzog was president of Hilton and Scandic in the Nordic region for four years, before Hilton's sale of the Scandic portfolio.
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