Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts to open Estonian property
Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts is to launch a property in Estonia, with the opening of the newly-built five-star Swissôtel Tallinn. The 238-room, 30-storey hotel, which is set to open in the summer, will be part of a multi-complex comprising apartments and offices. It will include business facilities including board rooms providing Wi-Fi access, ISDN and data ports at desk level, as well as two meeting rooms and a 455sq m board room. The hotel will also feature a top-floor restaurant as well as a café serving Swiss dishes and breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets, and a spa and wellness centre including indoor pool, gym, studio, sauna, steam room and two treatment rooms.
Leela Palaces and Resorts joins GHA to drive trade
Indian hotel group Leela Palaces and Resorts has joined the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA) in a bid to drive trade from overseas visitors. The move will see the chain open a GHA office in its Mumbai premises and gain marketing and sales support from GHA members including Kempinski Hotels (Europe). In return Leela Palaces and Resorts help fellow GHA members make bookings in India. The move follows the announcement that Leela is to invest almost £153m in opening five hotels in Gurgaon, Udaipur, Chennai, Hyderabad and Pune. The investment will see it operating at least nine hotels in India within the next two years.
Starbucks to open first Russian outlets
Coffee chain Starbucks is to open its first 10 outlets in Russia this year with partner MH Alshaya company according to local press reports. The company said it is going to open its first coffee shops in Moscow and St. Petersburg in August.
Germany to get third Rocco hotel
Rocco Forte Hotels is to launch its third property in Germany, with the opening of the Charles Hotel in Munich this summer. Named after Sir Rocco Forte's father, hotelier Lord Charles Forte, the hotel is located in the heart of the Bavarian city, designed for both business and leisure travellers. The 132-room, eight-storey hotel will include an Italian restaurant with a private dining room; a bar; seven conference rooms equipped with state-of-the-art technology; a ballroom for up to 400 guests; and a spa with sauna, swimming pool, five treatment rooms and a gym.
Pizza Hut aims for double-digit growth
Pizza Hut in India has said it aims to achieve double-digit growth this year after recording sales of about INR300m (£3.4m) in 2006. This should be achieved through growing the number of restaurants and hiring more people for the business. In addition, Pizza Hut intends to grow its delivery service as it contributes around 10% to sales, compared to dine-in (60%) and take-away (30%). At the end of 2006 Pizza Hut operated more than 125 restaurants in 32 Indian cities.
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