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Raul Leal has stepped down as chief executive of Virgin Hotels after leading the company for ten years. He joined company in 2010 as the first employee when it was building its initial pipeline of projects and developing its lifestyle hotel offering. Leal has since played a significant role in creating the character and infrastructure
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Ace Hotel Brooklyn is set to open in the late spring. Designed from the ground up in partnership with long-time Ace collaborators Roman and Williams, who shaped both the building and the interiors, the property has 287-rooms. Located in Boerum Hill, the hotel is on the cusp of downtown Brooklyn. “We’ve been building toward Ace
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Rosewood Hotels has been appointed by real estate firm Antirion SGR to manage Rosewood Rome, which will open in 2023 in the heart of the capital city. Located in the former headquarters of Italy’s Banca Nazionale del Lavoro (BNL), the property will overlook the Via Veneto. Extending an entire block, Rosewood Rome will encompass three
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The Ascott added a record of over 14,200 units across 71 properties globally in 2020. Despite Covid-19, the figure exceeds the number of units secured in 2019, marking a fourth consecutive year of record growth for Ascott. In China, Ascott has also achieved an 80 per cent year-on-year growth in units compared to 2019. The
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Cheval Collection has announced an expansion in London as part of a long-term strategic vision for growth. From the spring, the company will offer a stylish additional property consisting of 30 apartments at Cheval Lexham Gardens. This follows an expansion into Edinburgh, which took place in July last year. The all-apartment residence, which will be
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Jacqueline Volkart has been appointed dual general manager at the Ritz-Carlton resorts in Miami Beach. She will lead the newly re-imagined, 376-room Ritz-Carlton, South Beach and the 95-room Ritz-Carlton, Bal Harbour. Volkart joins the Miami resorts with over 30 years of hospitality management experience.  “I am thrilled to return to Miami and continue my career
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Sheldon Adelson, founder of the Las Vegas Sands casino empire, has died at the age of 87 from complications related to the treatment of non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Adelson had recently resumed cancer treatment and was taking a leave of absence from his roles as chairman and chief executive officer of both Las Vegas Sands and Sands
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The Ritz-Carlton, Turks & Caicos has appointed John Hazard to the role of general manager, which is due to debut this summer. He is a passionate global hotelier with over 19 years of hotel management experience across the United Kingdom, Middle East and the Caribbean. “John is an exemplary leader whose years of experience in
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Marriott International has signed an agreement with Vietnam-based real estate firm Masterise Homes to develop a dual-branded residential and office/hotel project in Ho Chi Minh City. According to the Savills International Development Consultancy, the agreement marks the largest hotel-branded residential project announced to date worldwide, with close to 4,200 residential and officetel units. The project
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Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh has become the first hotel from the brand the Cambodian capital and marks the debut of the company in the country. With 247 guestrooms including 43 residential-style suites, the new Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh is set to become the largest internationally branded hotel in the city. Located in the heart of
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Avani Hotels & Resorts gas welcomed the opening of Avani Palm View Dubai Hotel & Suites. The 48-storey and 264-rooms property overlooks the Palm Jumeirah, and is positioned between the communities of Dubai Media City, the Palm Jumeirah and Dubai Marina. The property features floor-to-ceiling windows, fully-equipped kitchens, interactive living spaces and private terraces featuring
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Badrutt’s Palace Hotel in St. Moritz has reopened its doors for the winter season. The property is offering 40 revamped rooms and suites following an extensive renovation in partnership with award-winning New York design studio Champalimaud. The elegant redesign mirrors the innovative spirit of the iconic hotel, which has been welcoming guests since 1896, yet
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Marriott International has announced the opening of Grand Universe Lucca, Autograph Collection. The 16th century palazzo has 55-guestrooms, complete with nine unique suites. “We are delighted to expand our offering of one-of-a-kind hotels in Italy and our debut in the charming city of Lucca,” said Jenni Benzaquen, vice president, brand, EMEA, Marriott International. “Grand Universe
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Caribbean hospitality giant Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart has died. The Jamaican-born hotelier, founder of Sandals Resorts International, passed away in the United States earlier after a short illness. He was 79 years-of-age. Stewart was born in 1941 in Kingston, Jamaica. He grew up along the north-coast of the country, where he adopted his nickname, given to
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Ermanno Zanini has been appointed general manager at Burj al Arab in Dubai, one of the most prestigious hotels in the world. The hotelier has been leader of Capri Palace in Italy, which joined Jumeirah Group earlier this year, since 2002. Zanini is also vice president for southern Europe at the Dubai-based company, and is
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