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Asia Travel & Dining Guide Names Clearwater Resort as Place to Stay Among Hotels in Angeles Philippines

Asia Travel & Dining Guide selected Clearwater Resort as a hotel of choice for Angeles and Clark Philippines because of several winning factors: (1) safety and security of the venue – practically zero crime rate in the high-security Freeport zone, (2) a laid-back lifestyle that is consistent with what Clark Freeport is all about and (3) venue is true to form for what it is designed to be – a country-style park that supports a leisure but upscale suburban lifestyle.

The large 13ha property is often used for wedding receptions, team-building events, picnics and company outings and all sorts of outdoor and semi-outdoor events. Its proximity to Manila – just 70 minutes along the nice North Expressway – makes it a very popular destination of choice for weekend excursions. Even day trips are possible for Manila dwellers. Continue Reading

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Millennium Hotels & Resorts – 15 Properties in the United States

Millennium Hotels & Resorts announced today that it has engaged 5W Public Relations, one of the nation’s 25 largest public relations firms, as the agency of record for all 15 Millennium hotel and resort properties in the United States.

5WPR will work with Millennium on strategic planning, media relations, and a full-scale marketing communications campaign for the national brand, as well as for each of the individual properties. “We’ve had a great experience in working with Millennium locally, with New York properties,” said Ronn Torossian, President and CEO of 5W Public Relations. “We’re now thrilled to be engaged with the brand on a national level.”

Comprised of 15 properties in the US, Millennium Hotels & Resorts destinations include: o Millennium Alaskan Hotel Anchorage (Anchorage, AL)o Millennium Bostonian Hotel Boston (Boston, MA)o Millennium Harvest House Boulder (Boulder, CO)o Millennium Hotel Buffalo (Buffalo, NY)o Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel Chicago (Chicago, IL)o Millennium Hotel Cincinnati (Cincinnati, OH)o Millennium Hotel Durham (Durham, NC)o Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)o Millennium Hotel Minneapolis (Minneapolis, MN)o Millennium Maxwell House Nashville (Nashville, TN)o Millennium Broadway Hotel New York (New York, NY)o Millennium UN Plaza Hotel New York (New York, NY)o The Premier Hotel (New York, NY)o Millennium Resort Scottsdale McCormick Ranch (Scottsdale, AZ)o Millennium Hotel St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)

“We were looking for an agency that demonstrated big thinking and a proven track record of achieving results, and 5W has truly distinguished themselves,” said Diane Sanker, Vice President Sales, North America. “We are looking forward to a continued, mutually rewarding partnership.”

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Zest Air starts Daily Hong Kong Flights at Diosdado Macapagal International Airport

Zest Air has started last Saturday its international daily flight via Clark-Hong Kong at the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) here.

Clark International Airport Corp (CIAC) president and CEO Victor Jose I. Luciano, Chairman Nestor Mangio, Zest Air President and CEO Ambassador Alfredo M. Yao and Subic Secretary of Clark Alliance for Development Council (SCADC) Edgardo Pamintuan led the inaugural flight of Zest Air, the second budget carrier to operate internationally at DMIA.

A simple send-off ceremony was held at the DMIA VIP Lounge at terminal 1 last Saturday afternoon. Continue Reading

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World’s First Medical Tourism Documentary to be shown in Los Angeles at Medical Tourism Conference

The Medical Tourism Association has spent a year producing a documentary on Medical Tourism called, “Angels Overseas ~ Costa Rica Edition.” The documentary provides insight into the high quality of healthcare that Americans and traveling patients worldwide can receive when they travel to a foreign country.

This documentary is the story, about Bob, one of the 50 million Americans without comprehensive health insurance who traveled to Costa Rica for a double knee replacement, saving $80,000. Deloitte estimates that in 2010, 1.6 million Americans will leave the US for medical care overseas.

“I believe the growth of the industry pivots on increasing the demand for international healthcare services through a campaign of education and communication between patients and providers and between insurance companies and their employer clients. This has been a personal project for me that I have been very passionate about in an effort to facilitate consumer awareness about the opportunities in medical tourism,” says Renee-Marie Stephano, Esquire, President of the Medical Tourism Association.

“Angels Overseas” provides the vision of connecting the supply and demand for high quality healthcare that is affordable and accessible,” she added. Continue Reading

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Silves Bed & Breakfast Duas Quintas Announce French Translation of Guesthouse Website

Duas Quintas, a countryside bed and breakfast situated just outside Silves has announced that sections of the bed and breakfast website are now available to view in French.

The move to translate the Duas Quintas website into French comes just a few months after an announcement was made that the Algarve bed and breakfast website would be available in German as well as English.

Speaking about the recent translation owners Mary and her husband Les Cave said:

“The Algarve is a destination that attracts people from all over Europe and in particular France. For a long time now we have been lucky enough that French visitors have been able to find us through the English sections of the website but have always planned that the website would eventually be available to view in French as well.

We are very excited about the translation and hope it will allow us to attract more people to the Algarve and show them what the area really has to offer.” Continue Reading

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Accor’s ibis reaches 100,000 Hotel Rooms Milestone

Accor’s budget ibis brand, first established in 1974, which today boasts 689 hotels in Europe and 847 hotels globally, has just celebrated an important milestone – the opening of the 100,000th ibis hotel room.

Situated close to airports, train stations, business centres and principal tourism sites, ibis hotels have been a tremendous success not only due to their competitive low pricing, but also because they offer quality modern rooms, bathrooms with a large shower stall, carpets, LCD TV’s, flat screens and other technology such as Wi-Fi etc.

Now, for the first time in Germany this new-look ibis design will be available at the ibis City West Hotel in Munich. Through construction and renovation of its hotels, 24,000 of these latest generation ibis rooms are already on the market. Their environmental performance has been improved thanks to water flow regulators in the bathrooms, low-power light bulbs and wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council for furniture and floors. Continue Reading

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Ascott Singapore Raffles Place Wins Architectural Heritage Award

CapitaLand’s wholly owned serviced residence business unit, The Ascott Group Limited (Ascott) has been conferred the Urban Redevelopment Authority’s (URA) Architectural Heritage Award for carefully preserving unique features of a 1950s heritage icon while transforming it into its flagship premier serviced residence, Ascott Singapore Raffles Place.

Formerly known as Asia Insurance Building, it used to be the tallest building in Southeast Asia in the 1950s, a symbol of Singapore’s aspiration to be a key financial and commercial hub. After acquiring Asia Insurance Building in 2006, Ascott decided to preserve the building’s heritage and charm while creating a serviced residence with modern comforts. Ascott undertook intensive planning and a S$60 million restoration effort to preserve the office tower which was gazetted by the URA in April 2007 as a conservation building.

Mr Wong Hooe Wai, Ascott’s Chief Development Officer shared how the architectural gem has been preserved: “We worked closely with the URA to earmark several key aspects of the building for conservation. A lot of care was taken to preserve the historic fabric of the building. The original Art Deco architecture and distinctive interior features are retained to recapture the former glory of the building. All modern additions pay close attention to the complementary nature of the materials used and the quality of detailing to ensure an artful blend of heritage with modernity. Ascott Raffles Place is today a mark of prestige and class, a distinctive serviced residence that offers travellers a unique experience in a heritage building.” Continue Reading

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Somerset Central TD will be Hai Phong’s first international serviced residence

CapitaLand’s wholly-owned serviced residence business unit, The Ascott Group Limited (Ascott), has secured a contract to manage a serviced residence property in Vietnam’s third largest city, Hai Phong. Ascott clinched the contract through Thuy Duong Investment Joint Stock Company, an established real estate company with developments across Vietnam’s major cities.

The latest addition consolidates Ascott’s position as the largest international serviced residence operator in Vietnam. Ascott’s portfolio in Vietnam will now increase to 1,182 units across seven serviced residence properties in three cities. Five properties are already operational in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, offering a total of 818 units.

To be called Somerset Central TD, Hai Phong, this will be Ascott’s first serviced residence property in the coastal city and its seventh in Vietnam. The new Somerset property will be the first international branded serviced residence and the largest serviced apartment in Hai Phong. Continue Reading

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Brazil to privatize Rio airport to prepare for Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympics

The international airport in Brazil’s largest city, Rio de Janeiro, which won the bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, will be privatized and modernized to prepare for the Olympics, the authorities said.

Rio, which faced stiff competition from Chicago, Madrid and Tokyo, became the first South American city on Friday to be awarded the games.

Rio de Janeiro 2016 OlympicsRio de Janeiro’s Galeao international airport, the largest airport in Brazil, evoked the strongest criticism from members of the International Olympic Committee at the stage of Rio’s preparations for the 2016 Olympic bidding, the State Privatization Council said.

The terms and the exact date of the airport’s privatization would be determined later, the council said.

The issue of the airport’s privatization was first raised a year ago by the governor of the state of Rio de Janeiro, Sergio Cabral, who said that the need to sell the airport was conditioned by its unsatisfactory infrastructure, poor airport services and ineffective management.

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Rio de Janeiro Brazil named 2016 Olympic host city

Rio de Janeiro was named the host city for the 2016 Olympic Summer Games on Friday after an International Olympic Committee vote in Copenhagen.

Rio, which faced stiff competition from Chicago, Madrid and Tokyo, becomes the first South American city to be awarded the games.

Residents of Brazil’s second largest city streamed out of their offices and homes to celebrate the news on world famous beaches such as Copacabana and Ipanema.

Rio de Janeiro Olympics 2016At the final presentations prior to the vote earlier on Friday, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva threw his weight behind the city’s bid.

“I honestly believe it is Brazil’s time,” Silva said, adding, “It is time to light the Olympic cauldron in a tropical country.”

“We will deliver a safe and secure games,” pledged Rio state governor Sergio Cabral.

The first city to fall by the wayside was Chicago, whose bid was backed in person by U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

Next to go was Tokyo, which had emphasized the “green” aspect of its bid.

Madrid and Rio were then forced to wait for just over an hour, with many pundits predicting that an emotional plea by 89-year-old former IOC president Juan Antonio Samaranch for the event to be awarded to Spain would see Europe awarded a third Games in a row, after London in 2012 and the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia’s Sochi. Continue Reading

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UK Hotels See Minor improvement

UK, October 2, 2009: Year-to-date August 2009 hotel performance indicators in the UK confirm a minor, yet positive swing, signifying a slowdown in market decline.

“These performance indicators have a long way to go before suggesting a recovery, but they are indeed a positive sign. The next few months however will be crucial in determining if the hotel cycle is spinning in the right direction; that OR change continues to climb and ADR remains stable,” stated Director of Development, MKG Hospitality, Vanguelis Panayotis. “In order for this to occur, improvement should really come from the corporate clientele segment.”

According to MKG Hospitality’s market monitoring database HotelCompSet, average Occupancy Rate (OR) in August reached nearly 72%. Although this still represents a decrease of 4.7 percentage points compared to August 2008, the decline is less significant compared to the beginning of the year.

Meanwhile, the rate of decline in Average Daily Rate (ADR) and Revenue per Available Room (RevPAR) also stabilised, reaching £74.7 and £53.7, respectively. Continue Reading

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The Four Seasons Restaurant Names New Chef

Today The Four Seasons Restaurant named New York Times starred Fabio Trabocchi as executive chef.

Trabocchi was most recently the executive chef of Fiamma, where The New York Times awarded him three-stars. He has cooked in Milan, Moscow, Marbella and Washington, DC.

“After almost a year of celebrating The Four Seasons’ 50 year history, we’re excited to reveal our delicious future,” said co-owner Julian Niccolini.

“Chef Trabocchi offers the perfect ingredients we need to serve our guests,” added co-owner Alex von Bidder. “He’s smart, creative and sophisticated. And his spectacular food is an innovative celebration of the local, seasonal ingredients that have always been part of the Four Seasons’ history.”

Shortly after he moved to New York, Chef Trabocchi impressed the critics as an internationalist with a melting-pot approach to ingredients and cooking styles – both in re-imagining classics and in creating inventive new dishes. Continue Reading

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