Ibis Bangkok Riverside Opens in Bangkok Thailand

The Accor Hotel group has announced the opening (1 November
2010) of the 3 star Ibis Bangkok Riverside, located on the Chaopraya River and
will feature 266 rooms with Wi-Fi internet access, International Satellite TV channels,
fridge, safe box and other standard amenities.


 Ibis Bangkok Riverside


The Ibis Bangkok Riverside is set to change the face and
re-define quality affordable business accommodation in the Chaopraya River
area, with rates starting from only AUD$37 per night.


Erwann Mahe,
Executive General Manager of ibis Erawan Thailand, commented
“ibis Bangkok Riverside offers an affordable
option for everyone who wants to enjoy Bangkok riverside’s tranquil
atmosphere.  It is particularly important
to highlight the excellent value for money of this 3-star hotel set in an
outstanding location with easy access to city’s most popular tourist spots. We
are confident that the location, the international standards and team’s
friendliness will fit both the needs of leisure and business travellers.”


 Ibis Bangkok Riverside Standard Room



The hotel facilities include the standard ibis-specific
offer of 4am to noon breakfast to suit early birds and late risers, a relaxing
lobby bar and round-the-clock reception where hot and cold snacks as well as
drinks can be enjoyed anytime. The hotel offers a swimming pool, day-lit
meetings rooms with state-of–the-art equipment and a designated internet area.


The Ibis Bangkok Riverside’s Signature restaurant “TASTE”
features the very best in Thai and International dishes  Including International Buffet dinner on
Friday and Saturday evenings.


The Ibis Bangkok Riverside is only 5 minutes from the Thon
Buri BTS Skytrain station and a 10-minute drive from Sathorn Road.


>> To check rates and find additional information about this property check here: Ibis Bangkok Riverside Rates and Room


Courtyard by Marriott Suzhou Opens and Delivers on Brand Promise

The 267-room
hotel is Courtyard’s eighth property in China, boasting ideal location and
great value

Easy access to both business hubs
and shopping, Courtyard by Marriott Suzhou provides guests with the best of
both worlds, allowing them to work and have fun. Nestled in the heart of Suzhou
Industrial Park the newly opened hotel delivers on the Courtyard brand promise,
offering travelers spacious rooms and excellent value. Owned by Suzhou
Industrial Park Hengyu Real Estate Co., Ltd., the hotel operates under a
long-term management agreement with Marriott International (NYSE:MAR) and is
headed by Tony Sum as general manager and Neon Li as director of sales.

From MoMo Café to our high-tech meeting
rooms, Courtyards in China offer business and leisure guests excellent space
and flexibility to optimize their stay,”
said Janis Milham, vice president and  global brand manager for
Courtyard by Marriott.
“This new
opening reinforces our steady expansion in the country and validates the
popularity and recognition we have gained as a brand that offers affordable
style and great value for money.”

Introductory rates at the Courtyard
by Marriott Suzhou start from CNY998 per room per night and include deluxe
accommodations, daily buffet breakfast, in-room free access to wire or wireless
internet, free access to the health center and 1500 bonus points daily that can
be redeemed for services or incidental charges at the hotel. The rate is
subject to 15% tax and service charge and is based on single occupancy. A
supplement of CNY100 per night will be charged for each additional person. This
offer is valid until December 9, 2010.

The new hotel is centrally
located, offering easy access to the Suzhou International Expo Center, Times
Square shopping center, Jinji Lake and scenic downtown that is known for its
stone bridges, pagodas and gardens. Other nearby attractions include: Lingering
Garden, Lion Grove Garden, the Canglang Pavilion and Suzhou silk museum.

The calming colors and
contemporary design of the large guestrooms make them feel warm and stylish.
Featuring amenities that provide both comfort and efficiency the room layouts
allow the space to be multi-functional. Deluxe bedding, 42-inch LCD panel TVs,
iHome docking stations and satellite channels ensure that guests are able to
enjoy down time and unwind while well-lit work areas, high speed internet,
laptop size safes and the latest in-room technology tools help to increase

Guests looking for a treat should
visit the hotel’s 27th floor where they’ll discover the highest indoor pool and
gym in the city. The fully equipped health club provides inspiration while
working out to the exceptional view of the surrounding city.

MoMo Café is the social center of
the hotel, offering something to satisfy everyone’s cravings.  Fresh local
ingredients blended with the chef’s creativity makes the quality food a delight
for both locals and foreign diners.  The open kitchen and wood-fire oven
produce delightful aromas that create a warm home-like ambiance.  MoMo 2
Go opens daily from 7am to 10pm, providing “on the run” guests with a “grab and
go” kiosk filled with sandwiches, pastries and a wide variety of beverages.

Located on the 25th floor, the
executive lounge offers personalized check-in and check-out services as well as
complimentary breakfast, international newspapers, laundry service,
complimentary use of meeting rooms, evening cocktails and snacks.

High ceilings, experienced staff
and state-of-the-art conference facilities make events at the Courtyard by
Marriott Suzhou stylish and stress-free. Offering a total of 717 square meters
of function space including seven individual meeting rooms, the 450 square
meter grand ballroom can accommodate up to 350 people in theater style. A 45
square meter board room filled with natural light makes the venue ideal for
local businesses gatherings.

Courtyard by Marriott’s portfolio
in China currently consists of eight hotels totaling 2,474 rooms. All Courtyard
hotels in China, along with more than 3,100 Marriott-affiliated hotels
worldwide, participate in Marriott Rewards, the guest reward program that
allows its over 30 million members to earn points or airline miles for each
dollar spent during each stay.

Hilton Cebu Resport and Spa 5th Anniversary Special Package

The Hilton Cebu in the
Philippines has announced a special 5th Anniversary Package.



The full media release from Hilton
can be read below:


Hilton Cebu Resort & Spa Announces Exciting 5th Anniversary
Package For Only P5,555

Philippines –
Cebu Resort & Spa is celebrating its fifth anniversary on Oct. 26, 2010. To
celebrate this special occasion, the resort is offering a special fifth
anniversary package to local Philippine residents.

The package is dubbed the
“Quintuple Treat for P5,555”, as the resort is providing five special reasons
to stay with Hilton. The resort has included fantastic complimentary benefits
and discounts in the package that will be irresistible to local residents and
offer huge savings.

The Quintuple Treat for P5,555
offers guests deluxe room accommodation with daily breakfast for two, one-way
airport pick-up, 20 percent discount on F&B outlets and spa treatments,
complimentary use of non-motorized water sports facilities for 30 minutes, a
complimentary dessert when dining at Seas restaurant and a special gift from
the resort.

The promotion started on Sept. 1
and will run until Dec. 19, 2010 for stays between these dates. The promotion
is open to all local residents of the Philippines and foreign nationals with
resident certificates.

To add to the excitement of the
resort’s anniversary, an Anniversary Sale will be held on Oct. 1-3 at the Paseo
Marina in Ayala Mall, Cebu. Local residents can take advantage of the
anniversary package plus other discounted vouchers for F&B and Spa. The
booth will be open during mall hours, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

To find out more about this great
offer, please contact Hilton Cebu Resort & Spa on (32) 492 7777 or email

Holiday Inn Express to Open Singapore Hotel

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) have announced they plan to open a
Holiday Inn Express in Singapore by 2013. The 220 room hotel will be developed
out of the Wellington Building at Bideford road and will feature more than 40
Shopping and entertainment options


The full media release from IHG can be read below:


Holiday Inn Express to debut in Singapore’s premier district


16 September 2010

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) today announced the signing of the first
Holiday Inn Express hotel for Singapore, which is set to open in the heart of
Orchard Road by 2013. Holiday Inn Express Singapore Orchard Road will fly the
flag of the world’s most iconic hotel brand in Singapore’s best-known retail, entertainment
and residential district.


The present
Wellington Building at Bideford Road will be developed into a 220-room hotel.
Orchard Road has more than 40 shopping and entertainment complexes,
complemented by restaurants, hotels, offices and high-end residences. Its
proximity to the city’s Central Business District, popular night spots and
cultural attractions further cement Orchard Road’s reputation as Singapore’s
prime location. 


Holiday Inn
Express is one of the fastest-growing hotel brands in its category, opening on
average two hotels a week globally. Guests can expect a fresh,
internationally-branded hotel choice that offers comfort, convenience and great


The first
Holiday Inn Express in Singapore will feature the brand identity, service
standards and quality facilities of the new Holiday Inn experience. The Holiday
Inn family of brands is undergoing the biggest relaunch in the hospitality
industry across more than 3,300 hotels and 430,000 rooms worldwide, designed to
drive consistency and quality throughout the entire estate.


“I can’t think of a better location to launch
the Holiday Inn Express brand. The recent revamp of Orchard Road has
strengthened its appeal to both visitors and locals. Opening the first Holiday
Inn Express in Singapore here will present a compelling option for our guests,
offering them the convenience and atmosphere of a hotel in the heart of the
city – at an excellent price point,”
said Jan Smits, Managing
Director, IHG Asia Australasia


milestone project is a partnership between IHG and Valeside Pte Ltd, a member
of the Chee Swee Cheng Group of Companies.


“We are confident of this partnership with
IHG. We believe that the combination of a great location and an
internationally-recognised brand will bode well for the first Holiday Inn
Express hotel in Singapore,”
said Chee Eng Hoon, Executive
Director of Valeside Pte Ltd.


A second
agreement with the Chee Swee Cheng Group is also being signed for a Holiday Inn
Express in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.


Three other
Holiday Inn Express hotels are being developed in Bangkok and are scheduled to
open over the next few years.


Ramada Hotel Bangkok launches with Special Introductory Promotion Rates

The Ramada Hotel Bangkok has launched
with a special introductory promotion rate of THB 2,010 nett per room per

 The special rate is
inclusive of 10% service charge and 7% government tax, complimentary daily
buffet breakfast, 24-hour unlimited Wi-Fi and LAN internet available in rooms
as well as public areas. The promotion is valid until 31 July 2010.

The Ramada Hotel & Suites
features 97 rooms and an international restaurant and lounge. Located on
Sukhumvit Soi 12, in the heart of Bangkok, the hotel is ideally suited to both
leisure and business travellers. Access to Bangkok’s main Sukhumvit road is
around 4 minutes walk away, or less should guests use the hotel’s to Sukhumvit
Road (and back if required) private shuttle service. The Sky Train station
Asoke and MRT station Sukhumvit are also close by.

Set in its own garden with an
outdoor swimming pool with built in Bubble Bed – 98 Nozzles, poolside day beds
and sundeck this hotel overlooks the lake and gardens of the Queen Sirikit
Convention Center.

The Ramada Hotel & Suites has
39 suites capable of satisfying the needs of long stay guests. Equipped with
small kitchenettes and microwave ovens, these units are either 45 or 55 sqm and
feature both four fixture bathrooms. 20 studio rooms at 36 sqm are fitted with
microwave ovens as well as four fixture bathrooms. 38 regular hotel rooms make
up the remaining inventory of this boutique property.

 A fitness centre is
available and there is a fully equipped small private boardroom available for
meetings. Other services include a 24 hour room service, satellite television,
IDD telephone system, individually controlled in-room air conditioning units,
and in-room safe deposit box.

 Mr. Kevin M. O’Hagan is
General Manager of the new property.

Sofitel Hotel Shanghai Jing’an to open in 2011

Sofitel has announced plans to
open the Sofitel Shanghai Jing’an in 2011, the hotel is expected to be their
flagship property in Shanghai featuring an iconic building design and occupy 32
floors of a 61 room building.


In addition the hotel will feature
a total of 515 rooms with 82 of them earmarked for suites.


The full media release from
Sofitel can be read below:


 Sofitel Hotel Shanghai Jing’an to open in 2011





Paris, June 17th, 2010 – Sofitel Luxury Hotels has
recently signed a new management agreement in China for its future flagship in
Shanghai, the Sofitel Shanghai Jing’an, scheduled to open in 2011. This address
will be the third Sofitel in Shanghai, with a fourth one on the outskirts of
the city in Sheshan,  and is set to be
one of the city’s most luxurious hotels with an iconic building design.


The Sofitel Shanghai Jing’an will enjoy an ideal location
in the center of the city, at the intersection of Beijing Road and Jiangning
Road and mere steps away from the famous Nanjing Road. This very central
location is surrounded by international headquarters, luxury boutiques and the
city’s most popular malls – like Puxi’s renowned Plaza 66 – and near the former
French concession, museums and the Shanghai convention center. The building
also has a number of floors with the most advanced office space, which offer
the perfect solutions for local enterprises or multi-national corporations.


The future Sofitel Shanghai Jing’an will occupy 32 of the
building’s 61 floors, offering 515 rooms, 82 of them suites, on levels 29
through 54. The first and second level will be home to the Lobby Lounge and two
restaurants, one international, and the other spotlighting the full range of
Chinese cuisine.

The top level, on the 55th floor, will feature a bar and
restaurant with an innovative concept that perfectly reflects the hotel’s clean
modern decor, with suspended gardens and an exceptional view of both the east
and west of the city.


The Sofitel Shanghai Jing’an will also devote a full 1,500
m2 to wellness, with a So SPA, a So FIT, an indoor pool and a beauty salon.


Finally, on the 3rd level, 2,900 m2 will be designed for
business, featuring a ballroom, a junior ballroom, a variety of configurable
spaces and a business center.


“I am
particularly excited to welcome this true flagship to the Sofitel network. The
Sofitel Shanghai Jing’an, with its excellent location, will be a valuable asset
for the brand both in China and abroad. After the Sofitel Wanda Beijing, the
hotel will be our second jewel in a country where Sofitel already has a strong
says Sofitel Monde COO Robert Gaymer


Sofitel in China


The brand, which
already boasts a network of 23 hotels in China, is consolidating its presence
with this new addition. The agreement was signed at a time when the brand has just
announced two new locations in China, the Sofitel Lianyungang Suning Galaxy and
the Sofitel Haikou, which will open their doors in 2013 and 2014 respectively.
It is also preparing to open two more between late 2010 and early 2011: the
Sofitel Dongguan Humen Oriental and the Sofitel Guangzhou Sunrich.

Ritz-Carlton Shanghai Pudong to open 21 June

The Ritz-Carlton hotel group have announced they they will open their second Shanghai property in Pudong on 21 June 2010, that will feature 285 rooms.





The full media release from the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Group can be read below:


The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company L.L.C. Opens its
Second Hotel in Shanghai, The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong on June 21


CHINA – The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong, opening on June 21, will be the
luxury hotel brand’s second property in the city, and its seventh in China.
Located in Shanghai ifc, the prime real estate in Lujiazui financial trade
zone, the hotel and development is the work of architect Cesar Pelli.


“The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai,
Pudong is an integral feature of Shanghai ifc, developed by Sun Hung Kai
Properties, one of Asia’s leading property developers, with proven excellence
in creating world-class mixed-use developments incorporating luxury retail,
office, residential and hotels, as the company’s IFC and ICC in Hong Kong have
demonstrated. It is a great honour for us to partner with Sun Hung Kai to build
and develop this iconic hotel in Shanghai,”
Rainer Burkle, area vice president and general manager.


The 285-room
Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong is Shanghai’s ultimate destination for luxury and
style, and occupies the top 18 floors of the Shanghai ifc South Tower. Opening
in June during the World Expo, the design and style of the hotel is
contemporary, with hints of new interpretations of 1930’s Shanghai Art Deco.
This gives a great sense of place to the hotel as guest rooms and restaurants
embrace magnificent sweeping views over The Bund – the most intact collection
of Art Deco architecture anywhere in the world.


interior designs by Richard Farnell, The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong guest
rooms and suites range in size from 50 square meters (500 square feet) to 400
square meters (4,000 square feet), for the palatial Ritz-Carlton Suite and
Chairman Suite. There are three floors of Club accommodation, and each
club room enjoys access to the hotel’s stunning Club Lounge on the 49th level,
which will be open 24 hours a day.


This new
hotel will offer a host of exquisite luxury restaurants and a bar with
unrivalled views over The Bund and the Shanghai skyline. Restaurants include
Aura Lounge and Jazz Bar, Jin Xuan, the fine dining Chinese Restaurant designed
by Steve Leung; Scena Italian Restaurant and Flair Rooftop Restaurant and Bar,
both designed by the world famous Super Potato. Flair is Shanghai’s highest al
fresco dining and wining venue and is destined to be the unique new social
center of Pudong and the city. Featuring more than 2,500 square meters (25,000
square feet) of meeting and conference space on the third level, including a
1,135-square-metre (11,350 square feet) Grand Ballroom, the second largest
ballroom among the city’s luxury hotels, The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong can
accommodate large and small meetings and gatherings in sumptuous environment
with world-class technology and facilities underscored by The Ritz-Carlton
legendary service. All meeting space offers floor-to-ceiling windows and
natural daylight.


Located on
the hotel’s 55th floor, and occupying an area of more than 1,500 square meters
( 15,000 square feet), The Ritz-Carlton Spa by ESPA features 10 treatment
rooms, including nine multi-function treatment rooms and a Harmony Suite where
two guests may relax and enjoy treatments together. The Ritz-Carlton Spa by
ESPA combines the essence of ancient and modern Chinese, Indian, European and
Balinese spa cultures and uses luxury ESPA products that harness the best of
nature’s essential oils, botanicals and marine supplements. The exquisite
collection of treatments represents complete care, personalization and the
ultimate in luxury.


diamond-like façade glittering with the vibrancy of the city, Shanghai ifc mall
also boasts opulent interiors framing the most stylish shopping environment and
housing hundreds of world-renowned international branded retails. Guests of The
Ritz Carlton will enjoy direct access to this world leading lifestyle landmark.


“As Shanghai has been experiencing exponential
growth and many multi-national companies have opened in Pudong, we find it
strategically viable for The Ritz-Carlton to be located on both sides of
Huangpu River,”
Burkle explained.While The Ritz-Carlton Portman, Shanghai at Puxi has established its
name over the past decade as the most preferred luxury hotel in the city, I
have no doubt that The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong will prove itself to be
another quintessential business and social centre for domestic and
international travelers alike.”


Somerset Danang Bay Vietnam to be managed by Ascott Limited

It has been recently announced that the rights to manage
Somerset Danang Bay Residence Vietnam has been awarded to Ascott Limited. The
residence development is located in Vietnam’s fourth Largest city Danang and the
development is part of Danang’s Blooming Tower Development.


Somerset is Vietnam’s largest international serviced
residence operator with eight properties in Hanoi, Hai Phong, Ho Chi Minh City
and Danang.


The full media release can be read below:


Ascott Limited (Ascott), has been awarded a contract to
manage a serviced residence in Danang, the fourth largest city in Vietnam, by
Korea Investment & Development Co., Ltd. The latter is an established real
estate consortium that specialises in commercial and residential developments
across major cities in Vietnam.

The serviced residence will be named Somerset Danang Bay and will be the first
international brand of serviced residence in Danang. With this addition, Ascott
will further strengthen its position as the largest international serviced
residence owner-operator in Vietnam. It will now have more than 1,300 apartment
units in eight properties across four cities including Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi
and Hai Phong.

Currently under development, Somerset Danang Bay is part of Blooming Tower
Danang, a mixed-use development that comprises two 37-storey residential towers
and a three-storey podium for commercial retail and recreational uses. It will
be one of the tallest towers in the city, providing a spectacular view of the
Danang Bay.

Located in Thuan Phuoc Ward, Hai Chau District, Somerset Danang Bay is a
five-minute drive from Danang’s Central Business District and a 15-minute drive
from the Danang International Airport, Vietnam’s third busiest airport. The
serviced residence property is scheduled to be completed in 2012.

Mr Lim Ming Yan, Chief Executive Officer
of The Ascott Limited, said,
expansion into Danang, our fourth city in Vietnam, will allow Ascott to tap on
the strong demand for serviced residences in the country. Danang has enjoyed an
exponential increase in foreign direct investments. The rapid development of
its industrial parks, export processing zone, petrochemical industry and sea
port activities has also been attracting a large number of expatriates to the
city. With the influx of foreigners, we expect demand for both long- and
short-term accommodation in Danang to soar. The new Somerset Danang Bay will
further consolidate Ascott’s leadership position in the fast growing market and
we are on track to expanding our Vietnam presence to 1,800 units by 2012.”

Mr Shin Yongkyu, President, Korea
Investment & Development Co., Ltd, said,
“We are glad to partner Ascott in launching Somerset Danang Bay.
Being the world’s largest international serviced residence owner-operator,
Ascott has the expertise and extensive experience in providing quality
accommodation and personalised services. Coupled with its award-winning track
record and solid reputation, we are confident that Somerset Danang Bay will do
well in attracting discerning travellers from around the world by providing
them an ideal home away fromhome.”

Danang, with its international airport, commercial sea port and north-south
land routes and railways, is the economic gateway to Central Vietnam and the
East-West Economic Corridor spanning Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and Myanmar. As an
indication of its trade potential, Danang was ranked first in the Vietnam
Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s provincial competitiveness index
consecutively in 2008 and 2009.

With 121 units ranging from one- to three-bedroom premier apartments which come
with ensuite kitchen and bathroom, Somerset Danang Bay will cater to leisure
and business travellers with a myriad of modern recreational and business
facilities such as a fitness centre, a swimming pool, a resident’s lounge, a
business centre anda meeting room in the property.

About The Ascott Limited

Ascott is the world’s largest international serviced residence owner-operator
with over 19,000 operating serviced residence units in key cities of Asia
Pacific, Europe and the Gulf region, as well as around 6,000 units which are
under development, making a total of 25,000.

The company operates three brands – Ascott, Somerset and Citadines. Its
portfolio spans 68 cities in 22 countries, 11 of which are new cities in Ascott’s
portfolio where its serviced residences are being developed.

Ascott, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CapitaLand Limited, is headquartered in
Singapore. It pioneered Asia Pacific’s first international-class serviced
residence in 1984. It also establishedthe world’s first pan-Asian serviced
residence real estate investment trust, Ascott Residence Trust, in 2006. Today,
the company boasts a 26-year industry track record and serviced residence
brands that enjoy recognition worldwide.

Recent awardsinclude DestinAsian Readers’ Choice Awards 2010 ‘Best Serviced
Residence in Asia Pacific’, TTG Travel Awards 2009 ‘Best Serviced Residence
Operator’, Business Traveller UK Awards 2009 ‘Best Serviced Apartment Company’,
Business Traveller Asia Pacific Awards 2009 ‘Best Serviced Residence Brand’ and
‘Best Serviced Residence in Asia Pacific’ and TTG China Travel Awards 2009
‘Best Serviced Residence Operator in China’.

Sheraton Saigon Hotel and Towers Wins Luxury Hotel of the Year Award

The Sheraton Saigon Hotel &
Towers has been awarded Luxury Hotel of the Year and Spa Operator of the Year
at the recent Tourism Alliance Awards.

The full media release from
Starwood can be read below:

 Sheraton Saigon Hotel and Towers Wins Luxury Hotel of the Year Award

Sheraton Saigon Hotel &
Towers proudly added to its long list of awards last night when it was
acknowledged in the inaugural Tourism Alliance Awards as the Luxury Hotel of
the Year and Spa Operator of the Year.

“We are of course very proud and delighted to
receive these awards”
said Dietmar Kielnhofer, General
Manager of the hotel after the Awards Ceremony.
  “The most pleasing thing however is that it gives our associates a
reason to walk a little taller in their shoes.  They can be proud of the
hotel they work for and they can feel rewarded for their hard work and effort”
he said.

These awards
occur in a very timely manner as Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers has also
just received a nomination in the World Category for the World Travel Awards,
the travel industry’s equivalent to the Oscars.

“Sheraton Saigon has received many awards but
we have never been nominated by our peers at this level”
said Mr. Kielnhofer. 
“The World Category is not something you can choose to nominate for, you must
be nominated by travel industry professionals throughout the world.  The
fact that our clients put us forward amongst a short elite list of nominees is
a great testament to the service and standard of excellence we provide and the
relationships we maintain with those to which we provide it”
he said.

The World
Travel Awards will be announced at a star studded ceremony of the travel
industry’s top players in London on 7 November.