The new Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong to be the tallest hotel in the world

HVS International


Located at the heart of the city, the Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong will be the tallest hotel in the world when it opens in the first quarter of 2011.

The 312-guestroom hotel will occupy Levels 102 to 118 of the International Commerce Centre (ICC) in Kowloon. At the podium of the ICC will be a 1,000,000-square-metre shopping mall, Elements, which will feature different luxury brand names under one roof.

Other than its six dining venues offering a wide range of cuisines, the hotel also has one of the largest ballrooms in Hong Kong at 930 square metres.

The hotel is situated just 20 minutes from Hong Kong International Airport and five minutes from Central Hong Kong.

Sol Meliá selects VFM Leonardo to strengthen visual presentation of hotels on line


Sol Meliá, the third largest chain in Europe, and VFM Leonardo, the leader in online visual content distribution for hotels, today announced that they will be working together to strengthen the online visual presentation of Sol Meliá’s hotels through enhanced photo distribution and online merchandising.

Sol Meliá has adopted VFM Leonardo’s VScape® Digital Asset Management System to distribute photos to online channels for its 300 properties. The VScape platform ensures that they have consistent and accurate photos on Sol Meliá’s own channels and VFM Leonardo’s VNetwork™ channels.

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Majestic Hotel Group firma un acuerdo de colaboración con SINA Fine Italian Hotels

Majestic Hotel Group

Majestic Hotel Group tiene el honor de anunciar el acuerdo de colaboración que ha firmado con el grupo italiano Sina Hotels, con establecimientos de lujo en Roma, Florencia, Venecia y Milán, entre otras ciudades italianas. Según Malco Par, director general de Majestic Hotel Group, “el acuerdo supone una iniciativa comercial creativa con un partner clave. Además SINA guarda muchas similitudes con Majestic Hotel Group, pues se trata de una empresa familiar que cuida mucho los productos, destinos y calidades que ofrecen sus hoteles”. Los clientes de Majestic Hotel Group se beneficiarán a partir de ahora de unas condiciones especiales en alojamiento y restauración en todos los hoteles que forman Sina Fine Italian Hotels.

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IATA sees return of business traffic


According to IATA, the travel industry continues to recover faster than expected, but with sharp regional differences. Europe is recovering at half the speed of Asia with passenger growth of 7.8% compared to the 15.5% growth in Asia-Pacific.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced international scheduled traffic statistics for June which showed continued strong demand growth as the industry recovers from the impact of the global financial crisis. Compared to June 2009, international passenger demand was up 11.9% while international scheduled freight traffic showed a 26.5% improvement.

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Hotel companies see the future in boutique lodgin


The word "boutique" in business implies small, specialized and unique -- precisely the concept big hotel companies are adopting as they veer away from their time-tested, but formulaic lodging models.

Nearly every top hotel company from Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc (HOT.N) to Hyatt Hotels Corp (H.N) to InterContinental Hotels Group Plc (IHG.L) has unveiled or expanded boutique concepts, also called lifestyle brands.

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