Monday, 22 June 2020

First EVEN Hotels property in Greater China opens

IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, has opened the doors to its first EVEN Hotels property in Greater China. The unveiling of the hotel in the heart of Nanjing, China marks the first EVEN Hotel in Asia and outside of the Americas. Since the first EVEN Hotels opening in 2014, IHG’s lifestyle and wellness offering is designed to meet the large and growing demand for wellness-minded travellers and help them maintain their balance on the road.
The 172-room EVEN Hotel Nanjing Yangtze River, located near the National Green Bay Wetland Park and Youth Olympic Stadium, is equipped with wellness-savvy staff, best-in-class fitness experiences, an indoor tennis court, an indoor heated swimming pool, a bowling club, 7 meeting rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows, balanced food choices and relaxing spaces. The hotel also boasts an impressive water fountain with spectacular light shows during the evening. Owned by Yangtze State-owned Investment Group, and managed by IHG, the property is the brand’s first location in Asia. The hotel is the result of a strong owner relationship of IHG in Greater China. Owned by Yangtze State-owned Investment Group, and managed by IHG, the property is the brand’s first location in Asia. The hotel is the result of a strong owner relationship of IHG in Greater China.

Sunday, 21 June 2020

Sofitel Invites Guests to Live The French Way This June by Celebrating La Fête de la Musique

As many parts of the world begin to reopen and travellers think about heading out on summer escapes, Sofitel is paying homage to its roots by inviting passionate music lovers worldwide to celebrate Fête de la Musique through exclusive activations and a dedicated social media campaign throughout the week of June 21, 2020.
Much like Sofitel, a renowned global ambassador of French style and art-de-vivre, the all-day global music festival Fête de la Musique encourages participants to let loose, awaken the senses and indulge in the unexpected, through a celebration of all genres of music honoring the libertarian spirit of French street fêtes. Sofitel invites music lovers to ‘Live The French Way’ by participating in Fête de la Musique activations across the globe, either on location at a Sofitel property or digitally through the brand’s Sofitel Sounds playlists.

Four Seasons Orlando ready to welcome you.

A summer getaway is now even more enticing with a new offer from Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort, Central Florida’s only Five Diamond Award rated resort, reopening its doors on July 1, 2020.  The new Experience More package includes a USD 200 nightly credit for stays in a guest room, or a USD 500 nightly credit for stays in a one or two-bedroom suite.

Four Seasons Resort Orlando boasts world-class resort amenities, including a 5-acre (2 hectares) Explorer Island water park, Tom Fazio golf course, three Har-Tru tennis courts, and the award-winning complimentary kids’ camp for children ages 4-12.  While the kids are fully entertained with different theme activities each day, parents are provided a much-needed break to relax and unwind at the Oasis adult-only pool. This summer, guests can also enjoy enhanced activities programming, including “Dive In” movies offered three days per week at the family pool, complimentary play on select days at the Par 3 golf course, daily supervised swim time for kids, and more.

Saturday, 13 June 2020

Eldorado Resorts Announces Reopening Dates for Five Properties in Florida, Indiana, Colorado and Ohio

Eldorado Resorts, Inc. announced the planned resumption of operations at five properties in Florida, Indiana, Colorado and Ohio, pending receipt of final regulatory approvals.

Eldorado plans to reopen Isle Casino Racing Pompano in Florida on Saturday, June 13, Tropicana Evansville in Indiana on Monday, June 15, Isle Casino Hotel Blackhawk and Lady Luck Casino Blackhawk in Colorado on Wednesday, June 17, and Eldorado Gaming Scioto Downs in Ohio on Friday, June 19.

Hilton will start a new cleanliness programme around the world next week - say hello to CleanStay

Next week, the global hotel chain, Hilton will start a new cleanliness programme around the world, to deliver an industry-defining standard of cleanliness and disinfection in all its properties.

It is called Hilton CleanStay, and has been created in collaboration with Lysol and Dettol maker RB and Mayo Clinic and will include new procedures to designed to make people feel safer staying at a Hilton location this summer.

“For more than a century, our top priority has been the safety and security of our guests and Team Members. As the hospitality industry evolves to address travellers’ changing expectations – especially in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic – Hilton CleanStay is the latest evolution of our commitment to providing the peace of mind and confidence our guests need to travel freely, while protecting our Team Members,” said Chris Nassetta, President and CEO of Hilton.

“Though our hospitality may look different in the short term, around the world we are eager to welcome our guests once more and create the unforgettable experiences they have come to expect from Hilton.”

Hilton and RB have expanded this partnership to support the global portfolio of hotels and the trusted RB family of products will be used in multiple markets around the world.

Hilton guests can expect to begin seeing changes in some hotels around the world starting next week, with Hilton CleanStay implemented across Hilton’s 18 brands by mid-July.

Hilton CleanStay from Check-in to Check-out

Saturday, 6 June 2020

Casa Cupula, a leading luxury LGBT boutique hotel in Puerto Vallarta reached out to its guests over future travel plans.....

Casa Cupula, a leading luxury LGBT boutique hotel in Puerto Vallarta reached out to its guests and to people in the LGBT community in general who visit Puerto Vallarta to find out the effect the coronavirus pandemic has had on their travel plans. 

The research took place in May and was self-selected, with 27% coming from Casa Cupula guests, of the 336 people who responded, the majority (81%) had planned to visit Puerto Vallarta before the end of 2020. Post pandemic, 41% of those surveyed plan to return later this year. Almost all the rest (36%) expect to return in 2021. The average duration of a delay was about 8 months from when originally planned.

What is keeping LGBT visitors from returning? Concern about the safety of air travel in general, with 65% saying they were greatly or somewhat concerned about this. Comparatively 51% were specifically concerned about travelling to Puerto Vallarta.

Thursday, 4 June 2020

Dollywood and Dollywood’s Splash Country Set Opening for June 15

-After much careful preparation, Dollywood Parks and Resorts start reopening beginning with Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa on June 10. Dollywood Theme Park and Dollywood’s Splash Country Water Park open June 15 and 16 for season pass guests only. Both parks open to the general public on June 17.

Hyatt Announces Updated Cancellation Policy, Extending Travel Flexibility and Care

Guided by its purpose to care for people so they can be their best, Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced an extension to its cancellation policy that will provide further flexibility as guests start making travel decisions again.

“As we listen closely to our guests and members, we know that flexibility is more important than ever right now”

With some limited exceptions, reservations booked July 1, 2020 and beyond – for any future arrival date through July 31, 2021 – can be cancelled at no charge up to 24 hours before scheduled arrival. This includes Advance Purchase Rate reservations. The exceptions are noted below.

“As we listen closely to our guests and members, we know that flexibility is more important than ever right now,” said Mark Hoplamazian, president and Chief Executive Officer, Hyatt. “In addition to offering a reimagined hotel experience that is focused on safety and wellbeing, we want to help our guests and members book with confidence as they start planning travel again and cannot wait to welcome them back soon.”

Tuesday, 2 June 2020

Eldorado Resorts Reopen Three Missouri Casinos and Two Iowa Casinos

Eldorado Resorts,  have resumed operations at Isle of Capri Casino Hotel Boonville, Isle of Capri Casino Kansas City and Lumière Place Casino & Hotels in Missouri and at Isle Casino Hotel Bettendorf and Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo in Iowa this week. With Monday's reopenings in Missouri and Iowa, 11 of Eldorado’s 23 casino entertainment facilities have resumed operations following the suspension of operations in March.

Eldorado is implementing procedures that limit gaming capacity and ensure proper social distancing at its Missouri properties and is adhering to regulations imposed by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds that limit gaming capacity to 50% of prior levels with proper social distancing regulations in place.

“With our recent successful property reopenings in Louisiana and Mississippi, we are extremely excited to reopen our doors at five properties in Missouri and Iowa this morning. As we resume operations at our facilities across the country, the health and safety of our Team Members and Guests remains our number one priority. We have been working very hard over the last two months to prepare for these reopenings and we look forward to providing the outstanding service and hospitality experiences our casinos in Missouri and Iowa are known for in a safe manner,” said Anthony Carano, President and Chief Operating Officer of Eldorado Resorts.

Eldorado has developed a comprehensive list of health and safety protocols which are being implemented in Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Iowa and other gaming markets where it has operations as they reopen. For more information, please visit

ospitality Ventures Management Group (HVMG) Assumes Management of The Inn On Broadway Lexington in Ky.

Hospitality Ventures Management Group (HVMG), an Atlanta-based, private hotel investment, ownership and management company, today announced it has signed a management agreement to operate the Inn On Broadway in Lexington, Kentucky.

Charlestowne Hotels Inks Monumental Deal with The Thrash Group

Charlestowne Hotels, providing full-service hospitality management has announced a formal agreement with The Thrash Group, a national hospitality development company, to oversee their entire portfolio of hotels. Under this new agreement, Charlestowne will add ten properties to its portfolio – the management company’s largest single deal in its 40-year history. Five of the newly added properties are part of Origin Hotel, an independent brand of lifestyle hotels.

“To say this has been a tumultuous year for hospitality would be an understatement. As we approach Charlestowne’s 40th anniversary, we’re reminded that we have navigated uncertain times before. Our leadership team has never been stronger, and we have been meticulous with our strategic growth plans, this partnership with Thrash included,” said Kyle Hughey, COO of Charlestowne Hotels. “We consider our companies well-matched in both operational style and development goals.”