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In Brief
November 2017 2601

 Shangri-La Dubai impresses

SHANGRI-LA Dubai’s $19million renovation has given it a sleek edge. Since embarking on a journey of transformation last year, the hotel has undertaken an unparalleled remodelling, offering business travellers and families a retreat of tranquillity. The newly opened rooms and suites blend contemporary elegance with service that combines modern Arabian values and Shangri-La’s renowned hospitality.  In a land of soaring skyscrapers in downtown Dubai, Shangri-La aims to provide serenity and calmness in its exquisitely designed rooms.


Chase Northern Lights at Hotel Husafell

PUTTING an end to the fear of missing out on sighting Northern Lights, Hotel Husafell launches Iceland's first automated Northern Lights Wake-Up-Call System. The system helps increase the chances of seeing the Northern Lights and is the first of its kind call system in Iceland. Nestled in a secluded valley below Langjokull Glacier in West Iceland, Hotel Húsafell is one of the best spots in the world to view the Northern Lights, with an average of three sightings per week in winter. The newly installed Auto-Aurora system lets hotel staff alert guests with the touch of a button if the lights appear during the night.

In addition, Hotel Húsafell caters to Northern Lights travellers by training staff to provide app suggestions and helpful tips for photographing the elusive Auroras. The hotel's in-house restaurant is designed for optimal Aurora Borealis viewing with floor-to-ceiling windows so guests can gaze upon the lights while dining. The on-site geothermal baths open in the evening provide a steamy location to watch the Auroras dance across the night sky.


Fairmont Dubai receives ‘Welcome Chinese’

FAIRMONT Dubai, conveniently located on Sheikh Zayed road in the heart of Dubai has achieved the Golden Standard at the “Welcome Chinese” certification. The certification props Fairmont Dubai’s compliance to the highest standard of hotel requirements defined by the China Tourism Academy.

Welcome Chinese is an innovative standard of services specifically crafted to make Chinese travellers feel at home at hotel properties around the world. To qualify for a Gold certification, a property must provide dedicated Mandarin-speaking staff, broadcast Chinese channels, offer a traditional Chinese breakfast and tea-making facilities, provide Chinese publications and complimentary Wi-Fi to cater to the growing demand of the Chinese travellers.

Ammar Hilal, general manager, Fairmont Dubai said, “We are honoured to have received The Welcome Chinese Gold Certification, which represents our accomplishments to create tailored offerings for our Chinese guests. The Emirate’s continuous efforts are certainly positioning the city as a very attractive destination for Chinese travellers. At Fairmont Dubai we are consequently witnessing growing numbers of Chinese guests, who are selecting Dubai as their destination of choice and we will continue providing excellent services tailored to attract Chinese travellers.”


IHG Business Rewards launches Booker Bonus

INTERCONTINENTAL Hotels Group (IHG) has announced its IHG Business Rewards promotion, Booker Bonus, offering members the opportunity to earn between 50 per cent to 100 per cent extra bonus points on bookings made through participating IHG hotels worldwide.

IHG Rewards Club members who book between September 1 and November 30 (for events and stays till February 28, 2018) have the exclusive offer of earning an additional 50 per cent reward points (capped at $20,000), on top of existing reward points earned for bookings on meetings, events or accommodation. Members can double the rewards and earn an extra 100 per cent reward points for any event held in December 2017.

Members who make high value bookings with a minimum spending of $20,000 will also be rewarded with 35,000 supplementary points, be it for a single event or individual booking.

Samantha Llewellyn, vice-president, customer loyalty marketing, Asia, Middle East and Africa, IHG said, “IHG Rewards Club members are IHG’s most valued guests, and we want to reward our loyal corporate bookers as a way to thank them for their valuable support."

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