Rotana expands under Hutchinson
ESTABLISHING a strong start to 2020, Rotana, one of the leading hotel management companies in the region announced that Guy Hutchinson, acting chief executive officer, has been promoted to serve as the permanent president and CEO to lead the company’s next phase of growth.
In February 2019, the hotel operator took over management of Baghdad’s famed Babylon Hotel, now named the Babylon Rotana Baghdad, and in August an agreement was signed to operate the iconic Palmeraie Resorts in Morocco’s major economic centre Marrakech, with rebranding complete in Q1 2020.
Outside the Middle East and North Africa region, Rotana opened the Bosmal Arjaan by Rotana in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s capital Sarajevo in August, making its first foray into Southeast Europe, and in October, the company opened the Johari Rotana in Tanzania’s key commercial city of Dar es Salaam, which marked the brand’s entry into the East African market.
The introduction of a franchise model has also been another key achievement of Hutchinson.
Voco expands in Saudi Arabia
INTERCONTINENTAL Hotels Group has launched its second voco hotel, voco Al Khobar, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) in partnership with KSA-based developer Wasata Al Wosta Real Estate Co.
Offering a spacious, modern, stylish and unstuffy hotel experience for guests, voco Al Khobar boasts 130 rooms, embodies the characteristics of voco with exclusive features and distinctive hallmarks, setting it apart for a memorable stay. Every guest will experience the voco signature 'come on in' warm welcome, promising a swift and simple check in, with every room equipped with high-speed wi-fi, smart TVs, executive desks and in-room refreshments. So, guests can relax and indulge in some 'me time' when they stay at voco.
For those looking for an alternative space for meetings, the hotel offers all the facilities to cater to a wide range of events with 11 meeting spaces from small and smart meetings, workshops, weddings and banquets, while also fitting up to 410 guests at Al Sultana ballroom.
The impressive health club also features a spa, with five lush treatment rooms, an indoor pool, and two fully equipped fitness centres, assigned separately for men and women.
Hyatt Regency debuts in Kerala
HYATT Hotels Corporation announced the opening of Hyatt Regency Thrissur in the cultural capital of Kerala, India. With 77 well-appointed guestrooms, this contemporary hotel aims to bring the Hyatt Regency brand’s signature hospitality to business and leisure guests travelling to the region. The hotel marks the continued growth of the Hyatt Regency brand in India and joins more than 195 hotels under the brand, including 12 locations across the country.
Conveniently located near prime cultural centres, the Thrissur IT Park, iconic monuments, museums, galleries and shopping at the Kalamandalam Centre, an hour away from Cochin International Airport and 10 minutes from the railway station, the hotel will allow guests to seamlessly conduct business while also allowing for the opportunity to visit some of the city’s best attractions.
Dusit reopens Dubai Marina residences
DUSIT Princess Residences Dubai Marina has officially reopened, bringing in an exciting new chapter in the Dusit Hotels and Resorts’ property. The hotel will be opening its doors on February 1, after undergoing a complete renovation designed to facilitate business and leisure.
Discerning travellers can expect new levels of unparalleled, tastefully designed living spaces and extraordinary service following the hotel’s renovation. The 35-storey building has been revamped with fully furnished luxury apartments, holiday homes, and residential units designed with floor-to-ceiling windows, giving a spectacular view of the Marina. Each unit will come with a choice of either one, two, or three-bedroom configurations and are all fully integrated with comprehensive facilities and services to make guests feel right at home. Additionally, the property will offer a variety of large, glamorous penthouse options, perfect for any in-city get away.