In Brief


New room category at Ajman Kempinski
AJMAN: The Ajman Kempinski Hotel & Resort launched a new room category, the Leisure Club, with fully refurbished rooms and attractive extra benefits and services for the discerning leisure traveller.

The well-designed Leisure Club rooms are located on the 7th floor in the main building offering fantastic views over the Arabian Gulf.

Top award for Jumeirah International
DUBAI: Jumeirah International claimed the top award in the New Brand Launch category and was highly commended in the Public Relations category at the 2005 Gulf Marketing Review Marketing Effectiveness Awards. The winning entry for the group in the New Brand Launch category was Sirius, Jumeirah International’s guest recognition and rewards programme.

Mövenpick Cairo-Media City goes wireless
CAIRO: The Mövenpick Hotel Cairo-Media City recently the hotel added wireless internet connection to its list of facilities and services. Now guests can enjoy their wirelesses high-speed internet connection from any point in the hotel’s ground.

Burj Al Arab’s introduces Tiffany accessories
DUBAI: Eurj Al Arab has introduced a new range of branded retail items from the exclusive Tiffany & Co. The hand-crafted items, including Loop key ring, Oval Globe key ring, Money Clip and Letter Opener, feature Burj Al Arab’s insignia and are available for purchase from the two retail boutiques located within the hotel.

LHW opens regional office in Dubai
DUBAI:  The luxury hospitality organisation The Leading Hotels of the World (LHW) has launched its regional office in Knowledge Village, Dubai. This is the group’s 25th regional office worldwide. The presence of a regional office in Dubai will enable The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd. to offer an enhanced range of services to both member hotels and potential customers throughout the Middle East, according to company Chairman Jean-Jacques Gauer.

Sheraton Miramar gets prestigious certificate
HURGHADA: Sheraton Miramar Resort has achieved the Green Globe 21 Benchmarked Certificate for the second consecutive year under the new Green Globe 21 certification programme, which recognises the operation’s commitment to operating at the world’s highest environmental standard. In particular it has achieved Best Practice in the Energy Consumption, Potable Water Consumption and Social Commitment performance areas. 

Madinah Mövenpick opens City Plaza
MADINAH: Madinah Mövenpick Hotel has opened its door for the exclusive shopping experience at City Plaza & Home Plaza – the topnotch lifestyle brand in the Gulf countries. The 4500 sq m shopping mall within the hotel complex is now managed by City Plaza Group.

Starwood in Condé Nast’s list
DOHA: Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has earned the distinction of having 51 of its hotels and resorts included on Condé Nast Traveler’s prestigious Gold List and Gold List Reserve featured in the magazine’s January 2005 issue.  More than 20,000 Condé Nast Traveler subscribers voted for their favorite hotels, resorts and cruise lines around the world to make up the winners in the magazine’s 11th annual Gold List. 

InterCon, Air Miles in deal
DUBAI: InterContinental Hotels Group announced today it is partnering with Air Miles, the Middle East’s leading customer loyalty programme, to offer members the opportunity to collect Air Miles on all purchases at its hotels in the UAE and Qatar.
Amman Marriott bags top award
AMMAN: The Amman Marriott Hotel won Jordan’s Leading Hotel at the 11th Annual World Travel Awards, voted by travel agents worldwide. This voting campaign reached a total of 160,000 travel professionals worldwide of which 80,000 were travel agents.

Park Inn to make debut in KSA
RIYADH: Park Inn will make its debut in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in Riyadh and Al Khobar. With three properties already in operation and a recently-announced fourth, the Al Madinah Paradise Resort, being developed in Saudi Arabia under the Radisson SAS brand, Rezidor SAS is looking to use its existing knowledge and understanding of the country to successfully launch the highly efficient, no-fuss chain. Park Inn Olaya, Riyadh opens in mid-2007 while Park Inn Al Khobar is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2007.

New era for KHC
KUWAIT: Kuwait Hotels Company (KHC) is entering a new era with a comprehensive upgrade. KHC, which has set international standards with its flagship brand Safir International Resorts and Hotels, has a new general manager, Fawzi Al Musallam, at the helm, who is spearheading a string of exciting projects which is nearing completion, hiring new staff, and overseeing the move to a new purpose-built corporate headquarters in Kuwait. In Kuwait, the new projects include the luxury Marina Hotel at Marina World, and the exclusive Chairman’s Club, both managed by KHC’s Safir International Hotel Management.

Six Senses Spa introduces yoga
BANGKOK: The Six Senses Spa at the newly-opened Evason Hideaway at Ana Mandara, Vietnam, introduces a programme of morning and afternoon yoga sessions, twice weekly. Yoga is an ancient practice that helps create a sense of union and balance in body, mind and spirit. This form of holistic activity enhances concentration through meditation and combines specific posture and breathing methods to help improve energy levels. The Six Senses Spa yoga classes at the Evason Hideaway is an extension of the commitment to total well-being through holistic healings.