Leap of faith

After several years successfully running an international hotel cosmetics company’s Asia-Pacific office, one of the industry’s most popular and charismatic personalities has branched out on his own. Profile by Daniel Creffield I’m happy to be the age I am now. I wouldn’t want to be a 25-year-old, rushing into things, making mistakes, things I don’t

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New Crowne Plaza extension makes IHG one of Singapore’s largest operators

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced its latest signing in Singapore with the OUE Group, a leading diversified real estate owner, developer and operator, for a new 243-room extension to Crowne Plaza Changi Airport. The management agreement increases the business hotel’s room count by more than 75% and propels IHG’s development pipeline in the country

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IDeaS appoints Rachel Grier as MD Asia

IDeaS, the leading provider of pricing and revenue management software, services and consulting, has announced the appointment of Rachel Grier as managing director of the company’s sales operations in Asia. With more than two decades of experience, Grier has a record of growing businesses in the regional hospitality and travel sectors across a range of

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Most Asians want to escape for christmas

A global survey by Hotels.com has found that Asians are the least willing to spend Christmas at home. Almost a third of the Asian interviewees chose to celebrate Christmas away from their home countries, while less than one-fifth of those in Europe, North America and Latin America chose to travel abroad for the festive holiday.

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Hotel room of the future appeals to the next generation of connected world travellers with Tomorrow’s Guestrooms

What is the hotel room of the future? How does it appeal to the next generation of connected world travellers? The School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) and Hotel ICON are determined to find out with their designated rooms for research and development – ‘Tomorrow’s Guestrooms’. Following

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Rouge bubbles

G.H. Mumm has released a festive Christmas edition of its Cordon Rouge. The No. 1 Night Edition is packaged in pale gold embossed with cuvee’s red silk ribbon, symbolising its historic association with the Legion of Honour. An alternative option for the season’s celebrations is G.H. Mumm’s Grand Crys Blanc de Blancs 2013 – initially

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Melitta extends its coffee offering

Melitta Professional Coffee Solutions has named its new generation ‘XT’ (for Extended Technology) – thus underlining its intention to set new standards. The first offering in a new generation of machines, Melitta’s Cafina XT6 has been developed for horeca businesses dedicated to superior coffee quality but also seeking greater performance. The new machine can prepare up

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Food of the gods

The ‘lipstick effect’ is a well-known economic yardstick, which dictates that in times of economic hardship women will buy the most expensive cosmetics, specifically lipstick. Economists often extend this to include the general population and the three ‘Cs’: cigars, Champagne and caviar. True to form, bucking the current trend for financial caution in uncertain economic times,

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Tash Tobias rejoins InterContinental Singapore

InterContinental Singapore has announced the return of Tash Tobias to InterContinental Singapore as general manager, while taking on an expanded role as regional GM for Singapore, Malaysia and Batam. Tobias will be responsible for 10 hotels across four brands including InterContinental Singapore, Crowne Plaza Changi Airport, Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium, Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City

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Market Report

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Chinese invest in ‘trophy’ hotels worldwide

Chinese investors are ploughing capital into cities and properties that cater to the increasing demand from Chinese tourists. The Paris Marriott Hotel Champs Elysees is the latest landmark hotel to switch to Chinese ownership following a US$467 million deal, which transfers ownership of the iconic property to Hong Kong-based investor Kai Yuan Holdings. Jones Lang

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New Products


Linen luxury

Supplying fine fabrics to luxury hotels, leading international airlines and major retailers across four continents, Winitex has been one of the leading linen suppliers for over three decades. It has created a complete manufacturing process, including yarn dyeing, weaving, finishing, embroidery and hemming for the hospitality industry – all of which takes place in the

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Safety first

How do manufacturers of hotel door locks stay one step ahead of criminals, while ensuring easeof use for guests, asks Daniel Creffield A series of hotel room break-ins at the Houston Hyatt a couple of years ago in which door locks were disabled using a device created for less than US$50 spurred many hospitality groups

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