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Compass Hospitality

GTA signs deal with Compass Hospitality to increase hotels offered in South East Asia

Leading global travel distributor GTA has signed a new partnership with Compass Hospitality to offer 43 five, four and three-star hotels and spa resorts under four distinctive brands – Compass, Citrus, Citin and Ananda Spa – in Bangkok, Hua Hin, Pattaya, Phuket and Koh Samui, as well as Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru and Langkawi. The

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Pros and cons

The increasing numbers of hotels employing dedicated managers or agencies to handle their social media commitments is becoming the norm rather than the exception in the hospitality industry, writes Donald Gasper Many hospitality groups are realising that social media does not automatically translate into more business and that they must change their strategies in order

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Hilton Hotels & Resorts opens first hotel on Asian side of Istanbul

Hilton Worldwide has announced the opening of Hilton Istanbul Kozyatagi, the debut of its flagship Hilton Hotels & Resorts brand on the Asian side of Istanbul. Offering views of the Marmara Sea, the upscale hotel is in a prime location within easy reach of the main tourist attractions and commercial areas either side of the

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Design

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HBA transforms quirky China castle into luxury five-star hotel

Global hospitality design leader HBA has transformed an European-inspired castle in China into a modern five-star fairytale – now reinvented as The Castle Hotel in Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ ‘Luxury Collection’. The castle, overlooking Dalian’s Xinghai Bay, was originally constructed in 2002, inspired by the famous Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, Germany – home to the

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Drink

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D1 London Gin launches into Hong Kong’s competitive spirits market

D1 London Gin, a super-premium gin from D.J. Limbrey Distilling Co., has launched in Hong Kong with plans to next launch in China. The gin launched in the UK in May at premium retail outlets, bars and clubs. In Hong Kong it will be available at select on-trade premium outlets such as Barsmith, Lily &

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Equipment

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Hotel cuts energy consumption by 60%

La Residence Hotel & Spa has implemented the first phase of a green energy initiative when the riverfront property turned the valve on a rooftop hot water system that continuously heats 4,000 litres of water, serving 39 rooms. The hotel expects to save as much as 60% on electrical consumption by those rooms. Next year,

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Food

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Catch of the day

Prat-Ar-Coum oysters has launched its new creuse speciale oysters ‘La Royale’ in Hong Kong and Macau. La Royale is caught in the Roadstead of Brest, a large bay in Finistere, France. Creuses speciales oysters have been grown for at least three years on the sea floor of the Aber Wrac’h, at the bottom end of

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Management

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Novotel Kolkata opens first Novotel in East India

With 347 well-appointed guest rooms, suites and serviced apartments, Accor’s new Novotel Kolkata Hotel & Residences is Kolkata’s largest five-star hotel. The serviced apartments are also the city’s first in this segment. The location of the property within the newest economic and social precinct of New Town, Rajarhat, as well as its proximity to the

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Market Report

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Global hotel prices rise for the fifth year in a row

The average price paid for a hotel room around the world rose by 4% during the first six months of 2014, when compared with the same period in 2013, as the overall economic recovery gathered greater momentum, particularly in Europe, and consumers became more confident in raising their travel spending, according to the latest Hotels.com

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New Products

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Cosy up with Sleep Naked’s new bedding

Sleep Naked, which sells linens to the hospitality industry and retail worldwide around the world, has released its autumn and winter 2014 collection. With clients including The Dorchester and Claridges hotels in London, the Atlantis in Dubai and the W Hotel in the Maldives, the company’s new bed linen designs use fine cotton yarns for

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Technology

Roof

Hotel cuts energy consumption by 60%

La Residence Hotel & Spa has implemented the first phase of a green energy initiative when the riverfront property turned the valve on a rooftop hot water system that continuously heats 4,000 litres of water, serving 39 rooms. The hotel expects to save as much as 60% on electrical consumption by those rooms. Next year,

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