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New Delhi, November 28, 2017: Meliá Hotels International announced the addition of a new hotel to its portfolio in the United Kingdom, the INNSIDE Newcastle, that will join the three properties already operated in the UK (ME London, Meliá White House and INNSIDE Manchester), a key market for the company.

INNSIDE Newcastle will be the result of the development of a vacant office building on the banks of the River Tyne, with exceptional views over the river and its famous bridges. The hotel will open in 2019 with 160 rooms and all of the INNSIDE brand attributes, such as a restaurant and bar, lobby area, multi-functional lobby, fitness facilities and spaces for meetings and events.

INNSIDE by Meliá is the company's main bet for the urban segment and a great example of the current bleisure hotel trend, offering an innovative alternative for current work trippers, who seek to combine leisure and work, allowing them to maximize their moments as they work and trip their way around the world. For them, these hotels offer multi functional lobbies, creative meetings spaces, 24/7 exercise classes, endless Wi-Fi and relaxing wellness areas, among others.

Newcastle is one of the largest cities in England, located in the northeast of the country very near Scotland. With a splendid history (the city owes its name to the castle located on the wall built by the Roman Emperor Hadrian), Newcastle has a robust industrial base and a service sector that continues to grow. It also has numerous attractions for cultural tourism including the Tyne Bridge, Newcastle Castle, the Discovery Museum, and the famous St-James Park football stadium, among others. The city centre is excellently connected to both major international destinations via Newcastle International Airport, just 5 miles away, and regular train services providing access to the rest of the country in just a few hours.".

For Gabriel Escarrer, Vice Chairman and CEO of Meliá Hotels International, "of all of our brands, Innside by Meliá is the one that has had the highest growth over the last five years, at the same time becoming increasingly international thanks to its customer value proposition and high profitability. That is also the reason it is attracting investors and hotel owners all over the world. We were very keen to add this hotel to our portfolio, offering visitors to Newcastle an unbeatable design and location as well as the characteristic Innside hotels' informal yet efficient service combined with smart technology."

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New Delhi, November 28, 2017: Absolute Hotel Services India is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Rajesh S. Bhande as General Manager of the U Tropicana Alibaug.

Rajesh brings along with, close to 26 years of diversified experiences in the hotel industry. Fostering a solid foundation through an extensive 18 month Apprenticeship Program with the Oberoi Hotel, Mumbai, he has garnered the various facets of a Quality Hotel Operation, in his 14 year tenure. His subsequent 5 year stint with the ITC Grand Central further honed and fortified his Management acumen to take up General Manager positions. In addition, exposure to Brands such as Four Points by Sheraton and The Grand Mercure has suitably supplemented his operational effectiveness.

Prior to joining U Tropicana Alibaug, Rajesh was General Manager for the Prakruti Resort, Vadodara, distinctly known for its banqueting operations. He was instrumental the resort's renovation and expansion plans which included addition of 80 rooms and a Grand Ball Room with a capacity of 1000 guests.

Rajesh takes up this role at an apt time when the resort is introducing Luxury Villas into its room inventory thereby propelling the property into a different league, primarily lifestyle living. Commenting on the appointment, Shalil Suvarna, Vice President - Operations & Pre-Opening of Absolute Hotel Services India, the management company of U Hotels & Resorts stated, "It is a wonderful coincidence that Rajesh takes charge when the property is scaling up its perception and with his background of quality service, guests would now experience a new high... U Hotels and Resorts are predominantly identified with creating memorable experiences and he would together with the team advocate these assertions through the brand ethos and values".

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Eco-friendly winter wonderland to open this December

New Delhi, November 28, 2017: Jumeirah Vittaveli brings a new first to the Maldives this festive season with the opening of the destination’s first ice rink. The rink allows guests to be carried away into a small winter wonderland of their own, while being enveloped by the warmth of the tropics.

An experience unlike any other, guests can take a dip in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, then step off the white sandy beaches and into a pair of skates to glide over the resort’s glistening ice skating rink. Launching shortly before Christmas, the ice rink adds a little more magic to this already enchanting season.

General Manager Amit Majumder comments: “The ice rink is a perfect expression of our goal to always wow guests. We have many guests who keep coming back to us and I often hear that one of the reasons for their returns is that they love to be surprised by our updates and developments each time they come. Apart from the ice rink, we have some exciting changes in our rooms and dining outlets upcoming, which we will announce in the near future.”

In its quest to constantly surprise guests, the resort management has found a way to transport winter cheer into a tropical climate while still adhering to their core sustainability beliefs as a Green Globe certified property. The ice rink has been built in partnership with Glice®, a company that manufactures artificial ice plates. Glice® offers ice skating indoor and outdoor anytime and in any climate conditions. Contrary to a conventional ice skating rink, a complex molecular technology makes Glice® synthetic ice rinks function entirely without water and at a zero-energy level.

Jumeirah Vittaveli ’s festive season will be celebrated with a carnival around the globe theme this year. Guests will enjoy lavish gala dinners at Samsara Beach, live bands and dance troupes, Santa Claus will visit on Christmas Day, and December 31 will see a vibrant New Year’s party including DJ, fire dance, and fireworks.

The full programme of Jumeirah Vittaveli’s festive activities is available here

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New Delhi, November 27, 2017: Christmas is that time of the year where the air is filled with love and magic. While Christmas is becoming increasingly commercial in many countries, Switzerland has managed to stay loyal to its tradition. The Swiss Christmas typically lasts from the beginning of Advent (Sunday 3 rd December 2017) to the end of Epiphany (6 January 2018). Several Christmas Markets are seen during this period in Switzerland which makes this festive season even more delightful for visitors who come from different parts of the world.

Christmas Markets are scattered throughout Switzerland in almost every town and village and offer a wide variety of arts and craft. They include decorations for the Christmas tree, candles, glass, porcelain, ceramics, and earthenware, Advent wreaths, wooden toys, and crib figures. Let’s check out the top 5 famous Christmas Markets to indulge in this winter:

1) Montreux

Montreux has a complete fairy-tale ambience and is one of the most beautiful Christmas Markets. Situated on Lake Geneva, this town is nestled between steep hills and the lakeside and had a magnificent view of the snow-capped Alps. More than half a million visitors flock there each year and for its wide variety of Christmas souvenirs and delicacies. The main attraction for children is the Santa’s House which can be visited on Rochers-de-Naye – a special cog-wheel train that goes from Montreux to the top of the Alpine peak overlooking Lac Léman.

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2) Basel

Basel is proud to be known as the largest and most beautiful ‘Christmas City’ in Switzerland. Buildings and bridges are magically lit up during this festive period and numerous pine trees are decorated on Europe's longest 'Christmas Street'. The two main Christmas markets in Basel can be found in Barfüsserplatz and Münsterplatz, right in the centre of the city. Over 180 traders and artisans offer their goods for sale in small, rustic wooden chalets along with an array of delicious snacks such as waffles and sausages and off course a warm glass of mulled wine to enjoy this festive atmosphere. Basel also offers a variety of interesting events during this festive period including Salvation Army concerts, a Christmas exhibition at the Toy Museum, a special performance at the Puppet Theatre, and a musical Advent door opened each day the Basel Theatre.

3) Zürich

Come December, Switzerland’s largest city - Zürich transforms from a financial hub into an enchanting winter wonderland filled with lights and music. Zürich plays host to quite a few Christmas markets every year like the Christmas market in the Old Town, the one by the Zürich Opera House, the Romantic Rappers will market and the Einsiedeln markets. But the one that attracts visitors the most is the Christmas Market from the main train station for the fact that it is one of the largest indoor Christmas markets in Europe. The pride and joy of this Christmas market is the massive Christmas tree which is adorned with more than 7,000 Swarovski crystal ornaments.

4) Lucerne

The Lucerne Christmas Market is a charming affair with a canopy of twinkling Christmas stars and the fragrance of gingerbread, toffees, spices, punch and mulled wine. Every year several talented craftsmen, performers and chefs do a great job by entertaining and feeding visitors from around the world. A dozen of Christmas stalls offer all types of handmade Christmas gifts right from traditional wooden toys and nativity scenes, to cosy knitted hats and scarves and also unique jewellery to delightful candles. To make this an even more festive ambience, a huge advent wreath is placed across the fountain which serves as a striking centrepiece, with hundreds of pretty lights and candles.

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