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683 rooms across both hotels to cater to increase in corporate and leisure travel in Kuala Lumpur CBD and downtown

New Delhi, December 03, 2015: InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®) today announces the signing of management agreements with leading Malaysian company,the Winbond Group,to develop two new Holiday Inn Express® hotels in the capital city of Malaysia: Holiday Inn ExpressKuala Lumpur City Centreand Holiday Inn Express & Suites Kuala Lumpur Ampang.

Set to open in 2016, the 383-room Holiday Inn Express Kuala Lumpur City Centre will be built on the site of the existing Menara ING office tower in the city's central business district and be part of a mixed use development including offices, restaurants and cafes. Guests will enjoy the hotel's close proximity to popular local destinations such as Pavilion Mall, Suria KLCC and Berjaya Times Square. Expected to be the first Holiday Inn Express in Malaysia when it opens next year, the hotel will be the fourth for the brand in IHG's development pipeline in the country.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Kuala Lumpur Ampang will feature 240 rooms and 60 suites, catering to both short and long-term stays in the city at an affordable price. Slated for completion in 2018, the hotel will be situated off JalanTunRazak, the lively financial district of Kuala Lumpur, and close to the iconic Petronas Twin Towers. It will also be a short walk from the Ampang Park LRT station and a shopping mall featuring a range of lifestyle offerings including restaurants, bars and shops.

One of the highlights of the new hotels will be their prime locations in Kuala Lumpur's city centre and downtown area. Business guests will appreciate how close the hotels' are to the city’s CBD, while leisure travellers will enjoy quick access to the renowned lifestyle and culinary hub of Changkat Bukit Bintang and shopping malls such asSuria KLCC Mall and Pavilion Mall. Guests at both hotels will have everything they need for arefreshing stay including:

  • Free and fast Wi-Fi in guest rooms and throughout the hotel so they stay connected all day, every day
  • Free Express Start™ Breakfast or a Grab & Go option for a smart start to the day
  • A comfortable and restful sleep with high quality bedding and a choice of firm or soft pillows
  • Self-service business centre and laundry room for their everyday needs
  • 24-hour fitness centre to indulge in their fitness regime any time

The hotels will also feature meeting rooms forsmall scale meetings and events.

Leanne Harwood, Vice President, Operations, South East Asia, IHG said: “One of the main attractions of any Holiday Inn Express®hotel is its excellent location at great value, and that is exactly what will make Holiday Inn Express Kuala Lumpur City Centre and Holiday Inn Express & Suites Kuala Lumpur Ampangexcellent choices for guests."

“With the upcoming Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail expected to be completed by 2020, and the development of theTunRazak Exchange financial district, it is an exciting time forthe city.Together with our partnerWinbond Group, we are confident these hotels will bea great choice forthe growing group of value-conscious travellers visiting Kuala Lumpur for both business and leisure,” she added.

WinbondGroup is a leading Malaysian companywhich owns a range of businesses across sectors including real estate, travel, healthcare and lifestyle.

Commenting on the partnership, Datuk Dr Tang Yong Chew,Managing Director, Winbond Group, said: “We’revery confident in partnering withIHG to develop twoHoliday Inn Expresshotels in thevibrantcity of Kuala Lumpur. The brand is one of the fastest growing hotel brands in the world and its limited-service offering is exactly what the locale needs. It also supports our strategy to continue diversifying our company's portfolio andpart of this is to develop quality hotels in some of the country’s best locations.”

There are currently 13 Holiday Inn Express® hotels open in South East Asia acrossSingapore, Thailand and Indonesia, with a further 20 hotels in the development pipeline due to open in the next three to five years, including four in Malaysia.

IHG®has 58hotels and resorts open across five brands in South East Asia:InterContinental®,Crowne Plaza®,Hotel Indigo®,Holiday Inn® and Holiday Inn Express®. The company has a further 59 hotels,totalling more than 15,000rooms, due to open in South East Asia in the next three to five years. In Malaysia, IHG currently operates four hotels: InterContinental Kuala Lumpur , Holiday Inn Resort Penang,Holiday Inn Resort Melaka and Holiday Inn Kuala Lumpur Glenmarie.

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The launch of three new restaurants at Shangri-La Hotel, Bengaluru presents another feather in the cap of Bengaluru’s food and beverage dining scene 

Bengaluru, December 01, 2015  Shangri-La Hotel, Bengaluru today launched its most-awaited 18th floor with fine food and beverage offerings at three new restaurants –Caprese, Ssaffron and Yataii, its Mediterranean, Indian and Japanese speciality restaurants, respectively.

Perfectly positioned to offer the experience of sky-high dining amidst beautiful views and the Bengaluru weather, level 18 of Shangri-La Hotel, Bengaluru is the ideal destination for fine food, conversation and a memorable culinary experience.

The three additions to all-day-dining b café, Lobby Lounge and Chinese speciality restaurant Shang Palace make Shangri-La Hotel, Bengaluru the largest food and beverage destination in the city,offering diners a plethora of authentic and modern cuisines in some of the most spectacular settings.

Each restaurant cleverly combines indoor and outdoor seating to offer expansive views of the city and a dining experience that goes beyond just satiating guests.The addition of three restaurants makes the hotel ideal for diners of all kinds.

“Shangri-La Hotel, Bengaluru is to become the ideal destination for fine food and beverage from around the globe. With our five restaurants, we offer a host of global cuisines presented by our multicultural chefs, who assure an experience of authentic cuisine amidst beautiful views and a lively ambience,” said Mr. Jens Corder, the hotel’s general manager.

Shangri-La Hotel, Bengaluru Presents a New Dining Destination in Bengaluru

Caprese

At Caprese, the skilled culinary team,presided over by the hotel’s Executive Chef Antonio Tardi, delivers Spanish Tapas, Middle Eastern Mezze Platters and Italian dishes.With an emphasis on engagement, the team has developed dishes supported by the open Tapas counter, such as Parma Ham carved at the table or classic Italian Tiramisu prepared in front of guests. A strong emphasis is also placed on high-quality fresh, green ingredients, either hand-picked locally or imported, allowing the chefs to create healthy dishes.

Caprese is stylishly designed with strong wood finishes, wooden sculptures and hanging metal lanterns. Its wall is adorned with framed photographs while terracotta topiary pots add to the green scenery of the treetops below. The table setups are elegant and neat, avoiding elaborate and bulky decorations. The restauranthas a total indoor and outdoor seating capacity of 94 guests.

At the open central bar, guests can enjoy drinks from an extensive wine-by-the-glass list and very well-priced cellared and table wine listings and pairings. Additionally,a large selection of non-alcoholic beverages and cocktails, particularly Mediterranean-inspired cocktails, are available.

Guests can step in any day for lunch from noon to 3 p.m. or for dinner from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. They may alsoreach the restaurant at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Shangri-La Hotel, Bengaluru Presents a New Dining Destination in Bengaluru

Ssaffron

Ssaffron blends the soothing features of the outdoor deck and views over the green cityscape with its sophisticated, elegant and up-market indoor setting. The striking decor and architecture, with rich wood, grand ornate carvings and free-standing metallic sandstone sculptures, add to the feeling of being ‘incredibly Indian’.

Ssaffron has regional chefs bringing authentic flavours to the many northern and southern regional cuisines the hotel offers. The indigenous regional chefs, led by the talented Chef Lakbhir Singh, combine age-old authenticity with a touch of modern flair, handcrafting food from such regions as Rajasthan, Punjab, Karnataka, Hyderabad and the coast of Goa and Kerala. From flying Roomalis to the artfully prepared Khargosh (rabbit), the food is authentic, traditional, yet with a contemporary touch.

The table setups at Ssaffron are grand and elaborate, offering guests a feeling of royalty. The restauranthas a total indoor and outdoor seating capacity of 152 guests.

At Ssaffron, there is a strong emphasis on beverages paired with key dishes, traditional and creative cocktails, mocktails and infusions with a focus on local Indian beverages. Additionally, an extensive and well-priced wine list offers everyday wines and cellar labels, and an extensive wine-by-the-glass list.

Reach Ssaffron at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for lunch (from noon to 3 p.m.) or dinner (from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m.).

Shangri-La Hotel, Bengaluru Presents a New Dining Destination in Bengaluru

Yataii

Presenting a spectacular sky-dining experience in an elegant setting, Yataii brings a touch of authenticity and freshness to Shangri-La Hotel, Bengaluru. In addition to serving traditional Japanese cuisine with authentic and imported ingredients, Yataii offers innovative preparations to add a more contemporary taste, with authentic flavours presented in a simplistic fashion to delight guests.

The well-known Japanese dining culture was the inspiration forthe meticulous process of selecting the restaurant’s design to achieve an inviting and relaxing modern Zen look.The table setups are inspired by the sakura, Japan’s national flower. It serves as a reminder that life is almost overwhelmingly beautiful, but that it is also tragically short, which is connoted by the short blooming span of the flowers.Yataii has a total indoor and outdoor seating capacity of 106 guests.

The chefs, led by Head Chef Atsushi Yonaha, pride themselves on the freshness of the products. Engaging interactions take place in a carefree setting, with Sushi, Sashimi and Teppanyaki prepared fresh in front of guests.

Yataii also offers a wide variety of sakes and cocktails created using freshly prepared juices and infused liquors, as well as an elaborate range of global whiskies in a collection comprising 28 global and locally sourced kinds.

To experience a delightfully authentic Japanese dinner (from 7 to 11:30 p.m.), guests can reach Yataii at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

“Simplicity is a conquest. Our food is simple, modern, yet traditional, bringing flavours from around the world to your plate. We have something for all kinds of people,” said Antonio Tardi, executive chef of Shangri-La Hotel, Bengaluru.

Shangri-La Hotel, Bengaluru Presents a New Dining Destination in Bengaluru

Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts currently owns and/or manages more than 90 hotels under the Shangri-La brand with a room inventory of over 38,000. Shangri-La hotels are five-star deluxe properties featuring extensive luxury facilities and services. Shangri-La hotels are located in Australia, Canada, mainland China, Fiji, France, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Sultanate of Oman, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. The group has a substantial development pipeline with upcoming projects in mainland China, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Myanmar, Philippines, Qatar and Sri Lanka. For more information and reservations, please contact a travel professional or access the website at www.shangri-la.com.

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Hosts a rocking party to announce the launch

New Delhi, December 1,2015: As winter sets in and the temperature drops, ‘Sky Lounge and Bar’, the city’s ultimate party destination gets temperatures soaring as it opens for the party season! The unveiling of the Season two was marked by a glamorous launch party attended by city’s hippest party crowd. An extension of the night sky, located on the top of Hotel The Royal Plaza on Ashoka Road, ‘Sky Lounge and Bar’ is the Capital’s highest lounge with the largest open bar. The season two marks yet another incomparable season of innovative cocktails, mouthwatering food, striking atmosphere and spectacular views.

‘Sky’ is spread across an expanse of 18,000 sq. ft., divided between two interconnected spaces, the Moon Bar and the Presidential Lounge. The strategic location of the venue provides a panoramic 360 degree view of the scenic city, with key highlights including Jantar Mantar, Lotus Temple, India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhavan and Qutub Minar, amongst other significant landmarks in the city.

Commenting on the occasion Mr. Vikram Mittal, Managing Director of the Litolier Group, the parent company of Hotel The Royal Plaza said, “We are proud and excited to announce the launch of the season two of the highest and largest lounge bar and grill. The overwhelming response received in the last season has motivated us to keep the fabulous work going .This season promises fun and thrill like never before.”

Also, present on the occasion Mr. Faisal Nafees, Executive Assistant Manager at Hotel The Royal Plaza said, “Sky is the hottest destination of the season and represents transcendence – an opportunity to dream of experiences beyond the realm of the ordinary. With its rocking parties, we have set very high standards for Delhi’s party circuit. We are all set to showcase different forms of live entertainment including dance, drama, music etc throughout the new season. We also promise to provide our guests some of the best cocktails and an unparalleled food experience.”

Positioned as a premium lifestyle destination, ‘Sky’ encompasses state-of-the art facilities and amenities, including a vast open-air space, which can be used flexibly for hosting a variety of small and large scale events, larger-than-life projection screens, enchanting water features and an advanced viewing telescope, amongst others. Along with this, ‘Sky’ features unmatched food & beverage offerings, with cuisine that celebrates the numerous millennia and dynasties of the city, an extensive bar menu featuring an eclectic selection of whiskies, wines, champagnes etc. Along with a host of innovative cocktails, all prepared and served by warm, engaging and experienced personnel.

With all this and more to offer, ‘Sky’ represents the perfect space to celebrate and enjoy life to the fullest.

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Bengaluru, November 26, 2015: Inter Continental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world’s leading hotel companies together with Delta Holding announces the signing of InterContinental® Ljubljana. With 182 InterContinental Hotels & Resorts open worldwide and more than 50 hotels in the global development pipeline, IHG continues to expand the brand’s portfolio in the most sought-after destinations around the world*.

Opening in 2017, the 165-room hotel will operate under a management agreement with IHG, representing the continuation of a long-term partnership between the two companies that was first established in 2007. Delta Holding and IHG also have a management agreement in place for Crowne Plaza® Belgrade.

Located in the heart of Ljubljana, the hotel is set to become an urban and architectural landmark of the city. The hotel is just a short walk to Dunajska Cesta, the major shopping and business district, and Ljubljana’s main train station. InterContinental Ljubljana will also be located nearby historical tourist attractions Presernov Square and Triple Bridge, and will offer stunning views over the river Ljubljanica.

The new luxury hotel will be built by Delta Holding and construction is due to commence before the end of 2015. It will feature 165 rooms including a presidential suite; two banquet halls accommodating 500 guests each; as well as six board rooms. Guests can enjoy the hotel’s state of the art leisure facilities including a swimming pool, spa and fitness zone. An all-day dining restaurant with an outdoor terrace boasting panoramic views of Ljubljana will be located on the 21st floor of the hotel.

Hylko Versteeg, Director of Development, Southern Europe, IHG said: “We’re thrilled to have signed InterContinental Ljubljana in Slovenia which is a key city for us. InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts is an international brand that is dedicated to providing diverse and enriching experiences for guests. The brand has seen great momentum across Europe this year with InterContinental Ljubljana marking the fourth hotel signing as we continue our expansion across the region. We very much look forward to growing our partnership with Delta Holding and increasing our portfolio of quality brands in Slovenia.”

Marija Desivojević Cvetkovic, Vice President of Strategy and Development, Delta Holding said: “Delta cooperates with the world's leading companies and our relationship with IHG is of great importance to our company. This InterContinental hotel, along with IHG’s worldwide reputation will provide guests with the highest quality rooms, leisure facilities and restaurants served by the best people offering world class service. We’re confident this fantastic hotel will be the perfect choice for international and domestic travellers visiting Slovenia.”

InterContinental Hotels & Resorts is IHG’s iconic luxury brand with a long and successful heritage, going back over 65 years when the first InterContinental was founded in 1946. Today, InterContinental is an award-winning brand, picking up accolades such as the coveted title of "World's Leading Hotel Brand" at the World Travel Awards last year – an award it has held for six consecutive years; and the title of "Best Hotel Brand Worldwide" in this year's Business Traveller Middle East Awards. There are currently 30* InterContinental Hotels & Resorts properties in Europe and 5* in the pipeline.

InterContinental hotels are luxury properties in key cities and resort destinations that attract affluent guests from the world’s most lucrative feeder markets. They are noted landmarks in the cities in which they are located.

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World’s Largest Sheraton Now Offers More than 350 Lavish Suites for Luxury-minded Travelers

Macau, November 19, 2015 – Sheraton Macao Hotel, Cotai Central has unveiled 80 new luxuriously oversized suites on the top floors of the hotel, adding to its already vast selection of guest suite categories. There are now more than 350 suites at Sheraton Macao Hotel, creating a “hotel within a hotel” in the now 4,001-room property.

“The debut of our luxurious new suites elevates our already extensive suite offerings for guests, ensuring they have a greater selection of accommodations in which they may relax and retreat during their time in Macau,” Janet McNab, Managing Director of Sheraton Macao Hotel, Cotai Central and The St. Regis Macao, Cotai Central said. “Sheraton Macao Hotel continues to provide attentive service and an unparalleled experience for all our guests while also meeting the changing needs and interests of visitors to Macau as the city evolves into a world-class tourism destination.”

The luxuriously spacious Terrace Suite on the top floor of Sheraton Macao Hotel

As the world’s largest Sheraton branded hotel, Sheraton Macao Hotel’s collection of more than 350 spacious suites are thoughtfully designed to appeal to many types of travelers seeking an ultimate getaway. From business travelers and groups to couples and families, guests seeking the finest in comfort and amenities will find that Sheraton Macao Hotel’s versatile selection of suites provide ideal accommodations. Outfitted in warm brown and red tones, the 80 new deluxe suites comprising one Terrace Suite and 79 Executive Deluxe Suites are located on the hotel’s uppermost levels.

The Terrace Suite offers premium accommodations on the Sky Tower’s 41st floor with over 2,600 square feet of stylish indoor space and an expansive 1,184 square foot outdoor terrace. Guests will take in spectacular views of the Cotai Strip and Macau Tower, and enjoy open living and dining areas, a media room with Queen-sized sofa bed, grand master bedroom with King-sized Signature Sheraton Sweet Sleeper® bed, 24-hour butler service, select treatment enhancements at Shine Spa, priority use of poolside cabanas, complimentary meeting room access and clothes pressing services, plus exclusive access to the Sheraton Club Lounge. Additionally, guests staying in any suite on the Sky Tower’s 41st floor will have private access to the top level via a private elevator.

The Executive Deluxe Suites, boasting over 1,300 square feet of living space, offer similar perks to the Terrace Suite, with 24-hour butler service, combined living and dining space, a media room, complimentary meeting room access, clothes pressing services and exclusive access to the Sheraton Club Lounge. Guests will have the opportunity to bask in the comfort of their well-appointed accommodations with high-end amenities such as the Signature Sheraton Sweet Sleeper bed, tea and coffee-making facilities, complimentary Wi-Fi, an iPod docking station and customized walk-in glass shower and separate bathtub.

The new Terrace Suite and Executive Deluxe Suites are just the latest in an array of well-appointed accommodations offered at Sheraton Macao Hotel. The five-star property enables guests the opportunity to choose from an array of room categories, such as Ambassador Suites, Executive Suites, Deluxe Suites and Family Suites. The abundant selection of luxurious suites creates an intimate, pleasant and memorable travel experience for all Sheraton Macao Hotel guests.

From now until December 31, 2015, guests are welcome to book a Suite Staycation package for HK$3,488++ which includes one night in a new Executive Deluxe Suite; exclusive Club Lounge access for two; ferry and limousine transfer and complimentary Wi-Fi. Guests will also have an opportunity to stay in the new Terrace Suite for just HK$8,888++ until December 31, 2015.

To book, please visit: http://www.sheratonmacao.com or call (853) 2880 2000.

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Bangkok, October 20, 2015: One of Singapore’s largest hotel chains, Fragrance Hotels, has revealed its group-wide bookings from the web have risen forty percent since making the decision one year ago to partner with SiteMinder, the global hotel industry’s leading cloud platform.

The Singapore Stock Exchange-listed hotel group today uses SiteMinder’s Channel Manager to power its online distribution and deliver its room rates, availability and reservations in real-time between its integrated property management system, Pyxis, and its online channels.

“Managing more than twenty of the most sought-after budget accommodation options in Singapore is very difficult – in fact, impossible – to manage without good and reliable technology like SiteMinder’s,” says Chan Chi Ho, Assistant E-Commerce Manager at Fragrance Hotels.

According to HRS’ Hotel Price Radar for 2014[1] and the first half of 2015[2][3], Singapore has one of the four most expensive average hotel room rates in the Asia Pacific.

Mr Chan says: “In 2014, we realised we needed to stop spending time and manpower on updating our online channels’ extranets and actually focus on looking after our guests! At the time, we would receive in excess of 100 online bookings on any given day, and making sure those bookings were updated in Pyxis, and that the rates and availability of our rooms were updated across all our channels, was a full-time role. And one we could no longer do manually.

“Bookings are up forty percent since we partnered with SiteMinder. Using The Channel Manager has helped us to focus more on our other tasks and less on managing our rooms online. We’re saving about 120 hours of manpower per month. Ultimately, it’s allowed us to maximise our online revenue right up to the last room.

“SiteMinder’s technology is not only affordable and user-friendly, it is stable and we have full trust in its connectivity.”

A part of the Global Premium Hotels brand, Fragrance Hotels is Singapore’s second largest budget hotel chain with 21 properties and more than 1,200 rooms. Since 1998, it has offered affordable quality accommodation to travellers with the goal of providing “smart comfort”.

SiteMinder’s director of sales – Asia, Kevin Tatem, says the streamlining of the group’s administrative costs has also enabled significant cost savings.

“Without doubt, the return on investment for deploying SiteMinder’s integrated technology has been tremendous for Fragrance’s business. It is always satisfying for SiteMinderto work closely with PMS partnerslike Pyxis to provide such great results for our mutual customers,” he says.
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