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Music and room service on new W Hotels app

When it comes to hotel apps, not all are created equal, as the excellent travel guide app from Fairmont and the concierge iPad app from InterContinental have shown. But this week, hotel chain W Hotels pushed the bar a little higher with the release of the W Hotels Worldwide app, embracing travel, music and food [...]

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Ian Schrager reveals new hotel brand: ‘PUBLIC’

Luxury hotelier Ian Schrager has launched a new hotel chain in Chicago, promising a “revitalization of the hotel industry.” Ian Schrager, credited by some as the creator of the boutique hotel with the launch of Morgans Hotel New York in 1984, is already working on his new brand ‘Edition’ with Marriott but launched ‘Public’ May [...]

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Best frequent travel programs unveiled

Marriott has won two major awards at the Frequent Traveler Awards, held April 28 in New York. The chain’s Marriott Rewards scheme picked up the award for Hotel Program of the Year in both the Americas and Europe and Africa, although Priority Club by rival chain InterContinental took the Program of the Year in Middle [...]

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Hilton unveils new lobby design

US hotel chain Hilton has unveiled a new lobby design intended for its global hotels and resorts. The new lobby, which is being premiered in the chain’s hotel at McLean Tysons Corner, Virginia, is designed with distinct “zones” for guests and visitors and radically overhauls the brand’s current reception areas. Instead of a desk-oriented approach, [...]

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New hotel opens up China’s ‘wild’ west

Hotel brand Accor opened a new property in the Western Chinese city of Lijiang this month, as travelers seek to widen their experience of the once-unknown country. Accor said that it was opening the Pullman Lijiang Resort & Spa in Yunnan province as China’s “wild west” becomes increasingly popular with experienced Australian travelers, who are [...]

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Accor setting Chinese, Indian standards

Hotel group Accor has announced that it will implement a range of services designed to cater to the needs of inbound travellers from China and India. The company, which operates hotel brands such as Sofitel, Pullman, Novotel, ibis and Motel 6, will begin rolling out its new Optimum Service Standards this year in its Australian [...]

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