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iPad 2 checks into InterContinental hotels

InterContinental has become the latest hotel chain to connect its customers to its staff via videoconferencing. They have introduced a new chat feature which allows guests and future guests to connect with its concierges via Apple’s FaceTime videoconferencing service. Nine InterContinental hotels around the world have equipped their staff with the new video-capable iPad 2 [...]

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High-end hotelier Autograph lands in Europe

Marriott‘s new Autograph brand is to appear in Europe for the first time within months, the firm said March 7. Autograph, an upscale brand which brings together independent hotels and resorts under the Marriott name, will appear first in Spain, where the company plans to add four properties currently owned by AC Hotels into the [...]

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Hotel Indigo coming to Phuket, Thailand, in 2014

International hotel chain InterContinental has chosen Phuket, Thailand to launch as the first resort destination for its Hotel Indigo chain. Hotel Indigo, a ’boutique’ style brand which aims for individuality with its properties, operates 38 hotels around the world, with the majority in big cities. The February 24 announcement of its entry into Phuket, one [...]

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Luxury chain Kerry Hotels debuts in Shanghai

Shangri-La has debuted a new luxury five star brand with the opening of a new hotel in Shanghai February 18. Kerry Hotels is a new five-star contemporary brand from Shangri-La which provides “a seamless link between business, entertainment and recreation.” The new Shanghai Pudong property offers 574 guestrooms decked out with the latest technology such [...]

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Half Million Hotel Rooms Getting Starbucks Coffee

Starbucks Corp. announced this week that it will be providing single-serve coffee to half a million hotels across the US. The latest deal will see Starbucks coffee delivered via Courtesy Products’ CVI one-cup brewing machine systems in 500,000 luxury hotels. Starbucks has been making a string of announcements in the last few weeks indicating a [...]

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Virgin Hotels ‘at least two years away’

Sir Richard Branson has said that his much-anticipated new hotel brand Virgin Hotels is still two years away from launching. He told the American Lodging and Investment Summit that finding sites for the new hotel chain wasn’t proving easy, although he did confirm a few places where travelers will be able to enjoy Virgin’s almost-legendary [...]

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