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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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Four hotel chains named most ethical

If you’re looking for an ethical bed for the night, Marriott or Wyndham might be the easiest options, according to a recently-released survey. The hotel giants were selected among the four most ethical hotel chains in the world, along with two smaller competitors — luxury chain Kimpton and German group Rezidor Hotels (operators of Radisson [...]

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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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