Four Seasons Maintains Luxury Leadership in Forbes Travel Guide Awards

Four Seasons Maintains Luxury Leadership in Forbes Travel Guide Awards

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Published on February 11, 2024

Continuing its legacy of excellence, Four Seasons reaffirms its global leadership in luxury hospitality by clinching the most Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star awards for the ninth consecutive year. With an impressive tally of 64 Five-Star designations across 45 hotels, 15 spas, and 4 restaurants worldwide, Four Seasons demonstrates unwavering commitment to service excellence and guest satisfaction.

Alejandro Reynal, President and CEO of Four Seasons, expresses pride in the brand's achievements, citing the dedication of its global teams in delivering personalized service as instrumental to its success. This year's accolades include the urban oasis of Four Seasons Hotel Doha, marking a significant addition to the prestigious list of Five-Star properties.

The company celebrates remarkable milestones, with properties like Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach, Four Seasons Hotel Boston, and Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea each boasting over 20 years of maintaining Five-Star status. These achievements underscore Four Seasons' enduring legacy of exceptional service and hospitality.

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Recognizing the pivotal role of its employees, Four Seasons honors standout performances through the Forbes Travel Guide Employee of the Year Awards. Kerson Francois, an Engineer at Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach, stands as a finalist, reflecting the brand's ethos of genuine care and dedication to both guests and colleagues.

Rainer Stampfer, President of Global Operations at Four Seasons, attributes the brand's consistent success to its unwavering commitment to excellence. He extends congratulations to all teams for their outstanding achievements, reaffirming Four Seasons' position as an industry leader.

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Amanda Frasier, President of Ratings at Forbes Travel Guide, commends Four Seasons for its continued excellence, emphasizing the brand's ability to deliver exceptional service across every touchpoint.

In addition to its Forbes Travel Guide accolades, Four Seasons is expanding its portfolio and enhancing guest experiences. Through innovative offerings such as Four Seasons Jet, Drive, and upcoming Yacht journeys, the brand remains dedicated to providing unparalleled luxury experiences.


IHG Expands Vignette Collection with 12 Unique Hotels Globally in 2024

IHG Expands Vignette Collection with 12 Unique Hotels Globally in 2024

By Nishang Narayan

Published on April 15, 2024

IHG Hotels & Resorts is on an ambitious path to enhance its luxury and lifestyle segment, the Vignette Collection, with the opening of 12 diverse properties worldwide in 2024. This move follows the recent launch of The Halyard Liverpool, the first Vignette Collection hotel in the UK, setting the stage for the brand's global expansion.

The Vignette Collection is renowned for its carefully chosen properties, each offering distinct experiences that reflect their unique locations—from bustling city centres to serene beachfronts. The upcoming year promises exciting additions, including the Shanghai Snow World Hotel, part of the world's largest indoor ski park, and Verno House in Budapest, which offers views over Liberty Square.

Each hotel in the Vignette Collection is committed to sustainability and social responsibility, aligning with IHG’s “Journey to Tomorrow” initiative. The properties actively engage in "A Means For Good" programs, collaborating with local organisations to impact positively on society.

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Furthermore, these hotels provide guests with memorable experiences that connect them deeply with local culture. For instance, Convent Square Lisbon offers a traditional Portuguese tea ceremony, while Yours Truly DC in Washington, D.C., invites guests to select music from the hotel’s vinyl collection to personalise their stay.

Tom Rowntree, IHG's Vice President of Luxury & Lifestyle Brands, commented on the expansion, stating, "Vignette Collection's growth highlights our focus on integrating one-of-a-kind hotels into our portfolio, each with a unique story but united under IHG's commitment to excellence and sustainability."

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Scheduled openings include Arabella Beach Hotel in Kuwait and Velero Doha in Qatar in spring 2024, followed by summer and autumn debuts in Hungary and China, respectively. The year will cap off with the opening of Rumah Luwih Bali in Indonesia and Dinso Resort & Villas Koh Chang in Thailand.

This expansion not only strengthens IHG’s global presence but also enhances the brand’s appeal to travellers seeking authenticity and luxury in their accommodations.


Hilton Set to Expand Its Canadian Hotel Operations by 50%

Hilton Set to Expand Its Canadian Hotel Operations by 50%

By Nishang Narayan

Published on April 15, 2024

Hilton, a global leader in the hotel industry, is set to significantly boost its footprint in Canada. With 180 hotels already serving guests and 90 more slated for development, the company is poised to increase its Canadian operations by 50% over the next five years.

Jeff Cury, Hilton's Senior Director of Development in Canada, highlighted the company's strategy, saying, "Our goal is to extend our reach to every province, enhancing the travel experience with both our established and upcoming brands." In 2023 alone, Hilton inked deals for 20 new locations, signalling robust growth and a strong commitment to the Canadian market.

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The expansion plan includes the introduction of the Spark by Hilton and Motto by Hilton brands to the Canadian market by 2024. Hilton's development is not just in numbers but also in diversity, with a tripling of its lifestyle category hotels in key cities like Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, and Niagara Falls by 2028.

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Hilton's growth is largely fueled by its focused-service brands, which constitute over 60% of its new projects in Canada. This segment saw the addition of five new hotels in 2023. Additionally, the extended-stay category continues to thrive, led by the Home2 Suites by Hilton brand. This sector currently includes over 30 operational properties and 20 more in development, showing significant owner interest and market momentum.

This ambitious expansion underscores Hilton's commitment to offering a variety of lodging options for both business and leisure travellers in sought-after destinations across Canada.


IHG Expands Karnataka Portfolio with Holiday Inn Express Bengaluru Bommasandra

IHG Expands Karnataka Portfolio with Holiday Inn Express Bengaluru Bommasandra

By Nishang Narayan

Published on April 14, 2024

IHG Hotels & Resorts continues to expand its presence in Karnataka with the opening of Holiday Inn Express Bengaluru Bommasandra. Strategically located along the national highway with easy access to major corporate hubs, the hotel aims to cater to business and leisure travellers alike.

Holiday Inn Express Bengaluru Bommasandra is the only international branded hotel in the vicinity, positioned to attract increased footfalls from corporate segments. With top companies such as Infosys, TCS, Wipro, and more located within a 7 km radius, the hotel offers convenience and accessibility to business travellers.

Designed to deliver memorable experiences, the hotel boasts warm and welcoming service, contemporary design, and a commitment to responsible tourism. Equipped with the IHG Green Engage System, an online platform for measuring and managing environmental impact, Holiday Inn Express Bengaluru Bommasandra prioritises sustainability in its operations.

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Featuring 135 modern and spacious rooms, the hotel offers amenities such as workstation flatscreen TVs, complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, and all-day dining options at Express Café & Bar. With a Grab & Go option, guests can enjoy convenience and flexibility during their stay.

Vinod Muthusubramanian, General Manager of Holiday Inn Express Bengaluru Bommasandra, expressed excitement about the hotel's opening, stating, "Our unveiling marks a significant milestone in catering to this dynamic community. The introduction of Holiday Inn Express Bengaluru Bommasandra at a sought-after location would be greatly beneficial and attract travellers from varied segments – business and leisure."

IHG currently operates 45 hotels across five brands in India, with a strong pipeline of 45 hotels due to open in the next 3-5 years. The addition of Holiday Inn Express Bengaluru Bommasandra further solidifies IHG's commitment to providing exceptional hospitality experiences across the country.

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