Sri Lanka Welcomes Second Sheraton Hotel in the Heart of Colombo

Sri Lanka Welcomes Second Sheraton Hotel in the Heart of Colombo

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Published on January 5, 2024

In a significant stride towards enhancing hospitality in Sri Lanka, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts proudly unveils its latest gem, the Sheraton Colombo Hotel. Nestled in the heart of the bustling business and shopping district of the capital city, this marks the second Sheraton hotel to grace the vibrant landscapes of Sri Lanka.

Positioned strategically to offer both convenience and luxury, the 320-room Sheraton Colombo Hotel promises an immersive experience that seamlessly blends the spirit of Colombo with the cultural richness of the island. A mere 45-minute drive from the Bandaranaike International Colombo Airport, the hotel welcomes visitors with open arms, providing a haven for work, meetings, and relaxation.


Sheraton Colombo Hotel serves as a gateway to a unique blend of modern urban vibrancy and the timeless charm of old-world allure. Within a 2 km radius, guests can explore iconic landmarks such as the Gengaramaya Temple and Viharamahadevi Park, while the historic Independence Memorial Hall is just a 10-minute drive away. Shopaholics can indulge in a delightful experience at the Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct, offering an array of cafes, eateries, and souvenir shops.

Ranju Alex, Area Vice President, South Asia, Marriott International, expressed the excitement surrounding the expansion of the Sheraton portfolio in Sri Lanka. "The stunning new Sheraton Colombo Hotel provides the brand’s signature warm hospitality through a beautifully designed property," Alex said. "Sheraton Colombo has curated premium spaces and experiences to enable meaningful connections, productivity, and belonging."


The Sheraton Colombo Hotel boasts 320 rooms and suites ranging from 36 to 88 square metres. Each room is adorned with modern furnishings and equipped with a 49-inch flat-screen TV, complimentary high-speed internet, chic marble bathrooms, and the signature bed for a restful night's sleep. Guests seeking an elevated experience can opt for a Club Room or a luxurious suite, complete with exclusive access to the Sheraton Club Lounge.

Rahul Maini, General Manager of Sheraton Colombo Hotel, described the opening as an exciting new chapter, marking the first Sheraton branded city hotel in Sri Lanka. "Whether visiting for business or leisure, Sheraton Colombo Hotel looks forward to welcoming guests to our inviting spaces and intuitive service to discover Sri Lanka's legendary warmth and instantly feel at home."

Leadership Transition at World Sustainable Hospitality Alliance: Daniella Foster Takes Over from Wolfgang M. Neumann

Leadership Transition at World Sustainable Hospitality Alliance: Daniella Foster Takes Over from Wolfgang M. Neumann

By Nishang Narayan

Published on May 24, 2024

The World Sustainable Hospitality Alliance, a pivotal organization in promoting sustainability within the hospitality sector, has announced a change in its leadership. Wolfgang M. Neumann, who has served as Chair for nine years, has stepped down, marking the end of a significant era of leadership that saw the Alliance emerge as a global leader in sustainability.

Daniella Foster, previously the Vice Chair, has been appointed as the new Chair. Foster, who is also the Executive Board Member and Global Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, Market Access, and Sustainability at Bayer's Consumer Health Division, brings a wealth of experience to her new role. She has been a part of the Alliance's board since last year and has played a critical role in strategic planning and execution.


During Neumann's tenure, the Alliance focused on setting ambitious sustainability targets and fostering a Net Positive Hospitality vision. His contributions were pivotal in shaping the organization's direction and impact. Following his resignation from the board, Neumann will continue to influence the industry as he chairs the faculty board of the newly established World Academy for Sustainable Hospitality.

In her remarks, Daniella Foster expressed gratitude to Neumann for his leadership and outlined her vision for the Alliance. She emphasized the importance of creating industry-wide sustainability standards and driving collective impact through collaborative efforts. Foster's leadership is expected to guide the Alliance through a period of substantial growth, focusing on cross-industry collaboration to achieve significant economic and environmental outcomes.

The Alliance also welcomed three new trustees this year:

  • Denise Naguib, Vice President of Sustainability & Supplier Diversity at Marriott International

  • Inge Huijbrechts, Global Senior Vice President of Sustainability, Security & Corporate Communications at Radisson Hotel Group

  • Jonathan Worsley, Chairman & Founder of The Bench

Inge Huijbrechts will take over as Vice Chair, supporting Foster in her new role. The leadership changes coincide with the Alliance's ongoing efforts to implement its five-year strategy, which includes establishing universal criteria for sustainability standards and launching educational initiatives like the World Academy.


Reflecting on the leadership transition, Glenn Mandziuk, CEO of the World Sustainable Hospitality Alliance, praised Neumann's visionary leadership and expressed optimism about Foster's appointment. Under Foster's guidance, the Alliance is poised to further its mission of moving the hospitality industry towards a more sustainable and positive future.

For more details on the World Sustainable Hospitality Alliance and its initiatives, visit their official website.

IHG Launches Summer Soiree Series Across Luxury & Lifestyle Hotels in the Americas

IHG Launches Summer Soiree Series Across Luxury & Lifestyle Hotels in the Americas

By Nishang Narayan

Published on May 21, 2024

IHG Hotels & Resorts is set to enhance the summer season with its newly launched Summer Soiree series, taking place at various luxury and lifestyle properties across the Americas, including brands like InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, Vignette Collection, and Hotel Indigo. This series, which runs from June 1 to September 2, promises an immersive experience through its bespoke seasonal offerings.

The Summer Soiree series is designed to embody the essence of summer, transforming hotel spaces with lush botanical decor and providing a sensory journey with a curated playlist of summer tunes. Each property will feature unique floral pop-ups and themed events, ensuring a memorable stay for guests.


Key highlights include interactive and immersive installations at select hotels, offering guests unique experiences such as cocktail crafting with botanical ingredients and luxury dining experiences that showcase the best of summer flavors. These installations, created in collaboration with Wanda Barcelona, bring an artistic flair to the hotel lobbies, making them vibrant hubs of summer activity.

Participating hotels, such as the InterContinental The Willard Washington DC and the Kimpton EPIC Hotel in Miami, will host special events including live music evenings and interactive art sessions, elevating the guest experience and fostering a sense of community and enjoyment.

IHG’s commitment to delivering exceptional experiences is reflected in the thoughtful integration of local culture and seasonal themes across its hotel brands, making each stay uniquely delightful. From the Club InterContinental lounges to the rooftop events at Kimpton hotels, guests can expect a summer filled with joy, relaxation, and luxury.


For more details on the Summer Soiree series and to make reservations, guests can visit IHG's official website or use the IHG One Rewards mobile app to access exclusive member pricing and benefits.

This summer initiative by IHG not only promises a series of unforgettable experiences but also underscores the brand’s dedication to innovation and excellence in hospitality.

For more information and to book your summer escape, please visit IHG’s Summer Soiree page. IHG's Summer Soiree is a celebration of the season, inviting travelers to immerse themselves in a world of luxury, culture, and exquisite hospitality, perfectly curated to enhance the summer vacation experience.

Cross Hotels & Resorts Unveils New Hybrid Hotel Brand Lumen in Bangkok

Cross Hotels & Resorts Unveils New Hybrid Hotel Brand Lumen in Bangkok

By Nishang Narayan

Published on May 20, 2024

Cross Hotels & Resorts has introduced a groundbreaking hotel brand, Lumen, marking its debut with the opening of Lumen Bangkok Udomsuk Station. This new brand reflects the company's dedication to creating tailored guest experiences that capture the essence of their respective locales under the tagline ‘A Brighter Way to Stay’.

Lumen hotels are designed to immerse guests in the local culture and feature unique signatures that resonate with the destination. “Lumen is a distinctive brand that seamlessly blends the hotel experience with the local neighborhood, enriching guests' stays with genuine local interactions,” said Harry Thaliwal, CEO of Cross Hotels & Resorts.

The newly opened Lumen Bangkok Udomsuk Station boasts 102 guest rooms and a variety of dining options, catering to the tastes and preferences of every guest. The hotel’s facilities include a rooftop infinity pool, a modern gym, a family-friendly game room, and a versatile co-working space complete with a boardroom. Additionally, guests can enjoy around-the-clock service at the hotel’s 24-hour bar.


Strategically located for both leisure and business travelers, the hotel offers easy access to Suvarnabhumi International Airport, making it an ideal choice for international visitors.

This partnership between Cross Hotels & Resorts and Italmar (Thailand) builds on the success of their previous joint venture, Cross Vibe Bangkok Sukhumvit, launched in 2017. Direk Vongvairoj, Chairman of Italmar (Thailand), expressed enthusiasm about the new venture, stating, “Lumen represents an innovative concept in hotel development, especially for Udomsuk and the eastern part of Bangkok.”

Cross Hotels & Resorts continues to expand its portfolio, which currently includes 28 properties across Indonesia, Thailand, Japan, and Vietnam, under six distinct brands. The launch of Lumen is a testament to the company’s ongoing commitment to innovation and excellence in the hospitality industry.

For more details about reservations and the unique offerings at Lumen Bangkok Udomsuk Station, visit the Cross Hotels & Resorts website. This new brand promises a refreshing approach to hospitality, ensuring that each stay is not just a visit but a rich, culturally immersive experience.

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