Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Some Gems from The International Luxury

Some Gems from The International Luxury Travel Market Asia

TMR’s Doug Gollan was at last week’s International Luxury Travel Market Asia in Shanghai. Here are some fascinating bits and pieces he amassed there.

Le Calvez Sets Expansion Goals for La Reserve

Veteran high-end hotelier Didier Le Calvez, who assisted supervise Oetker Collection s growth during his 6 years acting as corporate COO and president of Le Bristol in Paris, want to see La Reserve grow beyond its 4 existing areas (two in Paris and one each in Geneva and Saint-Tropez). In a unique interview with Travel Market Report, he said he thinks there are chances in London and New York.

Presently its city resort on the outskirts of Geneva is undergoing a total renovation of spaces occurring in 2 stages, with the first half completed this year, and the rest being available in 2017. Le Calvez is popular to the North American trade from his previous stints with The Plaza, Regent, Four Seasons George V, and helping Shangri-la open its flagship in the French capital.

Schultze, Capella Fast-Track Growth

Capella Hotels LLC is going into a period that will see it expand from its existing 14 properties, with 9 new hotels throughout its Capella and Solis brands, beginning with a city resort in Shanghai due to open next March. Found in the French Concession, the all-suite, low-rise hotel will feature lodgings with private gardens and roof decks embedded in a series of brought back 1930s row-house-style apartment or condos. It will be a bit like Raffles is to Singapore, company executive Nicholas Clayton informed Travel Market Report.

Schulze, the legendary creator of Ritz-Carlton, and current chairman and CEO of Capella, apparently has actually the pipeline keyed. Orlando will get a Solis and a Capella, while Solis will come to Atlanta with a property surrounding to Porsche’s test track at its North American headquarters. Ubud in Bali, Bangkok, Doha and Guangzhou are also under development. Previously this year it lost its Georgetown location when Rosewood bought the property and reflagged it to its own brand.

Little Luxury Hotels Ups Brand Standards, Pushes Trade Loyalty Program

Under the leadership of new CEO Filip Boyen, who joined from Belmond 10 months back, Small Luxury Hotels is tightening its standards and increasing evaluations of its hotels to a minimum of once each year, he told Travel Market Report. I’m making it harder to sign up with, and hard to remain in, he stated.

SLH currently has 526 properties in 82 countries. Boyen said 75% of its business is from travel representatives, and 55% of that is from representatives in North America. Previously in 2012 the company released a rewards program for agents, offering free nights and presents. While up until now 1,400 agents have actually registered, Boyen stated wants to grow that number.

Langham Scores 17 Certificates of Excellence from Trip Advisor

Langham Hospitality Group’s hotels have actually earned 17 Certificates of Excellence from Trip Advisor, the highest number ever for the group. The Certificate of Excellence is based on quality and quantity of evaluations sent by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. To certify, a company should keep a general TripAdvisor bubble rating of a minimum of four from 5, have a minimum number of reviews, and be noted on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

The 17 hotels under the Langham Hospitality Group who have gotten the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence are:

U.S.A: The Langham, Boston; The Langham, Chicago; The Langham Huntington, Pasadena, Los Angeles; Langham Place, New York

Europe: The Langham, London

The Pacific: The Langham, Sydney; The Langham, Melbourne; The Langham, Auckland

The group’s 20th property, The Langham, Haikou, in Hainan, China, opened recently.

Nira to open Italy, Portugal, and Greece

Nira Hotels & Resorts, which currently runs four properties, is dealing with brand-new jobs in Pozzuouli, Italy, the Algarve, and NiraKilada Hills in Peloponnese, Greece. It existing operates mountain resorts in Italy and Switzerland, a location retreats in Mauritius, and a city hotel in Edinburgh.

Its CEO MPS Puri is a veteran of Peninsula, Raffles, Rosewood, Ritz-Carlton, and Halekulani. He says his hotels are placed in the upper-four-star cost effective high-end section. While his consumer base is currently primarily European, he sees potential to increase business from North America, he told Travel Market Report.

Marco Polo’s Niccolo brand set to include three hotels

Niccolo by Marco Polo, called for the terrific explorer s dad, is the high-end entrance for Marco Polo Hotels. During a press conference at ILTM Asia, the group’s president, Jennifer Cronin, stated Niccolo places in Chongqing and Changsha will open in 2017, and Suzhou is due in 2018.

Niccolo is placed as a collection of contemporary urban chic hotels in prime areas. While our hotels are modern, advanced space, we value the timeless pleasures of impressive hospitality from the golden age of travel, she stated.

The brand name just recently launched its very first television ad campaign on CNN.

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