Τετάρτη, 31 Οκτωβρίου 2018

European Union invests €300 million and makes 23 new commitments for clean, healthy and safe oceans

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The European Commission has announced €300 million of EU-funded initiatives, which include projects to tackle plastic pollution, make the blue economy more sustainable and improve research and marine surveillance.
This important contribution comes on top of the over €550 million committed by the European Union when it hosted the Our Ocean conference last year in Malta.
High Representative/ Vice-President Federica Mogherini said: "The state of our oceans calls for determined global action. With 23 new commitments, the European Union stays engaged to ensure safe, secure, clean and sustainably managed oceans. No country can succeed alone in this endeavor. It requires determination, consistency, and partnerships, within and outside our European Union, and it is in this spirit that today we renew the commitment to protect Our Oceans."
Commissioner Karmenu Vella, responsible for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries said: "We need the oceans and the oceans need us. We have to urgently reduce marine litter and other sources of pollution, halt illegal fishing and support fragile marine ecosystems. We have to develop our blue economy - create sustainable jobs and growth - supported by cutting-edge research and new technologies. It is for this reason that we are making these commitments."
23 new commitments for Our Ocean
During the Our Ocean conference in Bali this year, the EU has made 23 new commitments for improving the condition of our oceans and tapping their potential. These include €100 million for Research and Development (R&D) projects to tackle plastic pollution and €82 million for marine and maritime research, such as ecosystem assessments, seafloor mapping, and innovative aquaculture systems. The new EU action also includes a €18.4 million investment to make the European blue economy – the economic sectors that rely on the ocean and its resources – more sustainable.
The EU's showpiece Earth observation programme Copernicus features prominently in the list of new commitments. The programme's support will be enlarged with another €12.9 million for maritime security and for research dedicated to coastal environmental services, in addition to the €27 million Copernicus funds devoted at Our Ocean 2017 conference. With its Maritime Surveillance System, Copernicus has significantly underpinned the EU commitments to reinforce maritime security and law enforcement.
Commissioner for the Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship, and SMEs Elżbieta Bieńkowska said: "Earth observation helps citizens around the globe to fight climate change, monitor the blue economy and marine pollution or to manage natural disasters. I am proud to call Copernicus a flagship EU space project. It successfully and impressively supports the Member States in keeping the ocean safe, clean and environmentally stable."
The EU is taking action at home but also internationally. As one of the commitments, the European Commission is joining forces with the United Nations Environment Programme and other international partners to launch a coalition of aquariums to fight plastic pollution. Marine litter in South-East Asia, notably China, Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam, will be fought with a €9 million EU-funded project. Another €7 million will go towards protection of marine ecosystems in the region.
Delivering on commitments
Two years ahead of the initial deadline set, 10% of all EU waters have already been designated as Marine Protected Areas. With effective management, adequate funding and robust enforcement Marine Protected Areas can have both conservation and economic benefits.
The 2017 Our Ocean conference in Malta was a game-changer, mobilizing funding and ocean action at an unprecedented scale.The European Union has already delivered on almost half of EU's 35 commitments made at the last year's conference, equalling €300 million.
The EU is now working with Indonesia and other future hosts to keep the momentum going for cleaner and safer seas.
Every year, the Our Ocean conference takes place attracting tangible commitments from governments, companies and non-governmental organizations. Previous conferences, hosted by the governments of Malta (2017), the United States (2014, 2016) and Chile (2015), have seen a wide range of commitments and billions of euros pledged.
The commitments are only one of the ways by which the European Commission works to accelerate the shift towards a circular economy. On 16 January 2018, it adopted the first-ever Europe-wide strategy on plastics. On 28 May, new EU-wide rules were proposed to target the 10 single-use plastic products most often found on Europe's beaches and seas, as well as lost and abandoned fishing gear, a proposal that was endorsed by the European Parliament on 23 October. This was accompanied by the awareness-raising campaign "Ready to change" actively supported by many aquariums.

Louisville welcomes the new Tru by Hilton Louisville Airport

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Commonwealth Hotels announced it latest hotel opening, Tru by Hilton Louisville Airport.
Tru by Hilton, a new midscale hotel brand, is a 98-room hotel, located at 810 Phillips Lane in Louisville, is owned by Garnet Hospitality, Inc. and managed by Commonwealth Hotels LLC. The new hotel is conveniently located near Kentucky Fair and Expo Center, the Mega Caverns/Mega Zips Attraction and Churchill Downs.

Tru by Hilton promises guests a simplified and spirited stay, grounded in value. Developed from the ground up using consumer and owner feedback, Tru by Hilton is a game-changer that appeals cross-generationally to travelers looking for an innovative, affordable hotel experience.
"We are extremely proud to join the Tru by Hilton brand and introduce travelers to this new midscale lodging offering," said Martin Allen, general manager. "Our ideal location, unique set of offerings and affordable price makes us a desirable choice for guests visiting the Louisville/Kentucky area."
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Tru by Hilton properties feature the amenities and experiences that matter most to guests, including comfortable beds, smaller, more efficiently designed rooms with a mobile desk, large bathrooms with premium bath amenities, top-rate in-room entertainment, a complimentary build-your-own "Top It" breakfast bar with hot items, a 2,880-square-foot lobby with areas for guests to work, play games, eat and lounge, and a 24/7 "Eat. & Sip." market with gourmet snacks and drinks, including single-serve wine and beer. The tech-savvy hotel features mobile check-in, Digital Key, free Wi-Fi, remote printing, a social media wall, lobby tablets and accessibility to outlets everywhere. Additionally, Tru by Hilton properties offer fitness centers that leverage the latest fitness trends including barre, TRX bands, free weights, cardio and flexibility gear.
Tru by Hilton Louisville Airport is part of Hilton Honors®, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton's 14 distinct hotel brands. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount that can't be found anywhere else and free standard Wi-Fi. Members also enjoy popular digital tools available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors mobile app, where Hilton Honors members can check-in, choose their room and access their room using a Digital Key.

Revinate announces partnership with Duetto

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Revinate, the software as a service (SaaS) company that helps hotels transform guest data into revenue, announced a partnership with Duetto, hospitality’s only Revenue Strategy Platform, to enhance the power of its guest marketing solution. Now, joint customers will be able to use Duetto’s platform and its Open Pricing application GameChanger to dynamically price upsells and upgrades driven through Revinate Marketing. The real-time pricing solution will enable personalized offers to maximize conversion and revenue.
“Duetto shares our core belief that data can be used to optimize guest lifetime value, driving maximum profit for the hotel, all while delighting the guest,” said Dan Hang, Revinate’s Chief Product Officer. “Having Duetto’s platform work with Revinate Marketing means that our customers will drive more revenue with real-time data and personalized offers.”
“We believe by partnering with other leading technology companies and keeping our platform open and agnostic we can drive more meaningful results for our customers and hotel companies around the world,” said Marco Benvenuti, Co-Founder and Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer of San Francisco-based Duetto. “This is a great example of that and the partnership with Revinate brings brand new functionality and real personalization to an industry starved for it."
Hotel Spero in San Francisco is one of the first hotels to use the joint solution in its pre-stay communications with guests. Tomo Kakegawa, Corporate Director of Revenue Management and Digital Marketing, says, “We can already see the difference that dynamic pricing and personalized communications can have on upgrade revenue. We’re thrilled that these two software companies have come together to innovate and push the limits of technology to help the industry drive more revenue through data.”

New solution in China protect meetings organizers against risks

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American Express Meetings & Events, a division of American Express Global Business Travel, launched an enhanced solution in China to help protect meetings organizers against risks relating to operating meetings and events.
Meetings organizers globally are under increasing pressure to ensure that all meetings activity remains compliant with local laws and regulations. To support this need, the new solution has been fast-tracked for countries with surging demand for meetings & events activity such as China.
The new solution is designed to maximize controls throughout the end-to-end meetings process. It will help mitigate key compliance risks associated with global meetings activity such as bribery, fraudulent activities and receipts, and third-party money funneling.
Milton Rivera, Vice President, Global Business Development, American Express Meetings & Events, said: "As one of the fastest growing economies in the world, business in China is a necessity for almost all global companies. This enhanced solution provides companies peace-of-mind that their meetings activity is compliant both within China, and throughout the world wherever they have a need."
American Express Meetings & Events enhanced solution provides an integrated technology solution that has a unique workflow for meetings, supporting a 360-degree compliance process and capturing comprehensive documentation throughout the process. Itemized invoices and receipts, as well as supporting paperwork on client requests, approvals, and supplier engagements are captured, and enable cross-departmental communications to identify and address any perceived risks as soon as possible.
American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) is the world's leading business partner for managed travel. We help companies and their employees prosper by making sure travelers are present where and when it matters. We keep global business moving with the powerful backing of 16,000 travel professionals in more than 140 countries. Companies of all sizes, and in all places, rely on GBT to provide travel management services, organize meetings and events, and deliver business travel consulting.

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Air Canada inaugurates new daily, seasonal services to Las Vegas and Palm Springs

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Air Canada launched two new daily, seasonal transborder routes from Edmonton to Las Vegas and from Calgary to Palm Springs.
"We are delighted to offer more travel options to Albertans with the addition of daily, seasonal services from both Calgary and Edmonton, which means golf, entertainment and the desert sun are a short flight away every day this fall and winter. With our flexible and diverse North American fleet, we are continuing to strategically add services to popular destinations," said Mark Galardo, Vice President, Network Planning at Air Canada.
"EIA is very excited to welcome Air Canada Rouge to the Edmonton Metro Region with their inaugural flight to Las Vegas," said Tom RuthEdmonton International Airport President and CEO. "We know Las Vegas is a popular destination for both leisure and business travellers and the addition of this service will increase options for passengers and support strong business ties."
"Sun-seekers travelling from YYC Calgary International Airport are excited to have another direct link to Palm Springs, California," said Bob Sartor, the Calgary Airport Authority's President and CEO. "Working with our partner, Air Canada, we're creating effortless ways to enjoy the stunning Coachella Valley."
The Edmonton to Las Vegas and Calgary to Palm Springs flights are onboard Air Canada Rouge A319 and Air Canada A320 aircraft respectively, both offering premium and economy cabins.
Flights are timed to connect with Air Canada's extensive domestic schedule, provides for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption, Star Alliance reciprocal benefits, and for eligible customers, priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounge access at Canadian airports, priority boarding and other benefits.
Las Vegas
Air Canada Rouge Airbus A319
Oct 28/18 - Apr 30/19
Palm Springs
Airbus A320
Oct 28/18 - Apr 30/19
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United Airlines Begins Service Between Chicago O'Hare and León Mexico

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United Airlines this weekend inaugurated year-round, daily nonstop service between Chicago O'Hare and León, Guanajuato, Mexico.
United is the only U.S. carrier to offer nonstop service between Chicago and León, providing convenient one-stop service for business and leisure customers from 42 cities across the U.S., Asia and Europe.
"Mexico continues to be an important region within United's global route network," said Jake Cefolia, senior vice president of Worldwide Sales. "We are pleased to offer our customers a new way to get to León, a key business and tourism center for customers connecting in O'Hare from across the U.S., Asia and Europe."
Departure Time
Arrival Time
Chicago (ORD)
4:15 p.m.
León (BJX)
8:00 p.m.
León (BJX)
5:40 a.m.
Chicago (ORD)
10:30 a.m.
United has operated service to León for more than 25 years from its hub at Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport.
"United's new route between Chicago and León is great news for San Miguel de Allende and the surrounding areas. With this new route, visitors will have more alternatives to travel to San Miguel de Allende where visitors can enjoy the great culture this city has to offer and experience why it has become such a popular city to visit in Mexico," said Guillermo González, general director of the Tourism Board of San Miguel de Allende.
United's Chicago Hub
O'Hare International Airport (ORD) is United's hometown hub and the sixth busiest airport in the world. United operates more flights out of ORD than any other airlines and occupies nearly 80,000 square meters of terminal space at the airport. From Chicago, United flies to 22 destinations in Mexico, Latin America and the Caribbean. Recently, United invested in an $8.7 billion capital program that will increase gate capacity; add millions of additional square feet of terminal capacity and bring innovative technology and amenities that will bring a new level of service for passengers traveling through Chicago.
United in Mexico
Mexico is United's second largest market after the United States, measured in the number of flights and destinations. United has operated in Mexico for more than 50 years and employs more than 750 people. United is a leader and pioneer in opening new international routes between Mexico and the United States, which includes services to Aguascalientes, León, Puebla, Queretaro, and Tampico, among other cities. Over the last 20 years, United has grown from eight to 21 destinations in Mexico, adding services and capacity to new leisure destinations and key commercial markets.

Sabre Branded Fares technology helps Alitalia enhance choice and personalisation

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ROME, ITALY – Sabre Corporation, a leading technology provider to the global travel industry, announced that Alitalia has joined a growing list of airlines implementing Sabre Branded Fares, available now for domestic flights as well as for international short- and medium-haul flights. Most recently, Sabre Branded Fares have been extended to Alitalia flights to and from the United States and Canada.
The Sabre Branded Fares solution enables Alitalia to package and brand a variety of fares featuring different attributes, giving travel agents and online travel agencies (OTAs) access to enhanced branded fare functionality that simplifies the retailing of Alitalia’s full-service benefits. Now agents can easily view, compare and sell Alitalia branded fare families across the network, offering their customers greater choice and personalization at better value. This new way of displaying its fares in all shopping channels allows Alitalia to capitalize on its marketing efforts while simplifying their fare structures. Sabre Branded Fares is part of Sabre’s Air Merchandising Suite, which provides travel agencies and airlines the ability to market, sell and fulfill airlines’ ancillary products and services. With the activation of Alitalia Branded Fares in the Sabre system, all Sabre-connected agencies can now access Alitalia fares directly through Sabre Red Workspace or through Sabre APIs.
“Today’s travelers increasingly look at overall value rather than just the price alone,” said Marco Benincasa, regional director Italy, France and Iberia at Sabre. “We are going to see extraordinary levels of personalisation take off within the travel industry and creative fare branding can be a great differentiator. Sabre is happy to help Alitalia enhance its product branding and consistency across channels – benefitting both the travel agent and the traveller - by adding clarity in today’s cloud of information. With Sabre Red Workspace, we’re investing to ensure agents working with Alitalia deliver the best travel options at the best value.”
Sabre’s merchandising technology helps airlines distribute their branded fares to more than 425,000 travel agents and OTAs via Sabre’s global travel marketplace. When using the Sabre Red Workspace, travel agents can easily view the ancillaries included within each branded fare, enabling them to present travellers with more transparency, choice and flexibility. Through the Sabre Red Workspace, agents will also be able to view NDC-based offerings - which airlines are increasingly introducing - in the same way.

2018 World Spa Awards winners revealed in the Maldives

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The world’s finest spa and wellness brands have been unveiled at a star-studded gala ceremony in the Maldives. Pioneers, influencers and leading figureheads of the global spa and wellness industry attended the 2018 World Spa Awards at The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort, an ultra-luxury private island escape in the southern Dhaalu Atoll.

Winners at the red carpet reception included Anantara Spa (‘World’s Best Hotel Spa Brand’), Armani Hotel Dubai (‘World’s Best Hotel Spa’), whilst the cutting-edge holistic health treatments of Lanserhof Tegernsee led to it being voted ‘World’s Best Medical Spa’.

A breathtaking location between the Alps and Lake Lucerne helped Alpine Spa at Switzerland’s Bürgenstock Hotel gain recognition as ‘World’s Best New Hotel Spa’. Meanwhile another awe-inspiring vista – the red rocks of Sedona, Arizona – helped the Mii amo to lift the title of ‘North America’s Best Wellness Retreat’.

In a special category to acknowledge an outstanding contribution to the industry, Dr. med. Erich Schulte, Founder of QMS Medicosmetics, was awarded ‘2018 World Spa Awards Spa Pioneer’ for his work advancing the science of skincare.

Rebecca Cohen, Managing Director, World Spa Awards, said: “The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort has proven a world-class host on what has been a magnificent evening of triumph for the spa and wellness industry. We have had the privilege of recognising the leading organisations from across the world and my congratulations to each of them.”

Other highlights included awards for Australia’s Gaia Retreat & Spa (‘World’s Best Day Spa’); Natura Bissé (‘World’s Best Spa Brand’); Santa Maris Oia Luxury Spa (‘Europe’s Best Resort Spa’); Waldorf Astoria Park City Spa (‘Utah’s Best Hotel Spa’); The Lanesborough Club & Spa (‘England’s Best Hotel Spa’); Aromatherapy Associates (‘World’s Best Aromatherapy Brand’); PEDI:MANI:CURE Studio by Bastien Gonzalez (‘World’s Best Nail Studio Brand’) and The Temple House, Chengdu, China (‘Asia’s Best Wellness Retreat’).

The weekend also proved an excellent showcase for host The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort. The resort’s eco-conscious design draws on island-inspired style and contemporary architectural elements, and its villas come with private plunge pools. The unique, lobster-shaped Iridium Spa is the largest overwater spa in the Maldives at 20,000 square foot, making it the perfect venue to showcase the brilliance of the global spa industry.

World Spa Awards is the sister event to World Travel Awards, currently celebrating its 25th anniversary.

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Oman Air relaunches flights to the Maldives

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Oman Air, the national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman, resumed its service between Muscat and Malé in the Maldives on 28th October. The service is operated by the new B737 –MAX 8 aircraft.
Oman Air flights from Muscat to the Maldives will operate on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday and the flights from the Maldives to Muscat will operate on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
With a flight time of 4 hours, the first flight WY 383 departed Muscat at 08:50 on 28th October and arrived in Maldives International Airport at 13:30 local time. The first Oman Air flight from Maldives WY 384 departed at 1850 on the 28th October and arrived in Muscat International Airport at 0035, on 29th October.
This new route will be serviced by Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft which has been designed to offer exceptional performance, flexibility, and efficiency. Configured with 162 seats in a two-class configuration: 12 in business and 150 in economy with significant enhancements across both cabins, the MAX aircraft is an example of Oman Air’s commitment to continually upgrading its products and services to deliver guests’ satisfaction.
The Maldives is a beautiful chain of 26 ring atolls, made up of more than 1,000 coral islands, located only four hours away from Oman. Well known for its beaches, blue lagoons, and extensive reefs, the Maldives is an incredibly popular tourist destination with an increasing number of international visitors arriving year on year.
The resumption of the Maldives service comes at an exciting time, as Oman Air recently started their flights to Istanbul in June, Casablanca in July and Moscow on October 30th. Oman Air continues to be recognized for its award-winning onboard experience; winning an array of industry awards to add to its growing collection.

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Zimbabwe Tourism Authority conducts FAM trip for Indian travel agents

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Zimbabwe Tourism Authority recently hosted prominent travel agents from India on a familiarisation (FAM) trip. The agents who travelled to Zimbabwe on Ethiopian Airlines got the opportunity to tour the destination and witness its wonderful wildlife, culture and lodges along with a tour of the majestic Victoria Falls.

The agents were also present for the Sanganai/Hlanganani – World Tourism Expo 2018 held at Bulawayo city known as “City of Kings”. The two day Expo was an excellent platform for the Indian agents to network with various industry players of Zimbabwe and also interact with some of the global tourism partners of the region.

The group visited Bulawayo, Matopos, Hwange National Park, Victoria Falls, Great Zimbabwe and Harare. They enjoyed activities like Lion walk; cultural dinner at Boma; day and evening game drives in Hwange National Park; helicopter ride over Victoria Falls and sunset cruise on the Mighty Zambezi River.
Zimbabwe Tourism Board hopes to capitalise on the growing outbound market from India and increase tourist arrivals to Zimbabwe. Karikoga Kaseke - CEO, Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) said, “India is an emerging source market for us and we want to see a positive growth from this market. Indians have heard of the country Zimbabwe because it is a cricket loving nation. However, they are not fully aware of the tourism facets of the destination. This FAM was conducted so that Indian travel trade can get first-hand experience of the wonders of Zimbabwe and can promote the destination further in their own country. We feel Indians are looking at exploring new and exciting destinations and Africa with its abundant wildlife and unique culture is a product they will love. Moving forward, we plan to conduct more familiarisation trips, roadshows for trade and one-on-one sales meetings in India with the help of VFS Global; our India representative.”

Hilton to open Baltic beachside resort in Poland

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Hilton announced plans to open a new hotel in the Baltic resort city of Świnoujście in Poland.
Hilton signed a franchise agreement with Zdrojowa Hotels for Hilton Świnoujście Resort & Spa, a Hilton Hotels & Resorts property, which will open by 2020.

Świnoujście is a thriving destination, attracting visitors throughout the year, due to the busy port city’s health and spa offerings. Located on Usedom Island, near Poland’s border with Germany, Świnoujście is popular among Polish, German and ferrying Scandinavian visitors and is renowned for its wide unspoilt beaches, attractive sailing and kitesurfing spots, wildlife conservation areas and historical forts.
Construction has already started on the property, which will include a minimum of 167 guestrooms, a spa, fitness room and gym, restaurants and lobby and rooftop bars. Guests will also have access to the already-open indoor water park, which includes five pools and various family and recreation attractions, such as slides, surf wave and saunas.
Jan Wróblewski, Zdrojowa Invest & Hotels co-owner, said: ’We are the leading resort hotels investor and operator in Poland. Hilton Świnoujście Resort & Spa is a partnership with Hilton in the Baltic Park Molo, the largest leisure complex on the Polish Baltic sea coast. The new property will enhance the city’s wide hotel offering, and we cannot wait to begin welcoming guests by 2020.’
Globally, Hilton has more than 200 resorts in the world’s most sought-after destinations. In Europe, Hilton Świnoujście Resort & Spa will join nearly 15 resorts in markets, such as Switzerland, France, Italy, Croatia and Spain.

Hilton Świnoujście Resort & Spa will be located in the Baltic Park Molo Avenue, 72-600, Świnoujście.

Residence Inn hotel opens in Tulsa, Oklahoma

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TULSA, OK – The 117-suite Residence Inn by Marriott in Tulsa, Oklahoma is now open. Located at 202 West 5th Street, the all-suite Residence Inn Tulsa Downtown will operate as a Marriott franchise, owned and managed by Spring Tulsa LLC of Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Located in the heart of downtown and nine miles from Tulsa International Airport, the Residence Inn Tulsa Downtown offers its guests convenient access to the Cox Business Center, the BOK Center, ONEOK Field, Brady Theater and Cain’s Ballroom. Rates vary depending on length of stay.
“We are pleased to introduce Residence Inn hotels in the downtown Tulsa area,” said Diane Mayer, vice president and global brand manager, Residence Inn. “When on the road for an extended period, our guests need space to spread out, maintain their life’s pace and restore their energy to help them maintain a healthy balance and routine while traveling. This new hotel offers them a seamless blend of modern style and functionality that allows them to settle in and thrive.”
Residence Inn properties are designed as all-suite hotels that offer studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites. Guests looking for a revitalizing sleep experience will enjoy the hotel’s plush mattresses and crisp linens, while guests focused on being productive will value their suite’s large, well-lit work desk, ergonomic chair and complimentary high-speed Internet access. Designed for stays of five nights or more, each suite also has a fully-equipped kitchen with a coffeemaker, microwave oven and residential-sized appliances.
The Residence Inn Tulsa Downtown rotates a wide selection of healthy choices at our free hot breakfast every day. Start with favorites like bacon and eggs, Greek yogurt, cut fruit or waffles and make it yours with our extensive toppings, ranging from fresh spinach and cheese to sliced almonds and strawberries. Enjoy all the options you need to start your morning with endless possibilities.
Extending the feeling of comfortable living on the road, the Residence Inn Tulsa Downtown offers guests inviting and functional public spaces to relax or collaborate. Road warriors and families alike enjoy the hotel’s grocery delivery service, complimentary Wi-Fi, 24-hour onsite food and beverage market, dry cleaning services, and onsite guest laundry room. The hotel’s weeknight evening gatherings - the RI Mix offer a casual, relaxing environment where guests can be as social as they want, while enjoying premium beers and connection to local flavors. The hotel also maintains a business library where guests can fax, copy and print materials, and provides guests with an outdoor swimming pool, exercise room, a full-service bar, a fire pit, barbecue area and offers 1,256 square feet of meeting space to accommodate functions of up to 50 people.

New hotels of London 2017 - 2018 - 2019

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London, the second most visited city in the world, welcomes many new hotels in recent years. 
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The LaLit London (Opened: January 2017)
The 70-bedroom LaLiT London hotel set within the Grade II-listed former St Olave’s Grammar School near Tower Bridge, is opened in January 2017 after a five-year restoration. The hotel is opened by India’s fastest growing, privately owned hospitality group - Lalit Suri Hospitality Group. It’s the group’s first hotel in the UK.
It’s a stone’s throw from the City and perfectly located for easy access to some of London’s best food markets, along with a host of newly opened eateries including Bala Baya, Padella, and Caravan Bankside. Borough Market is a 13-minute walk away, while the Tower of London is 500 m from the property. Southwark is a great choice for travelers interested in tourist attractions, city walks and city trips.
The nearest airport is London City Airport, 5.6 mi from The LaLit London.
The Ned
The Ned (Opened: April 2017)
Set in the former Midland Bank building in the heart of the City, The Ned was designed by Sir Edwin ‘Ned’ Lutyens in 1924. The heritage building hosts nine restaurants, 252 bedrooms channeling 1920s and 1930s design, a range of men’s and women’s grooming services and a members’ club.
The former Grand Banking Hall is host to eight restaurants which serve a wide range of cuisines, from Britain to Northern Italy, North America to Asia. Six private hire rooms and two terraces are at guests’ disposal and are among the building's most elegant spaces. They all benefit from natural light, period features and have a dedicated reception area. Guests can enjoy Ned’s Club Relax with a 21 m indoor pool, a sauna, steam room and Moroccan hammam, along with Ned’s Club Active’s 620 square yard gym, three exercise studios and boxing gym.
The property is within a short walk from St. Paul’s Cathedral and within 15 minutes from Oxford Street and the West End, by tube. Bank Station also offers a direct DLR connection to London City Airport, which can be reached in 30 minutes.
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Victory House, MGallery by Sofitel, London Leicester Square (Opened: July 2017)
AccorHotels has opened its new MGallery by Sofitel Leicester Square in London. The 86-bedroom hotel consists of three one-bed suites, six signature suites, 13 deluxe bedrooms, 58 standard bedrooms and a total of six accessible bedrooms, and is operated by Bespoke Hotels.
Victory House boasts 86 art deco inspired rooms and suites, many of which afford unrivaled, front row views to London’s exclusive premieres. Bringing the glitz and glam of Hollywood to your window. Victory House takes center stage in the heart of the West End, circled by theatres in Shaftesbury Avenue and Drury Lane. Get red carpet ready and revel in the resonant city spirit.
All Victory House Hotel guests enjoy complimentary access to Gymbox St Martins Lane, a boutique gym located a five-minute walk from the hotel.
The hotel is located in a pedestrian-only zone; ideally situated a few minutes' walk to designer haven, Regent’s Street, emerging unconventional brands showcased in Dover Street Market and retro British haberdasheries in Seven Dials- you really have the best of both worlds. Stepping away from the starry spotlights of Leicester Square, guests are encouraged to discover hidden bohemian bars and eclectic restaurants in Soho and get lost into the cultural maze of Covent Garden, home to the oldest streets in London. Expect the unexpected- need we say anymore.
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Residence Inn London – London Bridge (Opened: August 2017)
Marriott International opens Residence Inn London – London Bridge, marking a debut in the capital for the company’s industry-leading extended-stay brand. Located on Long Lane in Southwark, Residence Inn London – London Bridge offers 87 well-appointed studio, one- and two-bedroom suites with separate living, working and sleeping areas, as well as fully equipped kitchens, including refrigerator, microwave, hob, oven, dishwasher, and cookware.
Guests looking for a home-from-home experience during longer stays are catered to with upscale design and amenities such as complimentary hot breakfasts, communal laundry facilities, free Wi-Fi, and a 24/7 Grab ’n Go Market in the lobby.
Kettner's Townhouse (Opened: January 2018)
Kettner's Townhouse is a 33-bedroom hotel, restaurant, and champagne bar in a historic Georgian building in London's Soho. A London society haunt since 1867, Kettner's reopened in early 2018 after a two-year closure.
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New Road Hotel, Whitechapel (Opened: April 2018)
New Road is a stylish 79 bedroom boutique hotel in East London. Housed in a former textile factory in Whitechapel, this unique hotel has been inspired by the New York metropolis. New Road Hotel features a signature restaurant by acclaimed chef Marco Pierre White, a fitness studio and several social zones where guests can enjoy live music, play pool in the games zone or relax in the library.
All of its bedrooms have original exposed brickwork and original large windows to allow natural daylight to flood through your room – a rarity sometimes in London.  Each room has a 49” Flatscreen TV, Hypnos Bed, Rainfall Shower and air conditioning. They don’t have overpriced mini bars and little kettles in their rooms, instead you can grab free unlimited tea, coffee and hot chocolate from its vending machines, located on each floor.
For a truly bespoke experience stay in their Loft complete with your own private rooftop Hot Tub – relax away the day and enjoy the views of London’s urban metropolis.
You can play billiards at this hotel, and bike hire is available. Brick Lane is 801 m from New Road Hotel, while Tower of London is 1 mi from the property. The nearest airport is London City Airport, 5 mi from New Road Hotel.
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The Academy (Opened: May 2018)
Tucked away in the heart of Bloomsbury in London’s bustling West End, the Grade-II listed Academy Hotel comprises a collection of five Georgian townhouses combined into one charming luxury hotel, owned by YTL Hotels.
Following an extensive refurbishment, headed up by New York-based Champalimaud Design, all bedrooms and suites have been elegantly revamped with stylish furnishings, marble en-suite shower rooms and vintage pieces to create a contemporary take on townhouse living.
Downstairs, The intimate Alchemy Bar is the perfect retreat for bespoke cocktails, specialty gins or a refreshing glass of wine or champagne. Quintessentially British, the hotel offers a range of traditional pastimes including afternoon tea served in the private courtyard garden and exclusive access to the hotel’s library which houses a curated collection of classic and contemporary novels, paying homage to the famous Bloomsbury Set.
Just moments away from the British Museum, fine-dining restaurants and designer shops, The Academy is perfectly positioned for those traveling for business or pleasure.
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Hotel Indigo London - 1 Leicester Square (Opened: May 2018)
An affordable option in the heart of Soho's bustling Leicester Square, Hotel Indigo London - 1 Leicester Square is a new boutique hotel that mirrors the 1920s glamour of its theatrical surroundings. Hotel Indigo is peppered with art deco flourishes, including embowed glass doors, a monochrome tiled floor, rich blue velvet and gold banquettes, and vintage cinema seats.
The rooms have walls adorned by framed scripts, gently spot lit with stage lights hanging from the rigging. Let life stand still in our spa bathrooms and you’ll sleep soundly behind plush velvet, stage-inspired curtains. Reconnect with the world in an instant, thanks to superfast WiFi.
Queen's Theater is 200 m from the hotel. The nearest airport is London City Airport, 8.1 mi from Hotel Indigo - London - 1 Leicester Square.
Westminster Borough is a great choice for travelers interested in shopping, parks and history.
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L’oscar London (Opened: May 2018)
Famed French architect Jacques Garcia has transformed a 110-year-old Baptist church into the opulent 39-room L’oscar hotel. Located in the heart of Bloomsbury’s historic Holborn, L’oscar London is a small hotel located within 500 m of British Museum and 601 m of Theater Royal Drury Lane.
Royal Opera House is 601 m from the accommodations, while Lyceum Theater is 701 m away. The nearest airport is London City Airport, 7.5 mi from the property.
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Assembly London Hotel (Opened: July 2018)
Assembly, a new hotel brand, opened on Charing Cross Road in London. The hotel is aimed to attract and motivate travelers to make the most out of their trip. The 121-bedroom hotel is an “urban hotel that lives by a ‘Get Up and Go’ mantra, designed to connect guests to the heart of the city”.
Designed by Scott Brownrigg, each bedroom is inspired by the works of London fashion designers, including Stella McCartney, Gareth Pugh and Alexander McQueen, all of whom studied at Central Saint Martins. Each room also features a giant toy rabbit.
Room categories include snug for individuals; nest, featuring double beds; pad; and the most spacious, den.
Assembly does not include mini bars, luxury robes or televisions. Instead, it has opted for providing hotel rooms with high-quality beds, showers, sound-proofed walls, and high-speed wifi.
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Rockwell East (Opened: September 2018)
Rockwell East, a new 57-apartment aparthotel and all-day dining café, owned by London-based property developers Marldon and designed by Waldo Works, is located on the fringes of the City and a short walk from the Tower of London.
Apartments at Rockwell East are spacious and have all the features of a design-led modern home, coupled with a level of service found in a high-end hotel. Accommodation at Rockwell East ranges from studio apartments to one-bedroom and family apartments.
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The East London Hotel (Opened: October 2018)
The East London hotel, an urban hotel for business and leisure travelers, has opened in Bethnal Green. With special opening rates business and leisure travelers alike can take advantage of the hip hangout’s premium East London location.
The urban 161 room property offers super-fast free Wi-Fi connectivity, 43” smart TVs and in-room Nespresso coffee machines. Due East, hotel’s all-day bar and restaurant, is the perfect spot to refuel with a coffee, cocktail, or meal. Situated just a stone’s throw away from Bethnal Green’s tube and over ground stations, The East London Hotel offers easy access to an exciting range of bars & restaurants. Within walking distance is the floral haven of Columbia Road Flower Market, Spitalfields’ popular markets, the greenery of Victoria Park and of course, the West End is just 13 minutes away by tube, making the hotel perfectly placed for exploring the central London or getting under the skin of East London. Business travelers will be well placed, with Liverpool Street and Bank a 3 and 5-minute tube journey respectively.
Bankside (Opened: October 2018)
Autograph Collection Hotels, part of Marriott International, has opened Bankside, a new design-forward hotel on the south bank of the River Thames.  Situated in the heart of one of London’s most dynamic neighbourhoods, just a stone’s throw away from Tate Modern, British Film Institute and Borough Market, the 161-room boutique hotel joins the diverse and dynamic portfolio of more than 150 Autograph Collection Hotels around the world that are independent, one-of-a-kind and champion values of vision, design and craft.
Featuring a fitness center, the hotel is close to several noted attractions, around 0.7 mi from Somerset House, a 14-minute walk from London Bridge and 0.7 mi from Lyceum Theater. Free WiFi is available and Savoy Theater is a 15-minute walk away.
Kimpton Fitzroy London
Kimpton Fitzroy London (Opened: October 2018)
Kimpton® Hotels & Restaurants announced the opening of Kimpton® Fitzroy London, the first UK hotel from the boutique luxury brand in London’s Bloomsbury neighborhood. The hotel combines late-Victorian heritage with a quirky, modern vibe. Set on Russell Square within an iconic Grade II listed heritage building dating back to 1898, design-led Kimpton Fitzroy London features 334 luxurious rooms and suites, a large ballroom, various restaurants and bars, modern meeting rooms and a 24-hour fitness center.
Kimpton Fitzroy London offers Kimpton’s much-loved signature touches including in-room yoga mats, complimentary bikes to explore the city, tea and coffee to fuel up for the day, and welcomes pets to stay for free. In true Kimpton style, perks take on a local slant and the hotel will host a complimentary champagne hour - a daily social gathering for hotel guests.
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Residence Inn by Marriott London Kensington (Opened: July 2018)
Residence Inn by Marriott London Kensington is now officially open as the largest property in the extended-stay brand’s European portfolio. In a prime position on Warwick Road in Earls Court, the hotel features 319 suites, of which several boast private terraces with impressive views across the capital. Guests can also take in the London skyline from the hotel’s eighth floor terrace, which will also be available to hire as an events space.
The Kensington Olympia Exhibition Centre is just a 10-minute walk away, while cultural attractions such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, Science Museum, Royal Albert Hall, and the Natural History museum are less than one mile away. Guests also have access to fantastic transport links across London and to Heathrow Airport.
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Belmond Cadogan Hotel (Opens in December 2018)
Built in 1887 in the Queen Anne style, the Sloane Street property was once home to British-American socialite Lillie Langtry, and was also the location for the arrest of playwright Oscar Wilde in 1895. Today, operating as the Belmond Cadogan Hotel in exclusive Knightsbridge has 54 exquisitely designed rooms in the heart of one of the most fashionable districts in London.
The Cadogan provides a chic bar and an elegant lounge where guests can choose from the extensive bar and lounge menu featuring Great British classics. The hotel exits onto Sloane Street, which is full of designer shops. Harvey Nichols and Harrods are just a 5-minute walk away. The Knightsbridge Underground Station is a 5-minutes walk away, and Hyde Park is a 10-minute walk. Kensington and Chelsea is a great choice for travelers interested in architecture, monuments and entertainment.
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The Great Scotland Yard Hotel (Opening early 2019)
The iconic building of the historic London Metropolitan police station, Great Scotland Yard Hotel is currently being developed into a luxury lifestyle hotel and will be the first hotel in the U.K. in The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand.
The new Great Scotland Yard is known for its rich history, providing guests the opportunity to stay in the location where police pursued some of the country’s most notorious criminals, including Jack the Ripper. The distinct historical character of the building will be preserved throughout the renovation, including maintenance of its original façade. Upon completion, this historic building will be a luxury 153-room hotel with sophisticated food and beverage offerings.
Vintry & Mercer (Opening February 2019)
Vintry & Mercer is nestled at the heart of the City, among the livery halls, guilds and narrow streets that line the banks of the Thames. Vintry was the center for London wine merchants; Mercer was for noble textile sellers who specialized in fine silks and damasks. In the narrow streets near the hotel, this history perseveres. Yet the locale is now a destination for the modern traveler. It’s a place where architectural wonders share the cityscape with global powerhouses, alive with the bustle of commerce and conversation that reflect our first-class location at the center of a turning world. The hotel will have 92 bespoke rooms and suites in the contemporary style.
Mama Shelter Shoreditch (Opening in 2019)
Mama Shelter has announced its market entry into the United Kingdom with plans to open Mama Shelter Shoreditch in 2019. The 193-room property is a strategic conversion from The RE Hotel London Shoreditch. Mama Shelter Shoreditch will be located in the industrial quarter in the heart of London, just steps away from the train at Cambridge Heath and the Bethnal Green subway.
More than just a place to stay the night, Mama Shelter Shoreditch will also provide plenty of places to work and gather – for tourists and locals alike. This will include 2,600-square feet of meeting rooms and a 600-square foot lobby, as well as a 4,000-square foot restaurant complete with an inside patio and outside terrace. At the front entrance of the hotel, Mama’s Kiss will serve fresh pastries and hot coffee for those who need to get-up-and-go or prefer to linger around and take in the sights of the neighborhood.
Stratford at the Manhattan Loft Gardens (Opening in Spring 2019)
The Stratford Hotel, located within the new Manhattan Loft Gardens skyscraper, will occupy the first six stories of the building with 145 guestrooms and suites. The 42-storey Manhattan Loft Gardens is situated in the upcoming cultural hub of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Guestrooms offer floor to ceiling windows, stone-clad bathrooms with heated floors, and separate bathtubs. Hotel guests will also have access to live music, pop-up house parties and fitness events taking place throughout the building, including the three sky gardens carved into the tower at the seventh, 25th and 36th floors.
Hard Rock Hotel London (Opening in Spring 2019)
Designed by the award-winning architectural and interior design practice, Scott Brownrigg, Hard Rock Hotel London will boast around 1000 stylish rooms and suites, together with two vibrant bars and a lively Hard Rock Cafe®. In the lobby, the world famous Rock Shop® will feature Hard Rock’s iconic merchandise.
Built in one of London’s most iconic locations – on the corner of Oxford Street and Park Lane – the hotel will put guests just steps away from the very best London has to offer. The area’s chic boutiques, world-famous department stores and legendary restaurants are matched only by its historic West End theatres and the glorious green spaces of Hyde Park. With hundreds of plays, festivals and musical events in this vibrant part of London each year, Hard Rock Hotel London is sure to inspire and excite.
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