The Salam Bahrain Beach Resort and Spa in Bahrain, which was stalled last year, shows no signs of resuming construction activity. The BD378m ($1bn) should have completed in summer 2009, but work stopped because developer Sama Dubai owed unpaid bills. Hundreds of companies are
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Wyndham Hotel Group has announced plans to launch its Ramada Encore brand in the Ukraine. Wyndham says it plans to build 15 hotels in the Ukraine over the next ten years, beginning with the capital Kiev and cities with populations greater than 200,000. Ukrainian Hotels will fr
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has signed a 20-hotel franchise agreement which will double the number of Express by Holiday Inn hotels in Spain. It is anticipated the agreement with British investment group Zinnia Hotels will require €180m investment over the next five years.<
The increase in new, independent hotels in Italy is prompting branded hotels to act to secure their market share. Rebecca Burgess looks at how Italian hotels are polarising into two groups: design-led newcomers and traditional “grande dames”.
Four of the world’s top underwater hotels are in Dubai, while the most ambitious The Poseidon Underwater Resort in Fiji has already taken 13 years to construct. Designbuild-network.com picks ten of the world’s top underwater hotels either at the conceptual stage or already under construction.
A US hotel chain has launched an employee training programme via video iPod. Homewood Suites by Hilton has equipped all its 204 American and Canadian properties with iPods for use with its Mobile Training programme. The programme consists of two-minute modules highlighting bra