SAMHI to rebrand Premier Inn hotels as Fairfield by Marriott

Gurgaon-based SAMHI Hotels will be rebranding British hospitality chain, Premier Inn’s properties in India to Fairfield by Marriott.

SAMHI Hotels, partly owned by Goldman Sachs, is in partnership with Marriott International for the later’s Fairfield brand. Together, they have bought over Premier Inn’s India portfolio for ₹200 crore. There are five such properties in the country that will now be managed and marketed as Fairfield by Marriott.

“We have a great and successful partnership with Marriott with over 1,500 rooms. This portfolio is currently being self-managed under our in-house brand Caspia, but will eventually be rebranded under an international brand,” said Ashish Jakhanwala, CEO of SAMHI Hotels.

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Gurgaon-based SAMHI Hotels will be rebranding British hospitality chain, Premier Inn’s properties in India to Fairfield by Marriott.

SAMHI Hotels, partly owned by Goldman Sachs, is in partnership with Marriott International for the later’s Fairfield brand. Together, they have bought over Premier Inn’s India portfolio for ₹200 crore. There are five such properties in the country that will now be managed and marketed as Fairfield by Marriott.

“We have a great and successful partnership with Marriott with over 1,500 rooms. This portfolio is currently being self-managed under our in-house brand Caspia, but will eventually be rebranded under an international brand,” said Ashish Jakhanwala, CEO of SAMHI Hotels.

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Bhavya Aggarwal 

Gurgaon-based SAMHI Hotels will be rebranding British hospitality chain, Premier Inn’s properties in India to Fairfield by Marriott.

SAMHI Hotels, partly owned by Goldman Sachs, is in partnership with Marriott International for the later’s Fairfield brand. Together, they have bought over Premier Inn’s India portfolio for ₹200 crore. There are five such properties in the country that will now be managed and marketed as Fairfield by Marriott.

“We have a great and successful partnership with Marriott with over 1,500 rooms. This portfolio is currently being self-managed under our in-house brand Caspia, but will eventually be rebranded under an international brand,” said Ashish Jakhanwala, CEO of SAMHI Hotels.

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Bhavya Aggarwal 

Marriott’s Delta Hotels eyes aggressive expansion in Asia and US

Marriott International’s four-star Delta Hotels brand is doubling its growth over the next two years in Asia and the US, with some 20 new properties across the two regions currently in the pipeline.

First to open is a new Shanghai property currently projected to open later this year, with Dallas and Seattle also set for new hotels.

Delta Hotels has been undergoing a rapid expansion ever since its 2015 acquisition by Marriott International. Then at 30 hotels located solely in Canada, the brand now operates over 40, having opened new hotels in Baltimore, Chesapeake, Chicago and Fargo already this year.

“Delta Hotels has become a development powerhouse with the presences in the US and Asia in the last year that gives guests more ways to experience this exciting brand,” said Delta Hotels’ global brand leader, Gregory Durrer. “Our model is simple. We know what our guests want and because of that, Delta’s intuitive design and service enables guests to focus on what’s important. It is simple made perfect.”

While details of the new Shanghai property in particular are limited, Delta Hotels typically features deluxe and corner rooms, and one-bedroom suites, along with multiple restaurants, bars and a grab-and-go food marketplace. A 24-hour fitness centre and complimentary wifi are also common across all the brand’s properties.

Meanwhile travellers using the Marriott Mobile App can check-in and checkout using the app, as well as have access to keyless room entry.

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Marriott Rewards introduces MegaBonus

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Marriott Rewards has introduced a MegaBonus offer that gives new members the opportunity to earn up to 4,000 points per stay.

On registering with Marriott Rewards before August 30, 2017, members can:

  • Earn 2,000 bonus points per stay beginning with their second stay at any of the participating Marriott properties worldwide.
  • Earn an additional 2,000 points for stay at each new brand, after the first stay.

This means, the first stay establishes the first brand, during which members earn the usual points per dollar spent. Marriott Reward members start earning bonus points second stay onwards, and more points if they choose a Marriott brand different from the one they stayed at first.

Through MegaBonus, Marriott encourages its members to explore 18 participating brands under its portfolio.

The offer is valid until September 4, 2017.

Points can be redeemed for free nights, flights and Marriott experiences.

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Marriott Rewards has introduced a MegaBonus offer that gives new members the opportunity to earn up to 4,000 points per stay.

On registering with Marriott Rewards before August 30, 2017, members can:

  • Earn 2,000 bonus points per stay beginning with their second stay at any of the participating Marriott properties worldwide.
  • Earn an additional 2,000 points for stay at each new brand, after the first stay.

This means, the first stay establishes the first brand, during which members earn the usual points per dollar spent. Marriott Reward members start earning bonus points second stay onwards, and more points if they choose a Marriott brand different from the one they stayed at first.

Through MegaBonus, Marriott encourages its members to explore 18 participating brands under its portfolio.

The offer is valid until September 4, 2017.

Points can be redeemed for free nights, flights and Marriott experiences.

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Marriott Rewards has introduced a MegaBonus offer that gives new members the opportunity to earn up to 4,000 points per stay.

Marriott Rewards has introduced a MegaBonus offer that gives new members the opportunity to earn up to 4,000 points per stay.

New integrated Club Marriott dining loyalty scheme launches in Asia

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Marriott International’s Club Marriott dining loyalty scheme has undergone an overhaul, with the group’s existing Eat Drink & More, and Star Privilege programmes now being integrated into the updated Club Marriott.

Membership will now operate as one single subscription, and overall members will be able to access benefits at about 200 hotels in 13 countries in Asia-Pacific.

That said, only the Pacific has actually launched the programme at the moment, with the combined programme available at 25 hotels in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, New Caledonia and Samoa. The rest of the Asia region will be progressively introducing the programme from now until December. Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Guam, Indonesia, India, Japan and South Korea will be the first the roll out the combined scheme throughout July to September. Meanwhile the Philippines will come on board in November, followed lastly by Thailand in December.

While the new programme certainly has a large focus on dining, experiences in general are the overall aim of the scheme. Typical benefits include 20 per cent off at F&B outlets at participating hotels, along with complimentary stays, upgrades, and spa, fitness and wellness vouchers.

As with Marriott’s wider Marriott Rewards and Starwood Hotels and Resorts’ Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) loyalty programmes, it remains to be seen if and how the new Club Marriott programme would integrate with its Starwood equivalent, SPG Cravings, following the two groups’ merger last year. Unlike Club Marriott and Marriott Rewards, however, SPG and SPG Cravings are not separate programmes, with the latter offering points accrual – something Club Marriott foregoes.

Marriott’s current timeframe has its Marriott Rewards and SPG programmes remaining separate until at least 2018.

“With the new portfolio of brands under Marriott International, loyalty is the key driving force that will allow us to cut through the competition,” said Peggy Fang Roe, chief sales and marketing officer for Marriott International, Asia Pacific. “Club Marriott gives us the platform to drive loyalty that extends even beyond a stay, via rewarding and recognising the ‘local member’ through exclusive benefits and memorable experiences across a vast variety of brands.”

Club Marriott isn’t the only experience-focused loyalty initiative the company has been making recently. Earlier this year, the group invested in price-comparison platform Placepass, adding the company’s approximately 100,000 travel experiences to the group’s offerings, on top of those already featured as part of its Experiences Marketplace loyalty scheme.

According to the hotel group, some 200,000 members are currently enrolled in the Club Marriott programme.

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Marriott to open five new Japan hotels this summer

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Despite earlier this month announcing the opening of two new Moxy Hotels in Japan in the latter half of this year, Marriott International’s Japan portfolio looks set for an even larger boom with the company scheduled to open five new resort destinations across the country this summer.

The new properties will all operate under the group’s Marriott Hotels brand, and collectively comprise more than 800 rooms. Perhaps most notable about the properties, though, are their varied and intriguing locations – ranging from lakes by the base of Mount Fuji to hot springs on the Izu Peninsula.

“These five dynamic resorts are going to expand the mind and spark new ways of thinking about Japan as a travel destination,” said Mike Fulkerson, Marriott’s vice president of brand marketing for Asia Pacific. “The properties will let guests venture beyond the well-trodden metropolises and tourist hubs without compromising on modern comforts and access to technology.”

Among the new properties are the 136-room eco- and hot spring-focused Karuizawa Marriott Hotel in Nagano, approximately two hours’ from Tokyo, along with the Nanki Shirahama Marriott Hotel – a 182-room beach resort with gardens, an outdoor pool and its own on-site hot springs.

Meanwhile, the aforementioned Mount Fuji property – the Fuji Marriott Hotel Lake Yamanaka – is geared more towards visitors looking to explore the shrines and natural attractions close to the mountain. The smallest of the five new properties, this hotel will have just 105 guestrooms, though it too has on-site hot springs.

The Izu Peninsula resort, on the other hand, will offer 128 rooms in total. Located in the hot springs resort town of Shuzenzi, the Izu Marriott Hotel Shuzenzi will feature a number of health and wellness facilities, including a stone sauna, spa and a fitness centre. Golf courses, tennis courts and – you guessed it – hot springs are located nearby.

Finally, the largest of the five new hotels is the 274-room Lake Biwa Marriott Hotel, located outside of Kyoto. Lake Biwa is the country’s largest lake and the new property is situated on the banks of it. Along with traditional and modern architecture lining the streets, guests can explore the hotel’s own facilities, which include a restaurant offering local cuisine, a grand ballroom and a private chapel. If that doesn’t do it for you, though, there’s always the hot springs.

“In an era of discovery and adventure, these resorts speak to the new generation of travellers looking for a unique experience,” said Marriott Hotels vice president, Matthew Carroll. “We encourage our guests to relax and rejuvenate by providing aesthetically pleasing spaces that help them make the most out of their visit.”

Marriott currently has 19 properties either open or in development in Japan.

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Aloft makes Australia debut with new Perth Hotel

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The first of Marriott International’s three scheduled Aloft properties in Australia has opened its doors in the Western Australia capital, marking the design-focused brand’s debut in the country. The Aloft Perth Hotel is situated along the Swan River near the city’s central business district.

According to the company, the new Perth property promises “free-flowing open areas” designed to cater to next-generation, tech-savvy travellers. The Aloft Perth Hotel’s 224 guestrooms each feature 55-inch TVs with Plug and Play connectivity, along with fast free wifi. Meanwhile social spaces such as the brand’s WXYZ bar feature live music (acoustic sets and DJ mixes), while the Re:mix (sm) lounge is aimed at offering a community space for guests and locals.

“We are delighted that the Aloft brand has arrived in Australia with the opening of Aloft Perth,” said Mike Fulkerson, vice president of brand and marketing for Asia-Pacific. “We are delivering an urban-inspired gathering place for tech-savvy next-generation travellers and locals – individuals who value self-expression, style and connectivity.”

Also among the hotel’s facilities are a contemporary signature restaurant, Springs Kitchen, that features a pet-friendly terrace, as well as a number of meeting spaces including what the brand dubs “Tactic” meeting rooms and a Mezzanine level with areas for smaller, one-on-one meetings. A rooftop ballroom is also available for larger events.

“As the capital of Western Australia, Perth is a dynamic, growing city and an important gateway to and from Asia, the Middle East and Europe,” said Stephen Morahan, the hotel’s general manager. “The city has an internationally focused export and tourism economy, so we look forward to welcoming business people and travellers from all over the world to our hotel.”

Marriott isn’t the only one with its sights set on Perth as an Australian gateway. Earlier this month, Qantas announced it would be developing an international transit lounge as part of a new wider integrated passenger hub at Perth Airport. The development comes ahead of the launch of its new Melbourne-Perth-London “Kangaroo Route” in March next year.

Aloft is also set to make its Melbourne debut in 2019, which will be its third property after the new Perth hotel and its upcoming Adelaide property, due to open in 2018.

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St Regis opens in Shanghai

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St Regis Hotels & Resorts has opened its ninth Greater China property in Shanghai.

 

Situated on West Beijing Road, in the heart of the Jingan cultural and business district. It is a five-minute walk to the Shanghai Natural History Museum and a short drive to many cultural landmarks, including the famous Jingan Temple, 400-year-old Yu Garden and its centerpiece, the Exquisite Jade Rock. It takes 30 minutes of drive to reach the hotel from Hongqiao Airport, while about an hour from Pudong Airport.

 

The hotel is housed on level 36 to 68 of a high-rise building with major corporate offices on level 5 to 35. It offers 436 guest rooms, including 66 suites, and 55 residences boast sweeping city views. The three-bedroom, three-story Presidential Suite spans 650 square meters and is located on the top of the building, featuring a glass ceiling, vast living room, outdoor terraces with panoramic skyline views, full kitchen, dining room, and lounge area.

 

For social and corporate gatherings, the hotel features over 3,000 sqm of meeting space across 11 meeting rooms, and together with two executive boardrooms offering a range of layouts and amenities. It highlights the 1,400 sqm Astor Ballroom, which features 95 sqm LED wall projection system and 368 sqm foyer, accommodating up to 1,300 guests for VIP receptions, gala dinners or corporate events.

 

There are six restaurants and bars. Seki-tei is set in a modern Japanese stone garden, offering a live cooking teppanyaki station; and chefs at Bespoke will curate seasonal tasting menus and offer tailor-made menus according to guests’ personal preferences. There is also a specialty Chinese restaurant Yan Ting serving Cantonese cuisine, and Social offering brunch, buffet, and live cooking stations. The Drawing Room features the signature St. Regis afternoon tea and The St. Regis Bar, will offer the renowned St. Regis Bloody Mary. The bar will also offer the hotel’s local version of the Bloody Mary, the “Mary Jing”, featuring unique Shanghai spices and local ingredients such as dried preserved figs infused in vodka and dried osmanthus flowers.

 

“The St. Regis Shanghai Jingan will redefine the local luxury hospitality landscape by blending the rituals and traditions of St. Regis, such as its legendary butler service, with a design and culinary experience that highlights the history and culture of Shanghai,” said Chris Tsoi, general manager of The St. Regis Shanghai Jingan. “We look forward to welcoming both international and domestic guests and providing them with a true one-of-a-kind way to experience the best of this extraordinary city.”

 

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Japan to get two Moxy Hotels this year

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Experience-hungry travellers will soon be able to stay at Marriott International’s affordable lifestyle-focused Moxy Hotels brand when they head to Japan. The group is set to open two new properties in the country, the Moxy Tokyo Kinshicho and the Moxy Osaka Honmachi, in late 2017, which will follow the opening of the brand’s first property in Asia-Pacific in Bandung, Indonesia in the third quarter of 2017.

“The next generation of travellers craves adventure, and until now affordable hotel options lacked personality and verve, said Mike Fulkerson, vice president of brand and marketing for Marriott International Asia Pacific. “We are excited to introduce Asia to the Moxy brand, which offers a vibrant and fun hotel experience at a great price.”

The Moxy Tokyo Kinshicho will offer 205 guestrooms in what has been converted from a stand-alone office building with an “industrial-chic” design. The hotel will be located close to Kinshicho Station in the similarly named Kinshicho area of the city. Meanwhile the Moxy Osaka Honmachi offers a smaller number of rooms – 155 – but with a more high-tech focus. Also close to a train station, this time Honmachi Station, the property has similarly been converted from a stand-alone office block.

Full details of each hotel’s facilities haven’t been announced yet, though the brand in general is known for offering communal areas such as living rooms and lounges, along with 24/7 self-service food and drink options and what Marriott describes as “furiously fast and free” wifi.

Originally opening back in 2014 with the Moxy Milan, the Moxy Hotels brand now has more than 70 properties in the pipeline, including a number of prominent European and US cities such as Frankfurt, London, San Francisco and New York.

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Element brand makes Southeast Asia debut

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Marriott International’s eco-themed Element Hotels brand has opened its first property in Southeast Asia – the Element Kuala Lumpur.

Located in the city’s Ilham Tower along Jalan Ampang, the Element Kuala Lumpur is claimed to be the tallest eco-conscious hotel and has been developed with numerous “green” features, such as a rainwater harvesting system, indoor air quality CO2 monitor and energy-efficient LED lighting.

“Element Kuala Lumpur marks an important milestone for the brand as the first in Southeast Asia,” said Rivero Delgado, Marriott International’s market vice president for Singapore, Malaysia and The Maldives. “We are thrilled to introduce our fourteenth brand to Malaysia and specifically to Kuala Lumpur, a city that perfectly embodies the qualities of the Element brand – alive, smart and balanced.”

A total of 252 rooms with spa-inspired bathrooms are available at the new Element. These include 132 studio units, along with one-, two- and three-bedroom suites that also come with kitchenettes. Layouts are open plan and furnished with outdoor-inspired décor, while daylight glare control enables guests to control the natural light levels that come into the room.

“The residentially styled suites give more space for guests to live their life and to find balance while on the road, plus Element Kuala Lumpur offers endless healthy options for travellers such as the Bikes-to-Borrow programme,” said Mike Fulkerson, Marriott International’s vice president of brand and marketing Asia-Pacific. “No matter how long a guest stays, whether it’s a few days or a few weeks, Element Kuala Lumpur ensures that time away from home doesn’t mean time away from life.”

Food and beverage facilities similarly offer healthy options, such as smoothies, fruits and granola as part of the Rise breakfast at Trace restaurant on the 40th floor, while at night cocktails and international cuisine are offered. Fresh produce can also be delivered direct to guests’ rooms for preparing their own meals (private chefs are also available for in-room meal preparation).

In addition to the hotel’s Bikes-to-Borrow programme, the hotel also offers scheduled yoga and Zumba classes, as well as a fitness centre and indoor swimming pool.

Launched by Starwood Hotels and Resorts prior its merger with Marriott International, the Element Hotels brand is set to introduce a number of new properties in Asia-Pacific in the coming years. These notably include three properties in China between 2017 and 2019.

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