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The Leading Hotels of the World announces healthy stays commitment: enhanced cleanliness standards for luxury hospitality

During the pandemic, Leading Hotels’ Healthy Stays commitment is a continuation of the meticulous standards members have abided by for nearly a century. 

2 June 2020

Apple is going to open its first hotel in 2022 in Austin, Texas. It remains unclear which chain will operate the 192-room hotel. The six-storey building will be erected on the territory of Apple’s new campus, which has been under construction close to the Mac Pro manufacturing site since November, 2019.

26 May 2020

The Icelandic Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir announced that from June 15, the 14 day quarantine will not be mandatory for passengers arriving at Keflavík International Airport. Instead, tourists and Icelandic residents entering the country will be given the option of being screened for the novel coronavirus.

13 May 2020

Marriott International announced the opening of Johannesburg Marriott Hotel Melrose Arch and Marriott Executive Apartments Johannesburg Melrose Arch. The opening marks the debut of Marriott Executive Apartments in South Africa and the first purpose-built Marriott Hotel in the country. Owned and developed by the Amdec Group, the hotel and apartments are situated in the bustling Melrose Arch Precinct.

3 March 2020
Forbes Travel Guide announces its 2020 star award winners

Forbes Travel Guide (formerly well-known as Mobil Travel Guide) scoured properties around the world to find its 2020 Star Award winners, an elite group of the most luxurious hotels, restaurants and spas.

17 February 2020

The world’s tourism leaders are meeting in St Petersburg for the UNWTO General Assembly this week as the global tourism sector continues to grow in both size and influence. New data from UNWTO shows international tourist arrivals grew by 4% during first 6 months of the year.

11 September 2019

Kämp Collection Hotels published an announcement regarding the company’s acquisition by the Nordic Choice Hospitality Group with its headquarters in Norway.

14 August 2019

The world supply of alternative accommodations has grown by 33 percent from 2017 to 2018. If it isn’t already on hotelier’s radar, perhaps the specialist has succumbed to some of the myths about the short-term rental market. Industry-first alternative accommodations solution by TravelClick delivers insight on 27 million home-sharing listings.

1 August 2019
Future of travel with ride hailing services: Volvo Cars and Uber present production vehicle ready for self-driving

Volvo Cars and ride-hailing firm Uber have presented a jointly developed production car capable of driving by itself. The Volvo XC90 SUV is the first production car that in combination with Uber’s self-driving system is capable of fully driving itself. The car is drive-ready production vehicle.

13 June 2019

The Golden Jubilee Conference Hotel has become the latest member of the globally renowned International Congress and Convention Association. The hotel combines all the standards of a four-star hotel with the facilities required for successful conferences and meetings. Membership of the ICCA will attract additional national and international events.

7 May 2019

The Scandinavian Invitation – Sweden’s national open and premier golf event – returns to the Hills Golf & Sports Club in Gothenburg between 22nd – 25th August. Gothia Towers, part of the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre Group, is now the official hotel partner for the prestigious tournament.

12 February 2019

In December 2018 the name of the inaugural yacht leading the luxury fleet of The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection has been finally revealed at the International Luxury Travel Market in Cannes, France.

30 December 2018
A step ahead: Life House lodging company test-drives an experimental pricing algorithm

While most big hospitality companies offer loyalty programmes to their best guests, a new boutique lodging company Life House is trying out a brand new pricing system based on multifaceted guests’ profiles.

27 December 2018

The Women's Tennis Association published the list of participants for St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy 2019. The Tournament Director has described this list as very solid and tough. As many as three players from the world’s top 10 are coming to St. Petersburg. Will also welcome former no. 1 in the world Maria Sharapova.

20 December 2018

Bernard Arnault, CEO of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, announced that LVMH and Belmond, owners, part-owners or managers of 46 luxury hotel, restaurant, train and river cruise properties, have entered into an agreement for LVMH to acquire Belmond.

15 December 2018

Emerald Palace Kempinski Dubai, five-star hotel inspired by European palaces of 18th century, has opened its doors to Dubai’s guests. The Palace by Kempinski Hotels is situated on the west part of man-made island Palm Jumeirah.

29 November 2018
Unusual hotels: InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland inside abandoned quarry (China)

IHG has announced the opening of InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland, the hotel built into the side wall of a formerly abandoned quarry in Southwestern Shanghai. This new hotel is mostly subterranean, with two floors above ground and 16 below ground, including 2 floors underwater.

19 November 2018

The Leading Hotels of the World, a consortium of more than 400 luxury hotels in over 80 countries, unveiled its renovated Leaders Club loyalty programme. The redesign was inspired by current members’ interests and resulted to a more flexible Leaders Club programme that recognizes and rewards members for their loyalty and provides upgraded benefits and exclusive access to the portfolio’s hotels worldwide.

2 October 2018

The City of Turku, Finland is planning to develop the port area with construction of new terminal by the end of 2024. Both Viking Line and Tallink Silja Line operators will use a new joint terminal on the Turku–Stockholm regular route in accordance with their current schedules. 

19 September 2018

Volvo Cars have glimpsed at how autonomous drive technology will change the world as we know it. Car brand introduced the 360c concept which presents four potential uses of autonomous driving vehicles – a sleeping environment, mobile office, living room and entertainment space.

6 September 2018