Radisson Hotel Curico opened its doors. The new
hotel is minutes from vineyards as well as attractions
in the nearby commercial district. The 90-room hotel
features a 3,000-square-foot ballroom that can accommodate 250 people, with two additional meeting
rooms and a terrace on the eighth floor that has a view
of the city. The area is known for its wine and local
award-winning winery and vineyard, Miguel Torres,
has a wine shop in the hotel lobby along with an
on-site wine specialist who shares tips on must-visit
wineries and can coordinate winery tours for guests.
Rosewood Phnom Penh opened in the iconic 39-story
Vattanac Capital Tower. Atop the tallest building in the
capital city, the hotel offers 175 guest rooms, including 37 suites. There are four dining venues within the
hotel, offering French, Cambodian and Japanese cuisines. The
hotel features 9,500 square feet
of indoor meeting space that can
accommodate up to 300 guests.
Spaces include an Event Studio,
three salons and the Pavilion on
the 39th floor with views of the
city and Mekong River. www.
Hilton Cairo Heliopolis opened
and the adjacent Waldorf Astoria
Cairo will follow in late 2018.
The 593-room Hilton property
is now welcoming guests and
the 247-room Towers Luxu-
ry Hotel will rebrand as the
Waldorf Astoria Cairo following a renovation that will
include a redesign of all guest rooms, a renovation
of the atrium lobby area and the addition of a spa.
The dual-branded complex features two ballrooms
totaling nearly 32,300 square feet, an amphitheater,
12 meeting rooms varying from 500 to 1,300 square
feet, prefunction areas and a business center. The
hotels also offer two swimming pools, a fitness center
and a health club. There will also be 17 dining and
entertainment options. www.hilton.com
The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts debuted in
Panama with the opening of The Santa Maria, a Luxury Collection Hotel & Golf Resort, Panama City. The
new hotel features 182 guest rooms with Panamanian
design elements that include the Guna Yala-inspired
traditional Mola blankets, handmade baskets from
the Embera community and wood mined from Gatun
Lake. The hotel offers two restaurants, a library
filled with curated books on Panama’s local culture
and the city’s only Nicklaus Design 18-hole, par- 72
championship golf course. There is 8,000 square feet
of meeting space, including a 5,000-square-foot ballroom, three breakout rooms and a boardroom. www.
Riyadh Palace Hotel will be rebranded as the Crowne
Plaza Riyadh Palace. The hotel offers 304 guest
rooms and over 15,000 square feet of meetings
space. The 6,500-square-foot Diriyah Hall can accommodate up to 450 people for a reception. The hotel
also features an outdoor pool, Club Lounge, a spa and
a range of authentic and contemporary cuisine. www.
As evidenced by my recent discussions on the tradeshow floor of the 2018 ASEAN Tourism Forum in Chiang Mai, Thailand, plenty of
resplendent resort properties exist outside the
standard Southeast Asian business epicenters.
Pandanus Resort, Mui Ne, Phan
The only all-inclusive property
anywhere in Vietnam is located on
25 beachfront acres.
Dhara Dhevi, Chiang Mai,
The largest resort in Chiang Mai
with several grand ballrooms,
lawns and an outdoor amphitheater.
Garden City Hotel, Phnom Penh,
The property features a variety
of high-ceiling ballrooms and
VIP spaces, all of which helped
it snare multiple luxury or MICE
hotel awards in recent years.
Empire Hotel and Country Club,
Over 800 employees staff the
property, situated on the island
of Borneo surrounded by ancient
rainforests and waterfalls.
Westin Resort, Nusa Dua Bali,
With 433 guest rooms and 26
function rooms, the resort is
adjacent to the Bali International
Convention Centre, which it also
manages. As of February 2018, a
newly reimagined lobby serves as
the final installment of a multimillion-dollar transformation.
Legoland Malaysia, the country’s first international
resort, is a 30-minute drive from Singapore. The
property includes full corporate and meeting
facilities for business travelers, plus a free shuttle
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