HOTELS said it will open the Hotel Ibis Suwon in Seoul,
South Korea, in mid-2007. The 234-room hotel will be operated under
a joint venture between Accor and the Ambassador Group, and will be
developed by Korea-based MyungSun Inc. It will be the third Ibis
property in Seoul and the second hotel in the city developed in a
space formerly occupied by an office building. Hotel Ibis Suwon
will be built in the commercial area of Suwon, close to the Samsung
research center and other major businesses. The hotel will feature
a contemporary design with advanced telecommunications technology,
LCD screens in all rooms and large work desks.
ORIENT-EXPRESS HOTELS said it acquired a
100% interest in Napasai, a luxury hotel and villa property located
on Koh Samui island in the Gulf of Siam, about an hour by plane
from Bangkok. Orient-Express will pay $25 million for the hotel,
eight adjacent villas and a parcel of land suitable for development
of another 40 villas. The hotel portion cost $13 million. Napasai
opened in February 2004 as a 55-room hotel and villa development on
40 acres of beachfront property on the northern coast of the
island. The property was originally developed by Pansea,
Orient-Express strategic partner in the region, and has been
managed since its opening under the Pansea Orient-Express brand.
Pansea recently acquired a 100% interest in the property and will
now sell the resort to Orient-Express.
HOTELS CORP. is offering a Discover India with Hilton
promotion at its Trident Hilton properties throughout India. Rates
range from $75 to $238 per night, double, through Sept. 30, with a
minimum two-night stay. The promotion includes breakfast daily,
1,000 Hilton HHonors points, a room upgrade if available upon
check-in, early check-in and extended checkout, and taxes. The plan
is valid at the Trident Hilton Agra, the Trident Hilton Jaipur, the
Trident Hilton Udaipur, the Trident Hilton Cochin, the Hilton
Towers Mumbai and the Trident Hilton Gurgaon. For information or
reservations, call (800) HILTONS or visit www.hilton.com/discoverindia.
SOUTHERN AIRLINES expanded its international route network
after launching service to Baku, Azerbaijan, and Singapore. China
Southern launched 737 service between Haikou on Hainan Island and
Singapore on Tuesdays and Fridays. Meanwhile, the carrier launched
757 service between Urumqi in northwestern China to Baku on
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