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The first Kimpton Hotel in Europe opens in Amsterdam

8th June 2017

Kimpton Hotels, owned by the InterContinental Hotels Group, has opened the Kimpton De Witt in the centre of Amsterdam, near Central Station.  The hotel has 274 bedrooms, 18 flexible meeting rooms, the largest holding 200 people in theatre-style.


World's Best Airports and Airport Hotels Named by Skytrax

5th June 2017

The U.K.-based consultancy Skytrax presented its annual World Airport Awards Tuesday at the Passenger Terminal Expo in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and Singapore's Changi Airport was named the world's best for the fifth year in a row. Tokyo International


Two new event locations for Dubai

5th June 2017

An Aloft hotel is being built at Dubai City Centre Deira and it is due to open during the first quarter of 2018. The concept will be a cinema theme and the 304 bedrooms will have a large collection of movies, TV screens, projectors and enhanced sound


First Element Hotel In Southeast Asia Opens in Kuala Lumpur

2nd June 2017

The 252-room Element Kuala Lumpur has debuted in Malaysia, Marriott's first Element-brand property to open in Southeast Asia. The hotel is in the Ilham Tower near embassies and corporate offices,  and within walking distance to the Suria KLCC


First Avani hotel debuts in Lisbon following renovations

1st June 2017

The 119-room Avani Avenida Liberdade Lisbon Hotel has opened in Portugal and is the first of the brand to open in Europe. Avani is a collection of upscale properties from Bangkok-based Minor Hotels Group. A $1.6 million renovation has been


Sir Hotels open in Ibiza

31st May 2017

The newest and most luxurious addition to the Sir family: Sir Joan Ibiza opens reservations to the public on Friday 26th May. Offering view of the marina and Old Town this boutique hotel is designed to make you feel like you are on the ultimate


Paris and the USA topped international meeting rankings in 2016

26th May 2017

The U.S. was the top country for large association conventions in 2016, hosting 934 of these events, according to the newly released rankings from the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA). Germany came in second place (689


Germany Welcomed More Than 3 Million Events in 2016

23rd May 2017

Germany hosted 3.02 million events in 2016, a year-over-year increase of 18 percent, and 394 million event participants, up by less than 1 percent from 2015 figures, according to the annual Meeting & Event Barometer compiled by the German National


China sees new opening of first Tribute Portfolio Hotel

22nd May 2017

Tribute Portfolio is part of Marriott International and will launch its first hotel in Shanghai, China, in the Song Jiang district. The hotel joins Tribute Hotels Portfolio collection of exceptional hotel around the globe, ranging from Palm Spring to


Hotel 50 Bowery Opens in the Heart of New York’s Chinatown

19th May 2017

The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) has installed a permanent exhibit on the hotel's second floor in The Gallery. Paying homage to the destination's past, the exhibit showcases many of the artefacts that were found at the hotel's construction


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