Wyndham Vacation Ownership Acquires Shell Vacations LLC

Acquisition immediately accretive to adjusted EPS; Expands fee-for-service businesses PARSIPPANY, NJ, 2012-09-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN) today announced that its subsidiary, Wyndham Vacation Ownership (WVO), has acquired privately held Shell Vacations LLC (Shell) and its subsidiaries.  Shell is one of the largest independent vacation ownership club and property management groups, serving approximately 115,000… Read the full press release

IHG announced Special Dividend and Share Consolidation: Publication of Circular

On Tuesday, 2012-09-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — the Board of IHG announced its intention to return US$1 billion of funds to Shareholders via a Special Dividend with a Share Consolidation of US$500 million and a Share Buyback Programme of US$500 million. The Board of IHG today announces it is publishing a circular (the “Circular”) setting out full… Read the full press release

Haute cuisine, golf, unique spots where you can enjoy unique premium experiences this fall with Meliá Hotels & Resorts

Palma de Mallorca, 2012-09-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Fall is the season when we start to notice changes, in the weather, habits and the pace of life. Meliá Hotels & Resorts offers you the chance to visit some magical places in a different season, thanks to the special packages it has prepared for this fall. Lanzarote, Madrid, Barcelona… Read the full press release

STAPLEFORD PARK’S 6 MONTH MEMBERSHIP OFFER

2012-09-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Stapleford Park, a Luxury Country House Hotel in Leicestershire, East Midlands, would like to celebrate this year’s summer of Sporting success by offering a unique six month only membership from 1st October 2012 until 31st March 2013. This one time only membership offer has all the benefits and privileges of a full… Read the full press release

ANDAZ NAPA OPENS AS FIRST ANDAZ HOTEL IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

Located in the heart of wine country, Andaz Napa brings unrivaled personalized guest service and heritage-style cuisine with Andaz Farmers Table restaurant NAPA, Calif. 2012-09-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — The first Andaz hotel in Northern California, Andaz Napa, makes its debut today  in the heart of California wine country. Formerly Avia Napa, the newly rebranded Andaz Napa is… Read the full press release

TakeCare Run & Walk Benefits Back on My Feet

President and CEO Arne Sorenson (left in gray shirt) joined more than 300 associates for a 5K/1K Run & Walk to celebrate the two-year anniversary of the company’s “TakeCare” Wellness program.

Bethesda, Md. 2012-09-18 — /travelprnews.com/ — At Marriott International Headquarters, president and CEO Arne Sorenson (left in gray shirt) joined more than 300 associates for a 5K/1K Run & Walk to celebrate the two-year anniversary of the company’s “TakeCare” Wellness program. As part of TakeCare, Marriott provides tools and resources to associates, partnering with medical plans and wellness… Read the full press release

Marriott Helps Moms ‘TakeCare’ Every Day

Company Selected as a Working Mother ‘100 Best Company’ for 21st Year. Bethesda, Md., 2012-09-18 — /travelprnews.com/ — Working Mother has named Marriott International as one of the 2012 Working Mother 100 Best Companies. The companies will be recognized in the October/November issue of the magazine, on www.workingmother.com, and will be honored at the Work Life Congress, to be… Read the full press release

Soliloquize – Exhibition of Landscapes by Young Artists at Hilton Chongqing

The grand opening of Soliloquize - Exhibition of Landscapes by Young Artists, will be organized and held by Hilton Chongqing and Jinse Gallery on September 16th, 2012. Credit: Hilton Hotels & Resorts.

CHONGQING, China, 2012-09-18 — /travelprnews.com/ — The grand opening of Soliloquize – Exhibition of Landscapes by Young Artists, will be organized and held by Hilton Chongqing and Jinse Gallery on September 16th, 2012 in Jinse Gallery located on the first floor of Hilton Chongqing. On this occasion, Jinse Gallery will exhibit 55 works which made by 11 middle-aged and… Read the full press release

Plan Ahead for a Sun-filled Fall Getaway at Pointe Hilton Resorts

Sun-seeking vacationers can enjoy sparkling pools, outdoor activities, spacious suites and a host of resort amenities at special rates when they book early for autumn at Pointe Hilton Resorts. Credit: Hilton Hotels & Resorts.

Early Bookers Enjoy Value-packed Rates from October through December, 2012 PHOENIX, 2012-09-18 — /travelprnews.com/ — Sun-seeking vacationers can enjoy sparkling pools, outdoor activities, spacious suites and a host of resort amenities at special rates when they book early for autumn at Pointe Hilton Resorts. From October through December, Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort and Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort will offer… Read the full press release

Hilton Palacio del Rio Goes Orange

Hilton Palacio del Rio today announced participation in SA Goes Orange by changing all the balcony lights to orange. Credit: Hilton Hotels & Resorts.

In Partnership with the San Antonio Food Bank and SA Goes Orange SAN ANTONIO, Texas 2012-09-18 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hilton Palacio del Rio today announced participation in SA Goes Orange by changing all the balcony lights to orange. SA Goes Orange is the San Antonio Food Bank local campaign to raise awareness and engage local businesses, government and… Read the full press release

New Suites at The Dorchester

New British Spirit in heart of Mayfair – The Dorchester Debuts 22 New Suites by Alexandra Champalimaud 2012-09-18 — /travelprnews.com/ — With a fresh take on the eclecticism of the English spirit, The Dorchester yesterday unveiled 22 new suites by interior designer Alexandra Champalimaud. Whilst the new suites at Dorchester Collection’s iconic London address in the… Read the full press release

HispanicBusiness Magazine Names Hilton Worldwide One of the ‘Best Companies for Diversity’

Hilton Worldwide’s Diversity and Recruitment Initiatives Ranked Among Top 20 MCLEAN, Va. 2012-09-18 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hilton Worldwide announced today that it was ranked No. 16 on the HispanicBusiness 2012 Best Companies for Diversity list by HispanicBusiness magazine, up from its No. 26 ranking last year. By sector, Hilton Worldwide scored among the highest in restaurants and resorts. The 2012 Best Companies… Read the full press release

First JW Marriott Hotel Opens in New York City

First JW Marriott Hotel Opens in New York City

Global Brand Brings Modern Luxury to Iconic Essex House Hotel 2012-09-18 — /travelprnews.com/ — Marriott International, Inc. continues to grow its world-class JW Marriott hotel brand with the opening of JW Marriott Essex House New York, the brand’s first hotel in New York City. The 509-room hotel is located on Central Park South in Manhattan’s renowned… Read the full press release

Accor revolutionizes economy-hotel codes and gives ibis a head start

One year after announcing its economy-hotel ‘Big-Bang’, Accor has unveiled the full scope of the ibis revolution, which it has rolled out simultaneously in 56 countries, in record time. This project involved reviewing economy hotel codes in depth, renewing more than 100,000 beds, honing an allnew concept for its public areas, and briskly installing the… Read the full press release

Culina, Modern Italian Debuts Sunday Suppers This Fall at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

Culina, Modern Italian Debuts Sunday Suppers This Fall at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

Sunday Supper includes a four-course menu changing weekly for $39 per person 2012-09-18 — /travelprnews.com/ — Culina, Modern Italian, located on the lobby level of Four SeasonsHotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, introduces a new weekly Sunday Supper menu. Adding to its repertoire of modern Italian cuisine, each week beginning chef Meredith Manee will create a four-course menu of comforting… Read the full press release

Pullman and Sofitel join Travelport’s ‘Lowest Public Rate’ Hotel Programme

Langley, UK, 2012-09-18 — /travelprnews.com/ —Travelport has added two new participants to its Lowest Public Rate Programme that guarantees agents access to the lowest publicly available rate. Both Pullman and Sofitel Hotels are part of the Accor Hotel Group and bring more than 190 hotel properties to the programme. “Joining Travelport’s Lowest Public Rate Programme is… Read the full press release

“Drink Pink” This October at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North

Resort marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month with special offerings Scottsdale, U.S.A. 2012-09-18 — /travelprnews.com/ — This October, Four SeasonsResort Scottsdale at Troon North will be celebrating everything pink in commemoration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Enjoy a pampering Spa package, specialty cocktails and tapas in Talavera and Onyx Bar & Lounge, and a special rose wine of the week every Wednesday…. Read the full press release

Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris Invites Christmas Shoppers to Take a Break This December

Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris Invites Christmas Shoppers to Take a Break This December

Détente et Gourmandise package includes Spa treatment and Afternoon Tea at La Galerie Paris, France, 2012-09-17 — /travelprnews.com/ — Enjoy the cozy atmosphere of Four Seasons Hotel George V for a well deserved break and gourmet treat while Christmas shopping this season. From December 1 to 31, 2012, the Hotel offers a package that includes a relaxing treatment at… Read the full press release

Wired and Marriott Hotels & Resorts Debut Event Series Designed to Inform, Entertain and Inspire

Partnership to Launch the WIRED + Marriott Culturazzi Series. 2012-09-17 — /travelprnews.com/ — WIRED and Marriott Hotels & Resorts, signature brand of Marriott International (NYSE:MAR), today announced a partnership to launch the WIRED + Marriott Culturazzi Series. Kicking off with a Marriott Meetup: Five Startups to Watch event at the Boston Marriott Long Wharf on September 19, WIRED Insiders — startup… Read the full press release

At Four Seasons Hotel Singapore, “Greening Meetings” Offers Meeting Planners Sustainable Options at No Additional Cost.

The Hotel's Organic Herb Garden

2012-09-17 — /travelprnews.com/ — Meeting planners looking to organize the best possible meeting experience coupled with a sustainable approach will find Greening Meetings a complement to their company’s Corporate Social Responsibility program (CSR). A raft of environmentally friendly options awaits, which can be added to an existing meeting package atFour Seasons Hotel Singapore at no additional cost: Going paperless – all… Read the full press release

Marriott International Opens First JW Marriott Hotel in Cusco, Peru

New JW Marriott at Gateway of Machu Picchu is built on Grounds of Colonial Monastery and Features Ancient Inca Artifacts

New JW Marriott at Gateway of Machu Picchu is built on Grounds of Colonial Monastery and Features Ancient Inca Artifacts. 2012-09-17 — /travelprnews.com/ — Marriott International, Inc. continues to grow its world-class luxury JW Marriott hotel brand with the opening of the 153-room JW Marriott Cusco. The much anticipated hotel stands at an altitude of 11,154ft… Read the full press release

Guests Will Be Bowled Over By New Hilton Hotels & Resorts Property At Hampshire’s Ageas Bowl

New Hilton hotel at the Ageas Bowl / Southampton to be built at test match cricket ground SOUTHAMPTON, UK, 2012-09-17 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hilton Worldwide today announced the signing of a franchise agreement with RB Hotels Limited to open Hilton at the Ageas Bowl / Southampton at England’s latest test match cricket venue and the home of Hampshire… Read the full press release

Four Seasons Resorts Maldives Win Prestigious Condé Nast Traveler World Savers Awards 2012

Four Seasons Resorts Maldives Win Prestigious Condé Nast Traveler World Savers Awards 2012

“Doing It All” for the environment. 2012-09-17 — /travelprnews.com/ — Four Seasons Resorts Maldives have won the Doing It All and Wildlife Conservation categories for large resorts in the Condé Nast Traveler(US) World Savers Awards 2012 – created to honour the travel companies that are doing the most to help protect the planet and give back to their local communities. The Resorts also… Read the full press release

Hilton Petaling Jaya Unveils RM50 Million Renovation Plans

Hilton Petaling Jaya today announced plans to pump a total of RM50 million into a major facelift for the hotel. Credit: Hilton Hotels & Resorts.

Project Is The First Major Facelift For Kuala Lumpur Hotel In Over A Decade And Is Expected To Be Completed By End 2012 PETALING JAYA, 2012-09-17 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hilton Petaling Jaya today announced plans to pump a total of RM50 million into a major facelift for the hotel. The first renovation of its kind in over… Read the full press release

Four Seasons Hotel Baku, Azerbaijan: the Elite Address for Meetings and Social Occasions

Segah Brand Ballroom (rendering)

Whether for ultra-private negotiations or a chic social reception for 1,000 guests, Four Seasons combines smooth efficiency with elegant warmth. Baku, Azerbaijan, 2012-09-15 — /travelprnews.com/ — For the most prestigious events in Baku – whether business functions or weddings or other social occasions – there is no question that Four Seasons provides the most impressive hotel setting. With more than 1,865 square metres (20,075 square… Read the full press release

Hotel Industry Shows Demand and Average Daily Rate Increases for Remainder of 2012

BUSINESS AND LEISURE TRAVELERS LEAD PERFORMANCE OUTLOOK NEW YORK – 2012-09-15 — /travelprnews.com/ — Committed occupancy for the remainder of the year (August to December 2012) is up 5.4 percent and average daily rate (ADR) is up 5.0 percent. The growth is driven by the transient segment – individual business and leisure travelers – with an… Read the full press release

Drink Sparkling Pink Cocktails and Enjoy Pink “Cupcakes for a Cause” This October at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills in Honour of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Proceeds from the specialty pink cocktails, cupcakes and other themed culinary items will benefit breast cancer research for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation. Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, U.S.A., 2012-09-15 — /travelprnews.com/ — This October, enjoy pink specialty cocktails and themed culinary treats at Windows Lounge at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills to support Breast… Read the full press release

White Truffle Season Comes to Il Lago at Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva

Il Lago

 Chef Saverio Sbaragli presents his intoxicating creations. Geneva, Switzerland – 2012-09-15 — /travelprnews.com/ — Il Lago restaurant in the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues opens the autumn season with its just released White Truffle Menu. The white truffle is one of the world’s most expensive and delicious ingredients and grows to perfection only in the Piedmont region in northern Italy,… Read the full press release

Digital Innovation: Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel Launches Dedicated Concierge Website

Hotel also now offers complimentary WiFi in all rooms and suites, and pilots new Skype check-in program. Los Angeles in Beverly Hills (Beverly Wilshire), U.S.A. 2012-09-15 — /travelprnews.com/ — In an exciting new pilot program, Beverly Wilshire’s Concierge team – which has a combined total of 159 years of experience among them, and seven Les Clefs d’Or members… Read the full press release

Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa Announces Leadership Appointments

Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa today announced the appointments for a number of leadership and senior management roles within the luxurious resort. Credit: Hilton Hotels & Resorts.

PHUKET, Thailand 2012-09-15 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa today announced the appointments for a number of leadership and senior management roles within the luxurious resort including Director of Finance, Director of Operations, Director of Food and Beverage, Director of Human Resources, Director of Sales and Front Office Manager. Director of Finance – Aman… Read the full press release