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New Superlative Hotels in Las Vegas – More Than 1,200 New Top Hotels in the Pipeline

Las Vegas, Nevada – 4 May 2016 – In the US, a new superlative hotel arises. Steve Wynn, the casino king of Las Vegas wants to expand its empire of resorts crucial now. In the glitter and gambling metropolis in the desert of Nevada, he plans a new hotel complex with no less than 1,000 rooms, nightclubs, trendy restaurants and a huge, man-made lagoon. This will even surpass ambitious hotel construction projects in Macao. Overall are currently more than 1,200 new top hotels and resorts in the pipeline in the United States. This data has been revealed by TOPHOTELPROJECTS, the specialized service provider in the exchange of cutting-edge information between clients and contractors in the international hotel industry.

Wynn Paradise Park

Wynn Paradise Park – New Casino Resort project with Crystal Lagoon revealed

Wynn Paradise Park wants to score with an artificial beach resort in the desert city: White sand beach and a promenade are planned at the artificial lake. Guests will have the possibility to try water skiing, canoeing and paragliding. Every night a firework should be fired off from the artificial island. The complex will also feature a spacious conference center, which will attract international conferences. The start of construction for the new major project is still open.

Project partner is Crystal Lagoon, which have already established a number of artificial lakes worldwide. The new goal now is to create the largest water park in the United States. The current plan covers an area of approximately one hundred Olympic fitting pools. In addition an equally spacious Golf Course is carefully planned by professionals.

In Las Vegas six other top hotels are currently being built, including a stylish W Hotel with 298 rooms, a new casino resort by Genting Group with around 3,500 rooms and the iconic Lucky Dragon Hotel Casino with 201 rooms and suites.

HNA Tourism Group Acquires Carlson Hotels

Beijing & Minneapolis – 27 April 2016 – HNA Tourism Group Co., a division of HNA Group Co and Carlson Hospitality Group announced they have entered an agreement, for the acquisition of Carlson Hotels, which owns the Quorvus Collection, Radisson Blu, Radisson, Radisson Red, Park Plaza, Park Inn by Radisson, Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM brands and the Club Carlson global hotel rewards program.

HNA Carlson

The combination of HNA Tourism Group and Carlson Hotels will have increased ability to accelerate growth through investments in areas such as digital, owned assets in major gateway cities, building of Radisson RED and other new brands.

“Carlson Hotels own a powerful set of global brands and this historic agreement provides tremendous opportunities for growth,” said David P. Berg, Carlson Hospitality Group chief executive officer. “We look forward to working within HNA Tourism Group, a greatly respected global enterprise, in what will be an exciting new chapter in the history of Carlson Hotels. As part of HNA Tourism Group, Carlson Hotels will have an opportunity to advance our commitment to providing guests with hospitality world-wide,” added Mr. Berg.

Handshake from Left to Right: BAI Haibo, Chairman and CEO, HNA Hospitality Group and David P. Berg, CEO, Carlson Hospitality GroupWitness Leaders from Left to Right: CHEN WENLI, Vice Chairman, HNA Group; WANG JIAN, Chairman, HNA GROUP*; Diana Nelson, Chair, Carlson; Cheng Feng, Chairman of Board Members*, HNA Group; TAN XIANGDONG, CEO, HNA Group; LI TIE, CEO, HNA Tourism Group not visible

Handshake from Left to Right: BAI Haibo, Chairman and CEO, HNA Hospitality Group and David P. Berg, CEO, Carlson Hospitality GroupWitness Leaders from Left to Right: CHEN WENLI, Vice Chairman, HNA Group; WANG JIAN, Chairman, HNA GROUP*; Diana Nelson, Chair, Carlson; Cheng Feng, Chairman of Board Members*, HNA Group; TAN XIANGDONG, CEO, HNA Group; LI TIE, CEO, HNA Tourism Group*not visible

“Since my grandfather, Curt Carlson, founded our company in 1938, our family has run businesses that create opportunity for people and positive change in the world,” said Diana Nelson, Carlson Board chair. “Hospitality is in our hearts, which made this a difficult decision. We strongly believe that selling our hotel business to HNA Tourism Group, a company that fully recognizes its value and heritage, is the best way for us to position it for success and to be true to my grandfather’s legacy in the long term.”

“We have great respect for the Carlson family and a deep appreciation for its history and special culture,” said Bai Haibo, HNA Tourism Group’s Board Member and HNA Hospitality Group’s Chairman and CEO. “Carlson Hotels’ global success and strong, sustainable growth potential is a testament to their world-class brands, continuous innovation, excellent management, and unique employee-focused culture, all of which we will build upon as part of this combination to establish our presence in the U.S. market and expand our footprint in hospitality internationally. We look forward to working together with their management team, employees, franchisee partners, suppliers and customers to accelerate growth by investing substantially in the business.”

Under terms of the Agreement, which were unanimously approved by the Carlson Board of Directors, HNA Tourism Group will acquire all of Carlson Hotels, including its approximately 51.3 percent majority stake in Rezidor Hotel Group AB (publ) (“Rezidor”), Carlson Hotel’s master licensee based in Brussels, with hotels in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Since the closing of the Transaction will result in an indirect change of control in Rezidor, HNA Tourism Group would, under Swedish takeover rules, be obliged to launch a mandatory public tender offer for the remaining approximately 48.7 percent of Rezidor, within four weeks after the closing of the Transaction if the ownership in Rezidor is not sold down below 30 percent. Hence, HNA Tourism Group may, during these four weeks following closing of the Transaction, decide whether to launch a mandatory public tender offer for the remaining shares in Rezidor or sell down its ownership in Rezidor below 30 percent. If HNA Tourism Group decides to launch a mandatory public tender offer, according to Swedish takeover rules and as per a ruling from the Swedish Securities Council (“SSC”)1, the minimum price in such mandatory tender offer would be the 20-trading day volume weighted average price (VWAP) immediately before the announcement of the signing of the Agreement to acquire Carlson Hotels dated April 27, 2016. HNA Tourism Group will give further information about such potential mandatory tender offer in due course, upon closing of the Transaction.

The Transaction is subject to receipt of regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions, and is expected to close in the second half of (calendar) 2016.

Aloft Hotel

From Manhattan to Munich: Aloft Hotels Opens 100th Hotel Worldwide – Momentum Continues for Fast Growing Aloft Brand, with Eight Additional Hotels Set to Open by End of 2015

Stamford, Connecticut – 29 September 2015 – Aloft Hotels, the innovative hotel brand for today’s hyper-connected global traveler, today announced the 100th hotel milestone worldwide, with the opening of Aloft College Station in Texas. Currently operating in 16 countries across the globe, Aloft has experienced incredible growth since it emerged onto the scene in 2008. With the recent openings of Aloft Manhattan Downtown – Financial District in New York City, Aloft Santa Clara (CA), Aloft Stuttgart and Aloft Munich in Germany, Aloft continues to expand in key global markets, with eight more hotels set to open by year’s end.

Aloft Hotel

Aloft Hotel

“Aloft has been one of the fastest growing hotel brands , successfully opening 18 hotels in three countries within the first six months of launch, and now boasts Starwood’s second largest development pipeline,” said Brian McGuinness, Global Brand Leader, Specialty Select Brands for Starwood. “Aloft continues to be set apart from the competition, filling a white space we identified long ago in the marketplace: the need for an innovative and design-forward option for travelers on the road for either business or pleasure. When we think about development, we look for places where today’s – and tomorrow’s – travelers not only want to be, but need to be.”

Aloft hotels now operate in nearly every corner of the world, with properties in North America, Mexico, Belgium, Germany, UK, Turkey, UAE, India, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Costa Rica, Colombia, Panama, and more. Development is booming. Aloft signed as many hotel deals in the first half of 2015 as in all of 2014, and is in its fifth consecutive year of market share gain. The brand will expand its portfolio in Greater China to 10 hotels by year’s end and will continue to penetrate new markets globally, with additional 2015 openings planned for Aloft Raleigh, Aloft Louisville Downtown, Aloft Taipei Zhongshan, Aloft Greenville Downtown, Aloft Raleigh – Durham Airport Brier Creek, Aloft El Segundo – Los Angeles Airport, and Aloft Dongguan Dynamic Town.

Launched in 2008 as Starwood’s tech-forward incubator brand, Aloft is designed with a futuristic lens. Built on an agile platform, the Aloft brand’s innovation team works to develop and pilot new technologies to enhance the guest experience and cater to the lifestyle and needs of today’s emerging traveler. In addition to milestone technological breakthroughs including the world’s first robotic butler, Botlr, as well as the introduction of Smart Check-In, which has now evolved into SPG Keyless— the hospitality industry’s first mobile, keyless entry system allowing guests to use their smart phone as a key— Aloft will soon pilot other innovations such as Virtual Reality, 3-D Food Printing and Smart Wake-Up, dreamt up from the brand’s Concept Rooms at its global Headquarters in Stamford, CT. Dynamic lifestyle programming is also in the brand’s DNA, as Aloft offers a buzzing social scene for the early adopter including its renowned global music series, Live At Aloft Hotels, offering guests and locals free access to the hottest emerging artists at every Aloft Hotel around the world.

TOPHOTELPROJECTS receives 2015 New York Excellence Award

Hamburg, Germany – June 9th, 2015 – TOPHOTELPROJECTS GmbH has been selected for the 2015 New York Excellence Award amongst all its peers and competitors by the US Commerce & Trade Research Institute (USCTRI).

Each year the USCTRI conducts business surveys and industry research to identify companies that have achieved demonstrable success in their local business environment and industry category. They are recognized as having enhanced the commitment and contribution of small businesses through service to their customers and community. Small businesses of this caliber enhance the consumer driven stature that New York is renowned for.

TOPHOTELPROJECTS GmbH receives 2015 New York Excellence Award

TOPHOTELPROJECTS GmbH has consistently demonstrated a high regard for upholding business ethics and company values. This recognition by USCTRI marks a significant achievement as an emerging leader within various competitors and is setting benchmarks that the industry should follow.

As part of the industry research and business surveys, various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the selected companies in each category. This research is part of an exhaustive process that encapsulates a year long immersion in the business climate of New York.
The USCTRI is a leading authority on researching, evaluating and recognizing companies across a wide spectrum of industries that meet its stringent standards of excellence. It has spearheaded the idea of independent enterprise and entrepreneurial growth allowing businesses of all sizes to be recognized locally and encouraged globally.

Particular emphasis is given to meeting and exceeding industry benchmarks for customer service, product quality and ethical practices. Industry leading standards and practices have been developed and implementation of the same has been pioneered by the dedicated efforts of the business community and commerce leadership.

TOPHOTELPROJECTS is a worldwide leading provider of market intelligence. The company collects and evaluates data about all hotel construction projects and hotel chains worldwide in an online database and provides its subscribers with a comprehensive overview of all major hotel projects, refurbishments and extensions worldwide including all project- and brand related contacts. The online database currently holds over 5,000 live and confirmed projects and more than 1,800 hotel brands.

First UFO Hotel in America to Land in California

Baker, California – 28 May 2015 – The first UFO Hotel in America is no longer just a fantasy. The $30 million project in Baker, Calif., which is being spearheaded by a charismatic visionary, Luis Ramallo, will feature 31 rooms on two floors designed within a full-scale alien spacecraft where guests can spend the night in alien-themed rooms and dine in an alien-themed restaurant.

“We are tremendously excited about developing the first authentic UFO Hotel in the world, not just in America,” Ramallo says. “There are tens of millions of Sci-Fi and UFO fans in the world who have been dreaming of a venue just like this. They will finally have it.”

The UFO Hotel, which is in pre-construction development, will have an alien-themed lobby, spa, nightclub and other attractions, such as Sci-Fi fanatics and guests getting married in alien costumes — on their favorite planet.

“It will be out of this world,” Ramallo says with a laugh. “When you enter the hotel, you will feel as if you’ve been transported to an actual spaceship.”

Having already invested major funding into the project, Ramallo is seeking additional fundraising through investors and Kickstarter. He believes Sci-Fi fanatics globally will each kick in contributions to help fund what will be one the world’s most unique hotels and may rank among the biggest Kickstarter campaigns in history. The crowdfunding campaign provides backers with a wide choice of UFO Hotel exclusive contribution rewards from $1 to $10,000.

Room rates at the UFO Hotel will be competitively priced, beginning at around $300 a night – “an incredible bargain for a one-of-a-kind experience,” Ramallo says.

Alien-uniformed employees will use modern touch-screen technology to check guests in. Monitors will show scenes of activity from all around the spaceship.

As guests walk to their rooms, they will be able to twist various dials and hatch handles. If they turn the wrong one, a warning light and siren will flash, just like on an actual spaceship. There will also be unique photo-ops throughout the spacecraft with alien crew members re-charging themselves in pods.

Ramallo came to America 27 years ago from Argentina with $100 in his pocket. He soon created Alien Fresh Jerky near the infamous Area 51 in Nevada, where the intense secrecy of the U.S. Air Force base made the area a frequent subject of UFO folklore.

Ramallo later moved his business to Baker, Calif., where he kept the alien theme for the jerky business and soon came up with the idea for the UFO Hotel.

More than 750,000 people annually visit the Alien Fresh Jerky store, traveling along the Las Vegas-Los Angeles Interstate. Frequent visitors to the landmark store say they can’t wait to stay at the new UFO Hotel.

“It’s going to be one of the most unforgettable experiences ever,” says Carlo DiGregorio, who made his traditional stop at Alien Fresh Jerky on his return to Los Angeles from Las Vegas. His girlfriend, Jeanne Rodriguez, nodded her head in agreement. “I can’t wait,” she says.

Neither can the folks in Baker. The UFO Hotel will not only create as many as 100 new jobs in this withering desert town of approximately 650, but Ramallo expects the UFO Hotel to bring the city back to life.

“It’s going to breathe new life into this town,” says Jacob Overson, General Manager of the Baker Community Services. “It’s going to put Baker back on the map again. It will be a true tourist destination.”

Starwood Hotels Expands Presence in Canada with the Signing of Two New Westin Hotels in Alberta

The Westin Calgary Airport and The Westin Edmonton Gateway Are Slated to Open in 2017

Westin Hotels - LogoToronto, Canada – 13 May 2015 – Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide announced the signings of two new build properties: The Westin Calgary Airport, owned by PAL Hospitality Ltd., and The Westin Edmonton Gateway, owned by Neelam Investments Ltd. With these new signings, Starwood will further strengthen its footprint across Canada, while significantly bolstering its upper-upscale presence in Alberta.

“We are very excited to continue growing our reach in Canada with this strategic expansion of the Westin brand in key Alberta markets,” said Alison Reid, Senior Vice President of North America Development for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. “We highly value our relationships with owners and franchisees, and continue to see strong interest from partners looking to leverage Starwood’s powerful brands, network, global booking platforms and loyal customer base.”

With 250 guestrooms, The Westin Calgary Airport will be located directly on Calgary International Airport property. The five-story hotel will feature a Westin Club Lounge, 30,000 square feet of meeting space, restaurant and lounge. The Westin Edmonton Gateway will offer 225 guestrooms, as well as a Westin Club Lounge, full restaurant, contemporary bar and more than 10,000 square feet of meeting space. The hotel will be located near The Anthony Henday Expressway, which encircles Edmonton, providing convenient access throughout the city and to downtown.

Both hotels will embrace the Westin brand positioning of For a better you™ by offering programs designed to inspire balance and enhance well-being, leaving guests feeling better than when they arrived. The properties will be fully equipped with the brand’s signature amenities, such as the world-renowned Westin Heavenly Bed, the Heavenly® Bath experience, and an ergonomic work area for optimal productivity.

“These hotels are a great example of how Starwood is working proactively to increase our portfolio throughout Canada with the right partners, the right properties and in the right places,” said Scott T. Duff, Sr. Director Development – Canada & Alaska. “Our solid portfolio of 67 hotels in the country across seven of our brands positions us well for continued growth across the country across all segments.”

Starwood Hotels is also pleased to welcome The Gupta Group / Easton’s Group of Hotels, to the Starwood family. The Gupta Group recently acquired The Westin Bristol Place Toronto Airport Hotel, assuming the franchise licensing agreement for the hotel. The hotel is located adjacent to Toronto Pearson International Airport and just 25 minutes from downtown Toronto. With the purchase of the property, Easton’s Group, led by owner Steve Gupta will invest $9 Million in renovations to the hotel over the next year.

The momentum continues for Starwood Hotels in Canada, with opportunity for growth across all its brands, including the newly introduced Tribute Portfolio™. A robust pipeline of future openings is spurred by growth of Starwood’s Specialty Select brands. Boasting the largest portfolio among all of Starwood brands in Canada, Four Points by Sheraton will soon welcome new properties including Four Points by Sheraton Moncton, Four Points by Sheraton Surrey, Four Points by Sheraton Regina, Four Points by Sheraton Edmonton West, Four Points by Sheraton Sherwood Park, Four Points by Sheraton Grande Prairie, Four Points by Sheraton Lloydminster, Four Points by Sheraton Estevan and Four Points by Sheraton Saint John. After the recent opening of Element Vancouver Metrotown, momentum for Starwood’s trailblazing eco-wise Element brand continues in Canada with plans to open Element Calgary Airport and Element Edmonton West in the coming years.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ Game-Changing Aloft Brand to Debut in West Palm Beach, Florida

Set to Open in 2018 Near the City’s Business District, Aloft West Palm Beach Will Cater to Next Generation Travelers with Modern Style and Live Music at WXYZ Bar

Aloft HotelWest Palm Beach, FL – 08 May 2015 – Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide announced plans to debut its leading-edge Aloft brand in West Palm Beach, Florida. Set to open early in 2018, Aloft West Palm Beach will offer 140 spacious, loft-like rooms, an active social scene and innovative music programming. Owned and managed by a joint venture between Sunview Companies and HES Group, the new Aloft will be part of a sleek, mixed-use development in a prime downtown location.

“We are experiencing accelerating demand for Aloft in markets worldwide due to the brand’s resounding success with early adopters who appreciate its distinct design, buzzing social scene and innovative offerings,” said Brian McGuinness, Senior Vice President, Specialty Select Brands for Starwood. “Aloft continues to build global buzz as we approach the brand’s 100th hotel milestone.”

The seven-story Aloft hotel will anchor a new mixed-use occupancy complex on the northeast corner of Third Street and Rosemary Avenue, which will include ground-floor retail and an upscale restaurant. Hotel amenities will include an expanded 4,500 square-foot outdoor Splash pool, as well as a sundeck, Spa, large fitness center, and approximately 1,500 square feet of flexible meeting space. The signature W XYZ bar will be the perfect spot for guests to enjoy a refreshing cocktail and catch the latest up-and-coming music acts as part of the brand’s signature Live At Aloft Hotels music series.

“We look forward to the opening of Aloft West Palm Beach, which will provide a fresh, new option for visitors to the vibrant city and help meet the demand for high-caliber lodging generated by the business district and the West Palm Beach Convention Center,” said Albert Ovadia of Sunview Companies. “The new Aloft will also play an important role in the ongoing development of the city’s downtown.”

Aloft West Palm Beach will be in close proximity to the core downtown business district and the West Palm Beach Convention center, as well as the shops, dining and entertainment at City Place. Located within walking distance of numerous high-end boutiques, cafés and restaurants along the Clematis Street corridor, the hotel is less than a mile from the beach and just five miles from Palm Beach International Airport (PBI).

“We continue to aggressively expand Aloft across North America, and the brand is gaining significant momentum in Florida where we will have eight Aloft hotels open in the state by year’s end,” said Allison Reid, Senior Vice President of North America Development, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. “The brand has generated a strong following among next generation travelers and continues to attract a growing number of owners and developers who are eager to introduce Aloft to new markets.”

“We are proud partners with Starwood Hotels on our third Aloft hotel in Florida. Our focus with the brand has been to develop Aloft hotels in prestigious and central locations. By focusing on downtown business districts we have been able to provide practical and aesthetic appeal to our clientele,” said Pedro Villar, CEO, Sunview Companies.

“Aloft is a great choice for this new mixed-use development and will appeal to both business and leisure travelers with its leading-edge design, innovative programming and lively social scene,” said Francisco Arocha, CEO, HES Group.

The Aloft brand’s innovative and exclusive initiatives set it apart. Aloft Hotels recently announced the launch of SPG Keyless—an evolution of Aloft’s Smart Check-in— the hospitality industry’s first mobile, keyless entry system allowing guests to use their smart phone as a key. The technology is available at select Aloft, Element and W Hotels worldwide. This forward-thinking initiative is part of the brand’s innovative DNA. Additionally, every Aloft Hotel around the world offers live, free access to local emerging artists as well as some of the hottest bands with Live at Aloft Hotels programming at the W XYZ bars.