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HARD ROCK HOTEL DESARU COAST APPOINTS EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE


Kuala Lumpur, July 6, 2018: Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast today announced the appointment of its executive committee, leading up to the flagship hotel’s opening this year.

The appointed committee comprises executives who will be managing operations for the renowned Hard Rock brand’s stunning property in Desaru Coast, Malaysia. The appointed committee members are as follows:

GRACE CHIAM

DIRECTOR OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS

Grace has more than 10 years of marketing & communications experience in hospitality. She possesses a strong track record of result-driven marketing initiatives and has extensive knowledge of social media activations, public relations strategies and traditional advertising. Prior to her appointment at Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast, she served as the National Content Manager and Marketing Communications Manager for Hilton Worldwide and won multiple awards including Marketing Excellence Award (2017), Creative Award (2015) & Hospitality Asia Platinum Awards for Public Relations Excellence (2013). In her appointment with Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast, Grace will manage all internal & external communications, develop marketing campaigns, manage design & production of collateral and manage the social media platforms of the property.

AIDA RASHID

DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Aida has more than 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry. She possesses a solid track record in Sales & Marketing, having worked with the renowned Shangri-La Hotel & Resorts and serving as the National Director of Sales & Marketing. Aida was involved in 6 renovation projects with the Golden Sands Resort and Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa (including the pre-opening of Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa and Shangri-La Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives). Her most notable achievement was the restructuring and development of strategies to drive hotel sales and the action implementation to achieve budget and goals. Prior to her appointment with Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast, Aida was the Group Director of Sales & Marketing for Impiana Hotel Resort Management. Her appointment with the Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast will see her leading various departments such as e-commerce, revenue management, digital marketing and sales.

KALAI MUNIANDY

DIRECTOR OF FOOD & BEVERAGE

Kalai has more than 18 years of F&B experience in the hospitality industry. He has extensive experience in the F&B department ranging from banquet services, restaurant management, to fine dining & casual dining management. Prior to his appointment with Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast, Kalai was the Cluster Director of Food & Beverage for Shangri-La Rasa Sayang Resorts & Spa and Golden Sands Beach Resort, Batu Ferringhi Penang. He has also worked with multiple international brands in various countries such as The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi in the Maldives, Olhuveli Beach & Spa Maldives. In his new appointment, Kalai will oversee In-room dining, banquet services and four casual & fine dining restaurants at the stunning Hard Rock property.

LAYZREE BONGSU

DIRECTOR OF FINANCE

Layzree brings more than 11 years of financial expertise to the property. Given his past experience as an operational and senior level member, he will be managing and leading the finance team of Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast. Prior to his appointment, Layzree held senior positions in various international hotel chains such as Grand Hyatt, Hyatt Regency & Hyatt House. Layzree is also a member of the Australia CPA association which is one of the world’s largest accounting bodies.

DINESH BALRAM

DIRECTOR OF ROOMS

Dinesh has more than 24 years’ experience in the hospitality industry. He has worked with many of the world’s leading Asia-based luxury hotel groups concentrating in rooms & hotel operations. He has experience in the field of rooms’ management, customer service and people management. Prior to his appointment with Hard Rock, Dinesh was the Resident Manager of the Suite @ D’Latour in Kuala Lumpur. He has also worked with Shangri-La Hotel & Resorts in Dubai as a Corporate Executive Trainee and as the Director of Rooms of Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort, Penang. In his appointment with Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast, he will be leading the housekeeping department of the 365-key room hotel which includes suites and rooms. He will also be overseeing the Roxity Kids Club®, Rock Royalty Lounge®, Rock Spa®, Body Rock® fitness centre, Rock Shop® and 240sqm of meeting space.


SHANMUGANATHAN MARIMUTHU

EXECUTIVE CHEF

Chef Shan will be taking the stage as the Executive Chef of Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast. He and his team will be overseeing operations of fourrestaurants in the property. With over 24 years of culinary experience in various properties around Asia & the Middle East, Chef Shan will be in-charge of the entire kitchen operation, curating menus and managing vendors. Prior to his appointment, he was the Executive Chef of Katara Hospitalities in Qatar and the Culinary Director of F&B in IHG. Chef Shan has also won many awards such as the Star of Science Gourmet Style Cooking award, Sous Chef of The Year Award in the UAE and Park Hyatt Hotel Winner of The Platinum Award.

WAN ROHAIDA

DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES

Wan joins Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast with more than 23 years of combined experience in Human Resources. With years of human resources experience, she has mastered the division including development of hiring strategies, regulatory compliance, retention & development. With her appointment, Wan will oversee all aspects of the human resources department at Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast. Prior to joining the brand, Wan held various senior leadership roles in multiple companies including Ri-Yaz Hotels & Resort, Swiss-Garden Hotel & Residences and her last position was with Best Western Premier Ion Delemen, Genting Highlands as the Director of Human Resources & Training.

SURYA ATMAJA

CHIEF ENGINEER

Surya has garnered more than 14 years of experience as an engineer, with majority of his postings taking place in established hotels & resorts in Asia. Surya will be responsible for maintaining the facilities and amenities in the hotel and to develop an exceptional operational standard for this team.

Surya will also be in-charge of the hotel’s pre-opening construction works and liaise with construction vendors to ensure smooth development of the 365-key hotel. Prior to joining Hard Rock, Surya has worked with various luxury properties such as Four Seasons Bali, Four Seasons Maldives and Sofitel Bali.

Managed directly under the Hard Rock International team, Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast is the latest addition to the Hard Rock portfolio. Located strategically along a beach front as part of the Desaru Coast integrated development, Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast promises a premium, authentic experience for patrons across all ages.

For more information on Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast, please visit

https://www.hardrockhoteldesaru.com/.


Hard Rock International

With venues in 75 countries, including 182 cafes, 24 hotels and 11 casinos, Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world's greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website. HRI owns the global trademark for all Hard Rock brands. The company owns, operates and franchises Cafes in iconic cities including London, New York, San Francisco, Sydney and Dubai. HRI also owns, licenses and/or manages hotel/casino properties worldwide. Destinations include the company’s two most successful Hotel and Casino properties in Tampa and Hollywood, FL., both owned and operated by HRI parent company The Seminole Tribe of Florida, as well as other exciting locations including Bali, Cancun, Ibiza, Las Vegas, and San Diego. Upcoming new Hard Rock Cafe locations include St. Petersburg, Fortaleza, Casablanca and Chengdu. New Hard Rock hotel, casino or hotel-casino projects include Atlanta, Atlantic City, Berlin, Budapest, London, Los Cabos, Maldives, New York City, Ottawa, Dalian and Haikou in China. For more information on Hard Rock International, visit www.hardrock.com.


For more information, please contact:
Grace Chiam, Director of Marketing & Communications
(e): [email protected]


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COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT SIEM REAP RESORT SPEARHEADS EXPANSION IN CAMBODIA AND SOUTHEAST ASIA FOR MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL

Siem Reap, Cambodia – June, 2018 – Marriott International has announced the opening of its first Courtyard by Marriott in Cambodia with the debut of Courtyard by Marriott Siem Reap Resort. This represents Marriott International’s first hotel in Cambodia, with a second hotel to follow when Courtyard Phnom Penh opens in the capital city later this year. Courtyard by Marriott has several other projects in the pipeline across Cambodia, identifying it as an exciting emerging market in the region.

The brand’s flagship in Cambodia features modern Khmer architectural design, an innovative lobby space, locally inspired food and beverages and 233 contemporary guestrooms and suites that combine stylish comfort with functionality, thoughtfully designed for good nights and good days.

“Cambodia is an amazing country, full of exotic destinations, making it perfect for a unique and memorable holiday—one is Siem Reap,” said Ashley Lai, General Manager of Courtyard by Marriott Siem Reap Resort. “We are blessed that our resort is located strategically only 15 minutes away from Angkor Wat, a short ride from the buzzing Pub Street and only 500m away from the largest local fresh market in Siem Reap. It’s a place where one can almost have a taste of the daily lives of locals going about their day, yet close enough to all the major hot spots in town.”

Siem Reap is home to the Angkor Archeological Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1992 and Cambodia’s main tourist attraction. Other attractions include silk farms, artisan workshops showcasing local crafts, fishing villages on Tonle Sap, balloon rides and the Cambodian Cultural Village. Siem Reap also features three world-class golf courses, including the Angkor Golf Resort designed by Nick Faldo.

Courtyard by Marriott was the first brand created with business travellers in mind, and since its debut 35 years ago has been dedicated to creating an environment where great things can happen, enabling guests to succeed. Whether they are on a business trip or energizing vacation, Courtyard by Marriott helps their guests work, exercise, eat well, connect and be at their best. From smartly designed modern guestrooms to flexible communal spaces that work for both private meetings and more social gatherings, what underpins it all is the Courtyard by Marriott teams’ passionate energy in delivering a warm, welcoming environment and the commitment to creating the best stay for their guests.

“Tourism in Cambodia is on an upward trajectory with growing international interest in the country for its incredible historical sites, great beaches, rich culture, and warm, welcoming people,” said Shu Ping Liang, Director of Brand & Marketing, Marriott International, Select Service Brands. “Marriott International is tremendously excited about the future of Courtyard by Marriott in such an important emerging market as Cambodia.”

In addition to China and India, where Courtyard by Marriott continues to see strong growth especially in secondary and tertiary cities, Southeast Asia is a strong focus for the brand, where new markets will be explored. In The Philippines, Courtyard by Marriott IloIlo Hotel recently opened, marking not only the brand debut in that country, but also the first international hotel in Iloilo. Courtyard by Marriott Cebu is also scheduled to open 2021. Courtyard by Marriott also has its sights set on emerging markets like Bangladesh and Myanmar, where Courtyard by Marriott Dhaka and Courtyard by Marriott Yangon are scheduled to open later in 2018 and 2019 respectively, with plans for Courtyard by Marriott hotels to open in Malaysia and Vietnam over the next few years.

About Courtyard by Marriott

Courtyard by Marriott offers a refreshing environment that helps guests stay connected, productive and balanced. Intuitive services and design accommodate guests’ needs for choice and control. With more than 1,100 locations in 50 countries and territories, Courtyard is proud to participate in the industry’s award-winning loyalty program, Marriott Rewards® which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®. Members can now link accounts with Starwood Preferred Guest® at members.marriott.com for instant elite status matching and unlimited points transfer. For more information or reservations, visit courtyard.marriott.com, become a fan on Facebook or follow @CourtyardHotels on Twitter and Instagram.


About Marriott International, Inc.

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of more than 6,500 properties in 30 leading hotel brands spanning 127 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world. The company also operates award-winning loyalty programs: Marriott Rewards®, which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest®. For more information, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com. In addition, connect with us on Facebook and @MarriottIntl on Twitter and Instagram.


















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RENAISSANCE BALI ULUWATU RESORT AND SPA INTRODUCES ROOSTERFISH BEACH CLUB


BALI,  JULI 2018 – Renaissance Bali Uluwatu Resort and Spa announces the opening of the only family friendly and the coolest beach club in Pandawa Beach. Roosterfish Beach Club is situated a 10-minute drive from the resort and accessible for guests by hotel’s shuttle that is available during its opening hours. The name Roosterfish is chosen to showcase how the beach club will fuse the land and sea from its location, fresh ingredients, and ambience. It’s all about playful, quirky and fun experiences.

Roosterfish Beach Club is headed by Chef Danang Wijanarka, with more than 18 years’ experience in food productions industry. With his proven ability in creating menu and dishes from variety of international cuisine, he will bring the fusion with the fresh ingredients from the land and sea along with his team.


The Roosterfish Beach Club serves up chilled cocktails, signature oversized drinks, big buckets of Bali’s coldest beers and refreshing home-made juices. Guests will experience signature beverages, such as:
  • Bloody Scary Mary, pepper infused absolut vodka, lemon juice, tabasco, red chilli sambal, tomato juice, rimmed with Balinese sambal spiced salt;
  • The Popsicle Martini, lime and ginger popsicle served in a stirred Hendricks Gin Martini, and;
  • 5 Spiced Mojito, Myers Rum, freshly squeezed lime juice, fresh mint leaves, dashes of angostura bitters, and 5 spice mojito water.



The beach club also offers a variety of trendy snacks, fresh salads, Balinese favorites and grilled seafood with the outdoor sunken barbeque pit and pizza oven – both wood fired – being signature elements. Guests can opt to try amazing:

  • The Roosterfish Platter, betutu spiced rooster, banana leaf baked baby snapper thick cut chips, and roosterfish sambals. It is where the land joins the sea.
  • Pizzas where guests can choose various toppings from spiced lamb, Italian meatball, chili crab, to prosciutto.
  • Nasi Goreng, signature Indonesian fried rice where guests can choose the indigenous flavor or try the salted fish fried rice with jumbo Rooster satays.

For a more private experience, Roosterfish will be available for reservation that can host gatherings, private parties and weddings.

Roosterfish Beach Club is all about big icy drinks and buckers of beers at the swim up pool bar, wood fired pizza, seafood BBQ’s, beach volleyball or just chilling out so you experience Bali’s most playful and friendly day out!

Daily opening hours:
10.00 AM – 07.00 PM
For more information, please visit: www.roosterfishbeachclub.com
#RoosterfishBeachClub


About Roosterfish Beach Club:

Roosterfish Beach Club is Renaissance Bali Uluwatu Resort and Spa’s exclusive beach club that is located just 10-minute drive from the resort. The beach club is accessible for guests by hotel’s shuttle that is available during its opening hours. It opens daily from 10.00 AM – 07.00 PM. Roosterfish Beach Club is all about big icy drinks and buckets of beers at the swim up pool bar, wood fired pizza, seafood BBQ’s, beach volleyball or just chilling out so guests experience Bali’s most playful and friendly day out. To discover more visit

www.roosterfishbalibeachclub.com.

Renaissance Bali Uluwatu Resort & Spa
Jl. Pantai Balangan I no 1, Ungasan, Bali 80361 Indonesia
T 62.361.2003 588 | M 62.818.797373




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Hotel Okura Tokyo to be Reborn as The Okura Tokyo in September 2019

—508-room luxury hotel will fuse tradition and innovation advanced bookings from April 2019 —


TOKYO, JAPAN, June 25, 2018—Hotel Okura Co., Ltd. announced today the much-anticipated opening of The Okura Tokyo in early September of 2019, replacing the highly reputed but aging Hotel Okura Tokyo. The Okura Tokyo will reprise the former Hotel Okura Tokyo’s famed traditional Japanese beauty as well as its cherished simplicity and elegance to offer a new combination of “traditional luxury” and “contemporary luxury.” A total of 508 luxury rooms will be available in two buildings on the spacious central-Tokyo Okura property, about half of which will be covered with lush gardens and greenery. Advanced reservations for individuals will be accepted from April 2019; reservations for meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions will be possible from September 2018.

The smaller of the two buildings, The Okura Heritage Wing, which will have its own reception, will be a 75-meter, 17-story structure with refreshing views of gardens and greenery on three sides. The Wing will be a top-end luxury hotel with a tasteful, classically Japanese atmosphere. The beloved Yamazato Japanese restaurant will make its awaited return, as will the renowned Chosho-an tea ceremony room, making the Wing the perfect choice for special gatherings in elegant Japanese settings.

The larger Okura Prestige Tower will be a 188-meter, 41-story structure combining premium quality accented with refined Japanese aesthetics. Guest rooms will begin on the 28th floor, affording wonderful vistas of Tokyo from every room. The Tower will offer fine dining options and banquet facilities, including one of the largest ballrooms of any hotel in Tokyo to establish The Okura Tokyo immediately as a premier venue for prestigious international conferences.

“As Leonardo da Vinci said, simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. This is what we are trying to realize with The Okura Tokyo, a hotel designed on the philosophy of simplicity and elegance,” said Toshihiro Ogita, President of Hotel Okura. “It was sad to put our much-adored Hotel Okura Tokyo to rest, but I am fully confident that The Okura Tokyo will be equally loved by our worldwide guests and visitors. The Okura Tokyo will proudly offer the incomparable Japanese-style hospitality and other attributes that distinguished our original hotel, which we will combine with the highest standards of contemporary luxury to ensure that guests enjoy memorable, supremely comfortable stays.”

The Okura Museum of Art will also make its second coming on the property. Originally established in 1917 as Japan’s first privately operated art museum, it will once again attract art lovers from the world over with a celebrated collection that includes some 2,500 works of art, among which are three National Treasures, 13 Important Cultural Properties and 44 Important Art Objects designated by the Japanese government. The traditionally themed museum building will be one of the design elements comprising the property’s impressive new entrance, The Okura Square, which will also feature a large waterscape that reflects the changing seasons and times of day.

The original Hotel Okura Tokyo opened its doors in 1962 as a first-class hotel that was quickly prized worldwide for its traditional Japanese beauty combined with the very best accommodations, cuisine and service. Legacy decorations from the original hotel will grace the new lobby of The Okura Prestige Tower, including distinctive hexagonal Okura Lantern ceiling lights, lacquered tables and chairs arranged like plum flowers, the world map and clock displaying global time zones, and quietly elegant standing paper lamps.

A number of other decorations will be faithfully reproduced for the new lobby. These will include the Four Petal Flowers wall tapestry, a Nishijin-weave silk brocade originally designed by Japanese “human national treasure” Kenkichi Tomimoto, and shoji paper windows with the Asanoha-mon leaf-pattern lattice work. In addition, the lobbies of The Okura Heritage Wing and The Okura Prestige Tower, The Okura Square, The Okura Salon, and selected restaurants and bars have been designed by Yoshio Taniguchi, celebrated architect of the redesigned Museum of
Modern Art in New York and son of Yoshiro Taniguchi, designer of the Hotel Okura Tokyo’s famous lobby, a further nod to the Okura legacy.

“The original lobby designed by my father was extremely popular,” said Yoshio Taniguchi, “so I felt a special responsibility to create distinctive Japanese designs that would similarly inspire guests for years to come.” The company also unveiled today The Okura Heritage Brand, a new brand that emphasizes traditional Japanese dignity and elegance, to complement its existing The Okura Prestige Brand. The Okura Tokyo will be the Okura family’s first “Two Brand, One Operation” hotel, a concept that the company will expand going forward. Further details are provided together with a rendering of The Okura Tokyo in a concept movie unveiled today.

Concept movie: https://youtu.be/bggcq6aIaoI

For more information, please visit www. hotelokura.co.jp/tokyo/en/toward2019/

About Hotel Okura Co., Ltd.
Hotel Okura Co., Ltd., founded in 1958, opened its flagship Hotel Okura Tokyo in 1962. Hotel Okura has extensive expertise in the hospitality world, including asset ownership and hotel development, as well as hotel management, restaurant business and chain operations through its subsidiaries and other group companies. The brand unites member hotels under its “Best Accommodation, Cuisine and Service” philosophy to ensure that all guests enjoy Okura’s signature hospitality, which combines Japanese attention to detail and Western functionality. The subsidiary Okura Nikko Hotel Management Co., Ltd. operates 73 properties (48 in Japan and 25 overseas) encompassing some 22,650 guest rooms (as of June 1, 2018) under three hotel groups: Okura Hotels & Resorts, Nikko Hotels International and Hotel JAL City.


The Okura Tokyo Facilities

1. The Okura Garden
Covering approximately half (13,000 square meters) of The Okura Tokyo’s property, the Okura Garden will be an expansive “urban oasis” that captures the beauty of each season and incorporates the Japanese-garden karesansui tradition of using rocks and raked sand to express water themes.

2. Lobbies
The Okura Heritage Wing’s lobby will welcome guests with the quiet warmth of tasteful Japanese designs and a beloved wall mural inherited from the former Hotel Okura Tokyo. The spacious lobby will be accentuated with additional iconic Okura decorations, including the hanging Nishikibari silk brocade and hexagonal bracket lights.

The Okura Prestige Tower’s lobby will be a reprise of the former Hotel Okura Tokyo lobby, proudly carrying on the Okura’s tradition of beautiful Japanese aesthetics. Decorations will include signature legacy pieces such as the Okura Lantern ceiling lights, lacquered tables and chairs arranged like plum flowers, and the world map and clock.

3. Guest Rooms
The spacious guest rooms in The Okura Heritage Wing will offer a generous floor area of 60m2with broad 8m widths. All rooms will feature the distinctive flavor of Japanese interior design and come equipped with mist saunas, spa bath for enhanced relaxation. The Okura Prestige Tower will offer standard-size guest rooms measuring some 50m2 and afford vistas of the Tokyo metropolis from expansive windows.

Various choices of suite rooms will be available in both buildings. The top two (39th and 40th) guest floors of The Okura Prestige Tower will be an unprecedented duplex suite comprising a 720-square meter room withthree bedrooms—Japan’s largest hotel suite. With its two-story-ceiling living room and event-ready theater, the luxurious suite will also be an exceptional venue for one-of-a-kind meetings. Additionally, the bathroom of the master bedroom will feature a Ne-Yu, bed bath and
Utase-Yu, waterfall bath for supreme relaxation.

TAISEI DESIGN Planners Architects & Engineers G.A. DESIGN INTERNATIONAL LIMITED COPYRIGHT 2018 TANIGUCHI and ASSOCIATES

4. Restaurants
Dining choices in The Okura Heritage Wing will include Yamazato, where guests will enjoy Japanese cuisine ranging from breakfast to kaiseki multicourse meals with views across a lovely Japanese garden, the Chosho-an tea ceremony room, and Fine Dining, which will serve culinary creations based on French cuisine accented with Japanese seasonal delicacies. On the top floor of The Okura Prestige Tower, guests will take in fabulous views of the city while dining at historic Sazanka, the Japanese hotel trade’s original teppanyaki restaurant. Additionally, an all-day dining restaurant, Orchid, will serve a mix of cuisine with relaxing indoor and outdoor seating, and Toh-Ka-Lin will feature delicious Chinese cuisine.

5. Bars
The Okura Prestige Tower’s fifth-floor Orchid Bar will be a sophisticated, contemporary reinterpretation of the original Orchid Bar’s tradition and prestige. On the top floor, Starlight guests will enjoy magnificent views of the Tokyo nightscape from three vantage points—The Bar,
The Lounge, and The Chef’s Kitchen. Baron’s Bar on the fifth floor of The Okura Heritage
Wing will provide patrons with a secluded hideaway.

6. Banquet & Meeting Rooms
The Okura Prestige Tower will boast no fewer than 20 function rooms spanning a wide range of capacities. The Heian Room will accommodate up to 2,500 persons, making this one of Tokyo’s largest ballrooms. Motifs from the Collection of Ancient and Modern Japanese Poems, a national treasure, will decorate the walls. The room will also boast a first-class audio and visual system.

7. Wedding Facilities
The Okura Prestige Tower’s wedding facilities will include the top-floor Sky Chapel for stunning views of Tokyo, the classically elegant Grand Chapel, and a hall for traditional Japanese Shinto weddings.

8. Additional Facilities
The Okura Prestige Tower will offer access to The Okura Fitness & Spa for exercise and relaxation against the backdrop of panoramic views of Tokyo on the 26th and 27th floors.
Architecture and Interior Design The Okura Tokyo’s architectural design team comprises six organizations led by TAISEI CORPORATION’s Design Division. The traditional Japanese beauty of the former Hotel Okura Tokyo has been recreated by Yoshio Taniguchi, son of Yoshiro Taniguchi, designer of the original Okura main lobby. Noted architect Yoshio Taniguchi has designed the lobbies of both buildings as well as The Okura Square.
  • Architectural planning by Toranomon 2-10 Plan Joint Engineering Design Collective (TAISEI DESIGN Planners Architects & Engineers, Taniguchi and Associates, KANKO KIKAKU SEKKEISHA ,NIHON SEKKEI, INC., P.T. Morimura & Associates, Ltd., and NTT FACILITIES INC.)
  • Construction supervision and management by Mitsubishi Jisho Sekkei Inc.
  • Construction by TAISEI CORPORATION

Architect Yoshio Taniguchi (Taniguchi and Associates)
Born in Tokyo in 1937. After finishing his studies at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, Mr. Taniguchi gained valuable experience in the office of architect Kenzo Tange. He is especially known for designing Tokyo Sea Life Park, The Gallery of Horyuji Treasures at Tokyo National Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Heisei Chishinkan Wing at Kyoto National Museum, and GINZA SIX.

Other Business Initiatives of Hotel Okura Co., Ltd.

Hotel Okura Co., Ltd. is expanding its global portfolio with a special focus on Asia. Hotel Okura plans to open the following 11 hotels among three hotel groups in the coming future:
Okura Hotels & Resorts
  • Opening in 2018 – Hotel Okura Manila*
  • Opening in 2019 – Okura Spa & Resort Cappadocia
  • Opening in 2020 – The Okura Prestige Saigon, The Okura Prestige Yangon, The Okura Prestige Phnom Penh, and Hotel Okura Manila*
  • Opening in 2021 – The Okura Prestige Taichung * Hotel Okura Manila opening in 2018 and Hotel Okura Manila opening in 2020 will be separate hotels.

Nikko Hotels International
  • Opening in 2018 – Hotel Nikko Bangkok
  • Opening in 2020 – Hotel Nikko Hai Phong

Hotel JAL City
  • Opening in 2019 – Hotel JAL City Nagoya Nishiki, and Hotel JAL City Sapporo Nakajima Park
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WYNDHAM GRAND YANGON ROYAL LAKE HOTEL

Yangon - Myanmar’s largest city - is changing rapidly, and attracting more and more tourists and business travellers each year. The new Wyndham Grand Yangon Royal Lake Hotel will help meet that increasing demand, offering a tranquil escape in the bustling city. Located on the banks of Yangon’s famous Grand Kandawgyi Lake, the new Wyndham property is an urban sanctuary that immerses guests in the city’s rich history, culture and landscape.

The design was heavily influenced by the sense of wonder visitors experience when they first discover Yangon and the mountainous landscape of Myanmar. For example, guests arriving through the fourth floor lobby are treated to views of the lake and the shimmering Shwedagon Pagoda in the distance. The city’s characteristic brick red colour and


Burmese vessels are seen in design touches throughout the hotel. A natural tone-on-tone palette blended with atmospheric dim lighting in parts of the hotel creates a calm, resort-like feel, and local materials have been sourced wherever possible.

Creating a sense of discovery

The hotel’s outdoor spaces – and lake views – enhance the property’s peaceful feel and reinforce the connection to nature and local context. HASSELL deliberately created a sheltered walkway between the lobby and the dining area so guests can experience the outdoors before sitting down for a meal. Clever use of planting creates ‘hidden’ areas, adding to the sense of discovery.

The interior design incorporates numerous structural steel beams – a striking element that’s now a memorable part of the space. And in the lobby, the reception table gives the impression of floating in the space.

As part of the mixed-use Kantharyar Centre, the hotel has also been thoughtfully integrated with a residential building, serviced apartments, office tower and retail centre.

The 270-room, 36,000 sqm hotel – which includes amenities such as a swimming pool, spa, gym and international food and beverage offering – is set to open in the second half of 2018.

HASSELL

HASSELL is a leading international design practice with studios in Australia, China, South East Asia, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. We judge the success of the buildings and places we design by the way people use and enjoy them - the clients who commission them, the people who inhabit them. Good design is about helping clients meet their needs and objectives.

It is also about the way people feel when they experience it, a sense of meaning, connection and belonging. www.hassellstudio.com

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Malaysia’s First DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Opens in Penang

Family-friendly seafront resort features inter-connecting rooms, a kid’s club, dining options and event space, plus access to Malaysia’s first teddy bear-themed museum, TeddyVille

PENANG, Malaysia – (May 15, 2018) – DoubleTree by Hilton, one of Hilton’s (NYSE: HLT) 14 market-leading brands, has celebrated the opening of its first resort-style property in Malaysia: DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang.


Located in the vibrant beach area on Penang’s north coast, overlooking the Indian Ocean, DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang is a family-friendly resort with exceptional facilities for all ages - including access to Malaysia’s first teddy bear-themed museum, TeddyVille.



This upscale resort is just 45 minutes’ drive from Penang International Airport and 20 minutes from Georgetown, the island’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed capital, which is accessible via a complimentary shuttle bus service from the hotel.



“Blessed with a rich history, diverse culture and tropical scenery, Penang is a truly enchanting destination. As the first DoubleTree resort in Malaysia, we are delighted to bring the brand’s warmth and genuine hospitality to the country, as epitomized by the welcome cookie we offer to all our guests,” commented Jamie Mead, Regional General Manager, Hilton Malaysia.

Linda Giebing, DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang’s General Manager, added; “We have experienced strong demand since the hotel started operating in January, with high occupancy and interest from the events sector. I am confident that all guests will be captivated by our comprehensive range of facilities and renowned standards of hospitality.”

Overlooking Miami Beach and the turquoise seas beyond, DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang features a distinctive design concept that blends contemporary style with classical Peranakan motifs.

There are 316 rooms and suites; all equipped with walk-in rain showers, 40-inch LED TVs and Wi-Fi. Many rooms also feature a private balcony with sea views. Families can opt for two inter-connected rooms, which are linked by a hallway door to create a private sanctuary, complete with double and twin bedrooms and separate bathrooms.

Families also have an array of dining options to choose from, including special children’s buffets at Makan Kitchen, the resort’s lively all-day dining restaurant. Alternatively, guests can pick up light snacks - including DoubleTree’s signature chocolate chip cookies - at The Food Store, or enjoy refreshing drinks at the Axis Lounge.

Children will be kept entertained at the kid’s club, which features a wealth of immersive activities for youngsters, and a baby-sitting service is available. This will allow parents to enjoy their own quality time, perhaps with a revitalizing treatment at the spa, a workout at the fitness center, or simply by relaxing around the tropical outdoor pool, which features its own beach.

All ages can then come together at TeddyVille - a unique attraction that celebrates the origins of the humble teddy bear. With its large, cuddly collection, this delightful museum will captivate children and adults alike. Guests at the resort will enjoy 20% off the entrance fee.

Finally, the resort features state-of-the-art conference space, including three flexible meeting rooms for events of between 12 and 120 delegates, an outdoor terrace and a spacious ballroom capable of handling 550 guests. This makes it the perfect setting for every occasion, from corporate conferences to social soirées and spectacular seafront weddings.

DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang becomes the first DoubleTree Resort in Malaysia, and joins three other DoubleTree hotel properties in the country: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Kuala Lumpur, DoubleTree by Hilton Melaka and DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Johor Bahru. It also becomes the 50th DoubleTree by Hilton property in the Asia Pacific region.

The new resort is also part of Hilton Honors, an award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton’s 14 distinct brands. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including free standard Wi-Fi, a flexible cash/points payment slider, an exclusive member discount and point’s redemption for free nights.

For more information or to make a reservation at DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang, travelers may visit DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang or call +60-4-892 8000. For more news on DoubleTree by Hilton openings, visit news.doubletree.com.

About DoubleTree by Hilton

DoubleTree by Hilton is a fast-growing, global portfolio of more than 510 upscale hotels with more than 121,000 rooms across six continents. DoubleTree by Hilton prides itself on paying attention to the little details that have a big impact, from welcoming guests with its signature, warm DoubleTree Cookie to serving the communities around them. DoubleTree by Hilton hotels offer contemporary accommodations and full-service facilities, including restaurants and lounges, room service, health clubs, business centers and meeting and banquet space. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits. To make reservations, travelers may visit doubletree.com. Connect with DoubleTree by Hilton on facebook.com/doubletree, twitter.com/doubletree and instagram.com/doubletree. Learn about the latest brand news at news.doubletree.com.

About Hilton

Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising more than 5,100 properties with nearly 838,000 rooms in 103 countries and territories. Hilton is dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company by delivering exceptional experiences – every hotel, every guest, every time. The company's portfolio includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton Honors. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose exactly how many Points to combine with money, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else and free standard Wi-Fi. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.

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COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT SIEM REAP INTRODUCES GENERAL MANAGER ASHLEY LAI


Miem Reap, Cambodia – Marriott International has announced the appointment of Ashley Lai as General Manager of Courtyard by Marriott Siem Reap, its first Courtyard by Marriott in Cambodia. This represents Marriott International’s first Courtyard Resort in Cambodia, with a second hotel to follow when Courtyard Phnom Penh opens in the capital city later this year.

The brand’s flagship in Cambodia features modern Khmer architectural design, an innovative lobby space and contemporary room design, enabling guests to pursue both their personal and professional interests whilst visiting the seat of the ancient Khmer kingdom.

Ashley Lai has worked with Marriott International for 14 years, initially at the JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur.

In 2013 she transferred to the JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa and as Resident Manager she successfully increased the Brand Standard Audit scores, doubled upsell revenue and improved hotel rankings.

During her tenure, the hotel achieved many accolades and awards, including TripAdvisor’s 2015 Traveler’s Choice #1 Hotel for Families in Thailand and 2015 Top 25 resorts in Asia by Conde Nast Traveler US Reader’s Choice Awards.

The appointment as General Manager of Courtyard by Marriott Siem Reap is an exciting new chapter for Ashley as she brings her energy and passion to Cambodia for the first time.



“We are the only internationally branded mid-ranged resort in Siem Reap,” said Ashley Lai, General Manager of Courtyard by Marriott Siem Reap. “At the same time, the services we provide are second to none. The resort has a beautiful full-service spa and a gorgeous roof top bar that is one of a kind in this town. No one can beat the city views we have with Angkor Wat in the horizon and stunning sunsets to the west.”

Ashley has identified a target customer base of local, regional, and international business and leisure tourists, as well as organized group travelers, with key markets including China, Hong Kong, Singapore, U.S.A, Japan, and Korea.

Courtyard continues to expand into Cambodia with the Courtyard by Marriott Phnom Pehn to open in the bustling capital later this year.

For more information or to make a reservation, please call +855 63 968 888 email: [email protected], or visit www.courtyardsiemreap.com

About Courtyard by Marriott 

Courtyard by Marriott offers a refreshing environment that helps guests stay connected, productive and balanced. Intuitive services and design accommodate guests’ needs for choice and control. With more than 1,100 locations in 50 countries and territories, Courtyard is proud to participate in the industry’s award-winning loyalty program, Marriott Rewards® which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®. Members can now link accounts with Starwood Preferred Guest® at members.marriott.com for instant elite status matching and unlimited points transfer. For more information or reservations, visit courtyard.marriott.com, become a fan on Facebook or follow @CourtyardHotels on Twitter and Instagram. 

About Marriott International, Inc.

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of more than 6,500 properties in 30 leading hotel brands spanning 127 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world. The company also operates award-winning loyalty programs: Marriott Rewards®, which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest®. For more information, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com. In addition, connect with us on Facebook and @MarriottIntl on Twitter and Instagram.



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