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Where to Stay: New hotels in China, Thailand, Hawaii and Florida

The new hotel marks Hyatt’s debut in Xiamen Hyatt Regency Xiamen Wuyuanwan Location: Part of an upscale complex in the centre of the city, in southeast China’s Fujian province Grade: Upper-upscale Keys: 301 Facilities: International and Chinese restaurants, noodle bar, lounge, outdoor swimming pool, 24-hour gym Meeting space: 2,500m² of space including a ballroom, eight function rooms and wedding facilities They say: “Hyatt Regency Xiamen Wuyuanwan will become an exciting destination in the city and will make great contributions to the island’s growing financial services and tourism industry” We say: Fast-growing Asian market should be ideal for the Hyatt...

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CMV cruising from the City of Culture – Hull, in 2017

Cruise and Maritime Voyages is offering the chance to sail directly from the UK City of Culture 2017 on an adventure cruise to explore the Arctic. Hull is the City of Culture for 2017 Works by the great masters Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo have been loaned to Hull by the British Museum, the Royal Shakespeare Company will be taking up residence and Opera North is turning the Humber Bridge into a giant musical instrument. Soak up the culture and then sail away on an arctic adventure. Marco Polo sails from Hull to Iceland & the Northern Isles for...

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bmi regional signs partnership with Virgin Trains

bmi regional is partnering with Virgin Trains to add a train travel booking facility to its website, making it easier for customers to travel beyond Birmingham International. The news comes as the carrier reveals plans to establish a new base at Birmingham with services to Graz, Gothenburg and Nuremberg. Located directly at Birmingham Airport and the NEC, the deal will connect the airline’s new routes with Virgin Train’s extensive high-speed train network to the wider UK. As of today, bmi regional customers will be able to find great value fares on Virgin Trains routes, through the flybmi.com website. Jochen...

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Where to Stay: New hotels in Laos, Australia, the US and more

The Grand Luang Prabang Banyan Tree’s The Grand Luang Prabang Location: On the banks of the Mekong River in the UNESCO-listed town of Luang Prabang, northern Laos Grade: Luxury Keys: 75 Facilities: Restaurant and bar, swimming pool, museum Meeting space: Unspecified They say: “Savour the hotel’s old-world charm with wooden shutters, large windows and Laotian textiles” We say: Colonial-style riverside hotel has bundles of charm and character and will benefit from Banyan Tree’s management, but location is slightly removed from main peninsula attractions Opening: Already open Homewood Suites by Hilton Orlando Theme Parks Homewood Suites by Hilton Orlando Theme...

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AccorHotels to acquire Travel Keys

AccorHotels announces today it has begun exclusive negotiations for the acquisition of 100% of Travel Keys, one of the leading players in the private vacation rental market. Founded in 1991, Travel Keys is an elite travel broker representing a luxury collection of over 5,000 highly curated villas across more than 100 destinations across the Caribbean, Mexico, Hawaii & the United States, Europe, Asia and Africa. A pioneer in the industry, the Atlanta-based company focuses on guest satisfaction, offering professional vacation planning and 24/7 concierge services. The combination of Travel Keys with onefinestay and Squarebreak will provide AccorHotels with a...

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