News and Press
GHS provides a comprehensive range of PR strategies, designed to grow a partner’s global and local press campaigns and media relationships.
Key features of this GHS segment are:
• Creation and management of regional/global PR campaigns
• Regular engagement with travel media, lifestyle and property media, travel trade, and other media partners
• Development and dissemination of key media messages
• Identification and securing of interviews and/or feature opportunities
• Management of invitations to sales or press events
• Stimulation of networking and wider press opportunities
• Liaising with participating hotels’ in-house teams
You can also access the latest GHS news and press releases online.
Emaar Hospitality Group partners with GHS to strengthen its global network further and to shape the future of lifestyle travel
Aria Hotel Budapest by Library Hotel Collection Named #1 Hotel in the World in 2017 Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards
Pestana Rio Barra Beach & Spa, newest member of the GHS portfolio, opens in Rio de Janeiro this July
Emaar Hospitality Group partners with GHS to strengthen its global network further and to shape the future of lifestyle travel
Emaar Hospitality Group partners with GHS to strengthen its global network further and to shape the future of lifestyle travel
Dubai, UAE; August 1, 2017: Emaar Hospitality Group, wholly-owned subsidiary of Emaar Properties, the Dubai-based global property developer and key innovative leader in the property industry, has partnered with Global Hospitality Services (GHS) to access its global network to expand its brand reach and customer base in key segments of the market.
Global Hospitality Services will showcase Emaar Hospitality Group to leisure and corporate segments in key strategic markets underlining its service standards and innovative lifestyle experiences.
Emaar Hospitality Group has been at the forefront of innovative and modern lifestyle travel, highlighted by its three hotel brands - the premium luxury hotel and serviced residences brand, Address Hotels + Resorts; the upscale lifestyle hotel and serviced residences brand, Vida Hotels and Resorts; and the new contemporary lifestyle hotel and serviced residences brand, Rove Hotels.
The diverse portfolio is innovative and futuristic as it meets the assorted desires of the modern business and lifestyle traveller. Emaar Hospitality Group is truly shaping the hospitality industry and GHS is proud to be partnering with Emaar Hospitality Group to further strengthen its global brand reach.
Linda Bekoe, VP of Global Sales at GHS supported this as she commented: “At GHS, we enable the power of collaboration and collective capability to open doors and give a global voice to our hoteliers. We are proud to work alongside Emaar Hospitality Group in assisting its brands to further penetrate the market on a global level. The group holds the user experience at its heart, qualifying it to provide the customer with an experience that is second to none. We look forward to leveraging our relationships to provide an extended global platform Emaar Hospitality Group deserves.”
The partnership will cover the majority of key global markets such as the Americas, United Kingdom, Europe, India and China.
Olivier Harnisch, Chief Executive Officer of Emaar Hospitality Group, said: “Since our inception in 2007, we have focused on redefining the hospitality experience and setting new industry benchmarks. Today with a growing portfolio of hotel projects in the UAE and international markets, Emaar Hospitality Group’s assets enjoy strong brand awareness and appeal among visitors to Dubai. Through our partnership with GHS, we aim to further build our brand value in key global markets, which will support us in our strategy of expanding our geographic footprint, and strengthening our brand appeal to visitors from our key source markets.”
Address Hotel + Resorts, the flagship hotel brand of Emaar Hospitality Group, has brought a fresh identity to the global hospitality and service sector by setting new benchmarks with its gracious hospitality and exceptional service standards. Positioning its messaging as ‘Where life happens’, Address Hotels + Resorts offers a more personal and engaging experience to guests in a premium lifestyle environment, enriching the lives of its guests with luxury, style and elegance.
Vida Hotels and Resorts is a refreshingly different upscale lifestyle hotel and residences brand for the new generation of business executives, entrepreneurs and leisure travellers. Vida, meaning ‘life’ in Spanish, embraces warmth, simplicity and creativity in design-led spaces. Positioned as a lively
and vibrant hub where inspiring minds can create, connect and come alive, Vida Hotels and Resorts are a stimulating environment where style meets convenience and interactivity.
Designed for the new generation traveller who recognises value, stays connected through technology and gravitates towards culturally-inspired surroundings, Rove Hotels defines a new niche in Dubai’s vibrant hospitality sector. Rove Hotels are reliable, modern, fuss-free and super-efficient for the young and young at heart who lead fast-paced urban lives. Efficiency and technology are the watchwords at Rove Hotels which will resonate to the mindset of the highly mobile socially connected global nomads, who explore without borders.
GHS looks forward to placing the visionary and innovative lifestyle hotel brands of Emaar Hospitality Group on the global market, as it shapes the future of lifestyle travel for all.
Notes to Editors
About Emaar Hospitality Group
Emaar Hospitality Group LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Emaar Properties PJSC, the Dubai-based global property developer, and manages Emaar’s hospitality and leisure projects globally.
Defining its competency in managing mixed-use property developments, Emaar Hospitality Group owns and manages a diversified portfolio of assets including hotels, serviced residences, golf clubs, polo club, marina and lifestyle dining restaurants.
Emaar Hospitality Group has defined its credentials in the hotel industry with the launch of three brands, each with a distinct niche – Address Hotels + Resorts, Vida Hotels and Resorts and Rove Hotels.
Address Hotels + Resorts has brought a fresh identity to the global hospitality and service sector by setting new benchmarks with its gracious hospitality and exceptional service standards. Address offers a more personal and engaging experience to guests in a premium lifestyle environment, enriching the lives of its guests with luxury, style and elegance. Address Hotels + Resorts is set to operate hotels and serviced residences in Egypt, Turkey, Bahrain and other key markets in the region as well as in Dubai.
An upscale lifestyle hotel and residences brand, Vida Hotels and Resorts is for the new generation of business executives, entrepreneurs and leisure travellers. Positioned as a lively and vibrant hub where inspiring minds can create, connect and come alive, Vida hotels are a stimulating environment where style meets convenience and interactivity. Vida Hotels and Resorts has two properties in Dubai and is set to operate hotels and serviced residences in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and other key markets in the region as well as in Dubai.
Rove Hotels is a contemporary midscale hotel and residences brand developed by Emaar Hospitality Group for a joint venture of Emaar Properties and Meraas Holding. Designed for the new generation traveller and highly mobile socially connected global nomads who recognise value, stays connected through technology and gravitate towards culturally-inspired surroundings, Rove Hotels are reliable, modern, fuss-free and super-efficient. Rove Hotels has three properties in well-connected locations across Dubai and is set to operate further properties in the city.
The leisure assets of Emaar Hospitality Group include Arabian Ranches Golf Club, Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club and Dubai Marina Yacht Club.
For more information on Emaar Hospitality Group, please contact:
Kelly Home | Nivine William
+9714 4507 600
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About Global Hospitality Services
Global Hospitality Services is a professional hotel sales and marketing company, launched by hotel sales experts to fulfil the growing need for personalised, innovative hotel sales support in the competitive global marketplace. GHS helps partner hotels to enhance their brand through extensive sales and marketing activities and currently represents over 280 independent hotels worldwide. GHS specialises in corporate sales, together with meetings, incentives, conferences and events, operating in all major cities and active in all markets and key industry events. For more information visit www.g-h-s.com, call 020 7222 0850 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For press enquires:
Nadia Abdulla, email@example.com
GTMC announces Global Hospitality Services as preferred industry partner
The GTMC has announced that sales and marketing specialist Global Hospitality Services (GHS) is the latest organisation to join as a preferred industry partner.
The new partnership with the leading international hotel representation company of over 280 independent hotels and hotel groups will enable GTMC members to tap into the GHS sector expertise and ever-expanding portfolio of quality hotels around the globe.
GHS offers unrivalled sales and marketing services including global account development, expert analysis and identification of each individual hotel’s particular business needs, familiarisation trips and support and representation at industry events and trade shows. The 30-strong team of global sales experts operate in offices across Europe, Asia and the Americas, enabling both independent hotels and hotel groups to gain international exposure and incremental revenue.
GHS Partner Hotels have the unique opportunity to maximise sales through innovative technology specifically designed by hotel experts for the hospitality industry.
Through the GTMC partnership with GHS, members and industry partners will have access to the latest technology and innovation.
Paul Wait, Chief Executive of the GTMC, says: “As we continue to focus our efforts on the benefits of investing in international travel and international growth for UK businesses, we’re delighted to be working with Global Hospitality Services who have an enviable worldwide presence and a proven track record in delivering a personalised approach to sales and marketing.”
The new relationship will enable GHS Hotel Partners to enjoy exclusive access to the GTMC’s diverse range of travel management company members: from independent specialists to some of the world’s largest multiples. GHS Hotel Partners will also enjoy synergies with fellow industry partners across all business travel sectors; from transport to IT solutions.
Linda Bekoe, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Global Hospitality Services, said: “With five decades of business travel expertise and an unrivalled network of industry members, we look forward to developing our new partnership with GTMC. We are confident that our combination of local presence combined with global reach will enable GHS Hotel Partners to strengthen relationships with TMCs, helping them to deliver best in class services and value to corporate travellers acrsoss the globe.”
Representing a diverse range of travel management companies – from global companies to small independent specialists and top regional agencies – GTMC, originally founded in 1967, is the voice of business travel and acts to lobby those who have an impact on the business travel community, together with promoting the activities of its members as the best in quality and value to the business traveller.
GTMC will host its annual domestic conference on Friday 3 November 2017 at the Grange St Paul’s Hotel in London, part of the GHS portfolio of properties.
The GTMC is the UK's leading professional body for travel management companies. The diverse membership accounts for over 80% of UK expenditure on managed business travel, delivering value for money and great service to business travellers in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.
About Global Hospitality Services
Global Hospitality Services is a professional hotel sales and marketing company, launched by hotel sales experts to fulfil the growing need for personalised, innovative hotel sales support in the competitive global marketplace. GHS helps partner hotels to enhance their brand through extensive sales and marketing activities and currently represents over 280 independent hotels worldwide. GHS specialises in corporate sales, together with meetings, incentives, conferences and events, operating in all major cities and active in all markets and key industry events.
Grandhotel Hessischer Hof - The Latest Addition To The GHS Portfolio
Historical ambiance and modern technology: exclusive meetings and events at the Grandhotel Hessischer Hof
Frankfurt am Main. Regardless of whether a lavish celebration or a discrete business meeting is planned: The Grandhotel Hessischer Hof, which is centrally located in the city centre of Frankfurt am Main, is the city’s number one address for conventions, meetings and events in the metropolis on the River Main.
Thanks to ten event facilities with a highly individual design and capacity for up to 300 people, the five-star superior hotel offers suitable venues for large conventions and events as well as private celebrations. The Grandhotel Hessischer Hof is also a highly suitable location for business meetings involving smaller groups, providing an effective setting for each event. A competent banquet team provides advice with regard to planning and implementation of the event, thus guaranteeing the best quality standards. The palette ranges from flat rates for conferences involving concentrated work in a conference room to exclusive packages including culinary options for lunch and coffee breaks. Chef de cuisine Roland Fuessel and his team pamper guests with a highly varied range of gastronomic delights that can be selected individually.
The boardroom with a roof terrace and a view of the city is a perfect setting for very special events. The Landgrave Room offers capacity for a maximum of 30 guests while the large ballroom can be enlarged on request to ensure there is space for up to 300 people. The Mirror Room for up to 15 people is especially suitable for smaller receptions and events. All of the facilities have air conditioning as well as natural light and full black-out equipment. The tasteful furnishings including original pieces of art of historical importance from the House of Hesse; high-speed internet as well as conference technology equipment round off the exclusive amenities.
About the Grandhotel Hessischer Hof
The Grandhotel Hessischer Hof is a five-star superior hotel; it is located right across from the trade fair complex of Messe Frankfurt and the multi-purpose hall Festhalle, only a few minutes’ walk from Frankfurt’s city centre. The princely Grandhotel offers 121 exclusively furnished rooms and suites equipped with state-of-the-art technology as well as ten stylish event facilities. Today the Grandhotel Hessischer Hof as well as the historic Schlosshotel Kronberg and many other properties belong to the Hessische Hausstiftung. The Hessische Hausstiftung is a family foundation. It has devoted itself to the task of preserving the cultural assets of the Hessian dynasty of princes that have been collected in the course of eight centuries in the public interest.
Axor Barajas Madrid Added to the GHS Portfolio
Leading international sales and marketing representation company Global Hospitality Services is delighted to announce the latest addition to its portfolio of independent hotels - the AXOR Barajas Plus Hotel in Madrid, Spain.
While continuing to increase our presence in the European hotel marketplace, we are confident this trendy addition to our offerings in Spain will further strengthen our position as a leader in providing quality and affordable accommodation to the business and leisure traveler alike.
Conveniently located just 10 minutes away from Madrid Barajas airport and boasting a contemporary exterior and interior design with a great attention to detail, the AXOR Barajas Plus Hotel offers 217 comfortable land spacious rooms, divided into four different categories and all equipped with lasts technology and in-room amenities. The property also offers special rooms for disabled people, travelling with pets, day-use, smoking and non-smoking rooms and various other options all intended to serve one purpose – the complete conform of its guests. And to enhance that comfort even the hotel offers various common spaces all available to access free of charge – newsroom, business lounge, WiiZone, ciberpoint and the chillout space are all created to feel like home and take the stress away from a busy working day or a long flight.
With a total meeting spaces for up to 220 delegates the AXOR Barajas Plus is the perfect venue for corporate event of all types. Four meeting rooms all with natural light, high ceilings and vehicle and disabled access offer various combinations to suit any budget and need, while the close proximity to the IFEMA Exhibition Center makes the property a preferred location for post event negotiations and parties.
The GHS team of industry experts are delighted to have the opportunity to enhance the Axor Barajas hotel’s global reach through our international sales presence in all major markets around the world. As part of the GHS family, the property will benefit from a range of exclusive Hotel Partner benefits and bespoke services and systems, specifically designed to create awareness and drive demand to the hotel’s own brand and to boost revenue.
GHS looks forward to a strong and profitable partnership with the Axor Barajas Plus Hotel and are excited to have the opportunity present the unique concept of the property to our network of corporate, leisure and MICE partners.
Aria Hotel Budapest by Library Hotel Collection Named #1 Hotel in the World in 2017 Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards
Library Hotel Collection’s newest property receives TripAdvisor’s highest honor; music inspired design, exquisite rooftop views, and kind service consistently cited in reviews from travelers
New York – January 24, 2017 –Aria Hotel Budapest, which opened less than two years ago as the latest offering from the New York based Library Hotel Collection, has swept the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards winning the prestigious award of #1 Hotel in the World. The music inspired hotel, located beside St. Stephen’s Basilica in the historic city center of Budapest, is the vision of veteran New York hotelier Henry Kallan, President and owner of the Library Hotel Collection, who created a unique property that is a reflection of a city with musical traditions that span centuries.
According to Kallan, personalized guest service is also a big part of the win. “We are both honored and humbled that our Aria Hotel Budapest has been recognized by TripAdvisor as #1 in the World in the Travelers’ Choice Awards. We made the decision many years ago to use TripAdvisor as a tool to connect with our guests in a very real way, and to guide us as we focused our efforts on 100% guest satisfaction. The TripAdvisor reviews of the Aria Hotel Budapest are direct proof that we invested our time, energy and resources wisely and we are especially proud of this award because it reflects what our actual guests are experiencing when they stay with us.”
In addition, to being named #1 Hotel in the World, the hotel also ranked as the #1 Luxury Hotel in Europe and Hungary, the #3 Luxury Hotel in the World, and the #1 Hotel For Romance and Best Service in Hungary. Winners are chosen from reviews written by millions of visitors to the TripAdvisor site, who contribute in an uncensored, open forum manner.
According to Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor, “TripAdvisor relies on the experiences and opinions of our travel community to determine the winners of the Travelers’ Choice Awards for hotels. Travelers planning 2017 trips can find inspiration for some of the best places to book around the world from this diverse group of outstanding accommodations.”
Aria Hotel Budapest by Library Hotel Collection is a luxury hotel and architectural masterpiece designed by Zoltan Varro featuring four distinctly designed wings of musically inspired guestrooms and suites. Each room and suite celebrates a musical legend in the genres of opera, classical, contemporary and jazz with four distinct décor styles. The whimsical musical design invites guests in to the Music Garden Courtyard with a majestic piano tile floor and a clear glass ceiling. The drama continues above with breathtaking views of the highlights of Budapest from High Note SkyBar, the city's only year-round, rooftop garden. The SkyBar not only offers stellar cocktail and dining experiences, but also Harmony Rooftop Yoga, a favorite for local Harmony Spa patrons as well as hotel guests. Centrally located in the historic city center, the property is a short walk to the Chain Bridge and beside St. Stephen’s Basilica. Aria Hotel Budapest offers travelers the utmost in luxury with an onsite Music Director, Kornel Magyar who service to connect travelers with local musical and cultural experiences tailored to each guest's personal taste.
In addition to receiving the TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Award, Aria Hotel Budapest has also been awarded the Conde Nast Traveler 2016 Readers’ Choice Award and ranked top 10 in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best for 2016. The Library Hotel Collection was recognized for an astonishing 96.1% guest satisfaction rating, the highest in the world in ReviewPro’s 2016 Top Luxury Hotel & Brand Report.
The Library Hotel Collection was awarded with a windfall of 18 Travelers Choice Awards not only for Aria Hotel Budapest, but also Aria Hotel Prague, the Hotel Giraffe and Casablanca Hotel by Library Hotel Collection.
The placements were in the categories of Best Hotels, Best Luxury Hotels, and Best Romance Hotels in Czech Republic, and Best Hotels and Best Service in USA.
About Library Hotel Collection
Hotelier Henry Kallan’s Library Hotel Collection features seven luxury hotels which as a collection have earned the highest guest satisfaction ranking (96.1%) of any luxury brand in the world in 2016 and 2015 by the Luxury Brand Report published by ReviewPro. Members of the Library Hotel Collection include Aria Hotel Budapest and the 403-room lakefront urban resort, Hotel X Toronto set to open in 2017. Each of its individually-themed hotels has its own distinctive personality and charm. What they share is a commitment to providing unique beauty, kind, unpretentious service, exceptional value and an outstanding travel experience for every guest. Kallan, who was recently honored as Hotelier of the Year by the Boutique Hotel and Lodging Association, created the book lovers paradise, the Library Hotel, the country French style Hotel Elysée, home of the renowned Monkey Bar, the jewel-like Moroccan motif Casablanca Hotel, the chic retro glamorous Hotel Giraffe, the musically inspired Aria Hotel Budapest and Aria Hotel Prague and the soon to open sports and entertainment complex Hotel X Toronto. The four New York City hotels have achieved the distinction of maintaining top 10 placements among over 463 hotels in New York City on TripAdvisor for more than ten years, at one time having all four New York hotels ranked as the #1, #2, #3, and #4 hotels in New York City.
Travel + Leisure named Hotel Elysée on of the World's Best Hotels and Aria Hotel Budapest was named one of the top 10 City Hotels in Europe. Aria Hotel Prague has been previously recognized multiple times by the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards as the #1 hotel in the Czech Republic.
Library Hotel Collection: A Novel Approach to Hospitality http://libraryhotelcollection.com/
Pestana Buenos Aires Hotel - the Latest Addition to the GHS Portfolio
International hotel representation company, Global Hospitality Services (GHS), is delighted to announce the newest addition to the GHS portfolio – the Pestana Buenos Aires Hotel.
The Pestana Buenos Aires Hotel is located at the famous 9 de Julio Avenue in downtown Buenos Aires, steps away from the Colon Theatre and all the main attractions that the city has to offer.
The perfect location is only the beginning for corporate or leisure travelers visiting the Argentinian capital, the most European city in Latin America.
Boasting 133 spacious and elegant rooms, all with natural light, equipped for guest comfort, combining the latest technology with the warmth and tradition of the best international service. Free Wi-Fi is included as well as a digital safe, Jacuzzi bathtub, mini bar, 32-inch LCD and satellite TV, desks, temperature control and a dazzling view of widest avenue in the world. In addition, the hotel offers rooms with disabled access as well as connecting rooms ideal for family trips.
The exclusive 4 star hotel also features a fully equipped Health Club, large indoor swimming pool and a great selection of Spa treatments.
The hotel’s Il Moro Restaurant and Tango Bar offer the setting to the best local produce, dishes and the famous wines of Mendoza.
The hotel has extensive experience hosting all types of international events, and a complete convention centre which can host up to 400 guests.
All the above features make Pestana Buenos Aires the perfect option for your stay in this beautiful city.
Introducing: The Bølgen & Moi Hotel Utsikten
Global Hospitality Services, a leading company in the field of international sales and marketing support for independent hotels, is delighted to announce the latest addition to its vast portfolio of Hotel Partners - The Bølgen & Moi Hotel Utsikten, Norway.
Conveniently and centrally located between the towns of Kristiansand and Stavanger, the 4-star Bølgen & Moi Hotel Utsikten is easily accessible from both cities. An hour drive from Kristiansand or Stavanger is all it takes for visitors to be awed by the stunning views over the Fedafjord and the surrounding area that the property offers – after all, “Utsikten” is the Norwegian word for “view”. Visitors travelling by train from Oslo and other destinations can reach the hotel by a short 10 minutes’ drive.
Originating from one of Norway’s most famous restaurant chains The Bølgen & Moi Hotel Utsikten stays true to its traditions and is renowned for its fusion dishes, blending local and international food with Norwegian tradition, all while using organic products to satisfy even the most exquisite taste. Home to this culinary heaven is The Lister Kjøkken Restaurant, where during the summer months guests can enjoy meals on the terrace overlooking breath-taking views over the fjord and some of South Norway’s most attractive sceneries.
The Bølgen & Moi Hotel Utsikten offers 85 stylish non-smoking rooms with free Wi-Fi, SMART TV, tea and coffee making facilities (with some bedrooms having a separate kitchenette), a living area and a balcony with spectacular views. 24 of the rooms in the property are located on the old wing which dates back to the 1960’s when The Bølgen & Moi Hotel Utsikten was the first motel in Norway. Rooms for guests with physical disabilities are also available.
An award-winning 18 hole golf course, golf range, football golf and golf simulator, a classic and contemporary art centres are located in a very close proximity to the property making The Bølgen & Moi Hotel Utsikten the most conveniently located hotel in Kvinesdal.
The Hotel is the perfect venue for corporate events and incentives thanks to its conferencing facilities which can accommodate up to 250 delegates. In addition, the atmosphere created by the views, delicious food and helpful staff available guarantee that any event at The Bølgen & Moi Hotel Utsikten is set to be a great success.
Global Hospitality Services looks forward to a long and successful partnership with The Bølgen & Moi Hotel Utsikten and is excited to further develop the brand in the global marketplace.
Grand Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta to Host 10th Annual Love Mexico Event Dec 5-8
MEXICO CITY, (November 30, 2016) – Posadas, the largest hotel operator in Mexico, is happy to announce that Grand Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta will host the 10th edition of Love Mexico December 5 - 8, a yearly event for destination wedding planners and travel agents specialized in romance travel in Mexico.
Love Mexico is the only event created with the specific purpose of promoting Mexico as a destination for weddings and romance. This unique, educational, and networking event developed by MeWed in partnership with the Mexico Tourism Board, showcases Mexico as a premiere destination for weddings, honeymoons, and romance. Love Mexico will bring Wedding Planners and Travel Agents from North America, with international business experience, for 4 days of educational sessions, networking events, and the opportunity to meet with the top suppliers in the industry including: beautiful destinations, the best hotels, and excellent service providers from Mexico. This event will enable all participants to be updated in the destination weddings business; and best of all, experience Puerto Vallarta, one of the best romance destinations in the world.
“As the newest La Colección property with a special focus on romance travel, and honeymoons and destination weddings, we are thrilled to be able to host the 10th edition of Love Mexico at the AAA Four Diamond Grand Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta,” said Alfredo Santamaria, Interim General Manager of Grand Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta All Inclusive Adults Only. “Located in the ‘Romance District’ of Puerto Vallarta, this resort is the ideal place for a romantic getaway, exciting bachelorette, a one-of-a-kind destination wedding or an unforgettable honeymoon – an ideal setting for this event.”
Opened in December of 2015, Grand Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta inspires guests to forget about their routine and rediscover romance and passion. The hotel offers 443 majestic suites, luxurious facilities and world-class service. The culinary offerings of this hotel are one if it’s most distinctive features with seven restaurants – six of them a la carte - showcasing the best national and international cuisine. In addition, guests will be able to enjoy nine themed lounges & bars and a large food and beverage room service menu available 24 hours.
About La Colección
La Colección is comprised of 12 distinctive resorts that epitomize Mexico’s culture and are located in the best beach destinations in the country. La Colección is owned by Posadas, the largest hotel operator in Mexico and offers guests a superior, world-class resort experience that exudes Mexican attributes such as rich culture, traditional warm hospitality, and unrivalled accommodations and amenities.
La Colección is made up of: Grand Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta All Inclusive Adults Only, Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun, Grand Fiesta Americana Los Cabos All Inclusive Golf & Spa, Fiesta Americana Cozumel All Inclusive, Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun All Inclusive, Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta All Inclusive & Spa, Fiesta Americana Villas Cancun, Fiesta Americana Villas Acapulco, The Explorean Cozumel, The Explorean Kohunlich, Live Aqua Cancun All Inclusive Adults Only, and Live Aqua Boutique Resort Playa del Carmen. For further information, please visit: www.lacoleccion.com
Mexico's Grupo Posadas Unveils La Collección
MEXICO CITY – With its vibrant culture and stunning seaside locales, Mexico continues to allure international travelers. Today, La Colección makes its debut to raise the bar even further. Grupo Posadas, the largest hotel operator in Mexico, unveils La Colección, a newly envisioned brand that embodies a portfolio of the group’s coveted resorts set in Mexico’s most sought-after beach destinations. Previously known as Fiesta Americana Resort Collection, La Colección currently includes 12 resorts spread throughout Cancun, Riviera Maya, Los Cabos, Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta, Playa del Carmen, Cozumel and Kohunlich in Chetumal.
“La Colección personifies authentic vacation experiences that celebrate the best of Mexico while catering to the unique and diverse desires of travelers,” explains Enrique Calderon, Chief Operation Officer for Hotel Division, Grupo Posadas. “Our intention is to build upon our well-known and established brands in Mexico, and to propel into the U.S. market with a new brand that encompasses all our beach resorts under one name. We feel that La Colección resonates with our audiences and appeals to a broad range of travelers,” he added.
For this new vision, Grupo Posadas enlisted the expertise of R&R Partners who developed the creative rebranding that positions La Colección as the collection of Mexican resorts where travelers can realize their dream vacation. "Our research shows that each traveler's dream of Mexico is unique," said Scott Murray, Group Creative Director. "The promise of this brand is to bring each one of those dreams to life. It's not just the destinations or the properties - it's the devotion, the pride and the culture of the people at La Colección that truly make each vacation special. That's the story that only this brand can tell."
The first campaign for the brand showcases Mexico’s most beautiful and authentic experiences, while also highlighting the warm culture and genuine hospitality of the hotels’ staff. The campaign also features stunning digital and print imagery that melds lifestyle photos accented with iconic, Mexican-inspired background patterns, reminiscent of a Mexican mandala - a perfect reflection of the offering at each property. Travel partners and consumers can explore La Colección further via the website www.lacoleccion.com.
La Colección, which translates to ‘the collection’ in English, distinguishes Grupo Posadas’ beach resorts apart from their other 200 properties set throughout Mexico. Under the subcategories of Luxury, Bonding, Lifestyle and Active – this dedicated portfolio allows travelers to easily select a dream vacation based on their unique preferences. La Colección features a variety of vacation options ranging from family-friendly and adult-only all-inclusive to exclusive European plans. Each one of the 12 properties have a unique offering and are designed to appeal to different needs, whether guests are looking for luxury experiences, a time to bond with their loved ones, an active experience to expand their horizons or a lifestyle vacation that offers a full sensory experience. Properties under La Colección include:
- Live Aqua Cancun All Inclusive Adults Only
- Live Aqua Boutique Resort Playa del Carmen
- Grand Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta All Inclusive Adults Only
- Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun
- Grand Fiesta Americana Los Cabos All Inclusive Golf & Spa
- Fiesta Americana Cozumel All Inclusive
- Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancún All Inclusive
- Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta All Inclusive & Spa
- Fiesta Americana Villas Cancun
- Fiesta Americana Villas Acapulco
- The Explorean Cozumel
- The Explorean Kohunlich
La Colección will continue to grow within Mexico and abroad in the next couple of years with the inauguration of Grand Fiesta Americana Acapulco Diamante, and the rebranding of the new Live Aqua Boutique Resort in Playa del Carmen. The brand’s lifestyle brand, Live Aqua, will also be expanding internationally with the development of five Live Aqua properties in the metropolitan areas of Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Houston and Washington D.C.
Global Hospitality Services (GHS) offers a diverse and ever-expanding portfolio featuring some of the most memorable hotels and resorts in the world. Our collection boasts more than 300 independent hotels in more than 120 prime destinations, from beachfront paradises in the Maldives and city sanctuaries in London and Venice to spa havens in Mexico. We cater to all travel purposes, and our unrivalled services is sure to provide our guests with unforgettable experiences. Whether you are looking for a soft adventure or a more demanding challenge, our prime destinations offer all sorts of events for you to partake.
GHS Attends “The Meeting Space" Autumn MICE Forum - Athens 2016
Last month, Taariq Ahmad from GHS attended "The “Meeting Space" Autumn MICE Forum, held at the Grand Lagonissi Resort in Athens. The forum brought together the top MICE agencies from the UK and Europe to connect with hotel suppliers over a series of 25 one-to-one “speed dating” meetings over the course of 2 days.
The MICE agents were filtered to have a proven reputation in the global MICE industry and were put on a hosted buyers programme.
Unlike other events in the MICE industry, this forum was set out to meet each agent who remained at an assigned table, allowing us the opportunity to present our GHS properties and highlight the message that GHS is the “one stop shop” for all their enquiry needs.
There was also a networking drinks, reception, and dinner which allowed us to really build invaluable relationships with the highly respected senior meeting planners of the industry.
GHS are very proud to have attended the event and to meet over 65 buyers, presenting to them the GHS global portfolio. The event has, undoubtedly, helped enhance existing relationships with MICE clients and build new ones, increasing the exposure of our Hotel Partners.
GHS Attends Record-Setting IMEX Las Vegas 2016
Last month, Brian Quinn from GHS attended the record-setting IMEX at Sands Expo In Las Vegas . This was an international gathering for top-producing group travel buyers to connect with suppliers for one-on-one meetings and product seminars over the course of four days.
The purpose of the IMEX America Hosted Buyer Program is to give qualified meeting industry buyers the opportunity to do business with suppliers from around the U.S. and the world in a fun and efficient environment, learning from and networking with the best in the industry. Most hosted buyers experience the show in a small group, which gives the added opportunity of developing peer relationships. The hosted buyers are required to have 8 appointments per day. Best of all, once qualified, IMEX America picks up the cost (and can also arrange) for flights and hotel accommodations for hosted buyers.
IMEX has confirmed that 60,000 30-minute meetings took place at the show in Las Vegas, an increase of 14 per cent from the previous year. There was a six per cent increase in the amount of hosted buyers who attended – 3,216 from 60 countries. Around three quarters of these (73 per cent) were from the US and Canada. Long haul buyers came from China, India, Australia, Japan, Russia and the UK.
IMEX America 2016 also welcomed a record number of exhibiting companies – 3,250, which is a 4.8% increase from 2015 - representing 139 countries. These included 69 new booths and another 69 exhibitors who increased their booth space. Together they helped create the largest ever IMEX America. One exhibitor stated, “I’ve talked with a good mixture of association and corporate buyers. In the space of one hour I received four enquiries which already has justified my participation.”
In addition to meeting with buyers, the GHS team attended the MPI Rendezvous event to further interact with planners in a fun and high-energy venue.
During the show our Director of Sales, Meetings and Incentives, Brian Quinn, connected and reconnected with new and existing customers - among them were East Coast and Canadian insurance planners, a President of an Incentive company, Account Executives with BCD Meetings, the Head of Sourcing of CWT Meetings, the owner of a small Midwest Incentive house, and a Canadian Incentive consultant who shared new insights into the Canadian Incentive market. Brian also had the opportunity to meet the VP of Event Solutions for BI Worldwide who was quoted in the article ”Keep Calm and Book the UK”. The immediate follow-up is important but what is even more important is the subsequent follow-up in 45 days and 90 days to continue the relationship momentum with these newly developed group business streams. Brian Quinn will continue to pursue on behalf of the GHS Hotel Partners.
GHS Attends the ACTE Annual Conference in Amsterdam
This year’s ACTE Annual Conference also took place in Amsterdam and it was the first time that it has partnered with CAPA (The Centre for Aviation) to bring the Aviation World Summit together with ACTE's Global Corporate Travel Conference.
As well as attending interesting workshops and panels discussing a variety of issues such as how to deal with the disruptive economy, how to establish client loyalty in the modern era, and Brexit’s impact on the hospitality industry, Dina Spiegel from GHS also had lots of networking opportunities and meetings with various clients such as TomTom, Nike, American Express M&E, DSM Sourcing B.V., Autodesk, HRG, HRS, Shell, etc.. giving more exposure to our Hotel Partners.
GHS Takes Part in The Business Travel Summit - Amsterdam
For the first time this year the Business Travel Summit was held in Amsterdam and the event was a real success with 182 attendees during a packed 2-day exhibition and conference programme. The Summit attracted travel buyers and managers from the Nordic and Benelux regions and was a great opportunity for GHS to showcase its Hotel Partners through the various formal and informal networking events, including one-on-one meetings. Our Director of Sales, Ms. Dina Spiegel, had personal meetings with key clients from Tesla Motors, Align Technology, ATPI, Vattenfall, Takeda Pharma, Guardian Europe, ATPI and many others.
Thanks to the positive feedback from all attendees, the Business Travel Summit will be set to return to beautiful Amsterdam in October 2017, when GHS will be delighted to attend and continue the dialogue with its clients – both existing and new!
Introducing: 5-Star Bintan Lagoon Resort
GHS is proud to announce the partnership the Bintan Lagoon Resort, the first ever sports resort in Indonesia.
A 5 star luxury resort, Bintan Lagoon Resort is the largest integrated resort on the island of Bintan, with over 300 hectares of lush green areas that includes two championship level golf courses. The resort takes pride that it can cater to anyone, whether you are travelling with your friends, family, your work colleagues, or alone.
A picture of tropical paradise under the son and next to the sea, Bintan Lagoon Resort boasts 470 guest rooms with a private, golden sand beach that stretches nearly 1.5 kilometres. The beach features immaculate fine sand and offers a brilliant stroke of nature. Lined with coconut palms, the beach is complemented by the resort’s surrounding green gardens, giving a beautiful, charming, and relaxing feel for guests.
The resort has a wide range of facilities for all guests’ needs. Various restaurants serving both local Indonesian and international cuisines can be found all over the resort’s wide space. There is also various activities that guests can enjoy, from water sports to sightseeing tours. The resort also features a fitness centre, a massage centre, and a spa for wellness needs.
Business oriented guests can experience the new Bintan meeting and conference centre, The Great Hall: a state-of-the-art 3 story building covering a combined open space area of more than 20,000 square feet and an astounding column-free banquet hall holding up to 1300 guests. Additionally, there are also 10 fully equipped meeting rooms.
Bintan lsland is the largest of 3,200 islands in the Riau Archipelago and the third largest of 27 provinces. Located at the crossroads of one of the world’s oldest and busiest maritime trading routes, Bintan has provided a safe haven to traders and sailors from Europe, and for over a century.
Aside from being a tropical haven, Bintan Lagoon Resort is also close to impressive historical attractions such as Penyengat’s Royal Mosque, the old Town Hall, mausoleums, and palace ruins. The resort is also close to quaint shing houses where guests can visit to enjoy the local atmosphere and some delicious seafood.
The Bintan Lagoon Resort joins GHS’ luxury collection of resorts. GHS is looking offering global clients an athletic themed vacationing experience like never before with the Bintan Lagoon Resort.
LE Hotels Prague the Latest Addition to the GHS Portfolio
International hotel representation company, Global Hospitality Services (GHS), is delighted to announce its Partnership with LE Hotels Group in Prague adding two of the group’s properties to its current portfolio - Grandior Hotel and Grand Majestic Plaza, increasing the offering for its MICE clients.
Both hotels boast a combination of exceptional architecture and sophisticated design and offer a unique hospitality experience in one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.
The Grandior Hotel Prague offers upscale accommodation and superior services for both business and leisure travellers looking for a refreshingly new, laid back experience right in the city centre of Prague. Located within a short walk from Prague’s most famous sites, the hotel offers 393 design and spacious guestrooms along with a unique and versatile conference facility with 9 flexible meeting rooms. Guests can enjoy a business or leisurely lunch or dinner at the Bistro & Cafe Grandior offering Czech and international specialties where only high quality fresh ingredients from local suppliers are carefully selected. A fitness centre is available on site for the sports conscious guests.
The Grand Majestic Plaza Hotel is located in the heart of the historical and business centre of Prague and a short walk away from the Old Town Square, Republic Square, Charles Bridge and the Palladium hopping Centre. The hotel features 196 design rooms offering flat screen TVs, free Wi Fi and tea/ coffee making facilities. The Grand Majestic Plaza hotel can also cater for meetings and events with its fully-equipped flexible conference rooms for up to 468 people where the individual and professional approach by the staff guarantees the success and productivity of your event. The hotel also is honoured to have the Atrium restaurant, a popular eatery serving fine Czech and international cuisines, paired along with the beautiful views of the summer garden terrace.
The two LE Hotels in Prague join the collection of hotels in GHS’ European portfolio. GHS are looking forward to a long and successful partnership with LE Hotels and are excited to develop the brand in both the domestic region and beyond.
Win a 5* Spa Break for Two or an iPhone 7 with GHS!
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The booking must be worth EUR 5,000 or over, terms and conditions apply.
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Apollo Hotels & Resorts, Amsterdam; Hotel Allegro, Bern; Husa President Park, Brussels; Schlosshotel Kronberg, Frankfurt; Dolce Bad Nauheim, Frankfurt; Grand Elysée, Hamburg; Hotel Riverton, Gothenburg; Grange Hotels, London;
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GHS Welcomes Dolce Bad Nauheim Hotel, Frankfurt
International hotel representation company, Global Hospitality Services (GHS), is delighted to announce its latest addition to the ever-expanding portfolio of independent hotels – Dolce Bad Nauheim Hotel.
As part of the GHS family, Dolce Bad Nauheim Hotel will benefit from exclusive Hotel Partner benefits and a range of bespoke services and systems, specifically designed to create awareness and drive demand to the hotel’s own brand and to boost revenue. GHS’s dedicated team of industry experts will enhance Dolce Bad Nauheim Hotel’s global reach through its international sales presence in all major markets around the world.
Reflecting an authentic Art-Nouveau style, the 4-star Dolce Bad Nauheim Hotel is conveniently located at the foothills of the Taunus Mountain in Germany just 35 minutes away from the hustle and bustle of the busy city of Frankfurt and only a 35 minute drive from Frankfurt International Airport, making it an ideal location both for business and leisure travellers looking to be closer to nature. Surrounded by lush, green and manicured gardens, stately architecture and modern facilities, the hotel can be treated as both a resort and a conference destination.
The Dolce Bad Nauheim Hotel offers 159 immaculately designed and spacious guestrooms, including 13 suites, with beautiful views over the green space surrounding the hotel. All bedrooms are equipped with modern amenities and facilities to ensure a comfortable stay including flat screen TVs, free Wi Fi and minibar. The hotel boasts an international restaurant, a beauty salon, a state-of-the-art health and fitness centre with an indoor pool and a signature Dolce Spa and for the business travellers – a full service business centre.
The hotel is the perfect venue for corporate events, car launches and private functions with a capacity to cater for up to 760 people. All 27 meeting rooms have natural daylight and are equipped with the latest technology including ergonomic chairs. The Dolce Bad Nauheim Conference Centre is certified by the German Business Travel Association (VDR) as a Certified Business hotel and a Certified Conference Hotel.
The outdoor area can be used for a wide range of activities, such as kart-racing, fencing, archery, soccer, concerts, BBQs and much more. The outside terrace offers a beautiful view to the park with its well-trimmed jogging trails around the lakes. Tennis and a 9-hole golf course are within walking distance. There is an 18-hole golf course only 10 minute car ride away.
GHS looks forward to a long and successful partnership with Dolce Bad Nauheim Hotel and is excited to further develop the brand in the local market and beyond.
Introducing Grand Elysée Hotel Hamburg
GHS Proudly Announce the Partnership with Grand Elysée Hotel Hamburg
GHS is thrilled to announce their latest addition to the continually expanding GHS portfolio - the beautiful Grand Elysée Hotel Hamburg – the number one hotel in the city!
The hotel’s founder, Eugen Block, is proud of the many accolades the hotel has received, such as Hotelier of the Year, VDR Best Business Hotel and Top Training Institution of the Year.
Conveniently located just a few minutes’ walk away from the city centre of Hamburg, River Alster, and Moorweidenpark, Grand Elysée Hotel Hamburg boasts 511 luxuriously decorated guestroom in five different room categories including 17 suites. The hotel offers all the facilities needed to meet the high expectations of today’s travellers - business and leisure alike, and to make each overnight stay become a unique experience. All rooms feature free Wi Fi, flat screen TVs with Sky channels and infotainment system, work desk, laptop safe and soundproofed windows and allow for undisturbed relaxation due to their peaceful location.
The best restaurants in Hamburg have one thing in common – their address.
The restaurants at the Grand Elysée Hotel are among the best restaurants in Hamburg. In the truest sense of the word, the hotel can claim to be an address for great taste. You should also experience the hotel’s variety of gourmet offerings: Breakfast and brunch lovers really come into their own at Le Parc restaurant. Indulge your palette with culinary specialties at Boulevard Café, experience the traditional recipes of Italian cuisine at Piazza Romana or enjoy typical French flair at Brasserie Flum. Prime Beef and Steak fans will feel right at home at THEO'S Prime Beef Steakhouse, and for a fun-filled evening, we recommend the welcoming Bourbon Street Bar with daily live music or the Oyster Bar with its fancy cocktail creations and fresh seafood.
Your experience will not be complete without a visit to the Elyseum Wellness & Spa and Fitness centre where you can let the professional staff pamper you and make your stay even more unforgettable.
The Grand Elysée Hotel Hamburg is the ideal choice for your conference or event in the city. With its 30 flexible-use event rooms the hotel is a reliable setting for meetings, seminars, trainings as well as private parties. The professional dedicated events team will be delighted to assist you organize your event in a personalised and stylish manner.
Not many hotels offer Art Galleries but Grand Elysée Hotel Hamburg is passionate about art and offers its guests the opportunity to see one of the most significant private collections of figurative art in northern Germany with 850 thematically arranged works on permanent display in the hotel's foyers, restaurants, suites and function rooms.
The Grand Elysée Hotel Hamburg joins the GHS collection of over 300 independent hotels and is the first hotel in Hamburg which GHS will proudly represent through our 18 offices worldwide. Gergana Halatcheva, Senior Vice President of GHS comments: “It is a great privilege for us to be working closely with a hotel which is recognised as one of the best in Germany. We are very excited to have the opportunity to develop the brand in the local market and beyond and to offer our clients and partners such a unique experience.”
For all enquiries please contact GHS email address firstname.lastname@example.org
GHS Attends the Nordics MICE Forum in Stockholm
This two- day extensive MICE forum gave chance to the GHS Director of Sales MICE to meet meeting & incentive planners from all over Europe at pre-scheduled one to one appointments. Among the buyers attending the event were companies like Novo Nordisk, Leo Pharma, Ericsson and Astra Zeneca booking meetings around the world. The innovative format and exclusive environment of the event allowed GHS to present our MICE portfolio of hotels highlighting their unique selling points.
GHS Attends the Hotel Hero Conference
In September, GHS attended the WIN Hotel Hero conference at The Grange Tower Bridge Hotel in London, where we had the opportunity to arrange bespoke one to one appointments with key agents specializing in both corporate and leisure travel predominantly for SMEs. The conference was a great platform for us to gain valuable insight into the market and booking trends and to share our views on the challenges that our Hotel Partners face and discuss how we can overcome them. The networking opportunities with our industry piers further enhanced the exposure that our Hotel Partners had at this conference.
GHS Co-hosts the Advantage Business Travel Sympnosium
On the 19th of September GHS was proud to be part of and co-host the Advantage Business Symposium at the Grange St Pauls Hotel in London. This event was focused on the future of the smaller Travel Management Companies (TMCs) and how they need to focus on content channel and customer care to generate more business. Other key topics discussed were risk management and traveller security which are becoming more important for the clients of the Advantage Travel partners network. The Advantage Business Symposium gave GHS an insight into how our team can work better with these TMCs and how to ensure that our Hotel Partners are at the forefront of these changes.
Introducing EB Hotel Miami to the GHS Portfolio
EB Hotel Miami, the first U.S. property from Venezuela-based Eurobuilding Hotels Group, is now open just 2.5 miles north of Miami International Airport, Florida, and at a short distance from Brickell, Coral Gables, Miami Beach and other popular tourist attractions. Its ideal location makes EB Hotel Miami perfectly situated for the modern business & leisure traveller alike.
Chic decor and design details throughout have been carefully chosen to inspire both creative thinking and relaxation. This makes for a haven for restful accommodation, 5-star service, unparalleled dining and bar scenes, seamless connection to your work life, and plenty of wellness amenities to keep you satisfied.
The EB Hotel Miami prides itself in organising events tailored to the needs of its clients. Corporate guests will appreciate the hotel’s state-of-the-art 24 hour business centre, conference facilities and three video-conferencing rooms. For those who wish to organize a more recreational event, the hotel also boasts a ballroom and a social foyer that can accommodate up to 170 guests cocktail-style.
The impressive six-floor hotel boasts 133 rooms, marble floors and plush interiors, as well as a luxury outdoor swimming pool and state-of-the-art fitness centre. The modern, comfortable rooms feature the latest technology and free Wi-Fi as standard as well as modern amenities such as luxury linens, adjustable comfort system beds and flat screen LCD TVS.
Guests can enjoy a sophisticated dining experience at the Miranda restaurant, featuring a stylish international menu infused with Miami’s signature Latin flavour.
GHS is looking forward to a long and successful partnership with EB Hotel Miami and is excited to develop the brand in both the domestic market and beyond. The addition of EB Hotel Miami to the GHS portfolio will allow us to provide our clients with a more diverse offering in the area.
GHS Attends the Global Travel Marketplace 2016
Last month, GHS attended the exclusive Global Travel Marketplace (GTM) at the Diplomat Resort in Hollywood. The event was a chance for top-producing travel sellers to connect with suppliers for one-on-one meetings and product seminars over the course of two days.
A limited number of top-performing agents were selected to attend the event through a careful vetting process. Only 115 agents out of over 600 applicants were chosen, with each agent having made at least $1 million in annual sales to qualify.
Unlike other events, suppliers rotated around the conference room to meet each agent who remained at an assigned table, allowing travel advisors the opportunity to speak with various global travel suppliers. In addition to the appointments, there were also allocated time to attend product presentations with different suppliers and network other fellow boardroom members.
The event was the perfect opportunity for GHS to showcase key partner hotels in some of the most sought after destinations, as well as gaining valuable feedback from the ono-on-one appointments.
As ever, personalisation and unique traveller experience were hot topics, both something that GHS and all GHS partner hotels will continue to focus on in the future, offering clients bespoke traveller experiences.
GHS were proud to be part of an event that provides a platform for attendees to enhance product knowledge, strengthen supplier partnerships and build new ones, and learn from the success of their peers.
GHS and HRS Announce Partnership
We are delighted to announce our new partnership with Hotel Reservation Service (HRS) and to offer all partner hotels an enhanced relationship and additional benefits through GHS.
All GHS hotel partners will benefit from the HRS business customer portfolio in many ways such as the Corporate Discount Program, allowing hotels to offer discounted rates, visible in more than 3,000 corporate portals.
HRS is one of the world’s leading online hotel reservation systems for private, leisure and business travellers. It features 300,000 hotels in the global portfolio, including 180,000 independent hotels. It is the largest hotel content provider in the Global Distribution System (GDS), amassing five million rooms in total.
A significant portal for business travellers with one of the largest corporate customer portfolios, HRS has more than 44,000 corporate customers and several million individual business travellers worldwide. Numerous global companies in the Fortune 500 are among HRS’ corporate. In 2015 it managed the sourcing of 118 corporate RFPs, including are the following corporates: Google, China Mobile, Hitachi, Alibaba, Siemens and Panasonic.
Introducing GHS’ Newest Hotel Partner: Hotel Mozart Milan
Boasting elegance and functionality in the heart of Milan, GHS’ new partner, the 4-Star Hotel Mozart, enjoys an enviable location in Italy’s fashion and design capital; close to the city’s many bars, restaurants and shops, as well as the major avenue of Corso Sempione, the MiCo - Milano Congressi and Fieramilanocity convention centre.
Hotel Mozart Milan is the third property part of Extro Hotels Group to choose GHS as its international sales and marketing partner. The hotel caters to both corporate and leisure guests with a range of in-house amenities and services and offers 119 guestrooms in different categories including suites as well as fully equipped conference room suitable for small meetings and private events.
With views over Piazza Gerusalemme, Via Mussi or the hotel’s internal courtyard, all guestrooms are tastefully furnished in a warm, elegant style with large private bathrooms and in-room services such as air conditioning, satellite TV, minibar, Wi-Fi and direct dial phone. Suites offer an extra touch of luxury, with wall fabrics, frescoed ceilings, plaster friezes and Jacuzzi bathrooms.
Helpful staff are on hand to assist with sightseeing recommendations, with the Sforza Castle, San Siro Stadium, Church of Sant'Ambrogio, and world-famous Duomo all easily reached on foot or by public transport.
Roberta Giaconelli, General Manager of Hotel Mozart Milan, comments: "In the interest of coherence within Extro Hotels’ group management, we decided to start a partnership with GHS, thus aligning the winning choice already undertaken by our two sister facilities, the Grand Visconti Palace and Uptown Palace. We hope that this new partnership will bring widespread business to our hotel, especially in foreign markets, as well as strengthening relations with the corporate sector and with international consortia. As a result of the recent opening of the “Jerusalem” metro station, which is right in front of our hotel, the agreement of the "CityLife" project for the redevelopment of the former trade fair, and the opening of new Milanese financial and insurance companies, we think it is important for us to focus on the business market and the consequent loyalty it can bring.”
GHS is delighted to add Hotel Mozart Milan to its portfolio of more than 300 independent hotels, and looks forward to representing the property and further enhancing the Extro Hotels brand on a global scale.
Future Forecasting from GBTA
Global Hospitality Services were delighted to join the 48th Global Business Travel Association annual convention in Denver Colorado earlier this month. With a key focus on the themes of risk, duty of care and the impact on business travel through technology, the four-day conference made for an enlivening series of discussions and eye opening debate. Talks naturally turned to the widespread issue of a shared economy along with on-going consolidation of some of the best-known brands in air travel, lodging and ground transport sectors, shaping the way for the future of the industry. With delegate numbers reaching almost 6,500 business travel professionals and industry leaders from around the globe, GHS was exposed to intelligent insight from a cross section of industry professionals and proudly exhibited their unique business offering to worldwide experts.
Throughout the conference, discussions turned to industry development. With personal insights from brands such as American Express Global Business Travel, Carlson Wagonlit Travel and Travel Leaders Corporate, GHS become acutely aware that achieving and maintaining balance is more crucial than ever as it has become apparent the role of the travel manager continues to evolve with technology driving business traveller preferences and behaviour. With the conference kicking off the RFP season and most buyers reporting that they expected their business travel to remain steady, GHS gained valuable insights to produce more accurate forecasting for future trends. Acknowledging a range of political issues are responsible for shaping world reactions, the conference concluded that business travel is in fact set to wind down in the next few years giving time for leading globe’s issues to stabilise and pave the route for continued cross continent business liaison.
Whilst the future remains uncertain at times, GBTA concluded that for businesses to keep ahead, global interaction is still essential to stay competitive in respective industries. Such insight lends positivity for the development of global travel agents and with the consolidation of hotel brands, the path is being set for independent hotels to emerge as the leading providers for global business travel. Currently, 67% of GHS clients come from corporate business and this number is set to rise with the growing need to keep track of travellers for their safety and increased scrutiny of cost effective travel expenditure for business trips. With the Marriott – Starwood partnership leading the way and winding down their preferred rates, GHS is set to leverage the opportunity for independent properties and push out their preferential benefits even further.
The Global Business Travel Association therefore took an interesting shift this year. Traditionally focusing on business travel there seemed to be much greater attention on meetings and group collaboration this year. With many corporations looking to pool their resources and ironically, following the Global Hospitality Services business model, the realisation has emerged that more can be achieved through collective partnerships. Businesses are set to ensure they are taking full advantage of their preferred partnerships when sourcing venues for meetings and events in addition to embarking on new relationships to make for cost efficient expenditure.
GHS Gains Valuable Insight at The Business Travel Conference 2016
Global Hospitality Services was delighted to join The Business Travel Conference (TBTC) earlier this month. A key fixture of the business travel world for almost ten years, GHS attended a range of insightful discussions and workshops led by industry experts, designed to enrich and enhance delegates’ business knowledge.
TBTC launched with an engaging session entitled Alternative Approaches to Cutting Travel Costs, focusing on what corporate clients are doing to efficiently reduce expenditure. With predominant interest for GHS and its partners, the panel discussion, hosted by key travel managers and TMC, was particularly insightful.
Citi Bank spoke on their bespoke, alternative solution as a way to troubleshoot declining business from corporate clients. Ensuring that preferred rates are always available and encouraging employees to book lower rates with a new in-house tool are tactics that GHS can learn from and work with. In addition, emphasis was placed on airline options and booking with the cheapest fare, flagging up a clear shift away from brand loyalty.
With a number of travel managers looking to include Uber as part of the transport options, the opening panel at TBTC highlighted a tightening of purse strings across the corporate board and advised on the necessary reactions to stay ahead in the business travel industry. With discussions coming to a conclusion, it came to fruition that the changing landscape of the corporate travel industry is positive for independent hotels, whilst larger hotel groups are set to feel the effects across the board.
Further insight was gained during the session on risk management, with speakers including BP, Bank of America and UBS. An investigation into the current corporate travel climate brought to light the importance of working with TMCs and hotel partners when producing a travel programme. Again, particular importance was placed on considering travel options; stepping away from brand loyalty, the presence of independent hotels has never been clearer. Coming together to form a strong session, the discussion highlighted the importance of sharing clear data with suppliers and interestingly using social media to communicate with employees.
The TBTC programme covered a range of interesting and thought-provoking topics, but what became most obvious was the growing power of independent properties. A fall in brand loyalty and a greater focus on cost efficiency has forced a number of corporate clients to turn attention away from long-standing or obvious travel choices. With GHS pushing its partners to the forefront, the independent hotel is set to rise among the ranks as the leading choice for business travel.
Global Hospitality Services Push Ahead for Fruitful RFP Season
Global Hospitality Services is preparing to take over as the leading provider in the upcoming request for proposal (RFP) season with corporate hotels. As competitor rates decline, members of the GHS group are stronger than ever and ready to move forth bridging independent hotels with corporate travel.
Investigations found that this year, the Marriott International declined to bid 18% of the time during 2016’s corporate RFP season. With other large brands set to draw back preferential rates, the market is due to open up allowing independent hotels to storm through.
Evidence suggests that following the recent Starwood/Marriott merger taking effect, the negotiating power of corporate travel rates is dwindling in the traditional market. As the partnership takes place across the globe, attraction rate is falling and corporate rates are fading within the merger. Cities hit the hardest include Minneapolis, reported to have the highest combination of Marriott/Starwood properties coming in at 50%, with the market sweeping away negotiated corporate business. As Marriott represents more hotels in more markets, the question stands whether it will continue in the same fashion. Corporate loyalty is set to decline across the board and paths have been laid out for independent hotels to boost out on an international scale.
It is no secret that Marriott International has been reducing its negotiated corporate business in recent years, but the fact that the company declined to bid far more often than other hotel chains highlights just how far they’ve taken the initiative. Furthermore, analysis has shown that Marriott captured the largest portion, with 22% of noncompliant corporate spend last year, and investigation has shown that this is due to the Marriott’s attractive loyalty programme. As the brand finds renewed revenue streams to push through to its end users, competitors are forced to do much of the same, whilst independent hotels can stand firm and monopolise on the shift away from traditional tactics. GHS resolves to create a global network which seeks to catch the wealth of clientele turned away from larger brands. Based on detailed analysis, GHS has the worldwide knowledge to turn the industry development into a positive corporate pull.
GHS’ forecasters have taken note of the shift in behaviour and are set to lead the way with a targeted and talented sales and marketing strategy. As global chains prepare for a change in tactics, the independent industry can look to brighter futures. With international brands following Marriott’s lead, independent hotels can push their preferential rates and make headway on the global market.
Particularly beneficial for Global Hospitality Services’ partners, the international outreach and long-standing relationships GHS offers will develop the network into the natural first choice for corporate accounts across the globe. With GHS continually welcoming new brands into its portfolio, the business is excited for future growth prospects in delivering local presence on a global scale.
GHS Sponsor BHA Summit
Global Hospitality Services were the proud sponsors of this year’s British Hospitality Association (BHA) Summit 2016. Designed to bring together industry leaders from across the globe, the Summit saw a combination of hoteliers, technology experts and political leaders debate leading points within the realms of tourism and hospitality.
With intelligent insight and analytical thought BHA covered a broad range of topics including a look into the growth of London’s Gatwick, the world’s 12th busiest airport, examinations into connecting customers and nurturing relationships along with a closing speech from the Rt Hon. The Lord Hague of Richmond in light of the recent EU referendum. With a focus around the core theme of connectivity, the BHA Summit was testimony to the importance of totality within the hospitality industry, despite the latest Brexit result.
Jonathon Worsley, Chairman of Bench Events opened the discussions advocating that the hospitality industry in particular functions best across boundaries. Speaking on the importance of industry collaboration, Worsley commented on the importance of stability within the growing sector. Connecting across the world, through businesses and crucially focusing on breeding future talent, Worsley enforced the necessity to work together laterally with a view to moving the industry forward with a new age of significant growth.
Worsley also noted the importance of customer connections as the core generator to success within the service sector. Honing in on the overwhelming power of OTA systems and hotel’s finding that 75% of bookings come through these portals, GHS resolved to push forward in combating digital competitor platforms for member hotels.
The Summit’s focus was not only to fight industry dissipation but also flagged up predictions for future trends and partnerships. With a significant rise in serviced apartments across the world, it imperative for the industry to envelope the new age of travel, Australia commits almost 26% of its accommodation to serviced apartments whilst only 3% stands in London. An alarmingly low figure for an industry sector which is set to rise.
Furthermore, Tony Matharu, Managing Director of Grange Hotel’s implied that London’s leading independent hotels would be looking to lead the way in leaving Brexit negativity behind and focusing in on collaborative approach and that partnerships should only be strengthened where can and that we are ‘stronger together’. With boundaries now seemingly higher than ever but the wide spread consensus that collective collaboration is the way forward, there was a resolution to take the reins and move positively with an outward facing approach.
The Summit also saw GHS’ Vice President and Head of Business Intelligence, Varun Kapoor speaking on a panel entitled ‘Connected.customers: owning and nurturing relationships’. Joined by Helena Egan, Director of Industry relations for TripAdvisor and the Industry Head of Hospitality at Google, Terri Scriven the panel prouded insightful discussions. Raising the point of customer connectivity, the talks surrounded the importance of leveraging growth of technology to create a more personalised customer service as opposed to one that seems faceless and digitalised. Bringing to light the value of service initiative, GHS’ VP raised a thought provoking point; in an age of digitalisation, the industry should be using valuable developments to make services more seamless and personalised to build up a relationship with clients. Logging simple needs, requirements and acknowledgment of previous visits is information that can be easily sourced however the crucial point is what hotels do with it. With the digital age growing, hotels should seek to maintain a relationship with their customers before, during and after each visit. Turning away from the preconception that digital means quick and impersonal, hotels should be using the new age technology to better their customer experience. Kapoor also spoke on the development of GHS’ latest software programme, Syncomate, similarly centralising internal systems to help teams work more efficiently and drive more revenue.
BHA also focused on the importance of connectivity amongst the industry people. With a growing need to link with customers and maintain brand loyalty through first rate service, the point was raised that efforts made to breed the next generation of industry participants are more crucial than ever. The discussion ‘Connected.people: what’s next for the Big Hospitality Conversation?’ promoted an inspiring initiative which has led to over 60,000 young, motivated and passionate young people to start a career in hospitality - an industry, which is so dynamic and versatile, an industry which is service oriented and guests “buy experience” created by people. With the importance of future talent coming to the forefront of discussions, there were also talks around the value behind “training academies” giving opportunities to staff to work up the career ladder. Previously an impressive 75% of the GMs of a hotel group started at lower level positions, a figure which will continue to grow through positive nurturing within the industry.
The day came to a close with insights from guest of honour the Rt Hon. The Lord Hague of Richmond who advocated that despite recent changes, the industry should not be pessimistic around human affairs but prepare itself for increased volatility. Raising the point that we need change to improve collaborative resilience, diversity and advice, Lord Hague put a positive stance on the Brexit result. Elaborating on the growing need for local knowledge of markets across the world, Lord Hague contextualised the recent political debates putting responsibility on the industry to be heard by the government. In a similar vein, Nick Verney, Chief Executive of Merlin Entertainments Plc, looked to the positive effect of Brexit as causing greater attraction to more inward tourists. Conversely however, a discussion with Ian King, business presenter of Sky News brought to light the disparity of the industry with the government. Nevertheless, much like Lord Hagues advice, the conclusion arose that a leading body, in this instance BHA, should be taking the reins in bringing a voice directly to government. The latest changes prove the power of the people and so the lasting resolution of Lord Hague’s speech along with various discussions throughout the day came to be that ownership falls on the industry itself to ensure a positive future.
With the Summit coming to fruition, GHS Senior Vice President Gergana Halatcheva commented: “We warmly welcomed the inspiring and thought-provoking industry speakers as they shared their knowledge and insight on the challenges and opportunities we are facing in today's controversial world; highlighting the need for more local knowledge of our markets across the world and more long-term thinking. GHS is proud to be a part of the hospitality industry and we look forward to re-engaging in conversations with you soon." The overwhelming conclusion came to the importance of working together in helping to grow the hospitality industry. With the likes of GHS and BHA working towards one common goal, the industry is set to flourish even through uncertain times. Believing that collectively we can do more, GHS resolve to be a leading figure in the communal approach for hospitality and tourism.
Pestana Rio Barra Beach & Spa, newest member of the GHS portfolio, opens in Rio de Janeiro this July
Global Hospitality Services (GHS) is pleased to announce an exciting new addition to its hotel portfolio: Pestana Rio Barra Beach & Spa, which will open its doors on 22nd July 2016.
The new property is the second to open in Rio de Janeiro for the Pestana Hotel Group – the largest Portuguese hotel company in the world with more than 90 properties across Europe, South America and Africa – joining Pestana Rio Atlântica in Copacabana.
Pedro Botelho, Direct Sales & Brand Reputation Manager at Pestana, comments: “We are delighted for the new Pestana Barra Beach & Spa to join our portfolio. This is important for us as we expand our presence in South America, and with the 2016 Olympics Games now fast approaching, there’s never been a more exciting time to visit Rio! We look forward to working closely with the GHS team to further enhance our brand in the Americas, and are excited to showcase this beautiful new property to the rest of the world and within their portfolio.”
Encompassing the spirit of Rio with a relaxed vibe, modern architecture and prime beachfront location on Barra da Tijuca, just 34km from Rio de Janeiro International Airport, Pestana Rio Barra Beach & Spa expertly caters to both tourists and corporate guests. The project was designed by the ARQ and URB studio, with the interiors by architect Jaime Morais.
The property’s 311 guest rooms provide the ultimate in comfort and luxury, many with sea views as well as private balconies overlooking the exquisite Marapendi Lagoon. And if that wasn’t enough, guests can head up to the hotel’s rooftop to experience panoramic views whilst relaxing with a drink.
Elsewhere, the property offers a range of facilities to complement any guest’s stay, from an in-house fitness centre, pool, sauna and spa to an inviting restaurant, bar and shop. Additional guest amenities include 24-hour room service, concierge, car and bike rental, parking, free Wi-Fi, and a business centre. For meetings and events, there are eight flexible rooms with capacity for up to 350 people, and for leisure and sightseeing, the hotel can organise guided tours of the area to discover the neighbourhood’s best cultural and shopping spots, together with activities such as surfing, hang gliding and trekking.
As a new member of the GHS family, Pestana Rio Barra Beach & Spa joins a diverse portfolio of over 150 Latin and South American properties; all looking to drive incremental revenue, business opportunities and brand loyalty, whilst increasing their global footprint. Now one of the biggest players in international sales representation in this region, GHS looks forward to an exciting journey ahead with Pestana.
Connected Community Through Technology
In the 21st century, technology plays a major role in fulfilling our unmet needs; providing facilities; enhancing interactions among customers, suppliers, stakeholders and employees; making content universally accessible; and increasing social connectivity. Together, technology and connectivity have transformed business activities by changing the way we do things and access information. Everything is now easier and faster, which leads to more impactful results.
The hospitality industry in particular has been hugely affected by technology. We have seen how free and fast Wi-Fi is now a must-have for hotels, as guests expect to connect to all their devices seamlessly; how communication between hotels and guests is now bidirectional through apps, social media and specialised websites; and how technology is a vital part of a hotel’s marketing and collation of guest data.
At GHS, we undoubtedly believe technology is a cost reducer, but we prefer to see it as a valuable, strategic tool which is able to enhance the quality of our services.
This asset is advancing at a fast pace, with new things always on the horizon, and it is our purpose to be aware of these changes in order to continue to offer the best solutions for our hotel partners. Recently, we developed the Hospitality & Tourism Summit 2016 (HTS 2016) App – available on iOS and Android App Stores – to diffuse information about this event, the most important of its kind, and create a platform where users can find out about the speakers, sponsors, and attendees, and connect with them as well as receiving instant notifications on live updates at the event.
Moreover, GHS’ technology solution, Syncomate - our hospitality software - enables independent hotels to nurture their relationships, synchronise their teams, increase ROI, cut handovers and improve the overall decision-making process, and will be presented at the Summit. This platform encompasses several systems in one – a relationship management tool, conferencing and banqueting system, RFP Tool, marketing automation, expense management tool and PMS integration.
In today’s technology-driven world, it is crucial that businesses stay one step ahead, which is why at GHS we are proud to provide seamless sales, technology and marketing services to help further our hotel partners’ brands; combining unrivalled experience, knowledge and expertise to set us apart as pioneers in the hospitality industry.
For Our Community
GHS is delighted to announce the launch of our global charity campaign. Staying true to the philosophy of “collectively we can do more”, GHS has resolved to roll out a year-round scheme, encouraging member hotels to join our charitable journey. GHS is committed to working towards one unified goal, raising funds for IODR, Happy Child and Sport for Freedom through a series of fun and engaging activities. The scheme includes an eclectic range of events, from bake sales and festive projects to sporting fixtures and internal competitions.
To kick-start the journey, we are getting on board with Happy Child’s “Hand Up” campaign, with a view to igniting a conversation and building awareness around the troubles of child exploitation. Leading the way are some of the members of our GHS London team, showing their support in the campaign.
We encourage all of our hotels to get on board and take a quick snap like our UK team have, sharing the picture on social media with the hashtag #ItsAPenalty. Inspire all of your staff to join the journey and help us build momentum on this global scheme because collectively, we truly can achieve more.
Text PENALTY to 70660 to donate £5 (UK) or visit www.itsapenalty.org to donate (outside UK).
In Our Industry
Global Hospitality Services (GHS) is delighted to be sponsoring the BHA Hospitality & Tourism Summit 2016; providing our partner hotels with the opportunity to participate in, and witness debates with, leaders, CEOs, politicians, investors, and suppliers, to discuss the issues that matter most within our industry. We are delighted that Varun Kapoor, Vice President and Head of Business Intelligence at GHS, will be amongst the speakers on the panel discussions.
Gergana Halatcheva, Senior Vice President comments: “In today’s competitive world, it is extremely important to stay connected, be informed and continuously learn by gaining inspiration from industry experts and leaders. We are delighted to sponsor the 2016 Hospitality and Tourism Summit creating an opportunity for our colleagues and peers to attend this event, have their say and help shape the future of hospitality and tourism. We are pleased to welcome those within our industry to hear what leaders, MPs and directors have to say.”
The Summit this year will focus on issues affecting the whole industry including: alleviation from the impact of the national living wage; our industry’s stance on Europe’s in-out debate; continued devolution; gaining competitive advantage in the global tourism marketplace; making the digital economy work for our industry; and improving profits and future trends. BHA provides an exclusive platform for inspiration, innovation and debate. We look forward to the 5th Hospitality & Tourism Summit on Monday 27th June 2016, and hope you will join us and be part of the "Davos" of hospitality and tourism.
Yoo2 Rio de Janeiro, new GHS Hotel Partner, due to open this July ahead of Olympic Games
As Rio prepares to host the 2016 Olympic Games this August - the first time in Olympic history that a South American country has been awarded such an honour - it is a really exciting time for Yoo2 Rio de Janeiro to be opening and joining GHS’ diverse portfolio of independent properties.
Situated less than 30 minutes from the Olympic Stadium, in the lively Botafogo district, Yoo2 Rio de Janeiro can be found right in the heart of Rio’s vibrant culture, surrounded by numerous art, shopping, and dining hot spots. Designed to reflect the beliefs of YOO’s founders, the new hotel “connects local soul with cutting-edge design”; fusing music, creativity and personality to create a unique experience for guests.
The property features 131 strikingly-dressed guest rooms from YOO Design Studio in London, including classic Yoo2 Rooms with tiled floors and palm-print ceilings; spacious Corcovado Rooms with views of Christ the Redeemer; spectacular Sugar Rooms which look out over Pao de Acucar (Sugar Loaf Mountain); and the luxurious Celebration Suite which guarantees a memorable stay.
Well equipped for both business and leisure guests, the hotel offers an impressive array of in-house facilities plus a state-of-the-art gym due to open in late 2016. The property’s stand-out feature is undoubtedly the Rooftop Pool Bar, providing panoramic poolside views of the city; DJs every evening; shared dining throughout the day; and cocktails made specially by a team of mixologists. And if that wasn’t enough, the hotel can also organise a variety of activities for guests to experience off site; from bike tours to gallery viewings to guided morning runs.
Hernan Saucedo, General Manager of Yoo2 Rio de Janeiro, comments: “Yoo2 Rio de Janeiro will be a true lifestyle hotel experience in one of the most vibrant locations of the Marvelous City. At our rooftop bar, guests will be able to interact with local people (named as Cariocas) and enjoy the astonishing view of Sugar Loaf Mountain and Corcovado at the same time. It is a unique breakthrough for us to proudly partner with GHS.”
Yoo2 Rio de Janeiro will be the newest member of YOO Hotels & Resorts, consisting of lifestyle brand Yoo2 and luxury brand YOO Collection, which currently boasts properties in Thailand, Indonesia and the UK. This will be the first hotel in the world to be opened under the Yoo2 flag as well as the first South American property for the group, with another already set to open in Brazil’s Porto Alegre in 2018, and we are really excited for them.
With a portfolio which now boasts more than 150 properties in Latin and South America, GHS looks forward to a long and successful relationship with Yoo2 Rio de Janeiro, and is excited to further develop the brand in this region and beyond.
BHA & GHS CONNECTIVITY
“Connected thinking, connected energy, connected vision and connected success” is the theme of the British Hospitality Association’s Hospitality & Tourism Summit 2016.
In 2016, the purpose of the Hospitality & Tourism Summit – the most influential event of its kind – is to give businesses a voice; collect them in a unique space for discussion; and connect industry leaders, agenda-setters and members of the government and the media to shape the future.
New connections mean new opportunities, and new opportunities that are managed in the right way create value at personal, professional, economic and social levels. Every little decision we make has an impact on our environment. Each new connection increases our global reach, allowing us to form mutually-beneficial partnerships with those who were previously unreachable.
BHA Summit is about big ideas due to conversation and diversity of thoughts. The purpose of this space for discussion is to use a holistic approach to boost knowledge, connect all areas of the industry together and create a common vision pursuing to highlight the power of collaboration. There is a positive correlation between cooperation and business performance so that connecting with the right individuals and sharing the right ideas means to expand circles of influence.
Each day the hospitality field gain tangible results from connectivity; creating more win-win relationships, referral networks, professional development and knowledge resources.
At GHS, we understand the power of worldwide connectivity, both online and offline. Our daily mission is to enhance an independent hotel’s potential and performance using our well-connected sales offices; arranging meetings with global travel managers and key stakeholders for clients through our work with networking agencies, learning from industry leaders, as well as boosting brand awareness through participation in trade shows and other activities.
As headline sponsors of the Hospitality & Tourism Summit 2016, GHS highlights its commitment to helping the industry surpass today’s challenges, and to guarantee the future development of businesses. GHS’ team believes in the power of ideas and, acting as needles, we knit the hospitality sector together; connecting as many idea holders as possible.
HELPING TO PROTECT CHILDREN FROM EXPLOITATION AND ABUSE
SPRINT KING USAIN BOLT JOINS GARY LINEKER, DENISE LEWIS AND TANNI GREY-THOMPSON SUPPORTING CAMPAIGN TO PROTECT CHILDREN FROM EXPLOITATION AROUND RIO 2016
Olympic 100m champion Usain Bolt is among the many sporting stars who are supporting the campaign to protect children from exploitation and abuse which was launched in central London today.
Global Hospitality Services (GHS) is empowering its hotels to collectively raise awareness to shed light on this global issue. GHS supports the launch of a campaign film to be shown on international airlines and in hotels raising awareness worldwide, that vulnerable children are at risk of being exploited.
The campaign aims to inform people about the issue of child commercial exploitation, educate people about the penalties for offenders; equip the general public, sports fans and tourists with the necessary tools to report a crime and encourage them to ‘say something if you see something’.
The campaign also has the support of Prime Minister David Cameron; former England striker Gary Lineker; Olympic champion Denise Lewis OBE; Paralympic champion Tanni Grey-Thompson; Brazilian footballer David Luiz, former track cyclist and Olympian Sir Chris Hoy, and former South African Rugby Union captain Francois Pienaar. Former British Olympic high jumper Dalton Grant, Ryan Raghoo, a Team GB hopeful for the Paralympics this year, joined former Olympic sprinter Jennifer Stoute at the campaign launch.
Gergana Halatcheva, Senior Vice President of GHS says: “We are committed to protecting the lives of children and saving them from commercial exploitation and abuse and are proud of our hotels in joining the support of the likes of Usain Bolt and other sports celebrities backing the campaign.”
Former Olympic gold medal in heptathlon Denise Lewis OBE said: “As a mother and as an athlete who has travelled all over the world, understanding the plight of these young girls who are faced with sexual exploitation, particularly at major sporting events. We need to do something about it. That’s why I’m trying to highlight this issue and put a stop to it for good.”
Former England striker Gary Lineker added: “I’m really happy to support the campaign. We really need to try and eradicate the exploitation of children.”
“There are young children made to look a lot older and put out there on the streets. If you are out there in a bar having a few drinks just think about it, don’t do anything stupid. And if you see anything stupid give your local child protection agency a call.”
Former Paralympic champion Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson commented: “The reason I am supporting the campaign is because in all my travelling around the world, I’ve seen young girls and boys on the streets made vulnerable. I’ve got a teenage daughter and that’s not what I want for her. So please stop and listen and say something if you see something.”
The National Crime Agency’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Command continues to warn that major sporting and global events are likely to put vulnerable children at a higher risk of exploitation and abuse.
Johnny Gwynne, Director of the CEOP Command said: “Major sporting events provide an opportunity for travelling fans to take advantage of children and young people who are exposed to the commercial sex trade.
“These children are not consenting and the campaign is doing a tremendous job to highlight the threats that they face and spread the important message that child sexual exploitation is unacceptable and that it is the right of every child to be protected from all forms of violence, exploitation and abuse.”
Former British Olympic high jumper Dalton Grant added: “I’m supporting the campaign, as the power of sport can unite people and bring them together to make a difference. Sport has the ability to stop conflict around the world.”
Prospective Team GB Paralympian Ryan Raghoo added: “I am looking forward to representing GB at the Paralympics Games in the summer, but being involved with the campaign is far greater than winning any medals or breaking records.
“It is a sad fact that children all over the world are exploited and the issue is not spoken about enough or addressed. As athletes we have a responsibility to help end global inequality.”
Prime Minister David Cameron endorses the campaign and sent this message for today's launch: “I am delighted that the campaign will now be prevalent for the forthcoming Olympics in Rio. Protecting children who are at risk from sexual exploitation and abuse should be a priority for every country, not just for those that hold major events which attract foreign tourists.”
Visitors who see a crime being committed can 'Dial 100' free in Brazil from a landline, Download UNICEFs ‘Proteja Brasil’ app or call their local child protection agency.
The campaign is being developed in association with Comic Relief, A21, the Global Hospitality Services, Sysdoc, and with support of the Governments, UNICEF, and other international non-governmental organisations and corporates.
NOTES TO EDITORS
IODR, The Indian Ocean Disaster Relief (IODR) was founded by Grange Hotels’ Managing Director in early 2005. IODR’s aim is ‘to measurably improve the well-being of children following natural and other disasters’, and work has expanded to building long-term managed projects, including schools and community, welfare and education centres. Tony Matharu, Chairman and Founder stated: “We all have a moral responsibility to do what we can to stop child abuse. Grange Hotels and IODR will work tirelessly to help prevent the exploitation of children. We unequivocally back the campaign and encourage others to show their support in order to protect society’s most vulnerable. Together we can help to prevent child exploitation across the globe.”
A21, a non-profit organisation that seeks to abolish injustice in the 21st century, focusing its efforts on human trafficking and modern day slavery.
Charlie Blythe, A21 UK Director: “We believe that no child should ever be sexually exploited and we also believe that everyone plays a vital role in stopping this from happening. It’s about raising awareness about this horrific crime which seems to get inevitably worse around major sporting events, such as the Olympics coming up. We are proud to be a part of this Campaign and believe that many children’s lives will be greatly impacted as a result of it.”
Comic Relief is a UK charity, which aims to create a just world, free from poverty. Since 1985, Comic Relief has raised over £1billion. That money has helped, and is helping, people living incredibly tough lives, both at home in the UK and across the world.
Judith McNeill, Grants Director: Whilst global sporting events provide a wonderful opportunity for everyone to come together in celebration, sadly they can sometimes present a risk to vulnerable people in host countries.
Global Hospitality Services, (GHS) Representing nearly 280 independent hotels across the world and its partner hotels proudly support global anti human trafficking initiatives and, more specifically, the ‘It’s A Penalty’ campaign.
Gergana Halatcheva, Senior Vice President of GHS: “Travel, hospitality and global sporting events provide a unique opportunity to highlight global humanitarian concerns and to place the spotlight of publicity on those who participate in or permit crimes all over the world and we are very proud to be part of the campaign."
For thirty years, Sysdoc has worked with companies to help them transform, lead change and make themselves stronger and more resilient. In the charities we choose to support, our aims are the same.
Katherine Corich, CEO: “Protecting young children from exploitation is a priority for all. In supporting the campaign, we hope to encourage others to come on board. Join our journey and let the power of sport and positive media encourage real change. To let the children's voices be heard, brave decisions must be taken.”
UNICEF has spent nearly 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Working with and for children through adolescence and into adulthood requires a global presence whose goal is to produce results and monitor their effects. UNICEF also lobbies and partners with leaders, thinkers and policy makers to help all children realize their rights—especially the most disadvantaged.
GHS Welcome Mexico’s Largest Hotel Chain, Posadas
Wednesday 27th April saw the official launch of a union between the Posadas Group and Global Hospitality Services (GHS). With more than 140 hotels throughout Mexico the partnership with this leading hotel chain was a cause of celebration for all.
The Posadas Group adds a new dimension to the GHS portfolio with their 8 well established brands (Live Aqua, Grand Fiesta Americana, Fiesta Americana, Fiesta Inn, Gamma, One Hotels, Explorean by Fiesta Americana & Lat20 by Live Aqua) catering for tourism needs across the board, whilst still maintaining a truly authentic feel. Most recently, Posadas were excited to announce the latest addition to their group, Lat20 by Live Aqua. Focused on beachside charm and delivering a service which meets each and every guest’s relaxation needs, Lat 20 by Live Aqua will no doubt thrive under the Posadas parasol. As well as stretching out across the Mexican paradise, the Posadas Group intelligently caters for Mexico’s thriving business district. The Fiesta Inn is designed to suit the needs of the modern corporate traveller and offers a ‘business class service’. With more than 60 hotels across the region the Fiesta Inn dominates the Posadas Group and is the leading choice for business travellers. With so many options under the Posadas Group, it is clear that this powerhouse has taken Mexico by storm, identifying a need for tailored accommodation, the Posadas Group have turned themselves to the one stop solution for anyone travelling to Mexico.
Posadas, will be opening more than 40 hotels during 2016 & 2017, so by the end of 2017, they will be operating around 200 properties in their entire portfolio.
The Posadas Vice President Hotel Operations, Enrique Calderón, has noted “the Posadas Group has so much to offer and we are thrilled that Global Hospitality Services are taking us onto their portfolio, ready to boost the Mexican brand on a global scale. I have high hopes for the results of this partnership.
Linda Bekoe, Sales and Marketing Vice President for GHS was the delighted host of the launch event commenting: “The Posadas Group adds a unique dimension onto the GHS portfolio. It engulfs all tourism needs under one umbrella, whether for business or for pleasure, with simple settings to luxuriant living, Posadas is set to become the leading choice in Mexico. We are thrilled to be joining them on this journey.”
Global Hospitality Solutions work with only the most exclusive 4 and 5 star hotels and scrupulously investigates each and every one of their potential partnerships. The team at Global Hospitality Services are more excited than ever to unveil their association with the Posadas Group which fits in with the GHS philosophy of delivering an exceptional service across the world. Through a truly remarkable partnership, the nationwide strength of the Posadas Group and the overwhelming influence of GHS on a global scale is set to become a truly exceptional power house.
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