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American hospitality pioneer André Balazs is vaunted for his smart, sophisticated and sexy hotels. He tells Christopher Kanal what keeps luxury special and reveals his plans following the opening of his latest hotel, The Standard New York.

STR reveals Caribbean / Mexico hotel development pipeline

The hotel development pipeline for the Caribbean / Mexico in August 2011 comprises 129 hotels and 18,994 rooms, according to an STR Construction Pipeline report. The region opened ten projects with 928 rooms in 2011 as of 31 July 2011. A further 26 projects comprising 4,104 r

Hawaii Reserves to build Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Oahu

Hawaii Reserves has received approval from Honolulu City Council for the construction of a $35m Courtyard by Marriott hotel on North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii. The 222-room project will include a swimming pool, a restaurant and banquet facilities on 9.84 acres. Construction of the p

Blackstone to buy City Inn for $947m

US-based investment firm Blackstone is to buy hotel operator City Inn and its Mint Hotels brand for $947m. City Inn owns and operates seven Mint hotels in the UK and opened its eighth in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in May 2011. Blackstone will run the hotel chain as part of i

Accor to take over 130 rooms at Hotel Lighter Quay

International hotel brand Accor has signed a deal to manage the majority of rooms at the 170-room Hotel Lighter Quay in Auckland, New Zealand. The company will manage a minimum of 130 rooms at the renamed Hotel Lighter Quay from the end of September 2011. Formerly known as Hot

Lindner Hotels installs Fuzionlink channel management solution

German hospitality group Lindner Hotels has partnered with EZYield to install EZYield’s Fuzionlink channel management throughout Lindner’s portfolio. Lindner has 34 hotels and resorts in Germany, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland and Spain, and manages rates and availability for its 4,760 r

Kimpton to reopen Philadelphia’s Hotel Monaco

US-based Kimpton Hotel Group is to reopen the 268-room Hotel Monaco in the Center City district of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US, in 2012. The 11-storey property will have 12,000ft² of meeting space, including a 3,200ft² ballroom and a 130-seat restaurant. The Monac

G24 Innovations, Skyco secure hotel renovation contract

UK-based G24 Innovations (G24I) and US-based Skyco Shading Systems have secured a contract with an undisclosed global hotel chain to take part in a major renovation of a flagship hotel. The contract is for the installation of energy-efficient shades in over 8,000 of the hotel’s window

Macao records increase in July hotel occupancy

The average hotel occupancy rate of Macao, China, reached 88.9% in July 2011, with four-star hotels leading at 93.1%, according to figures released by the city’s Statistics and Census Service. Local hotels and guesthouses received a total of 795,827 guests in July, a 21.5% increase year

Hilton unveils A$700m Surfers Paradise complex in Australia

Hilton Worldwide has opened its A$700m ($715m) Hilton Surfers Paradise complex on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. The 169-room Hilton Surfers Paradise is the eighth Hilton-branded property in Australia and features a spa, a 1,500m² deck with four pools and a sauna. Th