LOUNGE UP­DATES Qatar’s First Class Lounge in Doha Opens –

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class lounge at Ha­mad In­ter­na­tional air­port is sched­uled to open at the end of April. The lounge has been de­layed well be­yond the open­ing of the air­port. Ac­cord­ing to the car­rier’s CEO Ak­bar Al Baker, the de­lays were the re­sult of “very high stan­dards and ameni­ties” be­ing in­stalled.

class lounge will be re­stricted to those mem­bers con­tin­u­ing to have ac­cess to the Al Mour­jan Busi­ness Class lounge. For de­tails visit qatarair­ways.com for more in­for­ma­tion.

Emi­rates has opened its lat­est lounge at Los An­ge­les In­ter­na­tional air­port. The $6.2 mil­lion fa­cil­ity, which is the Gulf car­rier’s 37th lounge world­wide, is class pas­sen­gers and to Plat­inum and Gold mem­bers of Emi­rates Sky­wards.

Lo­cated in the Tom Bradley In­ter­na­tional Ter­mi­nal, the new lounge is 9,000 square feet and seats up to 157 peo­ple. Fea­tures in­clude free WiFi, a ter­race view, a “choice of for­mal and re­laxed seat­ing,” a dining area, showers, a prayer room and a fully-equipped busi­ness cen­ter.

busi­ness class pas­sen­gers within 60 miles of the air­port.

United Air­lines has an­nounced im­prove­ments to its United Clubs with up­grades to the menu, as well as the ren­o­va­tion of the lounges.

The new com­pli­men­tary food menu will in­clude new morn­ing food se­lec­tions such as hot old-fash­ioned oat­meal with as­sorted toppings, scones, and as­sorted ce­re­als and fresh fruit. In the af­ter­noon, the menu in­cludes such choices as fresh hum­mus with as­sorted toppings, Mediter­ranean salad, soup du jour and ar­ti­san

The new menu will be avail­able at United Clubs in Hous­ton, Den­ver, Ne­wark, Los An­ge­les, San Fran­cisco and Wash­ing­ton Dulles by the end of the sum­mer, while all other lounges world­wide will fol­low by year’s end.

In ad­di­tion, United will be ren­o­vat­ing its lounges in Chicago O’Hare, Wash­ing­ton Rea­gan, Hong Kong and Tokyo Narita. The air­line will also be adding new fa­cil­i­ties in At­lanta and San Fran­cisco, while mak­ing ma­jor changes to its lounges in Los An­ge­les.

“Our new fresh, tasty and healthy food of­fer­ings, over­hauled ser­vice ap­proach, and sys­tem­atic in­vest­ment in ren­o­vat­ing the rest of our 49 clubs world­wide will give our cus­tomers an air­port get­away for re­lax­ing or be­ing pro­duc­tive dur­ing the hus­tle and bus­tle of their travel day,” said Jimmy Sa­martzis, vice pres­i­dent of cus­tomer ser­vice.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit united.com.

En­ter­prise Con­tin­ues Global Ex­pan­sion

En­ter­prise Hold­ings has ex­panded its global foot­print into Cen­tral Amer­ica and Australia and New Zealand. In Costa Rica, Gu­atemala and Nicaragua, Grupo ANC is En­ter­prise Rent-A-Car’s new fran­chise part­ner. The En­ter­prise fran­chise part­ner in Australia and New Zealand is Redspot, Australia’s largest fam­ily-owned car rental com­pany.

In Costa Rica, air­port lo­ca­tions are open in Liberia and San Jose. En­ter­prise also will open a down­town of­fice at Mo­men­tum Lin­dora Plaza in San Jose. In Gu­atemala and Nicaragua, reser­va­tions made through En­ter­prise Rent-ACar chan­nels will be served by Drive Al­liance part­ner Na­tional Car Rental at its cur­rent air­port lo­ca­tions in Gu­atemala City and Managua.

En­ter­prise, Na­tional and Alamo brands will de­but at all ma­jor Aus­tralian air­ports later this year through the Redspot net­work, in­clud­ing the in­ter­na­tional gate­ways of Syd­ney, Mel­bourne, Bris­bane and Perth, as well as in key city cen­ters. The En­ter­prise op­er­a­tions in New Zealand will come on­line in 2016.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit en­ter­prise­hold­ings.com.

Slated for the Sher­a­ton Brand

Star­wood Ho­tels & Re­sorts World­wide has plans to open at least 20 new ho­tels un­der the Sher­a­ton brand by the end of the year. In par­tic­u­lar, strong de­mand across Asia-Pa­cific is help­ing to drive the brand’s growth, with Sher­a­ton due to open more than one-third of its new ho­tels in the re­gion.

Al­ready the largest high-end ho­tel brand in China, Sher­a­ton is grow­ing in the pri­mary cities, as well as ex­pand­ing its pres­ence in the coun­try’s sec­ondary and re­sort mar­kets. This year, the brand will open its third ho­tel in Bei­jing, its fifth in Shang­hai, and de­but in five new mar­kets in­clud­ing Bengbu, Chuzhou, Zhan­jiang and Harbin. Al­to­gether, there are more than 33 ho­tels slated to open in China over the next four years. The brand is also gear­ing up for 2016 open­ings in In­dia and Sri Lanka.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit star­wood­ho­tels.com

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