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Ground has bro­ken on the 143-room HO­TEL INDIGO in Dubai, billed as a fully sus­tain­able ho­tel in which all its en­ergy needs will be met by so­lar power. Ex­ec­u­tives stay­ing in IHG’S CAIRO CITYSTARS prop­er­ties (In­ter­Con­ti­nen­tal, Hol­i­day Inn and Stay­bridge Suites) shouldn’t have any con­nec­tiv­ity is­sues, af­ter high-speed in­ter­net has been up­graded to a band­width of 700MB, cov­er­ing rooms, con­fer­ence ar­eas and out­door and pub­lic spa­ces. The group has signed its first Crowne Plaza in Cairo – the 187-room ho­tel aims to open in Sheikh Zayed City in 2021.

is also strength­en­ing its Egyp­tian pres­ence, an­nounc­ing the 300-key Möven­pick Ho­tel & Res­i­dences North Coast (150 ho­tel rooms, 150 branded units) which is slated to open 2020. The first res­i­dences in the Mid­dle East are sched­uled to open late 2019. The 244-unit tower, lo­cated in Hill­side Dubai, will be part of a 110,00sq ft com­mu­nity con­tain­ing a club­house & spa, fit­ness cen­tre and leisure/chil­dren’s fa­cil­i­ties. AVANI HO­TELS & RE­SORTS has made its first foray into res­i­den­tial, af­ter open­ing Avani Me­trop­o­lis Auck­land Res­i­dences. Avani Hua Hin Re­sort & Vil­las has opened (be­low).

Hos­pi­tal­ity Group has opened an 172room Amari re­sort in Galle, the brand’s third ho­tel in Sri Lanka. WORLD OF HY­ATT of­fers: buy 5,000-9,000 points for 20 per cent bonus; 10,000-29,000 points for 30 per cent bonus and 30,00055,000 points for 40 per cent bonus.




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