AccorHotels has announced plans to acquire 80% of the leading player in premium customer and employee loyalty services - John Paul. The remaining 20% stake will be kept by the founder of the company, David Amsellem, who will remain as CEO of John Paul. Following the acquisitions of Wipolo, Oasis Collections, SquareBreak and onefinestay, the acquisition of John Paul, will transform AccorHotels into a travel companion providing innovative services to travelers at every step of their journey.
John Paul was founded in Paris in 2007 and it merged with LesConcierges in 2015 to create the world leader in loyalty services with a total company strength of 1,000 across five continents. The team works with some of the world's leading brands to provide bespoke concierge services around the clock (24/7) to meet the needs of their customer's requests.
Equipped with a proprietary Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and data platform that is based on behavioural profiling and personalisation, John Paul has a network of 50,000 partners in over 50 countries to provide the most exhaustive and global solutions to brands in the financial, automotive, travel, consumer, healthcare, pharma, luxury industries and more. AccorHotels positions itself as the best provider of multi-nature services to guests, supporting the whole customer journey, from non-hotel offers to 24/7 assistance through an integrated and innovative solution.
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company has just announced its entry into the luxury yachting and cruises industry by bringing the award-winning luxury brand, The Ritz-Carlton, to the high seas. By incorporating the brand's exceptional service and timeless style, The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection aims to bring luxury accommodation to the sea as well. The first of three lavish cruising yachts in this series is scheduled to take to sea in the fourth quarter of 2019.
As we are waiting on the arrival of some new hotels to open in Singapore this year, the YOTEL Singapore whose design inspiration stems from first class travel cabins, has already started to take reservations from 01 November 2017. The new YOTEL in Singapore aims to cultivate a sense of community within the hotel through large open spaces for co-working, social gatherings and wellness while providing the essential elements of luxury hotels in rooms and cabins where weary travellers will be able to enjoy in the privacy of their own rooms.
The top luxury brand of AccorHotels Group, Raffles Hotels & Resorts has just announced the signing of a historic partnership between the Hinduja Group and Obrascon Huarte Lain Desarrollos (OHLD) to transform Winston Churchill's iconic Old War Office building in Whitehall into one of the most unique hotel and deluxe residences in London - The Raffles London.
As part of the MSB Tamachi mix-used complex, the first Pullman hotel by AccorHotels will open in the fall of 2018. The Pullman Tokyo Tamachi will feature 143 contemporary-design rooms that connects the international style of Pullman hotel with the delicate touch of Japanese art and culture.
Singapore Airlines will be increasing the flight frequency to Paris (the capital city of France) from the current seven per week to 10 per week during the Northern Winter operating season between 29 October 2017 and 24 March 2018. The three additional flights will operate on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays starting 30 October 2017 and it will complement the daily flights that are already in service.
Malaysia will be introducing a brand new variable Tourism Tax from 01 August 2017 for all eligible accommodation products consumed by tourists in Malaysia. This Tourism Tax is variable and dependent on the ratings of the hotel or accommodation that the tourist has decided to consume - it ranges from RM2.50 to RM20 per room per night.
Singapore's first Oakwood Premier property will be unveiled in one of the city's most highly-anticipated buildings in the CBD, the OUE Downtown. The Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore is slated to open on 15 June 2017 and it will become the Lion City's second Oakwood property here (following the opening of Oakwood Studios in Orchard Road earlier in March 2017) to provide furnished and serviced apartment solutions.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) has just signed the United for Wildlife Transport Taskforce Buckingham Palace Declaration in support of efforts to prevent transportation and trafficking of illegal wildlife and their products. The Declaration has 38 airlines under its umbrella currently and it aims to clamp down the trade chains for such wildlife on a global level.
Singapore's very first Hilton Garden Inn branded property, the Hilton Garden Inn Singapore Serangoon has just opened off Serangoon road. Located just a short six-minute walk from Little India MRT Station, the Hilton Garden Inn Singapore Serangoon is surrounded by historic sites, temples, shopping, entertainment and more importantly, plenty of dining options.
A partnership between Marriott International and Japan's leading lodging company, Mori Trust Group, has just announced the opening of five resort properties across Japan this summer - these resorts will be located in some of Japan's most scenic destinations and it will give access to lesser-known locations which include the picturesque lake area at the base of Mount Fuji to the Shuzenzi hot springs resort town situated in the Izu Peninsula.