W Hotels Opens First Ski Resort In Verbier

Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ trendy W Hotels brand entered a new frontier this week with the opening of its first ski retreat. As the 45th hotel globally, the new W Verbier Hotels & Residences marks the brand’s entrance into Switzerland. Part of a multi-component luxury development complex owned by Les Trois Rocs, the property is located … Continue reading

China Connects Beijing And Guangzhou By High-Speed Rail

China’s high-speed rail ambitions took another leap forward today with the completion of the final link of a 2,298-kilometer trunk route connecting Beijing with the southern metropolis of Guangzhou, the world’s longest continuous high-speed rail line. The first trains departed Beijing and Guangzhou at 0900 hrs and 1000 hrs respectively, making the journey in approximately … Continue reading

Starwood Opens New St. Regis In Shenzhen

Starwood Hotels & Resorts has welcomed the latest addition to its luxury St. Regis brand in China. Designed by famed architect Sir Terry Farrell, the new St. Regis Shenzhen opened earlier this week and occupies the top 28 floors of the city’s landmark Kingkey 100 building.   297 guestrooms and suites feature floor-to-ceiling windows offering panoramic … Continue reading

Starwood Rebrands Luxury Property In Florence

Starwood Hotels & Resorts has brought its luxury St. Regis brand to Florence, with the opening of the St. Regis Florence, occupying one of the city’s most significant buildings. Originally designed in 1432 by Filippo Brunelleschi (who also worked on the Duomo Santa Maria del Fiore), the property is rebranded from the Grand Hotel Florence under its … Continue reading

Silkair To Start Flights To Bandung, Changsha

Silkair, the regional subsidiary of Singapore Airlines, has announced it is to begin flights to Bandung and Changsha this October. Both destinations are new to the airline and represent growth markets in Southeast and East Asia for it, following a recent focus on expansion in South Asia.   Singapore – Bandung Beginning 11 October 2011, flight MI 196 will … Continue reading