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Swiss-Belhotel International has announced ambitious expansion plans with a strategic focus on Central and Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Africa. As part of the move the group recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Odyssey Group to support its expansion in Japan.

Revier Dubai, a four-star lifestyle hotel modelled as a meeting point for today’s gen-X while offering Swiss Hospitality in Business Bay, has recently appointed Mickael Chevalier as general manager. Chevalier joins the team with an impressive hospitality record of more than 27 years of progressive experience in luxury hotels in various countries.

Preferred Hotels & Resorts – one of the world’s largest provider of sales, marketing, and distribution to independent hotels – has announced a new agreement with Virgin Hotels that encompasses Virgin Hotels properties in key US cities.

Marriott International has appointed Richard Collins as its area vice president for Sub-Saharan Africa.

Virgin Hotels, the luxury lifestyle hotel brand by Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson, announced reservations are live for its first European hotel Virgin Hotels Edinburgh, on June 01 of this year.

Radisson Hotel Group is delighted to announce the launch of the Group’s newest brand, Radisson Individuals, in Egypt with the opening of Marina Resort Port Ghalib, a member of Radisson Individuals. This brings the Group’s portfolio in Egypt to eight hotels in operation and under development and the first Radisson Individuals in Africa.

Centara Hotels & Resorts, one of Thailand’s leading hotel operators, supports a royally endorsed initiative by H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn with the introduction of Camellia Seed Oil, a healthy cooking oil alternative also known as ‘Tea Seed Oil’, in 13 hotels and resorts across Thailand.

Fairfield by Marriott, part of Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of 30 extraordinary brands, recently announced the planned openings for this year of seven new Fairfield properties across four prefectures in Japan: Nara, Hokkaido, Hyogo, and Okayama.

Marriott International recently announced plans to expand its portfolio in Greater China with the anticipated additions of more than 50 hotels in over 30 destinations across the region in during this year.

IHG Hotels & Resorts, one of the world’s leading hotel companies, has announced the appointment of industry veterans Maher Abou Nasr and Charbel Boutros as vice president of operations for KSA and vice president of development for MEA respectively.