Park Plaza Hotels in London Offers Rooms for 2012 Olympics

Park Plaza Hotels, a brand from Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, has reported that rooms are available at its properties in London for the 2012 Olympics Games commencing in London, from July 27, 2012 until August 12, 2012.

The company owns five luxury hotels in London, the Park Plaza Victoria London, Park Plaza Riverbank London, Park Plaza Sherlock Holmes London, Park Plaza County Hall London, and Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London. The hotel brand is offering rooms for rates commencing from GBP329, for the 2012 Olympics period, without any stay restrictions.

Greg Hegarty, the regional general manager of the brand, said, ‘We know that many people have written off coming to London this summer after reports of over-inflated room prices, lack of availability and poor location but we’re hoping people will now reconsider and stay at one of our five centrally-located properties.’

Earlier in May 2012, Travelclick, a US-based company that offers ecommerce solutions for the global hotel industry, had reported that average hotel occupancy in London for the Olympic period was 55.4 percent, although room rates had increased by around 65 percent more than for the same period last year.

The London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) had earlier released around 12,000 hotel rooms held back for their use, making it possible to still book a room at an affordable price during the games.

While summer visitors to London averages around 1.5 million every year in August, the British Hospitality Association is estimating that around 294,000 additional visitors are expected to visit the city from abroad, and 587,000 from the UK itself, throughout the period that the games are taking place.


New Radisson Blu Resort Tsinandali to Open in Georgia

A new Radisson Blu Resort is scheduled to open in Tsinandali, Georgia, in 2014, according to an announcement by Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, a hotel group formed by US-based Carlson and Belgium-based Rezidor Hotel Group.

The Radisson Blu Resort, Tsinandali, will feature 100 rooms and is part of the Tsinandali estate. It will be developed by Silk Road Group, a Switzerland based company.

George Ramishvili, the Silk Road Group company chairman, said, ‘We are happy that Rezidor partners with us to build an exclusive spa resort in Tsinandali. We will offer visitors a luxury experience of Georgia’s stunning nature, generous hospitality and its rich heritage of winemaking.’

The new hotel will include 100 rooms, a specialty restaurant, a lounge, cigar and pool bars, an original wine cellar, and extensive spa facilities including treatment rooms, a gym, a relaxation area, and an infinity swimming pool.

Kurt Ritter, the company president and chief executive officer for Rezidor, said, ‘We are delighted to add a rare vintage to our growing collection of contemporary resorts.’

19th century vineyards and gardens bound the Radisson Blu Resort, Tsinandali, and the Tsinandali estate includes two museums, one dedicated to the poet Prince Alexander Chavchavdze, and the second dedicated to Georgian wine and gastronomy. The estate is of historical significance, and is said to be a sought-after venue for corporate events, conferences, cultural programmes, and weddings.

The new hotel will be the third Radisson Blu property in Georgia, after the Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel in Tbilisi, and the Radisson Blu Hotel, Batumi.


Park Inn by Radisson Announces New Summer Offer for Guests

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, a hotel group formed by the US-based Carlson and Belgium-based Rezidor Hotel Group (STO: REZT) companies, has announced a new summer offer for its guests.

The company is offering a ‘Park Inn by Radisson 1+1 Stay One, Get One’ offer, where new members of its Club Carlson loyalty programme will be eligible to receive around 44,000 bonus Gold Points on registration. The points may be redeemed against a complimentary night at any Park Inn by Radisson hotel located anywhere in the world.

Heather Passe, the company vice president for marketing, loyalty and E-commerce, said, ‘This year marks the one-year anniversary of Club Carlson, our global hotel rewards programme, and in celebration, we’d like to encourage new customers around the world to experience the bright, bold and fresh offerings that Park Inn by Radisson has to offer.’

The company is encouraging travellers to register for the 1+1 Stay One, Get One event at until July 22, 2012, in order to benefit from the offer.

Eric De Neef, the senior vice president for Park Inn at Rezidor, the strategic partner of Carlson in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, said, ‘1+1 Stay One, Get One allows our customers to earn a free night at any Park Inn around the world and experience how our hotels add colour to life.’

The complimentary one night’s stay is available at around 1,000 participating hotels belonging to Radisson Blu, Radisson, Park Plaza, Park Inn by Radisson, and Country Inns & Suites By Carlson brands, worldwide.

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group Partners with SAS Credits

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, a hotel group formed by the US-based Carlson and Belgium-based Rezidor Hotel Group companies, has announced partnership with SAS Credits, a corporate loyalty programme of SAS, the Sweden-based airline company.

The partnership is allowing employees of small and medium enterprises to earn credits on flying with SAS and certain Star Alliance affiliated airlines, and staying at Radisson Blu or Park Inn by Radisson hotels in Europe and the Middle East.

The earned credits may be redeemed for complimentary flights or room nights at the participating hotel properties.

Kurt Ritter, the president and chief executive officer of Rezidor, said, ‘We are delighted to lift our long term cooperation with SAS to new heights. We are already collaborating with SAS EuroBonus, the airline loyalty programme for individual travellers, and generate over 300,000 associated room nights per year. We are now expanding our partnership to SAS Credits and target the Small and Medium Businesses – a discretionary market that is growing strongly and has a huge untapped potential.’

SAS Credits programme is offered in 22 countries, and the partnership is being tested for SAS Credits companies in Belgium, Denmark and Poland initially.

Rickard Gustafson, the chief executive officer of SAS, said, ‘Our SAS Credit programme is unique within the airline industry and highly appreciated amongst small and medium-sized companies. With Rezidor as a new partner, our members are given a wider range of opportunities to earn credits, whilst at the same time it will lower their travel expenses.’