Hilton Announces New Hotel in Lima, Peru

Hilton Worldwide, a US-based multi-national hotel corporation, will be opening a new Hilton brand hotel in Lima, Peru, by the end of this year.

The company has entered into a management agreement with JGJ Proyectistas SAC for the 207-room, Hilton Lima Miraflores, which is located 13 miles from the international airport in Lima.

Christopher J Nassetta, the company president and chief executive officer for Hilton Worldwide, said, ‘Hilton Worldwide is experiencing a period of remarkable global growth, with the highest growth rate of any major lodging company, the largest pipeline in the industry, and the largest Latin America expansion in our history. Peru, with its stable economy and continued growth, is a prime market for international travel, and we are delighted to be working with JGJ Proyectistas on bringing this exceptional property to one of Latin America’s most important cities.’

The hotel’s 207 rooms will include 45 executive rooms, 9 suites and a presidential suite, with Hilton Serenity Collection amenities. The other facilities will include event space for business travellers, inclusive of 9 meeting rooms, a business centre and a grand ballroom that will seat 350 people.

The resident amenities also include a full service restaurant, a lobby bar, and a sky terrace with an outdoor swimming pool, as well as a spa and a fitness centre by Precor.

The company currently owns around 50 hotels and resorts that are open to travellers in Latin America, while projects in the pipeline include new properties in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, and Panama.


Three New Ramada Hotels Open in Peru

Wyndham Worldwide Corporation, a US-based holding company for hotel properties, will be opening three new hotels in Peru in 2012, through a franchising agreement with Peru-based, Hoteles Costa del Sol.

The company will be opening three new Ramada Hotels in Peru, adding to its existing portfolio of 90 properties in Latin America.

Daniel del Olmo, the company senior vice president and managing director of Latin America, said, ‘We are very excited to announce the expansion of our alliance with the Costa del Sol hotel group. It serves as a prime example of how we intend to significantly grow our presence across Latin America by affiliating existing portfolios and national hotel chains in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Peru and Mexico, which are our key growth markets.’

Hoteles Costa del Sol owns and operates the 130-room Ramada Costa del Sol Lima Airport Hotel, located close to the Jorge Chavez Lima – Callao International Airport. The hotel amenities include a 24-hour restaurant, a bar, a spa and fitness facilities, meeting rooms, complimentary breakfast and wireless Internet access.

The Ramada Costa del Sol Cusco has 77 guestrooms, and is located in the town of Cusco, known as the gateway to Machu Picchu. Machu Pichu is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the most famous of Peru’s attractions.

The Ramada Costa del Sol Tumbes has 55 rooms and is located in the city of Tumbes. Hotel amenities include a restaurant and a bar, a fitness room with a personal trainer, a casino, complimentary breakfast, Internet access, and meeting facilities.

Seeing Northern Lights Top’s Holiday Wish-List

Many employees will see the start of the new holiday year this month and will start thinking about getting away for well needed holiday. A recent survey undertaken by travel specialist, The Adventure Company, has revealed that the enigmatic Aurora Borealis is the leading light when it comes to the holiday experience wish-list.

Survey results have shown that from 8000 UK travellers, the Northern Lights topped the league of iconic sights that Brits would most like to experience over the coming year with 16% of votes. Only narrowly beating Machu Picchu (15.7%) – which this year celebrates the 100th anniversary of being ‘discovered’ by Hiram Bingham – to the ‘must-see’ post.

Explaining the rising popularity of this natural phenomenon Claire Wilson, MD of The Adventure Company, said: “It seems that recent shows such as the BBC’s ‘Wonders of the Solar System’ and Joanna Lumley’s own Northern Lights experiences have really inspired us Brits to look up for holiday inspiration. Coupled with natural displays such as a partial eclipse of the sun and a meteor shower being visible in a few fortunate corners of the UK over the last few months along with last month’s super moon, it looks like the UK’s fascination with ‘star-gazing’ on their travels may finally be moving away from C-list celebrities.”

In third position, with 8.6% of responses, was Nepal’s mighty Himalaya. No longer simply the domain of hardened mountaineers or travellers on the hippy trail, the region has become more accessible through increased flights while The Adventure Company has experienced a 60% increase in demand for holidays to the Himalayan Kingdom over the last four years. And with 2011 having been declared the year of tourism Nepal, it seems that the country¡¦s appeal to those new to adventure and seasoned travellers alike will continue to flourish.

Wildlife-rich destinations such as The Galapagos (8.2%), The Amazon (4%) and The Rainforest (3.6%), meanwhile, were left further down the list, in fourth, eighth and tenth place respectively.
However, perhaps indicating that animals have become as much of a reason to travel as the destination itself, tigers proved triumphant with a quarter of holidaymakers (23.2%) voting the endangered species the animal they would most like to see in their natural environment. With Tigers teetering on the edge of extinction and the chance of sighting one front of mind for many of those travelling to India, it can only be hoped that continued visitors will help increase awareness of the issues facing this majestic creature.

Gorillas were next on the animal agenda, with 12.1% of those questioned choosing them as the animal they’d most like to see on a wildlife holiday, followed by the Giant Panda which drew 10.6% of votes.

With a new generation of intrepid TV presenters inspiring would-be explorers of all ages to be more adventurous with their holidays, it seems there¡¦s still a long way to journey before travel stalwart Michael Palin is ousted from the nation’s heart. Over a third of those polled (37.5%) chose Palin as the TV adventurer they’d most like to travel with, leaving Ray Mears (13.5%) and Ranulph Fiennes (12.7%) in his shadow.

And it¡¦s not just adults who are increasingly drawn to exploring further afield, with the results indicating that families are increasingly adding adventure to their ‘holiday homework’. When parents were asked which corners of the world they would most like to take their children on holiday to, India’s combination of wildlife, culture and stunning landscapes ensured it topped the list for a fifth of families (20.9%). East & South Africa came second (17.7%) and Latin America third (14.3%), while Europe was left in sixth place, having attracted just 11.3% of votes.

Wilson added: “TV coverage over the last few years has certainly helped make adventurous escapes and active breaks seem more accessible. While it’s an accepted truth that travel broadens the mind, age shouldn’t be a barrier to travel. It¡¦s therefore especially encouraging to see more and more parents taking advantage of the school holidays to swap deckchairs for backpacks and, supporting this trend, The Adventure Company has seen a 49% growth in family adventure holidays over the last five years.”