News in Brief: Thursday March 20

News in Brief: Thursday March 20
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Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has appointed Thorsten Kirschke as president of the Asia Pacific region.

Carlson chief operating officer, David Berg, underlined the Asia Pacific region as a key growth market for the hotel group.


Langham Hospitality Group have appointed Robert Warman to take over the position of chief executive officer from Brett Butcher, who is set to retire from the company.


Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) has opened a new hotel in the coastal city of Nha Trang, Vietnam.

A 40-minute drive from Cam Ranh International Airport, InterContinental Nha Trang features 279 rooms, which includes 56 luxury suites.

IHG currently has six hotels open in Vietnam, with a further seven being developed.   


NZ Ski has announced that their Mt Hutt triple chairlift will be operational for the 2014 ski season, featuring a new look and improvements.

A new terrain park is also in development, while early bird season passes are available for a discounted price until Thursday March 20.


Macau is set to celebrate its second annual four-day Wine and Dine Festival over March 20 – 23 at the outdoor lagoon of hotel the Venetian Macao.

Guests will enjoy wine appreciation courses, street and stage entertainment and the chance to learn about more than 100 international wine products.


UAE-based Done Events have announced the launch of a new two-day music festival in Dubai called Blended.

The festival will be held at Dubai Media Centre Amphitheatre over May 1 and 2 and will see international musicians perform such as Joss Stone, Elvis Costello and our very own Australian, Xavier Rudd.

Done Events chief operating officer Thomas Ovesen said Blended was established in response to the country’s growing desire for quality live music and is to become an annual event that showcases a diverse range of musical artists.


The Dubai Food Festival drew to a close on March 15 after 23 days of food-focused events.

The citywide celebration saw 26 international chefs and over 700 restaurants take part in a wide range of food-related events, tastings, activities and promotions.

Laila Suhail, chief executive officer of the Dubai Festivals and Retail establishment, said the festival was a demonstration of the UAE’s growing profile as a culinary capital.

“2014 set a great benchmark for future Dubai Festivals and we look forward to an even more exciting celebration in 2015,” she said.

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