Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced today the opening of the fully renovated, 169-room Hyatt Regency Hesperia Madrid, marking the Hyatt Regency brand’s entry into Spain.
Located on one of Madrid’s most iconic avenues, Paseo de la Castellana, the hotel aims to bring the Hyatt Regency brand’s signature intuitive services and energizing experiences to business and leisure guests alike. Hyatt Regency Hesperia Madrid is in close proximity to businesses, banks and embassies along with luxury retail shops and historic sites. Just 30 minutes from the airport and on the Gregorio Marañón Metro line, travelers are well connected to explore the rest of the city.
“We are thrilled to introduce the Hyatt Regency brand to Spain with the opening of Hyatt Regency Hesperia Madrid,” said Monica Friera, general manager of Hyatt Regency Hesperia Madrid. “With Madrid being one of Spain’s most significant commercial centers, we are confident the Hyatt Regency brand is the perfect fit to cater to business travelers, providing personalized care to help enable meaningful connections.”
Furthermore, the Hyatt Regency brand aims to make travel stress free by providing guests everything they need under one roof. The hotel offers a full range of services and amenities, including flexible working spaces and expansive technology-enabled facilities for meetings and events.
“As a brand which focuses on creating seamless experiences for city travelers, Hyatt Regency delivers world-class hospitality that attracts Spanish and international travelers alike,” said Jordi Ferrer, CEO of Hesperia Hotels & Resorts.
The hotel’s 169 rooms are bright and elegant, with 33 suites overlooking the impressive Paseo de la Castellana. Top floor suites feature garden terraces and private hot tubs, where guests can enjoy exclusive views of the city.
Dining and Drinking
Guest can enjoy an exquisite and unique culinary experience at the two Michelin-starred restaurant Santceloni, member of the Relais & Châteaux and Les Grandes Tables du Monde restaurant associations. Executive Chef Óscar Velasco’s team includes renown Spanish industry personalities such as Maître Abel Valverde and Sommelier David Robledo. Together, they aim to provide sophisticated culinary experiences through a perfect combination of tradition and innovation in every aspect.
The hotel is also home to La Manzana, known for its innovative and creative seasonal market cuisine.
Meetings and Events
The hotel offers over 12,270 square feet (1,140 square meters) of flexible event spaces, which are well equipped to cater a range of events, from large scale conferences to small workshop meetings. A personalized service is offered to make sure every detail is tended to.
The hotel also boasts a 4,510 square foot (419 square meter) ballroom, designed in a contemporary style filled with warm tones. The space is available for weddings and large celebrations, as well as an on-site wedding planner to ensure guests have an unforgettable experience.
The hotel’s rooftop gym provides travelers with an escape from the bustling city below. Guests are also in close proximity to a nearby park, where Guest Services can assist in booking activities including cycling, golf, jogging trail and tennis.
Hyatt Regency Hesperia Madrid was rebranded from Hesperia Madrid Hotel and is managed by Hesperia Hotels & Resorts. It is the fourth Hyatt hotel to open in Spain, alongside Hyatt Centric Gran Vía Madrid, Hotel Sofia Barcelona and Park Hyatt Mallorca.
For more information about Hyatt Regency hotels, please visit: https://www.hyatt.com/brands/hyatt-regency.
The term “Hyatt” is used in this release for convenience to refer to Hyatt Hotels Corporation and/or one or more of its affiliates.
Source: Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Opening of a contemporary art center designed by renowned architect Sir David Adjaye OBE as well as major exhibition of Mexican artist Sebastián, puts the Alamo City on art lovers’ must-see lists
The much-anticipated, October opening of Ruby City is the latest major cultural development in San Antonio, coming on the heels of a $100 million expansion of The Witte Museum, a multi-million-dollar transformation of the McNay Art Museum and a $40 million expansion at the San Antonio Botanical Garden. The new experiences, along with remarkable exhibitions puts San Antonio in the art world spotlight this fall.
Opening October 13, Ruby City is the dream made reality of the late philanthropist Linda Pace for a dedicated space for contemporary works by locally and internationally acclaimed artists. Building on the Linda Pace Foundation Collection of more than 900 works, the inaugural exhibition is presented in three parts, entitled Waking Dream, Isaac Julien: Playtime, and Jewels in the Concrete. The design of the building by distinguished architect Sir David Adjaye OBE is inspired, in part, by the 16th century Spanish Missions in San Antonio. The exterior concrete skin is imbued with a rich red tone giving the building its ruby red glow. Ruby City is part of a larger campus including Chris Park, a public green space named in memory of Pace’s son, and Studio, an exhibition space presenting curated shows throughout the year.
San Antonio visitors also can look forward to a celebration of Mexican artist Sebastián, in the exclusive city-wide exhibit “Sebastian in San Antonio: 50+ Years/20+ sites/100+ works.” Best known for his monumental sculptures found around the world, Sebastián’s work has been shown in more than 190 solo exhibitions and permanent works in over 20 countries including Germany, Brazil and Japan. San Antonio is of significance for Sebastián and his work, with his iconic “La Antorcha de la Amistad” sculpture a notable part of the city’s skyline. More than 100 2D and 3D works will be on display from September 2019 to May 2020 in accessible locations including the River Walk, Market Square, Culture Commons Gallery at Plaza de Armas and the San Antonio International Airport.
The opening of Ruby City and the Sebastián exhibition join San Antonio’s over two dozen cultural institutions and art programs, making the city a top destination for art lovers. Additional arts highlights for this fall include:
The 25th anniversary and return of early resident artists Alex de Leon and Elizabeth McGrath to Artpace San Antonio.
San Antonio’s first contemporary art space, Blue Star Contemporary, featuring four exhibitions including Joey Fauerso’s Teardowns, Margaret Craig’s Sea Islands, Tsuyoshi Anzai’s Healthy Machines and Sterling Allen and Larry Graeber’s Formal Proof.
Briscoe Western Arts Museum is showing more than 100 paintings and sculptures of animals around the world in the Society of Animal Artists’ 59th Annual Exhibition Art and the Animal.
McNay Art Museum, Texas’ first modern art museum, is undergoing a $6.25 million transformation of its grounds and sculpture gardens. This fall, visitors can view Picasso to Hockney: Modern Art on Stage, as well as Mary Cassatt’s Impressionist masterpiece The Cup of Tea on exclusive loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York as part of the McNay’s suite of Cassatt’s well-known aquatints and other works.
San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA) welcomes two distinct exhibitions: Victorian Radicals: From the Pre-Raphaelites to the Arts & Crafts Movement and Elegant Pursuits: The Arts of China’s Educated Elite, 1400-1900. Elegant Pursuits celebrates the unveiling of a large Taihu rock, a gift of the Chinese Sister City, Wuxi, honoring San Antonio’s tricentennial anniversary. SAMA is the first museum in the southwest to present a Taihu rock to the public.
Following its recent $100 million expansion, The Witte presents Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids, where museum goers investigate how misidentification, speculation, fear or imagination could have inspired the development of some legendary creatures.
To learn more about San Antonio’s lively arts scene, go to visitsanantonio.com/arts.
Additional exhibition information and images available at media.visitsanantonio.com.
SOURCE Visit San Antonio
We have no choice but to create sustainable travel solutions. The ultimate product that the tourism industry promotes is the earth. Therefore, new, creative ways must be found to inspire travel in a responsible way. This was clarified by Sharry Sun, Global Head of Brand of Travelzoo® (NASDAQ: TZOO), a global publisher of exclusive offers and experiences for members, at the Phuket Hotels for Islands Sustaining Tourism (PHIST) Forum 2019. Organized by the Phuket Hotels Association, C9 Hotelworks and Greenview, PHIST is Asia’s largest sustainability forum for the tourism industry.
During a panel session, in which Sharry was interviewed by Skift’s Asia Editor Raini Hamdi, an award-winning journalist with an in-depth understanding of the tourism industry, Ms. Sun said: “Maybe in some industries, choosing between sustainability and growth is a tough decision, but this is absolutely not true for the tourism industry. The tourism industry will only exist and prosper if we can achieve sustainable growth without harming the planet. Without a beautiful, dynamic and clean earth, what experiences will be out there for us to promote to consumers?”
While some consumers and industry peers believe that green travel offers must come at higher prices, Sharry explained that the opposite is frequently true. “Travelzoo negotiates and publishes special offers with hotels, airlines and local businesses that allow our members to enjoy quality travel at unbeatable prices—by exploring popular places during less busy seasons or visiting new and exotic destinations or local attractions. Not only do offers like this allow members to make significant savings, they also contribute to the local economy at a time when destinations would otherwise see fewer visitors. This way, unequal demand throughout the year for popular destinations can be smoothed out.”
During the interview, Raini also asked about the general perception that Asian consumers are less concerned about sustainability or environmental protection.
“I believe that in every country there are consumers who are more environmentally aware and passionate about green travel,” replied Sharry. “Travelzoo is very lucky to have more than three million high-quality members in Asia who are well-educated, frequent travelers that recognize the importance of sustainable tourism. It takes time to raise public awareness, of course, but we are confident that our open-minded Travelzoo members will be the advocate group to support exploring our planet in a way that is both sustainable and life-enhancing.”
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Diriyah Gate, a sweeping 19th century adobe city that is the birthplace of the Saudi nation, will be soon unveiled to world leaders and notable guests as a major educational, cultural, recreational, and hospitality hub on the banks of the Hanifa valley in Diriyah, in the heart of the modern capital city of Riyadh.
Established in July 2017, Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA) is tasked with preserving Diriyah’s history, celebrating its community and developing the historic site into one of the world’s greatest gathering places and a hub for Saudi culture and heritage, and tourism. To that end, Diriyah Gate Development Authority signed landmark deals with Aman, a luxury resort developer, and the Greg Norman Golf Course Design (GNGCD) Company at the Open Hearts, Open Doors event on September 27 that introduced the splendors of Diriyah to the world.
The boutique Aman hotel will be built in Bujairi, the lifestyle and culture hub of the Diriyah Gate megaproject. Aman resorts are among the world’s most exclusive and renowned for their luxury, personalized service; with no lobbies, bellboys, or reception desks, Aman has upended the typical model of the hospitality industry. Its Diriyah Gate property will have spectacular views over the At-Turaif UNESCO World Heritage Site. Meanwhile, the 27-hole Wadi Safar Golf Course will be designed by the GNGCD, one of the world’s leading golf course developers, in an exclusive residential district being developed by DGDA in a verdant valley west of Riyadh.
The Diriyah announcement comes as the Kingdom releases details of its new eVisa system, which also came into effect September 27. A key step in realizing Saudi Arabia’s ambitious tourism strategy, the eVisa, currently available to citizens of 49 countries, will open the Kingdom’s wonders to tourists, and especially those visiting for non-religious reasons, for the very first time.
“The Diriyah Gate development will serve as a gathering place and pillar of Saudi Arabia’s new era of openness. We are incredibly excited about our partnerships with Greg Norman and the resort developer Aman, unveiled just this week, as they offer a taste of the type of unprecedented collaborations we are seeking in our mission to make Diriyah a global icon and the Arabian peninsula’s must-visit destination,” said Gerard ‘Jerry’ Inzerillo, CEO of Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA).
While Saudi Arabia is the Middle East’s second biggest market for tourism, until recently this has been almost exclusively religious tourism. Under the Kingdom’s ambitious Vision 2030 strategic plan, tourism has been identified as a major growth sector, with Saudi Arabia making huge strides in opening up in recent years with the introduction of tourism visas and a wide range of cultural festivals, concerts and sporting events.
DGDA’s role in this remarkable cultural expansion includes hosting the Formula E auto racing events; the upcoming Diriyah Seasons series of concerts, and the much-anticipated heavyweight title boxing match between Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr. in December.
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