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US hotel firm Starwood strikes historic Cuba deal – BBC News

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US hotel firm Starwood strikes historic Cuba deal – BBC News

free-vector-starwood-hotels_077191_starwood-hotels US hotel company Starwood has become the first American firm to agree a deal with the Cuban authorities since the revolution of 1959.

Starwood will renovate and run three hotels in the Cuban capital, Havana.

A spokesman for the company said they would be making a “multimillion-dollar investment to bring the hotels up to our standards”.

The news comes on the eve of President Obama’s visit to the island – the first by a US president in almost 90 years.

The BBC’s Will Grant, in Havana, says the deal is a welcome reminder of how far things have come between the two nations since they decided to normalize ties.

A new DIY economy in Cuba

With this visit, and such economic steps, the two sides hope the new ties will soon be irreversible, our correspondent adds.

Tourism in Cuba is at an all-time high, including a sharp rise in the number of US visitors, especially since travel restrictions were eased by President Obama.

Starwood is currently the target of potentially the biggest takeover of an American company by a Chinese business.

Starwood is currently the target of potentially the biggest takeover of an American company by a Chinese business.

Anbang Insurance, which already owns New York’s Waldorf Astoria, has made a $13bn bid for Starwood, trumping an offer by America’s Marriott International. Marriott_Logo.svg

Anbang’s founder, chairman and chief executive Wu Xiaohui is married to Zhuo Ran, grand-daughter of Deng Xiaoping, the country’s former leader who is credited with engineering China’s economic reform.

President Obama arrives in Cuba for a historic visit marking a new chapter in US-Cuban relations, dogged until recently by decades of Cold War animosity.

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Hilton Worldwides DoubleTree by Hilton Brand Expands Presence in Colombia with the Opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Bogot Calle 100 | Business Wire

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Hilton Worldwides DoubleTree by Hilton Brand Expands Presence in Colombia with the Opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Bogot Calle 100 | Business Wire

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BOGOTÁ, Colombia & MCLEAN, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–DoubleTree by Hilton, one of Hilton Worldwide’s (NYSE: HLT) 13 market-leading brands, has broadened its presence in Colombia today with the opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Bogotá – Calle 100. The hotel joins the recently-opened DoubleTree by Hilton Bogotá – Parque 93 as the brand’s first two properties in Colombia. Both hotels are managed by Hoteles Cosmos, and the DoubleTree by Hilton Bogotá – Calle 100 is owned by Inversiones Libra S.A.

 

Set in a quiet section of the Chico neighborhood in the capital city of Bogotá, the ultra-modern, 88-room, full-service hotel offers easy access to the city’s dynamic business district and the grand Autopista Norte highway. The Bogotá World TradThe hotel is ideal for business meetings, weddings and other special gatherings, thanks to nearly more than 16,000 square feet of meeting and event space. Its 20 meeting areas include an amphitheater, executive boardroom and a grand ballroom accommodating up to 1,200 guests. For smaller groups, the hotel offers the Meetings Simplified by DoubleTree by Hilton package which includes the meeting room, basic meeting Wi-Fi, meeting room supplies including a flipchart, markers, extension and power cord, and all day non-alcoholic beverage service. Catering services and a dedicated event staff are available to enhance any event.

 

e Center, Park 93, and Usaquén, which boasts numerous nightclubs, gourmet restaurants and elegant shops, are all within a short walk and Bogotá’s El Dorado International Airport is located roughly less than nine miles northeast.

“The emergence of Bogotá as a fast-growing business and tourism destination makes it an ideal location for DoubleTree by Hilton,” said Dianna Vaughan, senior vice president and global head, DoubleTree by Hilton. “Our staff around the world creates rewarding experiences for our guests every day, and we are thrilled to bring our care-focused service to DoubleTree by Hilton Bogotá – Calle 100. This spirit of hospitality is complemented by the stunning décor, well-appointed guestrooms and exceptional amenities in this new hotel, and we look forward to making sure every experience is a memorable one for our guests.”

Each stay at DoubleTree by Hilton Bogotá – Calle 100 begins with a warm DoubleTree chocolate chip cookie, and refreshing towel at check-in. The hotel offers complimentary Wi-Fi throughout its public areas and guest rooms and a 24-hour business center/connectivity lounge, plus it is the area’s only hotel offering a 24-hour fitness center featuring Precor equipment, steam room, Irish sauna and indoor swimming pool.

DoubleTree by Hilton Bogotá – Calle 100 perfectly balances emblematic design with contemporary luxury. Built to maximize natural light, the hotel offers stunning views of the nearby Andes Mountains or bustling downtown Bogotá from many of its guest and meeting rooms. Its sleek modern elements feature brown and light teal blue color tones, while marble finishes accent the spacious and open property.

The hotel’s guest rooms feature high ceilings and trendy décor, with numerous modern travel comforts such as soundproof windows, air conditioning and bathrooms with a marble shower. Guests will enjoy all the comforts of home with a 42-inch HDTV, mini-refrigerator, coffeemaker, multimedia hub and laptop-sized safe. The hotel’s suites offer a whirlpool bath and a separate living area and dining room.

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