Marriott International and YTL Hotels Sign Agreements for New Hotels Across Asia

first_imgMarriott International and YTL Hotels today announced agreements for new hotels across Asia, strengthening both companies’ presence in the world’s fastest growing region. During an official ceremony held at The Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur, the two companies agreed to develop two new luxury hotels in Malaysia under the JW Marriott and EDITION brands and signed Memorandums of Understanding for two hotels in Japan, an EDITION and a W Hotel in Niseko Village, Hokkaido. Tan Sri Dato’ (Dr) Francis Yeoh, Managing Director of YTL Group of Companies said: “We’re delighted to expand our hospitality footprint in Asia through Marriott International. Our 20-year relationship has been pivotal to the growth of YTL Hotels in Malaysia, Asia and in the UK. We currently have 11 Marriott International hotels in our portfolio of 32 hospitality assets, making us one of Marriott’s largest owning companies with one of the longest relationships in Asia. Through illustrious Marriott International brands such as The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott and Autograph Collection, we seek to offer our guests experiences that will make memories for a lifetime.”Craig S. Smith, President and Managing Director for Marriott International Asia Pacific, said: “We are pleased with today’s announcement, which advances our goal of doubling our luxury presence in Asia Pacific. With the addition of these hotels to our system, our guests will have even more luxurious opportunities to explore Malaysia and Japan, two exciting and diverse travel destinations.” In Malaysia, YTL Hotels’ second JW Marriott hotel will be strategically located near KL Sentral, an exclusive urban centre in the country’s largest transit hub, offering guests seamless connectivity and easy access to the city’s premier business and leisure destinations. The EDITION in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s first, will boast a prestigious address neighbouring the Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC), home to the Petronas Towers, the world’s tallest twin towers. The 350-key property will deliver distinctive rooms that ensure the finest contemporary luxury experience. In Japan, the EDITION and W hotels will further complement the luxury hotel experience in the fully integrated Niseko Village. YTL Hotels’ prominent presence in the powder mecca of Japan – Niseko Village in Hokkaido – is growing with the upcoming development of a Ritz-Carlton Reserve. The highly lauded ski resort currently features two existing hotels with ski-in ski-out accommodation and a collection of bespoke townhouses. It is world-renowned for its dry champagne powder snow in the winter and in the summer, guests are awed by the breathtaking wildlife, fresh harvest and a wide array of outdoor recreation including golf, trekking and horse riding. Separately, YTL Hotels celebrated the relaunch of the 578-room JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur on 5 December after having undergone a complete refurbishment. The hotel combines contemporary elegance with the convenience of being located right in the heart of the city’s Golden Triangle. The hotel is now open to guests, offering luxurious rooms and facilities.  About Marriott InternationalMarriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of more than 6,400 properties in 30 leading hotel brands spanning 126 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world. The company also operates award-winning loyalty programs: Marriott Rewards®, which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest®. For more information, please visit our website at, and for the latest company news, visit In addition, connect with us on Facebook and @MarriottIntl on Twitterand Instagram. About YTL HotelsYTL Hotels owns and manages a prestigious collection of award-wining resorts, hotels, boutique experiences and Spa Villages with a hospitality footprint across Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, China, Japan, Australia, France and the United Kingdom, including Pangkor Island Resort, voted the world’s best resort in 2003 by Condé Traveller UK. The group also co-owns the Eastern & Oriental Express luxury train. The Gainsborough Bath Spa, the only hotel in Bath to be part of the Leading Hotels of the World’s collection of legendary hotels, was named the 2017 Condé Nast Traveller Awards World’s Top 100. The portfolio also encompasses the ownership management of a number of Marriott properties in Australia and Kuala Lumpur as well as properties under the brand’s prestigious Autograph Collection banner. The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui is the latest addition to this partnership. Future plans include the first Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Japan which is set to complement YTL Hotels’ master plan for Niseko Village. With each new experience that it presents, the company strives to embrace and highlight the natural essence of culture, character and tradition of its surroundings. YTL Hotels is the hospitality arm of YTL Corporation Berhad. Visit for more information and follow us on our social media platforms for #TreasuredPlaces #TreasuredMomentslast_img read more

Foreign exchange rates

These are indicative wholesale rates for foreign currency provided by the Bank of Canada on Thursday. Quotations in Canadian funds.Australia dollar 0.9758Brazil real 0.3920China renminbi 0.1872Euro 1.4585Hong Kong dollar 0.155467India rupee 0.01898Indonesia rupiah 0.0000910Japan yen 0.01119Malaysia ringgit 0.2886Mexico peso 0.06866N.Z. dollar 0.8773Norway krone 0.1568Peruvian new sol 0.3756Russia rouble 0.02133Saudi riyal 0.3239Singapore dollar 0.9055South Africa rand 0.09467South Korean won 0.001077Sweden krona 0.1530Switzerland franc 1.2760Taiwanese dollar 0.04057Thailand baht 0.03672Turkey lira 0.3563U.K. pound 1.5899U.S. dollar 1.2148Vietnam dong 0.000053

Chemical fire at Port Metro Vancouver extinguished

Chemical fire at Port Metro Vancouver extinguished chemical fire|hazardous materials|port metro vancouver VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – The chemical fire at Port Metro Vancouver is extinguished.Vancouver Fire and Rescue says the scene is safe and secure. Depending on wind conditions, the container that set ablaze Wednesday could be opened tonight.There still no word on how, or even if, the management of hazardous materials will change following yesterday’s incident.Port Metro Vancouver says it doesn’t have detailed information on what is stored there at any given time, but it can quickly find out.The port says private companies manage individual container terminals and they are the ones with up-to-date information on what is coming in and where it’s being stored.Vice President of Planning and Development Peter Xotta admits the container on fire with hazardous industrial acid had been buried under other containers.“The dangerous goods or the containers are really handled by individual shipping lines and it really depends on their commercial arrangements with each of the terminals,” he says on whether hazardous materials could be moved through the port in Delta, instead.Xotta points out they were able to find out what was inside the burning container immediately. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Mar 5, 2015 7:11 pm MDT read more

SPR Wisła Płock builds scouting network

Wisla Plock To intensify its search for young talent, SPR Wisła Płock will soon start working with European scouts and managers.After a tumultuous summer, Orlen Wisła had to part with several of its players. In some cases, coach Manolo Cadenas decided this was the best course, while others were just too expensive for the club. With changes in the executive board, as well as the coach’s bench, the team-building strategy of the Oilers has also changed. “We are looking for young, promising players, whose financial expectations are within our reach,” Robert Raczkowski, president of SPR Wisła Płock, and coach Manuel Cadenas agreed before the season.So far, only Ivan Milas has met these requirements and joined the club, but SPR Wisła Płock wants to go further. “We just didn’t have enough time after the summer break. We are now going to look for talent among European youth. To do this, coach Cadenas and I will build a network of managers and scouts in several countries to attract players who will be able to develop their potential in our club under the Spaniard’s tutelage. As we all know, this coach is famous for his ability to work with young players. Most of the members of the Spanish national team — the current world champions —entered the arena of top-league handball under Cadenas,” president Raczkowski announced. “We are particularly interested in Southern Europe. As previous transfers have demonstrated, players from this region are perfectly at home in Poland and are currently the mainstay of our team’s strength. Naturally, we will not ignore other markets either, but we’ve decided that our chance of success in hiring players is highest in this region. We have already been able to make some valuable contacts, though a lot remains to be done to achieve our goals. We are open to all forms of cooperation in this area.”What about young players from Płock? “Nothing has changed in this regard. Coach Cadenas will be watching the second team’s players closely and if he decides that any of them deserves to be promoted, he will certainly do it. We will continue to encourage close cooperation between the Spaniard and the coaches of the younger teams. As I have already stated in the past, I would very much like the core of the first Orlen Wisła Płock team to consist of Polish players, but when this proves impossible for whatever reason, we have to look for reinforcements abroad,” explains the leader of the Płock club. “Our company is financially stable, but its budget is, shall we say, rather modest in comparison with top clubs. We stand no chance against the European heavyweights when it comes to securing contracts with star players, as we can’t match the financial incentives they offer. So, we are looking for other solutions, while even today we manage to hold our own against the best teams. This is a good sign,” concluded Raczkowski. ← Previous Story MT Melsungen signs Momir Rnic for next season! Next Story → FRIENDLY TOURNAMENT IN AFRICA: Brasil takes Tunisian challenge read more