Hotel office – Jelato Donna http://jelato-donna.com/ Wed, 25 May 2022 13:16:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://jelato-donna.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-2021-06-23T175350.859-150x150.png Hotel office – Jelato Donna http://jelato-donna.com/ 32 32 Architectural marvels enhance travelers’ experience in Miami Beach https://jelato-donna.com/architectural-marvels-enhance-travelers-experience-in-miami-beach/ Wed, 25 May 2022 13:16:00 +0000 https://jelato-donna.com/architectural-marvels-enhance-travelers-experience-in-miami-beach/ “There is a beautiful and intentional juxtaposition found in the various historic quarters of miami beach that invites visitors to explore our history while enjoying modern accommodations, experiences and hospitality services,” said Steve Adkins, president of the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority (MBVCA). “We are committed to celebrating miami beach eclectic mix of architectural […]]]>

“There is a beautiful and intentional juxtaposition found in the various historic quarters of miami beach that invites visitors to explore our history while enjoying modern accommodations, experiences and hospitality services,” said Steve Adkins, president of the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority (MBVCA). “We are committed to celebrating miami beach eclectic mix of architectural style and preserving it to honor our design roots that reflect the many cultures and artistic influences that make our destination aesthetically unique.”

Recently, a number of miami beach iconic landmarks have been recognized, including the reimagining of iconic lifeguard stands William Lane and boutique hotel newcomer Esmé, tucked away on the cobbled streets of Española Way. It’s easy for architecture-conscious travelers looking to immerse themselves in all things design, whatever their style, at nearly every turn. miami beach. To help visitors navigate their way through the variety of options, the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority shares a few highlights that merge elements of iconic style with top-notch service to deliver a trip-worthy itinerary.

Architecture abounds at the Shelbourne South Beach, a 1940s-era property that exudes timeless luxury, elegance, and quirky Art Deco design. As a stylish playground, guests can expect a dose of oceanside glamor with pops of color and interesting angles to enjoy, even from the pool and dive platform of the property. After check-in, visitors can leave the beach and revel in miami beach reimagined lifeguard stands and, of course, snap a selfie to share the design love. More than a place where lifeguards can keep watch to keep visitors safe, these beachside landmarks feature striking abstract shapes and vibrant colors that enhance their seaside location.

While miami beach is known for its incredible Art Deco style, the Mediterranean revival is not to be missed. Since Gianni Versace masterpiece on Ocean Drive to restaurants and storefronts showcasing intricacies of handmade tile and metal, travelers can sign up for a Miami Design Preservation League-hosted walking tour showcasing architectural highlights made popular on miami beach in the 1920s and 1930s. And, no day is complete on miami beach without classic cocktail or mocktail. Design enthusiasts can experience the new Lapidus bar at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach. The property was built in 1953 by the iconic architect Morris Lapidus, known as the pioneer of the Miami Modern style. Evoking a glamorous period atmosphere, the bar is located in the hotel lobby and is part of a recent $90 million renovation, combining design elements of the past with five-star service.

miami beach is a true open-air museum experience, giving visitors a lesson in design history without them even knowing it – from hotels and restaurants to lounges and even our post office,” adds Grisette Marcos, Executive Director of the MBVCA. “As an undiscovered destination, travelers can choose from a number of self-guided and guided tours to learn how the diverse makeup of our community can be seen and appreciated through our city’s remarkable architecture.”

A collection of cutting-edge experiences, places to stay and eat, and an architectural recommendation guide can be accessed by downloading the free, award-winning Experience Miami Beach app. Travelers in need of more design inspiration can follow @experiencemiamibeach on Instagram and Facebook.

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MORE JOBS | The five-star Marco Polo hotel will reopen, but no fixed date yet https://jelato-donna.com/more-jobs-the-five-star-marco-polo-hotel-will-reopen-but-no-fixed-date-yet/ Mon, 23 May 2022 05:11:12 +0000 https://jelato-donna.com/more-jobs-the-five-star-marco-polo-hotel-will-reopen-but-no-fixed-date-yet/ The MARCO Polo Hotel, Mindanao’s first five-star accommodation facility, is set to reopen after about a two-year hiatus due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. In a private message, Francis Ledesma, president of Halifax Davao Inc., owner of the hotel, said TIME that they are in the “planning stage” for resuming operations after closing […]]]>

The MARCO Polo Hotel, Mindanao’s first five-star accommodation facility, is set to reopen after about a two-year hiatus due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a private message, Francis Ledesma, president of Halifax Davao Inc., owner of the hotel, said TIME that they are in the “planning stage” for resuming operations after closing about two years ago due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As he did not share further details, Ledesma said there was no date for the resumption of operations yet.

Like the Royal Mandaya Hotel, owned by Escandor, other hotels have also resumed operations, which bodes well for the restart of the city’s economy.

Marco Polo, considered a city landmark as it is centrally located, closed in June 2020 due to the impact of the pandemic. This led to the displacement of around 200 employees who had to receive severance packages as the tourism industry was among the hardest hit.

Regina Rosa Tecson, chief of the city’s Office of Tourism Operations, welcomed the planned reopening of the property, which will add an additional 200 rooms to the city’s accommodation facilities.

“(The resumption of operations of the Marco Polo Hotel) will greatly help our economy. We need more businesses to resume operations,” Tecson added, noting that the hotel “is an icon of Davao City’s tourism industry.”

“Its reopening means that management is confident in the City’s economic prospects and its ability to bounce back from the pandemic. This is indeed very good news,” she added in a message to TIME.

The report on the planned reopening of the Marco Polo Hotel came out after the city government, through Tecson, announced that it would hold Kadayawan Festival, the city’s main festival, in person.

Tecson even clarified that festival attendees would not be limited to those who are fully vaccinated but would include everyone. The festival has been held virtually for two years.

Two months ago, she also urged organizers of meetings, incentive trips, conventions, exhibitions and similar events to apply for permits before holding their face-to-face events.

She added that the city government wanted to know “in a capsule their contingency plan (in case there are COVID-19 infections.”

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Illegal migrants airlifted to Rwanda will be accommodated in a hotel with swimming pool, tennis court and golf course https://jelato-donna.com/illegal-migrants-airlifted-to-rwanda-will-be-accommodated-in-a-hotel-with-swimming-pool-tennis-court-and-golf-course/ Fri, 20 May 2022 20:31:00 +0000 https://jelato-donna.com/illegal-migrants-airlifted-to-rwanda-will-be-accommodated-in-a-hotel-with-swimming-pool-tennis-court-and-golf-course/ ILLEGAL migrants flown to Rwanda will be accommodated in a fancy hotel with swimming pool. Rouge by Desir also has free Wi-Fi, a tennis court, gym and access to a golf course. 5 In addition to the swimming pool, above, Rouge by Desir also has free Wi-Fi, a tennis court, a gym and access to […]]]>

ILLEGAL migrants flown to Rwanda will be accommodated in a fancy hotel with swimming pool.

Rouge by Desir also has free Wi-Fi, a tennis court, gym and access to a golf course.

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In addition to the swimming pool, above, Rouge by Desir also has free Wi-Fi, a tennis court, a gym and access to a golf course.Credit: Reuters
A comfortable double bed for asylum seekers who end up at the resort

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A comfortable double bed for asylum seekers who end up at the resortCredit: Reuters
The plush lounge where migrants can relax

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The plush lounge where migrants can relaxCredit: Reuters

Others crossing the Channel to reach Great Britain will be accommodated at the Hallmark residence in Kigali, the Rwandan capital.

The hotel, with three- and four-bed bungalows with their own gardens, has reserved 102 rooms for illegal migrants.

Others will be staying at the more basic Hope Hostel, currently under renovation.

Photos of hotels in the central African country contradict claims that asylum seekers face human rights abuses.

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Last month Home Secretary Priti Patel revealed that those trying to sneak into Britain on small boats will be sent to Rwanda for treatment.

She insisted the deal, left, costing £120m, will prevent thousands from coming.

Rouge manager Jackie Uwamungu said: “We have VIP, silver, double and twin rooms, a swimming pool and a conference room.” Speaking about the UK migrant deal, she added: “It will boost our business.”

Guest reviews for the hotel on Tripadvisor are mixed, but an American tourist who stayed in 2018 gave it a five out of five, writing, “Great location with great views of Kigali.

“Rooms are spacious and clean, with comfortable beds.”

“It’s in a nice quiet area – very little outside noise.

Negative reviews focus on minor issues such as low water pressure.

Under the agreement, Rwanda will process migrants’ asylum claims and “settle or deport” them in accordance with Rwandan and international law and the Refugee Convention.

The campaign group Human Rights Watch called the program cruel.

But Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “Rwanda has totally transformed over the last few decades, it’s a very different country from what it used to be.”

Israel deported around 4,000 migrants to Rwanda between 2014 and 2017 and Denmark is in talks on a similar deal.

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says Rwanda is “generally safe and crime levels are relatively low”. However, homosexuality is “frowned upon”.

Travel advice states: “LGBT people may face discrimination and abuse, including from local authorities.

UK Home Secretary Priti Patel with Rwandan Foreign Minister Vincent Biruta at a signing ceremony to endorse the deal

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UK Home Secretary Priti Patel with Rwandan Foreign Minister Vincent Biruta at a signing ceremony to endorse the dealCredit: EPA
Guests can stay in their own bungalow at Hallmark Residence

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Why the PGA Moved to Frisco, Texas https://jelato-donna.com/why-the-pga-moved-to-frisco-texas/ Tue, 17 May 2022 17:46:07 +0000 https://jelato-donna.com/why-the-pga-moved-to-frisco-texas/ In 2018, the Professional Golfers’ Association of America announced the move of its headquarters from its longtime location in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida to Frisco, Texas. But why? Like Local Profile previously reported, a local dad was key, but in a recent chat with Babson BrandBites, PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh offered more details […]]]>

In 2018, the Professional Golfers’ Association of America announced the move of its headquarters from its longtime location in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida to Frisco, Texas. But why?

Like Local Profile previously reported, a local dad was key, but in a recent chat with Babson BrandBites, PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh offered more details on what prompted the jump from Florida to North Texas. . The decision started with the office space.

“We, like a lot of people, had survived our building,” Waugh explained. “We had been in this for sixty years. And either we had to renovate or move. The PGA rented office space nearby, but their then-ongoing digs did not have enough room to expand. The PGA examined golf-friendly communities across the country, including Charlotte, Atlanta and Phoenix.

“Palm Beach County and Florida stood up and made a great offer, but Frisco jumped off the page for a couple of reasons,” Waugh said. “One is the Texas Financial Incentives, a very forward-thinking place. They get the whole state behind.

The town of Frisco had over 650 acres of land to develop and hoped it could be used for golf. “From their point of view, we were a unique opportunity,” he added. “Our combination of committing to 28 championships that will come to Frisco, building our headquarters and operating the golf course, which is still public land, was extremely attractive to them.”

(Like Local profile previously reported, the deal also includes a $90 million abatement, meaning PGA won’t pay property taxes for the next two decades.)

Moving the PGA headquarters was, according to Waugh, a big dream, but still needed a financial partner. “Step into the Omni Group which is one of the great hotel companies on the planet,” Waugh said. The Dallas-based hotel company has reached a half-billion-dollar deal, offering to set up a hotel and resort, a mixed-use entity and two golf courses. The dream has come true.

The PGA’s new Frisco base will not face the same limitations as the old HQ. “That’s 100,000 square feet that we can farm forever,” Waugh said. “None of our members had a reason to come to our building in Palm Beach Gardens. It was just an office building. But now they’re all going to go home where we’re going to tell the PGA story .

Frisco offered not just greater office space, but the opportunity to create a destination – or even, according to Waugh, the new home of golf in the United States. “By the way, it’s in the middle of the country,” he added, citing ease of travel. And the center of the golf world.

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150-bedroom hotel planned for Morrison Yard development under review | Business https://jelato-donna.com/150-bedroom-hotel-planned-for-morrison-yard-development-under-review-business/ Sun, 15 May 2022 18:00:00 +0000 https://jelato-donna.com/150-bedroom-hotel-planned-for-morrison-yard-development-under-review-business/ A proposed 150-room hotel as part of a larger commercial and residential development on Charleston’s Upper Peninsula is being considered by the city this week. Accommodation would be at 860 Morrison Drive next to Morrison Court, a 12-story office building under construction. It needs a special exception from the Zoning Appeal Board go forward. The […]]]>

A proposed 150-room hotel as part of a larger commercial and residential development on Charleston’s Upper Peninsula is being considered by the city this week.

Accommodation would be at 860 Morrison Drive next to Morrison Court, a 12-story office building under construction. It needs a special exception from the Zoning Appeal Board go forward.

The plans show a cafe and a hall on the first floor. The second level would have meeting space, and the third through eighth levels would be occupied by guest bedrooms, according to the plans. The ninth level shows a roof terrace, a swimming pool and a dining room.

The submission also shows a basement level with parking spaces.

Owner Original development partners works with the Roswell, Ga.-based company. DSM real estate partners on the proposed hotel.

Past projects for DSM include Hotel Bella Gracea 50-room boutique hotel on Calhoun Street that recently changed hands for $27.3 million.

The Board of Zoning Appeals will hear the Morrison Yard hotel application at its next meeting at 5:15 p.m. on May 17.

All hotel projects in Charleston are required to obtain special exception approvals. A few years ago, the city passed new rules that add to the criteria that new homes must meet to get a “yes” to the special exception.


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A requirement that developers must demonstrate that their projects contribute to a “diverse mixed-use neighborhood”. In its bid to the city, the Morrison Drive Hotel is described as “part of the overall master plan for Morrison Yards”, a mixed-use complex which when completed will include office, retail and residential rental accommodation .

The hotel portion would be just north of the Morrison Yard office building with a drop-off entrance on Morrison Drive, according to plans.

The whole site is near the base of the Ravenel Bridge and is further north than any existing hotel on the peninsula.

Plans sent to the city do not specify the branding of the property and refer to it as the “Morrison Yard Hotel”.







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Three Charleston hotels have been named among the best in the United States on an annual ranking based on reviews and rankings on the site Tripadvisor.

the 2022 Travellers’ Choice Awardsannounced last week, put the French Quarter Inn at No. 12 on the list of the best accommodations in the country. The Church Street property near the historic center city ​​market is a mainstay on the list and last year ranked even higher at No. 4.


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the HarbourView hostelwhich is near Waterfront Park and whose interior was renovated last year, ranked 18th this year.

The viewer on State Street is another repeat of the rankings and was just behind at No. 19, after appearing at No. 25 in 2021.

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Strong signs The recovery of the hotel sector is hitting its suspenders https://jelato-donna.com/strong-signs-the-recovery-of-the-hotel-sector-is-hitting-its-suspenders/ Fri, 13 May 2022 01:52:48 +0000 https://jelato-donna.com/strong-signs-the-recovery-of-the-hotel-sector-is-hitting-its-suspenders/ Confidence in the Australian hotel market is soaring thanks to a record deal: the acquisition of Hilton Sydney by Baring Private Equity Asia for $530 million. China-backed investment group Bright Ruby bought the Hilton Sydney on George Street for $442 million in 2015 before giving it a $25 million upgrade. This is the highest price […]]]>

Confidence in the Australian hotel market is soaring thanks to a record deal: the acquisition of Hilton Sydney by Baring Private Equity Asia for $530 million.

China-backed investment group Bright Ruby bought the Hilton Sydney on George Street for $442 million in 2015 before giving it a $25 million upgrade.

This is the highest price paid for an operating hotel in Australia, both overall and per room at $900,000 per room.

It tops Chinese insurer Sunshine Insurance Group’s $463 million purchase of Sydney’s Sheraton on the Park in 2014.

In Melbourne, more records are in sight with SP Setia’s Shangri-La Hotel pre-opening for $500 million, or about $1 million per room.

The expression of interest campaign for Shangri-La ended on April 28.

Also in Melbourne, a $200 million listing for three hotels in Kuwait’s Sheikh Mubarak AM Al-Sabah’s Action Hotel Group has yet to generate interest.

The Accor group, one of the largest hotel operators in the world, posted an average occupancy rate of 60% in its 66 Victorian hotels (10,200 rooms) from January to the end of April.

Accor, under an agreement with Salter Brothers, will manage the 275-key Mercure Melbourne Southbank.

The hotel operator has a pipeline of new hotels in Richmond, Hawthorn, Malvern and Latrobe, with Novotel and ibis Styles hotels underway at Melbourne Airport. There are hotels in Melbourne also planned by hoteliers 25hours and SO.

Accor Pacific chief executive Sarah Derry said the company is keen to invest in Victoria.

“Between 2021 and 2025, we will open 14 hotels across the state, representing an investment of more than $700 million by various owners,” Derry said.

“This will create around 600 jobs, while strengthening the attractiveness of the city and the quality of available housing.”

▲ The 251-room Sofitel Adelaide from the Palumbo Group, one of several hotels in Australia currently for sale. Source: Sofitel Adelaide

Accor is also the operator of the Palumbo Group’s 251-key Sofitel Adelaide, which was listed in what many consider a market test. This is Adelaide’s first five-star hotel to come up for sale in 30 years.

Marriott, with over 8,000 properties and 150 million rooms worldwide, is also betting on increasing Melbourne’s occupancy rates, launching its new AC by Marriott Southbank.

It forecasts an occupancy rate of 40% over the next few months.

The launch follows its Melbourne Marriott Hotel Docklands with two more planned hotels to be unveiled in the coming months.

Capital Alliance has partnered with Marriott to build the Melbourne Marriott Hotel Docklands and the DKO-designed 205-key air conditioner by Marriott Southbank, which it owns.

The 114th Rotary International Convention in the city next year is expected to attract over 20,000 visitors and will be held near AC by Marriott Southbank.

▲ The AC by Marriott Southbank Hotel operated by Capital Alliance Marriott, its second hotel with the world’s largest hotel group. Source: Marriott Hotel Group

In Queensland, IHG Hotels and Resorts and Walker Corporation, along with Pro-invest Hotels, will launch the $2.5 billion Holiday Inn Express and Suites Sunshine Coast in downtown Maroochydore, the largest land-based CBD project Virgin Australia on the former site of Horton Park Golf Course.

The nine-story, 181-key hotel, featuring a rooftop pool, bar, restaurant, retail, parking, and conference and banquet facilities, will open opened in May and is the first Australian Suites product for the Holiday Inn Express brand.

IHG also recently signed an agreement with Pelligra to open a Holiday Inn and Suites hotel in Adelaide as well as a Crown Plaza hotel with Oscars Group on the south coast of New South Wales.

Office occupancy rates continue to affect hotel occupancy rates, with the Property Council of Australia reporting Melbourne CBD office occupancy doubled last quarter to 32% , with Sydney at 41%, Brisbane at 48% and Adelaide at 61%. percent.

▲ Malaysian company SP Setia’s twin tower project Sapphire by the Gardens and Shangri-La overlooks Carlton Gardens in Melbourne. Source: SP Setia

Accor’s Derry said it was essential there was more investment in initiatives that support the sector.

“Continued investment in sporting, arts and cultural events is essential, as they create jobs and support local businesses,” she said.

“When cities host major events such as F1 Grands Prix, we see a significant increase in bookings.

“The return of full AFL crowds has also been encouraging, and festivals and events are drawing holidaymakers to hotels across the city.”

Domestic and international spending by Australia’s tourism industry was $122 billion in the pre-Covid financial year, with $60.8 billion generated in direct tourism GPD in the same year.

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Massive downtown Calgary development proposed along Stephen Avenue – Calgary https://jelato-donna.com/massive-downtown-calgary-development-proposed-along-stephen-avenue-calgary/ Wed, 11 May 2022 01:32:08 +0000 https://jelato-donna.com/massive-downtown-calgary-development-proposed-along-stephen-avenue-calgary/ A proposed development in downtown Calgary could see both the city’s skyline landscape and Stephen Avenue undergo a big change, if it receives regulatory approval. Commercial real estate and equity advisory firm Triovest has submitted a development permit application for the massive construction, which will occupy the majority of a city block at Center Street […]]]>

A proposed development in downtown Calgary could see both the city’s skyline landscape and Stephen Avenue undergo a big change, if it receives regulatory approval.

Commercial real estate and equity advisory firm Triovest has submitted a development permit application for the massive construction, which will occupy the majority of a city block at Center Street and 1st Street SW between 7 Avenue and 8 Avenue SW

It is called Stephen Avenue Quarter and will include retail stores, offices, a hotel, rental units and condos, as well as five levels of underground parking.

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“Our approach to real estate has always been to improve and enhance properties so that they realize their full potential. This approach includes a robust exploration of potential community, social and economic benefits,” said Ryan Schott, vice president of marketing and corporate communications at Triovest, in a statement. “As we seek to develop mixed-use options for businesses, residents and visitors to downtown Calgary, we have applied for a development permit and land use amendment with the City of Calgary. Calgary for the 100 block of Stephen Avenue.”

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“We are thrilled to help revitalize downtown Calgary through the execution of this world-class development that celebrates the historic fabric of Stephen Avenue and opens the door to Calgary’s vibrant future,” the statement continued. of Schott.


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The development will feature three towers atop a multi-story podium: a 24-story office tower, a 54-story rental tower and a 66-story condo tower, which would be the tallest skyscraper in the city. Western Canada.

Calgary Mayor Jyoti Gondek said the demand for major development is a sign that the city’s downtown is recovering.

“Private investment coming in and taking a chance on our city is a really big deal,” Gondek said. “I’m interested in exploring this further and seeing what it’s all about.”

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Development permit documents show the podium will surround much of the block, which includes 15 heritage buildings listed on the Assessed Historic Resource Inventory.

According to Heritage Calgary, seven of these buildings have historic designation.

The Stephen Avenue neighborhood of Triovest looking south from 7th Avenue SW

Proposed architectural plans for the Stephen Avenue Quarter show that much of the buildings on 7 Avenue SW are being demolished to make way for the project.

These records also show that many of the facades of the heritage buildings on Stephen Avenue remain as part of the development.

The Stephen Avenue neighborhood of Triovest looking north from 8 Avenue SW

Heritage Calgary said it plans to meet with the developer to learn more about the project and its impact on heritage features in the area.

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“The maintenance of the facades is, to our knowledge, the only remaining heritage elements,” Josh Traptow, CEO of Heritage Calgary, told Global News. “I think (we’re) trying to figure out how they came to that conclusion.”

The Regional Councilor also has questions about the impact on heritage buildings, as well as the vibrancy of the streetscape around the development.

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“It’s something I’m proud of – our history and our heritage – and we don’t want to lose that,” Ward 7 Coun. said Terry Wong. “We’ve seen a number of implementations where this has been done very efficiently, but at the same time, building very modern and contemporary buildings.”

Wong said the demand for development builds industry confidence that Calgary is a thriving city that welcomes investment.

The building is designed by local firm Gibbs Gage Architects.


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Although Gondek is encouraged by Triovest’s development permit application, she said the project still has a long way to go before it is presented to the city’s planning commission and then to the council as a whole.

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“We’re starting the process of reviewing this file and what it might look like for the future of downtown and Calgary, so I’m excited about that,” Gondek said. “I remain open-minded that the applicant has done a lot of work and that the administration, as well as the urban design review committee, will also do their job. I look forward to what will happen to the (council).

Triovest has not announced a timeline for development, and public engagement on the project has just begun.

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Ukrainian war: British spend ‘thousands of pounds’ to help refugees get to UK | UK News https://jelato-donna.com/ukrainian-war-british-spend-thousands-of-pounds-to-help-refugees-get-to-uk-uk-news/ Sun, 08 May 2022 04:43:28 +0000 https://jelato-donna.com/ukrainian-war-british-spend-thousands-of-pounds-to-help-refugees-get-to-uk-uk-news/ “I’m a patriot,” says Tony Kearne. “I just thought it was my opportunity to step in and help traumatized people.” “I’m too old to fight,” adds the 59-year-old. “So I want to do what’s best and help women and children who are in danger, while their husbands are fighting.” Tony and his girlfriend jumped at […]]]>

“I’m a patriot,” says Tony Kearne. “I just thought it was my opportunity to step in and help traumatized people.”

“I’m too old to fight,” adds the 59-year-old. “So I want to do what’s best and help women and children who are in danger, while their husbands are fighting.”

Tony and his girlfriend jumped at the chance to help Ukrainian refugees, enrolling in the government’s sponsorship program to host a family whenever they could.

They were paired with Kateryna Omnurfryk and her mother Natalya Omnurfryk, along with three young children.

But the beds Tony prepared weeks ago are still empty as he waits for the Home Office to grant visas to the Omnurfryk family.

Tony had submitted the visa applications for the Omnurfryks himself, but 40 days later only four of the five visas had been granted, meaning the family remained stuck in Poland.

“Four visas have been approved but not the fifth, which of course traps them because they can only travel with family,” he says.

In the meantime, the Omnurfryks are strapped for money waiting for the Home Office to issue the final visa.

Tony has now spent over £2,500 providing them with accommodation and basic necessities such as food and nappies.

Tony says Kateryna has “never, ever asked for money”, but without financial support their only option is to “go back to Ukraine”.

He says he’s happy to shell out the money if it means getting his sponsored family to the UK safely – but he can’t forgive the government for the delays.

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“The slowness, the bureaucracy, the speed bumps and the lack of communication. I stepped up, but now I feel stitched up by the government,” says Tony.

These are sentiments shared by Derek Atkins who sponsors Zoryana Fesyk and her three children aged 11, 13 and 17, and who applied for sponsorship on March 29.

“When we started this journey, I was very happy to support this family,” says Derek. “But I’ll be honest, I didn’t think it would cost £2,500.”

Derek says that with the help of family and friends, he got his house ready for his new guests over a month ago.

“But instead of this family being there, we had to spend £2,500 on hotels and hostels in Warsaw.”

He says he spent weeks emailing and calling “every helpline we could think of”, but says the whole system has been an “absolute disgrace”.

“I’m so convinced that this government has been a total disgrace with all of this. And I speak for hundreds of people,” Derek said.

Kateryna Omnurfryk and her mother Natalya Omnurfryk, as well as three young children.
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Enver Solomon, CEO of The Refugee Council, said the current visa system was “not fit for purpose”.

‘I think it’s appalling that the British public have had to dip into their pockets to pay people because they couldn’t get to the UK quickly.

He says he thinks the government has relied heavily on the goodwill of the British public, eager to open “their hearts and homes” to Ukrainians fleeing the war.

But says the government has failed to provide easy, safe and quick routes for Ukrainians to get to the UK.

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A Home Office spokesperson told Sky News: ‘The British public have been very generous in welcoming thousands of Ukrainians into their homes, and sponsoring households will receive a thank you payment of £350 per month. for accommodation. It is not expected that people would have to pay for hotel rooms to accommodate Ukrainians.

“So far over 95,000 visas have been granted by the Home Office, with over 37,000 Ukrainians arriving safely in the UK, and thanks to changes to streamline the service, we are now processing thousands of visas per day.”

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Pinellas Sheriff’s Office Gawked After Deputy Knocks Down Bather https://jelato-donna.com/pinellas-sheriffs-office-gawked-after-deputy-knocks-down-bather/ Fri, 06 May 2022 01:36:14 +0000 https://jelato-donna.com/pinellas-sheriffs-office-gawked-after-deputy-knocks-down-bather/ The deputy crushes a bather The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said it was launching a “major” investigation after a deputy ran over a swimmer at St. Pete Beach. ST. PETE BEACH, Florida. – The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office is not responding to questions about how a beachgoer was run over by one of his deputies […]]]>

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office is not responding to questions about how a beachgoer was run over by one of his deputies who was driving an SUV on St. Pete Beach on Wednesday afternoon.

The deputy knocked the 23-year-old woman who was allegedly lying on her back on the sand.

It happened just after 1 p.m. behind 4450 Gulf Boulevard. The sheriff’s office said the 58-year-old deputy was driving a fully branded Chevrolet Tahoe when it happened.

The deputy was parked and talking with pedestrians when he was sent to the location of a 911 which hung up.

The scene in St. Pete Beach after a Pinellas County deputy knocked down a woman on St. Pete Beach. The image was provided by viewer FOX 13 who wished to remain anonymous.

The deputy turned right from where he was parked and that’s when he knocked over the sun lounger.

According to investigators, the driver’s side front tire of the Tahoe rolled down the woman’s right side and middle and upper back. She was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and did not feel in the mood to speak to reporters on Thursday.

A passerby, who wished to remain anonymous, took photos of a deputy standing over the woman as firefighters rescued the victim. The pink facade of the Don Cesar Hotel was visible in the background.

underwater scene

Scene image from a FOX 13 viewer, who wished to remain anonymous, showing first responders tending to a woman after a Pinellas deputy knocked her down at St. Pete Beach.

On Thursday, beachgoers reported seeing Sheriff’s Office SUVs routinely patrolling Pinellas County beaches.

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office did not respond to questions from FOX 13 about whether it would review policies regarding driving full-size SUVs on the sand.

The Sheriff’s Office also uses smaller ATVs on the beaches.

They declined an interview on Thursday, citing the active and ongoing investigation by its major accident investigation team.

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Park Hyatt Doha: a beautiful hotel where I will not return https://jelato-donna.com/park-hyatt-doha-a-beautiful-hotel-where-i-will-not-return/ Tue, 03 May 2022 13:10:35 +0000 https://jelato-donna.com/park-hyatt-doha-a-beautiful-hotel-where-i-will-not-return/ Hyatt is the hotel group that I am most loyal to, as I find that as a member of World of Hyatt Globalist, I am treated well. Most important to me is that Hyatt is consistent and few hotels try to play “games” when it comes to benefits. “Most” doesn’t include the Park Hyatt Doha, […]]]>

Hyatt is the hotel group that I am most loyal to, as I find that as a member of World of Hyatt Globalist, I am treated well. Most important to me is that Hyatt is consistent and few hotels try to play “games” when it comes to benefits. “Most” doesn’t include the Park Hyatt Doha, however.

I wanted to stay at Park Hyatt Doha

I generally like Park Hyatts and always go out of my way to check them out when I’m staying in a city with one. The Park Hyatt Doha is one of the group’s newest properties, having only opened in December 2019.

But there is a reason I wanted to stay at this particular establishment. The hotel’s first general manager, Stefan Gaessler, seems like a great guy. He was universally loved, by both guests and employees. Just look at his participation in the FlyerTalk thread on the Park Hyatt Doha.

He answered virtually every question posed by potential guests in the thread and always told guests he’d love to meet them, show them around, and get their feedback. He urged people to contact him directly if they needed anything, and was particularly good at elite recognition.

Unfortunately for us, Stefan retired earlier this year after 33 years at Hyatt. There’s now a new general manager, and the reports I’ve seen so far suggest he’s not as pro-World of Hyatt as Stefan was. I was curious to see for myself if that was really the case.

I wanted to visit the Park Hyatt Doha

Upgrade the games at Park Hyatt Doha

Look, I’m a pretty passive guy these days, and too often I don’t even fight back, because I don’t like to argue. But sometimes I also think it’s important to defend yourself (hi, Aegon Mykonos!).

As an elite member, I try to have reasonable expectations. I don’t expect suite upgrades as a Hilton Honors Diamond member. If I travel to Hawaii as a Marriott Bonvoy Platinum member, I recognize that there are so many elites and I don’t expect an upgrade.

But at the Park Hyatt Doha, I don’t think I had the right to expect a suite upgrade subject to availability:

  • The hotel has 187 rooms, including 28 Park Suites (the standard suites here); 15% of rooms are standard suites, which must be one of the highest suite-to-room ratios in the world
  • On the day of arrival, not only did the Hyatt website show at least two Park Suites available for sale (most hyatt.com will show this), but online platforms like Expedia showed eight Park Suites still for sale, which which is the maximum that can be displayed. (in other words, there were probably even more than that)
  • Doha isn’t exactly a destination with a high concentration of globalist guests, or that many tourists, for that matter
At least eight Park Suites were available for our stay
At least eight Park Suites were available for our stay

I called the hotel in advance

We booked our stay at the Park Hyatt Doha the same day through the Hyatt Privé program. About an hour after booking I noticed that we had been upgraded one category from a standard room to a deluxe room. Although the hotel has no obligation to upgrade further in advance, I decided to call the front desk:

  • I wanted to let the hotel know that we would be arriving very late, as hotels often like to know your arrival time, including room allocation.
  • I also just wanted to note that I would appreciate a suite upgrade if it was available at check-in; I was trying to make everyone’s life easier here, because I didn’t want them to put welcome amenities in another room (which is a standard benefit of the Hyatt Privé program) and then have to move it in the middle of the night
  • The associate was friendly; she said that my request for a suite upgrade had been noted and that everything would be done to honor it, but she also said that the hotel was very full due to Eid (more on that in a bit… I think we have different definitions of what constitutes full)

My ridiculous 2am check-in experience

We ended up arriving at the hotel at 2am and were greeted by an exceptionally friendly front desk agent. The conversation went something like this (not an exact quote since I wasn’t recording, but it’s pretty close):

Agent: “We upgraded you to a King City View Deluxe.”
Me: “Thank you, do you have any Park Suites available?”
Agent: “We have already upgraded you one category to a deluxe room, as per the Hyatt Privé program.”
Me: “Thanks, but I think as a Globalist member I get upgraded to a standard suite subject to availability, and many of these suites are still available for sale?”
Agent: “Give me a moment to talk to my colleague and see what I can do.”

At this point, the assistant reservations manager came out and greeted me warmly. Let me point out that these two guys couldn’t have been friendlier, and I really felt like left to my own devices, I would have been proactively upgraded. The conversation went something like this after the initial greeting:

Manager: “Let me explain, you booked through Hyatt Privé, so you receive a one-category upgrade, and we have already upgraded you to a deluxe room. You also receive a $100 credit…”
Me: “Yeah, but I’m a Globalist member, and that should get me an upgrade right away, subject to availability.” Was my Globalist number not correctly associated with the booking? »
Manager: “I understand that you requested a suite, but it was not available at the time. We are very busy due to Eid. (Reminder: when I called earlier today, at least eight of the standard suites were on sale)
Me: “I find this a bit odd, because the Hyatt site was selling Park Suites all day, and when I looked on Expedia, I was able to book at least eight Park Suites for the duration of my stay, so I don’t know what’s going on here. Does the hotel sell rooms that are not available? »
Agent: “Let me see what I can do.”

There was a repeated emphasis on how I had received a one category upgrade, suggesting that was enough. So the main argument wasn’t even really that they went out of their way to upgrade me to a suite but it wasn’t available, more that I should be happy with a one category upgrade. Yet there was also no real push back when I said I think I should get a sequel subject to availability.

The agent did some typing and fairly quickly confirmed that a Park Suite was available. At that time, he said he had to do an inspection of the room first because the room had not been inspected. He also explained that the amenities would have to be moved from the other room we had been stuck in. How nice when this happens after 2am when it could have been completely avoided (especially since I told the hotel our arrival time and the agent I spoke with promised that every effort would be made to upgrade me to a suite, which obviously did not happen).

Again, he was super nice and courteous about the whole thing, and it seemed pretty clear to me that the hotel’s policy of not caring for elite members came from those higher up. He apologized as we had to wait, and were even asked if we wanted something to drink.

“Luxury is personal” are just words at Park Hyatt Doha

Some additional thoughts

Of course, Eid is a major holiday in the Middle East, but that doesn’t necessarily mean hotels will be busy with overnight guests (rather than people heading to restaurants and bars). . How full is the Park Hyatt? Well, although I can’t say for sure, the hotel seems deserted to me. We sat at breakfast for two hours (9-11), and in total we saw a dozen people. For an hour there were only two other guests.

It doesn’t look exactly like what you’d expect from a hotel with not one of the 28 standard suites available…

Not exactly a busy breakfast restaurant

Didn’t see a single other guest in the lobby, despite walking through it several times. Maybe the hotel is busy compared to its normally very low occupancy, but I would be surprised if this hotel was over 25% full and I would be shocked if it was over 50% full.

The other point I want to make is that I don’t go to hotels looking for fights. It happens maybe a few times a year, and too often, I’m probably passive. But in a case like this, where it was so obvious that management was just playing games, I felt like trying to sue was the right thing:

  • Hotels are supposed to be in the hospitality industry, and it’s all about making people feel welcome. I don’t feel welcome when a hotel actively lies to me and tries to deny the perks I’ve been promised in return for my loyalty (and I’ve put my money where my mouth is when it comes to the Hyatt loyalty – I’m about to achieve Lifetime Globalist status)
  • My hope in pursuing this is that either hotel management can be retrained or guests can be warned to avoid hotels like these
  • There is a general level of delusion among so many hotels when it comes to loyalty programs; there are plenty of hotels I could have chosen to stay in, and if I didn’t care about loyalty benefits, I could have stayed at the Four Seasons Doha for a bit more and had a better experience in a room similar “luxury”, all without having to be brand loyal
I wish it wouldn’t have taken a battle to get this room

At the end of the line

The vast majority of the time, Hyatts take great care of me, which is why I’m loyal to the brand. Unfortunately, the Park Hyatt Doha is an exception, and it was probably the most obvious example I’ve seen of a Hyatt trying to refuse an upgrade in a very long time.

I would not return to the Park Hyatt Doha under current management unless I know something has changed. It has nothing to do with a sequel upgrade as such, but rather because I feel unwelcome when I have to beg and nag in order to get what should be offered so proactive.

I hope Hyatt Corporate can provide additional training for the current management team at this property.

How would you have handled this situation?

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