ROCKVILLE, MD. – Choice Hotels International, Inc., along with developer Gold Coast Premier Properties, LLC, opened the WoodSpring Suites Naples in Florida.
“The opening of the WoodSpring Suites Naples highlights our commitment to grow the brand strategically in areas sought-out by guests and developers alike,” said Ralph Thiergart, vice president and general manager, extended stay brands, Choice Hotels. “Florida’s thriving economy, backed by sustained job growth, continues to create a positive opportunity for the brand. We look forward to working with Gold Coast Premier Properties to provide outstanding extended-stay accommodations for visitors at this WoodSpring Suites and others throughout the state.”
Located at 3786 Whitelake Blvd., the WoodSpring Suites Naples is conveniently located near several hospitals and businesses, including the Beasley Broadcast Group, Florida Gulf Coast University, Health Management Associates, Physicians Regional Medical Group, and the future Collier County Sports Complex. The property is also within driving distance to the Southwest Florida International and Naples Municipal airports.
The four-story,123-room hotel features three distinct suite layouts, each equipped with an in-room kitchen with a full-size refrigerator, stove, and microwave. In addition to being 100-percent smoke free, the hotel offers free Wi-Fi, an expanded lobby with a coffee station, and guest laundry room.
The Naples hotel is the second WoodSpring Suites location opened by Gold Coast Premier Properties, joining the WoodSpring Suites Miami Southwest. The developer has plans to open several more WoodSpring Suites properties, including additional projects in Florida as well as California, North Carolina, and South Carolina.
Las Brisas Acapulco Awarded Six Clean Point V20 Quality Seals from The Program of Good Practices For Hygienic-Sanitary Quality
After revamping health and safety protocols throughout the resort due to the global pandemic, Las Brisas Acapulco, part of the established Mexican hotel chain Grupo BRISAS, has been awarded six Point V20 quality seals from the Program of Good Practices for Hygienic-Sanitary Quality, granted by the Federal Tourism Secretariat.Αnnounced in July 2020 by the Mexican…
After revamping health and safety protocols throughout the resort due to the global pandemic, Las Brisas Acapulco, part of the established Mexican hotel chain Grupo BRISAS, has been awarded six Point V20 quality seals from the Program of Good Practices for Hygienic-Sanitary Quality, granted by the Federal Tourism Secretariat.Αnnounced in July 2020 by the Mexican Ministry of Tourism, the Ministry of Health, and the Ministry of Labor and Social Security of the Government of Mexico, the Clean Point Quality Seal V2020 aims to improve hygienic quality for all establishments within the tourism sector throughout all of Mexico, awarding good practices for hygienic-sanitary quality. This prestigious award recognizes excellence in areas including Human Resources, Sales, Rooms Division, Reception, Lobby and Pools. In order to receive these seals, Las Brisas Acapulco participated in a bimodal training of the Guerrero Punto Limpio COVID-19 Program promoted by the State Secretariat of Tourism.
Ultima Gstaad and COYA launch new partnership
This winter season, Ultima Gstaad, a 5-star Superior Hotel located in the upscale resort town of Gstaad launches a new partnership with globally renowned Peruvian restaurant group COYA, to bring the flavours, colours and energy of Latin America to the Swiss Alps. With COYA’s reputation for creating outstanding guest experiences and Ultima Gstaad’s commitment to…
This winter season, Ultima Gstaad, a 5-star Superior Hotel located in the upscale resort town of Gstaad launches a new partnership with globally renowned Peruvian restaurant group COYA, to bring the flavours, colours and energy of Latin America to the Swiss Alps. With COYA’s reputation for creating outstanding guest experiences and Ultima Gstaad’s commitment to providing unmatched standards of services for guests, this partnership is a blend of exemplary gastronomic splendour capturing the spirit of Latin America, for guests seeking authentic, trendy and immersive experiences. From Saturday, 12th December 2020, until Monday, 1st March 2021, award-winning luxury lifestyle group, COYA, will be taking over Ultima Gstaad’s Restaurant, Lobby Bar and Shisha Lounge each evening, transforming the space into a Latin American adventure. COYA will be offering their signature sharing plates inspired by traditional Peruvian cuisine and influenced by Japanese, Spanish and Chinese cooking techniques, expertly made cocktails, and a sense of true Latin American fiesta with extravagant performances, live music, and a resident DJ playing a mixture of afro house, downtempo and tribal beats. COYA’s Regional Executive Chef, Fabrizio Fossati has created special A La Carte, Taste of Lima, and Room Service menus for the pop-up. The A La Carte menu will feature COYA’s global favourite dishes such as Ceviche de Atun Chifa made with albacore tuna, sesame, soy and served with a rice cracker; Arroz Nikkei made with charcoal-grilled Chilean sea bass over rice, lime and chilli; Lomo de Res with spicy marinated beef fillet with Peruvian chilli and crispy shallots; and COYA’s much-loved Churros de Naranja, orange and lime churros served with warm dulce de leche and chocolate sauce. Ultima Gstaad guests will be among the first in the world to enjoy the Taste of Lima menu launching this winter in COYA’s Pisco Bar & Lounges globally. Each dish has been inspired by Fabrizio Fossati’s recent expedition to South America in search of new flavours, found in the streets of Lima, the original home of fusion South American cuisine. Fabrizio has taken inspiration from traditional delights such as the empanada, croqueta and tostada, and reimagined them for modern luxury dining, producing an authentic and elevated experience. Guests can expect to be blown away by the devilishly moreish Empanadas de Maiz con Pollo, Croquetas de Lubina, and Tostada de Atun.COYA’s expert bar team have created a unique cocktail menu for the pop-up, inspired by the Swiss Alps and available in Ultima’s Lobby Bar and Shisha Bar. Alongside COYA’s famed Pisco Sour, cocktails include Dolce & Banana, made with vodka, banana, hazelnut and Swiss chocolate; Mountain Range Punch, made with whisky, gingerbread spiced tea, vanilla, orange and toasted marshmallow; and a warming Hot Honey Toddy with aged rum, honey with lemon, spices, tonka bean, tea.Set to be the highlight of the year, Ultima Gstaad and COYA will be joining forces to curate an unforgettable New Year’s Eve party to bring in 2021. Starting with a champagne welcome, the celebrations will be followed by a four-course Peruvian feast with special dishes to ignite the senses. Entertainment will be provided through
Tour Specialists reveal how group tour companies are managing the pandemic
Intrepid travel specialists Undiscovered Destinations, who offer small group and private tours around the world are starting to see an upturn in enquiries for group tours in 2021/22.The pandemic and its associated restrictions have had a huge impact on the travel industry and social distancing measures means certain types of group travel are not possible.As…
Intrepid travel specialists Undiscovered Destinations, who offer small group and private tours around the world are starting to see an upturn in enquiries for group tours in 2021/22.The pandemic and its associated restrictions have had a huge impact on the travel industry and social distancing measures means certain types of group travel are not possible.As experts in small group travel Undiscovered Destinations have been fortunate in that they can still offer the small tours they specialise in, catering for groups with an average size of just six guests. At the height of the pandemic the tour operators saw an understandable decrease in bookings for group travel, however over the last month the company have seen an interest in small group travel for next year grow. Since summer, enquiries for small group tours have risen by 85%.Given the current guidance Undiscovered Destinations have been able to successfully run very small group travel options, which is something the team are already equipped and skilled in offering. They will be continuing to offer small group travel options into next year keeping in line with the ongoing local guidance at all times.Aled Evans of Undiscovered Destinations says, “Before the pandemic we already catered to offering group tours for very small group sizes, and so have been fortunate to an extent in that we already know how to offer incredible group travel experiences for small numbers. Small group travel allows for a more intimate travel experience and more time to explore each location independently and have one-on-one time with the local guides learning about the places that specifically interest each individual.We are excited to see an upturn in enquiries for small group tours in 2021 and we hope that by continuing to offer our expertise in this area in a safe and sensible manner, we can continue to offer the joy of group travel moving forward.”The travel company have implemented some key safety measures on all of their tours to ensure the safety of their customers and team. The specific measures will be crafted for each tour on an individual basis depending on the location, group size and activities included, but for every tour all guides are fully briefed on the new protocols – including how to monitor for any symptoms of the virus, what to do should any guests become unwell, and how to ensure hygiene rules are followed. The team is ensuring that local guidelines from the authorities are followed closely in all areas which they travel to.In addition to implementing safety protocols and offering small group travel, Undiscovered Destinations are also choosing to be extremely flexible with bookings allowing customers to easily rearrange any pre-existing bookings and providing a full refund where trips have been unable to run. Additionally, the itineraries en-route have also been adapted to be more flexible than ever with modifications being made locally to avoid large crowds or follow any other safety cautions.