Positive Global Economy Keeps Hotels Coming

NEW YORK—Confidence in the global economy continues to resonate with hoteliers who are opening properties in a variety of international locations.

Hilton recently debuted its namesake property in Busan, South Korea, the country’s second largest city. Located in the East Busan Tourism Complex, Hilton Busan is offering two dining concepts, a rooftop swimming pool and meeting space to those visiting Busan, termed “a key tourism destination” by Sean Wooden, VP of brand management, Asia-Pacific for Hilton.

The 310-room hotel is proximate major attractions, including the Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, BEXCO Convention Center and The Lotte Premium Outlet.

“As Korea’s largest port city, Busan has always been a popular destination for both business and leisure guests, including fans of the annual Busan International Film Festival,” said Tim Soper, Hilton’s VP of operations, Japan, Korea and Micronesia. “Thanks to Busan’s eclectic mix of leisure attractions, including nature parks, museums and temples, it is also a popular destination for major meetings and events, which Hilton Busan will be well placed to accommodate.”

Hilton Busan also includes several dining options, a wellness center, 24-hour fitness center, kids’ activities and a range of all-weather swimming options.

In South Africa, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has opened the 252-room Radisson Red Cape Town in the V&A Waterfront’s newly revamped Silo District.

“Cape Town is the perfect city to showcase our first Radisson Red in Africa. We are confident it will spearhead a snowball effect on expansion for the brand in key territories across the continent,” said Mark Willis, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group’s senior area VP for the Middle East, Turkey and Africa.

“For the City of Cape Town, developments such as this represent so much more,” said Dale Simpson, the hotel’s general manager, noting the opening will drive local and international guests to the city and also serve to boost economic development through the creation of various job opportunities for locals.

The Cape Town opening follows other global launches of the brand in Brussels, Minneapolis and Brazil.


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