News in brief: Scandic, Hilton, AMResorts

Scandic to open conference hotel: Scandic Hotels signed a lease agreement with ATP to take over the operation of the existing Radisson Blu Falconer in Copenhagen. Starting in early 2017, the hotel will be closed to undergo a renovation and extension of about 140 rooms with meeting and event space. The conference hotel will reopen in 2018.

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Hilton grows across Australasia: Hilton Worldwide signed a franchise agreement with Société de Développement des îles Loyautés to open the Hilton Lifou Wadra Bay Resort in New Caledonia. The 50-room resort is scheduled to open in 2019 and will be managed by GLP Hotels New Caledonia.

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AMResorts signs in Puerto Rico: Apple Leisure Group subsidiary AMResorts signed its first resort brand management deal in Puerto Rice. The new-build Dreams Puerto Rico Resort & Spa will open in 2018 and will include 250 rooms.

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Egyptian tourism plan: Egyptian Minister of Tourism Yehia Rashed announced the “6×6 Tourism Impact Plan” aimed to enhance and revive the Egyptian tourism sector. The plan focuses on six priorities to “deliver real and impactful results” within six months.

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Minor expands in India: Minor Hotel Group will open Oaks Bodhgaya in India later in 2016. The 78-key property is being developed in partnershp with GP Group and Top Travel & Tours Pvt. Ltd.

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InterContinental Lusaka sold: Kingdom Hotel Investments, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Saudi Arabian conglomerate Kingdom Holding Co., sold its 100% interest in the InterContinental Lusaka, Zambia, to OG Africa Hotel, a Mauritius-based fund managed by QG Investments Africa Management, for US$35.9 million. The transaction closed on March 31.


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Dubai Parks and Resorts secures loan: Dubai Parks and Resorts secured Dhs 993 million (US$270 milion) of debt financing to fund part of its proposed Six Flags-branded theme park.The company is looking to raise Dhs 2.67 billion (US$727 million) to finance the development with the remainder expected to come through a proposed Dhs 1.68 billion (US$457 million) rights issue put to shareholders at a general assembly meeting on April 18. Dubai Parks signed a deal with Six flags Entertainment for the project two years ago.

Read more at Gulf Business