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Raffles, Fairmont and Swissotel are Proud to Join Accor Hotels Group

Accor Hotels mark an exciting new chapter for Raffles Hotels & Resorts as its luxury brand and illustrious collection of remarkable hotels joins AccorHotels Group, one of the world's largest global hotel companies.

This historic milestone marks an unparalleled growth opportunity for Raffles, and instantly positions AccorHotels as a global hospitality leader and a key player in the luxury hotel market.

AccorHotels operates in more than 95 countries, and together with Raffles and sister brands Fairmont and Swissôtel, will grow to more than 4,000 recognized luxury, midscale and economy hotels and resorts, including Sofitel, Pullman, M Gallery, and Novotel.

Radisson Blu Agra to Launch 97-key New Wing by June Next Year

In a bid to attract the wedding business in the city, Radisson Blu Agra Taj East Gate is in the process of adding a new block with 97 rooms to its existing inventory. The new rooms will be positioned as Luxury Collection Rooms spread on three floors. 20% of them will offer a view of the Taj Mahal. New rooms with modern design and local inlay artwork are expected to be ready by August next year.

The new banquet space, which is expected to be ready by April next year, will be the biggest in the city. It will be divided into a pre-function cum open kitchen area of 10,000 sq feet and hall space of 14,600 sq feet. A 4300 sq ft of open air infinity pool on the roof top will overlook the Taj Mahal, he said.

Located on the second floor of the building, 10,000 sq ft of dining space will consist of outdoor courtyard dining, five show kitchens offering different cuisines, an Island Bar and private dining rooms. Guests can also look forward to a Cigar Lounge, a first of its kind in the city.

Kerala featured in ABTA's 12 'Destinations to Watch' for 2017

Kerala has been pegged as a 'Destination to Watch' in 2017 by the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA), UK's largest body of travel agents and tour operators. Kerala is the only Indian entry in the list of 12 tourist hotspots brought out by ABTA. U.V. Jose, Director - Tourism, Government of Kerala said that Kerala's prominent ranking in the ABTA list suggests that the trend of higher tourist footfalls from the UK to continue this year. It is a hugely significant endorsement – not only of the state's capacity to attract and cater to a wide range of travellers, but also the innovative campaigns and marketing initiatives that have helped position 'God's Own Country' on the world tourism map.