Havana hotels update

On 1st June 2017 highly-experienced hotelier Xavier Destribats, from Bordeaux, opened Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana, which has, despite US feelings towards Cuba, proved highly popular with discerning luxury travellers. It is a new-build, in an 1894-vintage shell, and of the 246 rooms, even a starter room, say #493, offers 40 sq. m of space [...]

Australia Day in Dubai

Yesterday, Sunday 26 January 2020, was Australia Day, the official national day of Australia. It marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of English ships at Port Jackson NSW: unofficially, it has also been variously named "Anniversary Day", "Foundation Day",  "Invasion Day" and "National Day of Mourning". It was not until 1935 that all Australian states and [...]

Pretty Woman turns 30

The movie Pretty Woman was released 23 March 1990 and, like Casablanca and  The Sound of Music, its popularity strengthens the whole time.  (Interestingly one youngster was so inspired by the actor playing the hotel manager that he switched ambition from becoming a stage name, himself, to aspirations in the hotel industry. He, Daniel Szelényi, [...]