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Swiss International and Unicorn Prestige sign a franchise agreement for a new 350 luxury hotel.

The luxury hotel, Royal Swiss Lahore is nearing its construction completion at the Allama Iqbal International Airport in Lahore, Pakistan and is scheduled to open its doors in March of 2019.

Royal Swiss Lahore is strategically located at just 500 meters from the Allama Iqbal International Airport in Lahore, Pakistan. Along with its 350 rooms and suites, the hotel will be complemented with the Swiss International’s signature concepts; the Swiss Restaurant & Lounge, the Noodles & Rice, the TED & Co - Bar & Lounge, the Moods - Cigar Lounge, the Swiss Select Lounge, the Swiss Café Leafs & Beans, 7 Eventives Meeting venues,, the Inspirations Pool & Gym and a World-Class Spa. As a Royal Swiss, the property will express a sophisticated luxury for travelers seeking state-of-the-art facilities and services in a refined and elegant environment.

Unique to the destination, the Eventives Meetings & Events venues, at the Royal Swiss Lahore will host from 500 people and up to 2,000 people in its modular soundproofed hall. These venues are ideal for small to large meetings, conferences, weddings, exhibitions, amongst other events.

The Royal Swiss Lahore will open its doors during the time that the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is earmarking the expansion and modernization of Pakistan’s second largest airport, Allama Iqbal International Airport (AIIAP), to meet the growing passenger needs during the course of the next 20 years.

Scheduled to commence at the end of 2017, the expansion and reconstruction will make Allama Iqbal Airport the largest airport in the country. The expansion is expected to increase the annual passenger handling capacity of the airport from 4.5 million to more than 25 million passengers. It will also enable the airport to operate more international flights.

Lahore is the capital city of the Pakistani province of Punjabi and the country’s most populous city after Karachi. With a GDP $127 billion recorded in 2017, and also popularly known as the ‘City of Gardens’ because of its many parks and gardens, Lahore is one of Pakistan’s wealthiest cities.

Mr. Jameel Abbas, the CEO of Unicorn Prestige Limited and of the owning company of the Royal Swiss said, “We have spent several years on the concept development and construction of this unique hotel. When we learned about the Royal Swiss brand of Swiss International Hotels & Resorts, we were convinced of the luxury combination of both the hotel and the Royal Swiss brand.”

Mr. Qaseem Naqvi, the Director of Unicorn Prestige further went on to say that “With the exposure from a brand like Swiss International, we are positive that the Royal Swiss Lahore and Swiss International will open the beautiful city of Lahore to the world.”

Mr. Henri Kennedie, President & CEO of Swiss International, expressed his confidence in the success of the hotel, following the signing of the agreements with Unicorn Prestige stating that, “With a GDP OF $127 billion recorded in 2017 and in Lahore alone along with the expansion of Allama Iqbal International Airport, the city promises to be committed to the future of Lahore and Pakistan. We are entering the market in Lahore with a brand, Royal Swiss, that we believe will serve the market well. We are very proud to have been selected as the hotel partner of Unicorn Prestige.”
 
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Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts is to manage a new hotel in the heart of Pakistan’s first smart city, growing its portfolio in the country to four properties strong.

The hospitality firm has signed an agreement with Smart Properties, an affiliate of one of Pakistan’s leading real estate developers, Future Development Holdings (FDH), to operate Mövenpick Hotel & Residences Capital Smart City, Islamabad, which is expected to open in 2023.

Islamabad Capital Smart City is a mixed-used mega development featuring residential, retail, commercial, entertainment and hospitality components that’s just five minutes by car from Islamabad’s new international airport and located on the main road connecting Pakistan’s capital with its second most populous city, Lahore, home to almost 12 million people.

“With this new dynamic development set to become the hub for modern commercial activities and major local and international organisations, our newly-signed upscale property will be well positioned to cater to their needs, from short- to long-term accommodation options, complemented by attractive business and leisure facilities,” explained Andrew Langdon, Global Chief Development Officer, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts.

“Signing this management agreement is a strategic move that strengthens our cluster development strategy in Pakistan, a country where we have one property in operation and now three more hotels pipelined as we look to leverage the strong growth potential of this relatively untapped market. It also sets Mövenpick on track to become the largest international hotel operator in Pakistan.”

Mövenpick Hotel & Residences Capital Smart City, Islamabad, the hotel group’s second property planned for the city, will feature 250 hotel rooms and 150 serviced apartments, four dining venues, meeting facilities, a fitness centre and two swimming pools.

“A landmark development such as Islamabad Capital Smart City, which will become a new economic powerhouse for Pakistan, calls for high-quality accommodation and hospitality offerings, which is why we have partnered with Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts – a hotel group with strong market knowledge and a proven track record operating upscale properties across the region,” said Luis Fernandez-Reyes, Chief Development Officer, Smart Properties.

Mövenpick currently operates Mövenpick Hotel Karachi and has two more hotels in active development in Pakistan. They include Mövenpick Hotel Centaurus Islamabad, set to open in 2019, and Mövenpick Hotel & Apartments Lahore, mooted for completion in 2021.
 
Swiss chain mulls opening hotels in KP

PESHAWAR: Swiss International Hotels & Resorts is planning to open its chain of luxury hospitality in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Swiss International Hotels & Resorts President and CEO Henri Hans WR Kennedie, in a meeting with K-P CM Mahmood Khan said that they were already working on establishing luxury hotels in different cities of the province.

In the first phase, the Swiss chain will set up hotels at Peshawar and Swat. The success of phase I will lead to phase II of the plan for hotels in Mardan, #Chitral and Malakand, Kennedie told the meeting attended by ministers and top bureaucrats.
On desire of CM Mahmood, the investors said they would also look into the option of developing tourist spots.

Mahmood said that promoting tourism as industry in the province was his ultimate target. He said that his government was working to ensure easy access for local and foreign tourists to the attractive and beautiful tourism sites of K-P.

He said that 20 new sites had already been identified under the 100-day agenda of provincial government. “We will also welcome and facilitate both the national and international investment in the whole exercise for promoting tourism in K-P,” he said while talking to five-member delegation of investors led by MPA Nazir Abbasi at Chief Minister Secretariat Peshawar.

Provincial Minister for Information Shaukat Ali Yousafzai, Principal Secretary to CM Mohammad Israr, Secretary Finance Shakeel Qadir, Secretary Tourism Shahid Zaman and other officials concerned were also present on this occasion.

The delegation was told that 20 new sites of tourism were also located in Chitral, Malakand and Hazara. Reconstruction and rehabilitation of access roads to these sites was also in progress. It was also revealed in the meeting that establishment of ski resorts at different tourism spots had already been discussed with Pakistan Air Force. A comprehensive policy was also formulated for speedy promotion of tourism in the province. Regulatory framework was also completed

 
Royal Swiss Hotel Lahore near Allama Iqbal International Airport Lahore


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Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts is to manage a new hotel in the heart of Pakistan’s first smart city, growing its portfolio in the country to four properties strong.

The hospitality firm has signed an agreement with Smart Properties, an affiliate of one of Pakistan’s leading real estate developers, Future Development Holdings (FDH), to operate Mövenpick Hotel & Residences Capital Smart City, Islamabad, which is expected to open in 2023.

Islamabad Capital Smart City is a mixed-used mega development featuring residential, retail, commercial, entertainment and hospitality components that’s just five minutes by car from Islamabad’s new international airport and located on the main road connecting Pakistan’s capital with its second most populous city, Lahore, home to almost 12 million people.

“With this new dynamic development set to become the hub for modern commercial activities and major local and international organisations, our newly-signed upscale property will be well positioned to cater to their needs, from short- to long-term accommodation options, complemented by attractive business and leisure facilities,” explained Andrew Langdon, Global Chief Development Officer, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts.

“Signing this management agreement is a strategic move that strengthens our cluster development strategy in Pakistan, a country where we have one property in operation and now three more hotels pipelined as we look to leverage the strong growth potential of this relatively untapped market. It also sets Mövenpick on track to become the largest international hotel operator in Pakistan.”

Mövenpick Hotel & Residences Capital Smart City, Islamabad, the hotel group’s second property planned for the city, will feature 250 hotel rooms and 150 serviced apartments, four dining venues, meeting facilities, a fitness centre and two swimming pools.

“A landmark development such as Islamabad Capital Smart City, which will become a new economic powerhouse for Pakistan, calls for high-quality accommodation and hospitality offerings, which is why we have partnered with Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts – a hotel group with strong market knowledge and a proven track record operating upscale properties across the region,” said Luis Fernandez-Reyes, Chief Development Officer, Smart Properties.

Mövenpick currently operates Mövenpick Hotel Karachi and has two more hotels in active development in Pakistan. They include Mövenpick Hotel Centaurus Islamabad, set to open in 2019, and Mövenpick Hotel & Apartments Lahore, mooted for completion in 2021.
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Second Cup recently opened up in Murree! cozy cafe with state of the art interior is situated in the hills amongst the clouds.

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Under construction Malam Jabba Ski Resort.


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The magnificent Pearl Continental Hotel, Mirpur Azad Kashmir. A water front and 2nd largest PC in the country. It will be ready to roll out by spring next year. It will be a wonderful location to host corporate events and support tourism in the area.

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Newly built Royal Swiss Lahore

Its 350 rooms and suites, the hotel is complemented with the Swiss International's signature concepts; the Swiss Restaurant & Lounge, the Noodles & Rice, the TED & Co - Bar & Lounge, the Moods - Cigar Lounge, the Swiss Select Lounge, the Swiss Café Leafs & Beans, 7 Eventives Meeting venues,,

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Chikachino - Now relocating soon in F-7 Islamabad.
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Five Star Pearl-Continental Hotel to Open in Hyderabad soon

The Hashoo Group is planning to open a Pearl-Continental Hotel in Hyderabad soon, aiming to offer premium hospitality in a traditional environment. For this, Hashoo Group has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Pakistan Services Limited and the Hero Group.

Hashoo Group’s Deputy Chairman and CEO Murtaza Hashwani said, We are pleased to partner with the Hero Group to establish a culture of premium hospitality in Hyderabad and we look forward to welcoming guests to Pearl-Continental Hotel Hyderabad.

Hashoo Group Hospitality Division Chief Operating Officer Haseeb Gardezi underscored the importance of the economic activity and the employment opportunities that the brand-new five-star hotel will generate in the city of Hyderabad.

Hero Group’s President Asad Barkat said:We are proud to present opportunities for travelers to explore the beautiful Hyderabad city, enabling them to enjoy their stay in a modern, comfortable and central location. Furthermore, he said that the hotel would not only help improve employment in the area, but it will also generate economic activity and open doors for progress and prosperity.

Pearl-Continental Hotel Hyderabad will offer guests the modern comforts of a contemporary lifestyle in the second-largest city of Sindh. The five-star hotel will feature a minimum of 120 rooms and suites, a variety of fine-dining multi-cuisine restaurants, a spa and fitness center, activity areas for children, as well as meeting rooms and large event spaces.
 
Newly built Luxux Resort, Hunza, GB

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