Hospitality cannot keep a good man, or woman, down. Clarence Tan, based in Singapore, was one of the most-popular of IHG’s (all-admired) south-east Asia team for years. He moved on as latest CEO for a locally-based global company that gives more business to the printer of CEO calling cards than any competitor, by far. He did not stay long enough, actually, to get his cards printed. Anyway he has settled again, at a company to watch, Valor Hospitality Partners. Headed by Euan McGlashan, who is based in Atlanta GA, this is really a company to watch. It already manages dozens of hotels in the USA, UK and the rest of Europe, and South Africa, and now it is obviously poised to penetrate south-east Asia. Tan joins Valor’s many industry greats, who include Michael Pownall and Tony Romer-Lee.
In India, Taj’s The Connaught, New Delhi, opens 1st November, after a complete re-design. The 104-room historic hotel is run by GM Sonali Chauhan, who knows the city well – her last responsibility was as Resident Manager of Taj Palace, Delhi.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a total theme at Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London (in fact the month runs over until 8th November). The month benefits the breast cancer ward of Guy’s Cancer, the hotel’s charity partner. Offerings include TĪNG Lounge and Restaurant’s afternoon tea, see above – with or without Laurent-Perrier or a pink-gin Pink Lady. Among the tea’s edibles are cakes named by breast cancer patients: one, Maggie, has named ‘Syd’s Smashing Sponge’ after her cat, who began sleeping next to her head during her illness ( “It’s like she knew what I was going through,” she said). Also in the hotel, London’s highest hotel bar in Western Europe, GŎNG, suggests a Cool Pink cocktail of red rice sake, Aperol, citrus, orgeat, bitters and Champagne, and suggested food is Loch Duart salmon and avocado maki roll, topped with salmon tartare. Elsewhere, pink enthusiasts can open for dill-cured Loch Duart salmon, with citrus dressing, cucumber and kohlrabi relish, and/or a PG&T (Pink Gin and Tonic), Hayman’s Sloe Gin, peach brandy, Campari, Amaro Montenegro and tonic.. The finishing touch is that hotel GM Kurt Macher has commissioned fuchsia-pink fabric face masks, with the hotel’s name in gold, natch.
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