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News in Brief: Wednesday May 28

Accor’s HotelInvest business will purchase two real-estate portfolios representing 86 and 11 hotels respectively (12,838 rooms) for a total consideration of about €900 million.

The first portfolio of 86 hotels and 11,286 rooms across Germany and the Netherlands has been operated by Accor since 2007.

Besides, Accor has entered into exclusive negotiations with Axa Real Estate for a second portfolio representing 11 hotels and 1,592 rooms in Switzerland, operated by Accor since 2008.

“These transactions send a strong signal of our capability to rapidly implement the strategy of restructuring the HotelInvest portfolio,” chairman and chief executive S√©bastien Bazin said.

 

To celebrate the first sailing of Emerald Star, its second new "StarShip" for 2014, Evergreen Tours has launched a new 360-degree virtual tour to bring to the new vessel to life.

Features include a "stylish and contemporary" design, pool, cinema, Reflections Restaurant, the Horizon Bar & Lounge, The Terrace, the Suites & Staterooms and more. Take the interactive tour at the Evergreen website.

 

Velocity Frequent Flyer and Kerzner International have inked a new partnership enabling Velocity members to earn points when staying at any of the hotel firm’s resorts including One&Only.

Properties include Atlantis, The Palm in Dubai and Atlantis, Paradise Island in The Bahamas, Mazagan Beach & Golf in Morocco and any of the eight One&Only Resorts with locations in Los Cabos, The Bahamas, South Africa, Dubai, Mauritius, The Maldives and in The Great Barrier Reef with One&Only Hayman Island which will open on 1 July 2014.

 

LAN Airlines has introduced a new system of electronic boarding passes for smartphones.

This technology is now available for most domestic and regional LAN routes when checking in at LAN.com. It replaces the printed boarding passes, giving passengers the option to send their boarding passes to their mobile phones, simplifying the check-in process.

 

Tourism Western Australia and Tourism NT have partnered with Luxperience to promote their travel offerings to an audience of high-end buyers from around the world.

As well as exhibiting at Luxperience, both Tourism WA and Tourism NT will be taking a selection of handpicked international buyers to sample a selection of their high-end tourism offerings, including El Questro Homestead, Bamurru Plains, and Longtitude 131.

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