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HB ON THE SCENE: Forbes Travel Guide Gives Hotels Their ‘Star’ Turns

NAPLES, FL—Luxury arbiter Forbes Travel Guide last night revealed its 57th list of worldwide Star Rating recipients before an assembly of hoteliers representing dozens of the properties cited. The event took place at host hotel The Ritz-Carlton, Naples.

This year, the Forbes Travel Guide list includes 18 new Five-Star hotels, 46 new Four-Star hotels and 26 new hotels in its Recommended category.

The number of Five-Star hotels now totals 115, the most in Forbes Travel Guide’s history, and recognizes the increasing presence of luxury accommodations and facilities in new world markets. This year, the Guide added its first star-rated properties in Mexico, the Caribbean, Latin America, Japan and Thailand and several brands could tout their first Five-Star hotels. These include: Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Langham Hotels & Resorts and Hyatt. Properties earning the honor are: Conrad Macao, Cotai Central; The Langham, Hong Kong; and Park Hyatt Aviara Resort. 

Also named were 10 new Five-Star restaurants, bringing the total to 55, and seven new spas, bringing the number to 48.

“We are delighted to recognize the 2015 Star Rating recipients, an incredible group of hotels, restaurants and spas,” said Gerard (Jerry) Inzerillo, CEO of Forbes Travel Guide. “These properties set a new standard of excellence for hospitality worldwide at an exciting moment in the global growth of luxury hospitality and for our Star Rating system.”

He added, “We are proud to congratulate each of the owners, property managers and their teams, and everyone associated with the prestigious properties recognized today, as together, we help discerning consumers make better luxury travel decisions worldwide.”

Forbes Travel Guide also recognized a total of 336 Four-Star hotels, 192 Four-Star restaurants and 163 Four-Star spas, as well as its list of 100 Recommended hotels and 60 Recommended restaurants in the markets it rates: the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Costa Rica, London, Beijing, Hong Kong, Macau, Shanghai, Tokyo, Bangkok, Singapore and Guangzhou.

The Forbes Travel Guide was formerly the Mobil Travel Guide, the originator of the Five-Star Rating system that, since 1958, provides comprehensive ratings and reviews of hotels. Today, Forbes Travel Guide has a team of inspectors who anonymously evaluate up to 800 standards at hotels, restaurants and spas worldwide to determine their ratings position.

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