June 11, 2018 MILAN, Itlay and MCLEAN, Va. – Hilton (NYSE: HLT) has signed a franchise agreement with GdF Hotel Srl to open Grand Hotel Villa Torretta Milan Sesto, Curio Collection by Hilton. The hotel will open later this year and joins two Curio Collection by Hilton hotels in Italy, including properties already operating in Rome and Tuscany. The hotel will be situated in a 16th century villa which was once the country retreat of Milanese aristocrats. Many of the renaissance building’s historic features were restored in an extensive renovation in 2002, including priceless frescos which now adorn the hotel’s public areas and some of its 77 guest rooms and suites. Before opening later this year, the hotel will undergo further refurbishments, including guest room enhancements and the addition of a fitness centre. Once open, guests will enjoy the hotel’s restaurant, bar and business centre, while meeting and events facilities will be available for business guests and weddings. “This one-of-a-kind property is a terrific addition to our growing portfolio of more than 20 Curio Collection by Hilton hotels open or in the pipeline in Europe,” said Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president, development, EMEA, Hilton. “The building’s history, scenic location close to Milan and a number of attractions such as the world-famous Monza race circuit, will make the hotel a popular addition to the city’s hotel offerings.” “Our partnership with Hilton has grown from strength to strength since opening Hilton Garden Inn Milan North together three years ago,” said Guido Della Frera, president, GdF Group. “We are excited to welcome Curio Collection to Milan and further improve this terrific property.” “We are pleased to welcome Grand Hotel Villa Torretta Milan Sesto to Curio Collection by Hilton, as we make our debut in the iconic city of Milan,” said Mark Nogal, global head, Curio Collection by Hilton. “The opening of Grand Hotel Villa Torretta Milan Sesto highlights our commitment to expanding our collection in key destinations across the globe, and we look forward to providing a remarkable and memorable experience to travellers in our third destination in Italy.” Launched in 2014, Curio Collection by Hilton is an upper upscale collection of remarkable hotels handpicked for their unique character. Grand Hotel Villa Torretta Milan Sesto joins more than 20 Curio Collection by Hilton hotels across Europe, including Gran Hotel Montesol Ibiza, Curio Collection by Hilton, Reichshof Hamburg, Curio Collection by Hilton and Grand Hotel des Sablettes Plage, Curio Collection by Hilton. Grand Hotel Villa Torretta Milan Sesto, Curio Collection by Hilton will be located at Via Milanese 3, 20099 Sesto San Giovanni Milan. For more information on Curio Collection by Hilton, please visit news.curiocollection.com. About Gruppo Della Frera – Gdf Group Spa Established in 1991, the Della Frera Group – GDF Group Spa has progressively built an efficient and modern group, with diversified companies and services companies. It operates in different fields of activity: from real estate to the management of social and health care companies; from the hotels, to catering and wellness, with a particular focus in the hotel industry. Della Frera Group has in fact taken on an important position in this sector within the framework of the competitiveness of tourism hospitality in Milan and by the end of 2018 the group will reach 1000 rooms in the total and integrated offer. About Curio Collection by Hilton Curio Collection by Hilton (curiocollection.com) is an upper upscale, global portfolio of more than 50 one-of-a-kind hotels and resorts handpicked for their unique character. Curio Collection properties appeal to travelers seeking unexpected and authentic experiences, and the benefits of Hilton’s award-winning guest loyalty program, Hilton Honors. Read the latest brand and property stories at newsroom.hilton.com/curio; discover Curio Collection destinations through the eyes of locals with 48-hour itineraries at citiesbycurio.com; and connect with Curio Collection on facebook.com/curiocollection, instagram.com/curiocollection and twitter.com/curiocollection.
Sources said the decision to was taken after NIA claimed to have seized documents which showed that IS recruit Abu Anas had received Rs 80,000 from IRF as scholarship in October 2015. (Colombo Gazette) Sources said investigators had so far identified 25 bank accounts in four banks, which were regularly used for transactions by Naik and his companies.NIA has written to the scheduled banks to identify all the companies/individuals which had transactions with Naik’s IRF and its associate organisations.The move is aimed at financially choking Naik and his organisations after the controversial televangelist was booked under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). NIA has written to banks asking them to freeze accounts belonging to Naik, his NGO Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) and other associate companies, Indian media reports said. “Ashfaque’s father Kader claims that while leaving for Sri Lanka in February this year, Ashfaque told him that Qureshi was funding the tour. In all, 21 people were attending a small course on ‘Learning Quran’. Qureshi had also paid money to make their passports,” said an official.According to Kader, on February 23, Ashfaque left for Sri Lanka, where he stayed in Jaffna. The probe being carried out by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), alleged that Islamic State (IS) recruit Ashfaque Majeed’s father had revealed that Arshi Qureshi, guest manager with the Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), had allegedly funded Ashfaque and his fellow recruits’ Sri Lanka trip. Televangelist Zakir Naik has been accused of funding a visit to Sri Lanka by Islamic State (IS) members.The Maharashtra Police is set to register a first information report (FIR) against Naik, after the state law and judiciary department sent in its opinion that a case may be made out against him for inciting enmity.