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The Grand Hotel at left, Armani at right
Hmm, we haven't heard anything from the under-construction Armani Hotel Milan lately, despite the fact that the first hotel in the fashionable chainArmani Hotel Dubaihas been open for a solid 11 months now. So while we were in Milan ourselves recently, we made it a point to do some snooping about Armani's Via Manzoni complex, the top of which will soon become the second Armani Hotel.
From the moment we stepped out of the Montenapoleone subway station, we noticed something right away: the Grand Hotel et de Milan sits directly across the streetnay, the small pedestrian thru-wayfrom the coming Armani Hotel. Turf war, commence!
Seems America isn't the world's only litigious society. There's Thailand, for example.
In Bangkok, the The Oriental has been slapped with a defamation lawsuit by the Thai Attorney General, following a libel claim from another hotel competitor, the lebua. Seems that an internal email memo sent by The Oriental's General Manager Kurt Wachtveitl last year to his hotel managers accused the lebua of poaching 26 staff members from yet another 5-star property The Peninsula Bangkok.
Oh the humanity! Can you imagine some employee actually wanting to work elsewhere, and perhaps for more money. But Wachtveitl's email, which has been reportedly sent to several other Bangkok hotel managers, was leaked to the public. Like that never happens in America.