Category Archives: Destination

Marriott to expand in Mexico by more than 50% by the end of 2023


Marriott International has announced that it expects to expand its footprint in Mexico by more than 50% to the end of 2023, following a robust year of new signings. In 2018, the company signed 36 deals in the Caribbean and Latin America, including more than 2,300 rooms or close to 40% of total rooms in Mexico. With these new deals, Marriott’s total Mexico pipeline now features nearly 50 properties consisting of 8,000 rooms across the country – from Mexicali to Cancun, including key gateway cities such as Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey and resort markets like Cancun, Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta. “Mexico continues to be our biggest and most successful market in the region, thanks to our proven operating excellence, preferred brands and business platforms, and strong owner and franchise partnerships,” said Laurent de Kousemaeker, Chief Development Officer for Marriott International in the Caribbean and Latin America. “We are equally enthusiastic about 2019, given our strong pipeline, the launch of Marriott Bonvoy – the company’s new loyalty program – and the increasingly compelling value proposition that our size and scale can bring to our partners.” As of Dec. 31, 2018 Marriott had 85 open properties in Mexico, representing about 34% of its 249 properties across 21 brands in the Caribbean and Latin American region.

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Tashkent City Hotel & Apartments, Uzbekistan, to open in 2021


Radisson Hospitality AB has added a new location for the Park Inn by Radisson portfolio with the signing of Park Inn by Radisson Tashkent City Hotel & Apartments in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The newly built hotel and apartment project is due to open in 2021 in the capital of Uzbekistan. Elie Younes, Executive Vice President & Chief Development Officer, Radisson Hotel Group,said: “We’re excited to bring the Park Inn by Radisson brand to Uzbekistan, a country where tourism is growing rapidly. In 2018, Uzbekistan welcomed five million tourists – with Tashkent being a popular choice among travelers as the country’s most cosmopolitan city. We’re delighted to be bringing a new brand to such a vibrant region and offering this market something fresh and exciting.” The partner of this project is LLC “Lotus Gas Invest”, the owner of the brand Real House, one of the leading construction companies in Tashkent. The new-build Hotel & Serviced Apartment project, due to open in 2021, will consist of 300 rooms – including 50 serviced apartments, a conference hall, five meeting rooms, a gym, an all-day dining restaurant, a lobby lounge/bar and a Sky Bar. Park Innby Radisson is an upper midscale hotel brand that delivers stress-free experiences, good food and upbeat environments. This will be 24th Park Inn by Radisson Hotel across the Russia & CIS region bringing the portfolio to 6194 rooms – keeping the brand as the largest midscale brand in the region. The hotel will be located in Tashkent City – the largest and the most ambitious real estate project in Uzbekistan. It will have a prime city center location and is part of the large-scale development called “Tashkent City”, consisting of …

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Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi to open on July 1


Hilton’s Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, will soon open its Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi. Set to debut on July 1, the all-villa resort spans across three private islands, providing secluded enclaves and a tranquil escape with a plethora of activities for guests of all generations. The resort is located just 30-minutes from Malé International Airport via the resort’s private yacht. An escape or families and couples in search of space and exclusivity, the resort boasts 122 luxuriously appointed villas, each equipped with a pool and uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean in its own private enclave. Each reef, beach and overwater villa will open onto an indoor and outdoor deck featuring a swinging daybed, dining gazebo, an infinity pool, in-water lounge and an outdoor shower. “We are thrilled to bring this unforgettable property and best-in-class experience to the Maldives,” said Dino Michael, global head, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts. “The resort’s inspirational environment, refined culinary offerings, and thoughtfully designed family options, combined with the brand’s unparalleled commitment to personal service, will give every guest the freedom to create memories that last a lifetime.”

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Hard Rock to open second hotel in Bengaluru by 2020


Hard Rock International continues intensifying its India presence with the announcement of Hard Rock Hotel Bangalore, slated to open in Fall 2020. Joining Hard Rock Hotel Goa, the second Hard Rock Hotel in India will be located in the city of Bangalore. “The city of Bangalore is full of culture and beauty and is the perfect location for our second property in India,” said Todd Hricko, senior vice president and head of global hotel development for Hard Rock International. “We are pleased to work with Convention Hotels India Private Limited who share in our vision, integrity and dedication to quality.”

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Best Western’s SureStay Plus brand makes its India debut, opens in Indore


Best Western Hotels & Resorts has launched its new SureStay Plus Hotel Brand in India with the opening of a first SureStay Plus hotel in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. The hotel offers 57 rooms across three categories and eight suites. “We are delighted to unveil SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western Indore, an exciting midscale brand that will redefine the hotel landscape in Indore.,” said Atul Jain, Best Western’s Chief Operating Officer for India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. “By combining the ease and affordability of midscale hotels with the international standards of a global chain, SureStay Hotel Group is sure to appeal to business and leisure travellers alike”.

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Preferred Hotels & Resorts adds Fortune Park JP Celestial, Bengaluru, to its portfolio

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In India, Preferred Hotels & Resorts has added another hotel in its member portfolio – Fortune Park JP Celestial, Bengaluru. The hotel is centrally located off Race Course Road and offers 129 guestrooms featuring wooden floors, modern amenities, and whirlpool baths in its suites. The hotel also features two dining options including a rooftop bar specialising in popular Indian Tandoor (grill) specialties, and an on-site spa. In total, the hotel has added 25 members.

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Four Seasons Hotel Montreal to open on May 8


Montreal’s Golden Square Mile, Four Seasons Hotel Montreal will officially open on May 8, 2019.  With 169 guest rooms, 19 suites and 18 Four Seasons Private Residences, Montreal’s Four Seasons’ interiors are designed by Paris-based Gilles & Boissier in collaboration with Montreal-based architect and designer Philip Hazan. “We can’t wait to receive our local community, as well as world travellers, into our luxury ecosystem for the full Four Seasons experience, right in downtown Montreal,” says Four Seasons General Manager Gonçalo Monteiro. “With summer and all its great festivals and events just around the corner, spring is the perfect time for us all to enjoy Montreal’s trendsetting style and culture.”

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Marriott opens its 7,000th property in Hong Kong


Marriott International has opened of its 7,000th property – The St. Regis Hong Kong. The 27-story luxury hotel, which features butler service, and multiple restaurants, is emblematic of Marriott’s global expansion strategy which disproportionately focuses on the highest lodging tiers as well as fast-growing international markets such as Hong Kong. The company’s first property, the Twin Bridges Marriott, opened in 1957 and was a four-story motor hotel in Arlington, Virginia. “It’s thrilling to open our 7,000th property, an incredible milestone for a company that began as a nine-stool root beer stand in 1927 and didn’t even open its first hotel until decades later,” said Arne Sorenson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Marriott International. “I can’t think of a more fitting property to hold the honor than The St. Regis Hong Kong which underscores the benefits of our merger with Starwood, the importance of luxury and the tremendous opportunity in Asia.”

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IHG signs two Holiday Inn hotels in Saudi Arabia


InterContinental Hotels Group has signed two franchise agreements including Holiday Inn Madinah King Abdulaziz Road with Loulouat Al Madinah Hospitality and Holiday Inn Jeddah Al Hamra with Al Hokair Group. The signings consolidate IHG’s strategy to expand its footprint across the kingdom, with its mid-scale offerings. Holiday Inn Jeddah Al Hamra will feature 253 rooms and a host of facilities for business and leisure travellers including three food and beverage outlets, six meeting rooms, and a business centre. In addition, guests will be able to take advantage of recreational facilities such as the outdoor pool, a gymnasium and a spa. Due to open in 2020, Holiday Inn Madinah King Abdulaziz Road will be strategically located near Al Haramain Railway Train Station and other major transport hubs. The 180-key hotel will feature 2,000 sqm of banqueting space for events and conventions, a business centre as well as a gym and two dining options. Given its location in the Holy City and close proximity to Knowledge Economic City, it is expected to attract both pilgrims and corporate travelers.

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Room supply to grow by 4% and demand by 7% in 2019


HVS ANAROCK recently released its industry review for 2018. According to the report, the supply of rooms is anticipated to grow by 4.0% and demand by 7.0% in 2019. Over the last 2 years, hotel supply grew by 3.7% in 2017 and 3.5% in 2018, whilst demand grew by 7% and 6.8% in the respective years. While both the past years have paved the way for strong growth in demand for 2019 driven by strong economic growth in the country, some headwinds in 2019 are expected to dampen the performance turnout for the year. The first major reason is the country’s general election, during which the commercial market, the main stay for hotels in the country, puts on hold all decision making in anticipation of the election results that could potentially have a material impact on several policy initiatives of the government. Thankfully though, elections will be held in the summer months when demand in the country is comparatively low, limiting its negative impact on hotel performances.The second major reason is the impact of new hotel supply that is expected to commence operations in the current year. As per our estimates, 8,574 keys will enter the market in 2019, a nearly 19% rise over the last two years

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