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Best Western Hotels & Resorts acquires WorldHotels

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Best Western Hotels & Resorts has acquired renowned global hotel brand, WorldHotels representing a collection of approximately 300 unique and special hotels and resorts in premier destinations around the world. The WorldHotels brand will play a critical role in enhancing Best Western’s portfolio of offerings to include the upper upscale and luxury segments. “There is tremendous synergy between Best Western and WorldHotels. By joining forces in this new partnership, we will create competitive advantages for both companies,” said David Kong, President and CEO, Best Western Hotels & Resorts. WorldHotels will maintain its distinctive personality and individuality while benefiting from Best Western’s robust and scalable e-commerce platform, strong partnerships, award-winning loyalty programme, effective sales and marketing support, global distribution network and powerful revenue engines. “As we join forces, the combined power of our brands sets the stage for a bright future for both Best Western and WorldHotels. Through its established senior leadership team and regional presence in each market, Best Western brings a new level of expertise that will undoubtedly help grow the WorldHotels brand in key markets,” said Geoff Andrew, CEO, WorldHotels. In the last year alone, Best Western was named one of the world’s most Innovative Companies by Fast Company, expanded its portfolio to 13 dynamic brands reaching new guests in new segments, and won a record number of industry awards and accolades. The acquisition is a testament to Best Western’s commitment to growth, modernisation and continued progression, bolstering the company’s position as a trusted leader in the global hospitality industry.

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Preferred adds two hotels in its portfolio in India

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Preferred Hotels & Resorts has announced the growth of its global portfolio with the addition of 15 new member hotels in the last quarter, between October 1 and December 31, 2018. These newly included member properties strive to deliver authentic, one-of-a-kind experiences that speak to the spirit of independent hotels and encapsulate #ThePreferredLife across prominent destinations including Jaipur, Bengaluru, New York, Lisbon, the Yucatan Peninsula and more. In India, Preferred Hotels & Resorts has also added of 2 hotels in its member portfolio – Hotel Clarks Amer (Jaipur, India) and Clarks Exotica – Convention Resort & Spa (Bangalore, India).

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Lemon Tree Premier, Udaipur, to open with 139 rooms by October


Lemon Tree Hotels has robust growth plans for 2019. The brand is expected to add 1,240 rooms by 2021. Commenting on this, Patanjali Keswani, Chairman & Managing Director, Lemon Tree Hotels says, “Our capacity addition plans are tracking well. We have added ~300 owned rooms during the last quarter, 91 rooms at Red Fox Hotel in Dehradun which was commissioned in Oct’18 and 201 rooms at Lemon Tree Premier, City Centre, in Pune was opened in Dec’18. We are enthused by the performance of both the properties in the short period of time since their opening. Further, our 303 room. Lemon Tree Premier hotel at Andheri East in Mumbai is complete and we are in the last leg of approvals and expect to launch soon. We have a large supply of high value inventory getting operational in demand dense regions, which coupled with anticipated price hikes and our operational cost efficiencies will drive strong cash flows in the coming years. We will also be launching a property in Udaipur by October with 139 rooms.”

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Marriott opens Four Points by Sheraton Kochi Infopark


Marriott International opens Four Points by Sheraton Kochi Infopark, expanding the brand into Kerala, India. Commenting on the launch, Neeraj Govil- Area Vice President, South Asia, Marriott International said, “We are delighted to announce the opening of Four Points by Sheraton Kochi Infopark, the twelfth hotel in the Four Points by Sheraton’s India portfolio. Business travellers to Kochi are assured of a seamless stay, the hotel’s spaces and facilities are smart and flexible, ensuring every aspect of the guest experience reflects the brand’s emphasis on uncomplicated comfort and simple sophistication”. 218 spacious and well-appointed guestrooms including 23 suites, reflect the brand’s promise of integrating timeless classics with modern details. The rooms feature the brand’s signature comfortable bed for a deep and restful sleep. Dining options include The Eatery, the hotel’s all-day dining restaurant with an international spread, local specialties and an enticing dessert selection. All Spice is a casual destination to unwind and escape the nuances of the everyday life and indulge in coastal delicacies from Maharashtra, Goa, Karwar and Kerala. Deli is the Grab and Go – pastry and confectionery shop, along with Caper the high-energy lounge bar. “Thoughtfully designed to meet the needs of today’s traveller, our hotel has immense opportunity to deliver an unparalleled guest experience backed by comfort, great service and the amenities they need to stay productive on the road,” said Dinesh Rai, General Manager, Four Points by Sheraton Kochi Infopark. Four Points by Sheraton Kochi Infopark also features 5,000 sqft of dedicated meeting space ideal for conferences, weddings and social gatherings. In addition to the smart and flexible design, the hotel also features a 24-hour gym, a spa and an infinity pool.

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Hotel Owners’ Association of Mysuru blocks GO-MMT and OYO’s inventory

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Since December of 2018, several hotels across the country have voiced concerns and in some cases stopped conducting business with the erring Online Travel Aggregators (OTAs) and Oyo. In a latest development, the Hotel Owners’ Association (HOA) of Mysuru has decided that after 15th of the month, 400 of its hotel members will block their inventory to GoIbibo and MakeMyTrip (Go-MMT) unless the OTAs agree to the terms put forth by the Association. The Association had recently convened a meeting of its members in the city to regulate terms of operation with the OTAs and hotel aggregators, to put an end to exorbitant commissioning and deep discounting tactics. Last month, hotels in Sikkim under the Sikkim Hotels & Restaurants Association (SHRA) terminated their contracts with Go-MMT after the OTAs did not meet the terms outlined by the Association. “The OTAs and Oyo are destroying the very fabric of hospitality under the guise of disruption. They are literally bullying hoteliers, flexing their muscles with seemingly unlimited funds, access to technology and consumer data. Hotels took their bait of increased revenues and rates which today has given them a free hand at employing predatory pricing policies. The indiscriminate discounts offered to customers, outlandish commissions and Performance Linked Bonuses (PLBs) demanded from hotels, hijacking their online and offline brand and business resources, misrepresenting the actual rate received from guests, pitting one hotel against another and other below the belt tactics have left many hoteliers desolate,” says Mr. Sooryah P, President, Association of Indian Hotels and Serviced Apartments, Bangalore.

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Radisson announces the signing of six hotels in Egypt


Radisson Hotel Group has announced the signing of six new hotels in Egypt as part of a portfolio deal across a number of its brands. The agreement was signed with existing business partner Zaghloul Holdings, a Cairo-based business conglomerateoperating in real estate, contracting, tourism, commercial retail, entertainment and sports investment industries. The six hotels: Radisson Collection Hotel Cairo Heliopolis, Radisson Blu Serviced Apartments Cairo Heliopolis, Radisson Blu Hotel Cairo Golf City, Radisson Hotel New Cairo, Radisson Hotel & Resort Ain Sokhna and Radisson Blu Hotel & Resort Makadi Bay, Hurghada will mean Radisson Hotel Group becomes one of the largest international operators in the country and will also cement Radisson Blu’s position as the leading brand in the city in the coming years. Elie Younes, Executive Vice President & Chief Development Officer, Radisson Hotel Group, said: “It is great to expand our footprint in Egypt with six new hotels. Egypt has historically been one of the most visited countries in North Africa and we strongly believe in its tourism industry in the long run. These hotels will make a great contribution to the local employment and we thank our partner Zaghloul Holdings for their continued trust and for their contribution towards promoting tourism in the country. We are further pleased to introduce two new brands to Egypt, Radisson Collection, positioned as the premium lifestyle and affordable luxury brand and Radisson as an upscale hotel brand”. Hazem Zaghloul, owner of Zaghloul Holdings, said: “We have ambitious investment plans for the tourism sector in Egypt. We are confident in the future outlook for the sector with positive forecasts of increased visitor numbers and the significant investment in the tourism infrastructure of Egypt. …

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W debuts in Dubai with 350 rooms

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W Hotels, part of Marriott International has announced the opening of W Dubai – The Palm, located on the Palm Jumeirah, the largest man-made island in the world and one of Dubai’s most iconic attractions. “Much like W has redefined modern luxury, Dubai is a city that is firmly in charge of writing its own narrative, fearlessly embracing the future through design, technology and global culture,” said Anthony Ingham, Global Brand Leader, W Hotels Worldwide. “The energy and marvel of this incredible city make it the perfect destination for a W Escape – our unique take on a resort holiday – where the bold style, iconic service and signature scene of a W come to play.”

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IHG acquires Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas


InterContinental Hotels Group has announced the acquisition of Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas, one of the world’s leading operators of luxury hotels, resorts and spas. The $300 million cash acquisition from Pegasus Capital Advisors includes all of Six Senses’ brands and operating companies and does not include any real estate assets. Six Senses currently manages 16 hotels and resorts, with 18 management contracts signed into its pipeline, and more than 50 further deals under active discussion. With properties in locations such as the Maldives, the Seychelles, Yao Noi in Thailand, Zighy Bay in Oman, and Portugal’s Douro Valley, the addition of Six Senses’ award-winning estate and high-quality development pipeline will further round out IHG’s position in the luxury segment. At Six Senses’ core is a commitment to guest rejuvenation and reconnection, with an expert focus on wellness and sustainability. The acquisition extends IHG’s reach to a community of affluent travellers and new owners and provides instant entry to some of the world’s most sought-after locations. Six Senses will sit at the top of IHG’s luxury portfolio, complementing the world’s largest luxury hotel brand, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts; the recently acquired and repositioned Regent Hotels & Resorts; and Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, for which IHG has secured a presence in 14 countries, since its acquisition of the brand in 2015. Today’s acquisition of Six Senses takes IHG’s portfolio of open and pipeline luxury hotels to 400 hotels (108,000 rooms) globally. By combining IHG’s scale, systems and operational excellence with Six Senses’ luxury, resort and spa expertise, IHG sees the potential to grow the Six Senses estate to more than 60 properties globally over the next 10 years. This includes bringing Six …

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ADR for Indian mid-scale hotels crosses Rs 3,000 for the first time


According to a latest report by Horwath HTL, India-wide Occ is stuck in the low 60’s. ADR grew smartly in 2018, crossing 3k for the first time in the mid-scale segment in India. This segment has 34k rooms, with 24% of all-India chain affiliated inventory. About 1,500 rooms were added in 2018. 18k rooms in this segment (54% of segmental supply) are in the key markets. Several occupancy shifts have been in the negative direction. Bengaluru, Goa and Jaipur dropped Occ between 2.7 pts and 4 pts. Bengaluru is particularly surprising because there is no supply growth in this segment. Bengaluru and Goa at least made up on the ADR front; the former added over Rs. 300 to comfortable cross the Rs 3k level. Goa ADR growth was more modest but is now pushing the Rs. 4k level. Jaipur dropped rate as well – only Rs 60 but that’s material when one is in the low Rs 2k level. Delhi, Gurugram, Pune and Chennai moved up to the right, gaining both Occ and ADR. Occupancy gains varied from 0.8 pts to 1.5 pts; while ADR gains spread significantly between 3.3% and 12.6%. In money terms, these varied between a modest Rs. 100 and a healthy Rs. 370. Happily, there is no under-performer on the Occ front although Jaipur does remain a soft rate performer. Improving product quality at the Midscale level (e.g. the revitalised Ginger and Park Inn by Radisson) could enable improve performance for this segment. It really needs Occ growth in Key markets to compensate softer initial period results from smaller cities and towns in which this segment must penetrate. Domestic brands have a major play in this …

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