Check in! – hotel highlights across EMEA

The Blue Swan Daily brings you a round up of some of the latest hotel news from across Europe, Middle East and Africa.

  • New Heathrow transit hotel takes strain from early departures, late arrivals or long transfers
  • Corinthia Hotels brings ‘timeless luxury and style’ to Bucharest
  • Global hotel inventory has grown by just under a fifth over last ten years
  • Hotel Indigo brings more colour to the historic city of Durham
  • Hotel related news briefs from across the globe…

New Heathrow transit hotel takes strain from early departures, late arrivals or long transfers
Plaza Premium Group will this month open the doors to its new Aerotel transit hotel at London’s Heathrow Airport, adding to its existing facilities in airports in Abu Dhabi, Kuala Lumpur and Muscat, Rio de Janeiro and Singapore. The facility, the only airport landside hotel at Heathrow’s Terminal 3, will be open 24/7 to guests with the hotel lobby located in the east wing of Terminal 3 arrivals. Ideal for travellers who have a long layover before a connecting flight or perhaps are arriving or departing late at night or early in the morning, it offers flexible bookings available from six hourly slots. There are 82 rooms across four different types: Solo Plus, Double Plus, Double Squared and Family, offering what is described as “convenient, premium yet affordable rooms,” accommodating between one and four guests. The property offers features a 24-hour Library Lounge offering a variety of hot and cold food and drinks, while complimentary Wi-Fi is provided throughout the building.

Corinthia Hotels brings ‘timeless luxury and style’ to Bucharest
Corinthia Hotels is set to expand its five-star hotel portfolio with the opening of a new luxury property in Bucharest, Romania. Located in the heart of the capital, the former Grand Hotel du Boulevard will open its doors again on 01-Dec-2019, to coincide with Romania’s National Day. Built in 1867, the listed building was last used as a hotel over a decade ago and will now undergo extensive refurbishment to sit in line with Corinthia’s signature standards of “timeless luxury and style”. The property will offer over 50 rooms and suites, dining options, a grand ballroom, boutique meeting spaces, and luxury amenities and continues Corinthia’s tradition of restoring 19th century grand hotels across Europe. Corinthia Hotels reached agreement with building owner NIRO Investment Group to operate the new property and refurbishment work is expected to commence before the end of the second quarter of this year.

Global hotel inventory has grown by just under a fifth over last ten years
There are now almost 17 million hotel rooms across the world with the number growing by 17.7% over the last ten years, according to benchmarking specialist STR. The intelligence company, which is celebrating the tenth anniversary of the launch of its international expansion, says there are currently 184,299 hotels across the world comprising 16,966,280 million rooms around the world. Since the launch of its international business STR’s hotel sample has grown by almost three million rooms (+49%). Based on that sample, the global hotel industry recorded an average occupancy level of 67.5% for the 12 months ending with Feb- 2018, which was a 1.6% increase from the previous 12 months. Average daily room rate (ADR) grew +2.6% during that 12-month time period to US$122.96. STR defines a hotel on three exclusionary criteria: it generates revenue on a nightly per-room basis, has ten or more rooms; and is open to the public (excludes those properties requiring membership, affiliation or club status).

Hotel Indigo brings more colour to the historic city of Durham
Hotel Indigo has opened a new UK property in the centre of the historic city of Durham offering 83 boutique bedrooms and a Marco Pierre White restaurant. Located a stone’s throw from the city’s cathedral and castle – which together make up the city’s famous UNESCO World Heritage Site – the hotel is housed within the Grade II-listed ‘Old Shire Hall’ which acted as administrative headquarters for the local university up until 2012. This is one of a number of new properties for Hotel Indigo opening in 2018, including three more in the UK: Hotel Indigo London – 1 Leicester Square, Hotel Indigo London – Aldgate and Hotel Indigo Stratford-upon-Avon. Hotel Indigo is part of Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG), now has 24 hotels across Europe with another 20 due to open during the next three to five years. The Durham property is managed by Interstate Europe, a third-party hotel management company, which has 72 properties in its portfolio across the UK.

Hotel related news briefs from across the globe…

  • Best Western has introduced a new ‘Park Hotel Genève-Thoiry’ 106 room hotel near Geneva Airport. The hotel provides free shuttle services for ground transportation to Geneva Airport.
  • flydubai Holidays has commenced sales of holiday packages for destinations across flydubai‘s network. The online portal offers packages of flights and hotels, with the option to add ancillary services, including airport transfers, sightseeing, UAE visa facilitation, car rental and excursions.
  • Korean Air has confirmed that Cho Hyun-Ah, who was at the centre of the infamous ‘nut rage’ incident on one of its flights back in 2014, has been appointed president of Korean Air subsidiary KAL Hotel Network.
  • Munich Airport plans to commence construction of a new ibis Styles hotel managed by AccorHotels. The new hotel will offer 350 rooms, with F&B facilities and its own food market, in response to increased demand for overnight accommodation at the airport. Construction is slated to commence in 2020 with completion in 2021.
  • The US hotel industry reported positive results in the three key performance metrics during Feb-2018, according to data from STR. In a year-over-year comparison with Feb-2017, the industry posted a +1.2% rise in occupancy to 61.7%, a +2.3% increase in average daily room rate (ADR) to US$126.38 and a +3.5% boost in revenue per available room (RevPAR) to US$78.02.
  • Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA) reported commercial residential property listings on Airbnb were up a massive 42% in the last year, with more than 11,000 properties across metropolitan Sydney now falling into this category.
  • Zambia Airports Corporation Limited (ZACL) confirmed construction of a hotel at Lusaka Kenneth Kaunda International Airport is around 67% completed. It is part of a new terminal project that is approximately 70% complete, according to ZACL and scheduled for completion in Oct-2019.