Check in! – hotel highlights across EMEA

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

  • New Zabeel House brand from Jumeirah Group to target the curious traveller
  • New Basra Mövenpick hotel to meet pent up demand from corporate sector
  • Ryanair Travel Credit gives flights discount for hotel reservations
  • Hyatt expands Hyatt Place and Hyatt House brands with targeted growth in urban, university and international markets

New Zabeel House brand from Jumeirah Group to target the curious traveller
Jumeirah Group is introducing a new hotel brand, Zabeel House by Jumeirah, which it says targets travellers who want to explore their destinations. The properties will be located “at the heart of interesting and exciting neighbourhoods” and will target both business and leisure travellers. Jumeirah says it has currently signed five management agreements in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and the UK for Zabeel House properties, with a number more under discussion. High on design but low on complexity, Jumeirah says hotels under the new brand will offer “brilliant basics and unexpected extras” set in an upscale, casual environment. The core target market for the brand will be both business and leisure travellers “who want a lively base from which to explore: therefore each property will be conveniently located to help guests experience the city they’re in”. The first confirmed Zabeel House property will be ‘The Greens’, a 210-room hotel positioned at the heart of The Greens master development in Dubai which is due to open in the fourth quarter of this year.

New Basra Mövenpick hotel to meet pent up demand from corporate sector
Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts will open a new property in Basra early this year as it looks to capitalise on the city’s status as Iraq’s economic capital and a regional oil and gas hub. The global hospitality firm has signed a deal with Mr. Akeel Ibraheem Al-Khalidy to manage the five-star Mövenpick Hotel Basra, a 152-key property that is on track to open its doors in the first quarter of 2018. Strategically located in the center of Basra, within the commercial district of Al Baradi’yah and 25km west of Basra International Airport, the new property will fill a gap in the market for upscale hotels in the city. “Basra is one of the Middle East’s fastest-growing economic centres, a major oil producer and is undergoing rapid infrastructure development, so the time is right for Mövenpick to cement its presence in this flourishing city,” says Olivier Chavy, president and chief executive officer, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts. The property will mainly cater to pent-up demand from the corporate sector, which contributes around 90% of hotel demand in Basra due to the high volume of oil and gas and shipping companies based in this booming region of Iraq. It will feature high-quality rooms and suites, dining venues and facilities that target corporate guests, investors and local companies operating in Basra, which include some of the world’s largest multinational energy firms.

Ryanair Travel Credit gives flights discount for hotel reservations
European budget carrier Ryanair has introduced Ryanair Travel Credit, a new incentive that gives customers who book accommodation with Ryanair Rooms 10% back in credit to spend on flights with the airline via its Ryanair.com portal. The scheme has been introduced following a recent major upgrade to the Ryanair Rooms website, as part of its “Always Getting Better” programme as the airline continues on its journey to become the ‘Amazon of Travel’. The new website features an improved dynamic search function and simplified booking experience, enabling customers to choose from over 1.2 million rooms worldwide across hotel, hostel, B&B, holiday villa and homestay properties.

Hyatt expands Hyatt Place and Hyatt House brands with targeted growth in urban, university and international markets
The Hyatt Place and Hyatt House brands continue their growth trajectory in key markets with the opening of 48 new hotels between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017. The two brands have grown by 42% over the last five years and combined there are now more than 385 hotels open in more than 200 cities around the world, building a network that supports both corporate customers and transient guests. The Hyatt Place brand crossed the 300th hotel threshold with four openings during the last week of December 2017 – Hyatt Place Zhuhai Jinshi in China; Hyatt Place Keystone in Colo.; Hyatt Place Hyderabad Banjara Hills in India; and Hyatt Place Knoxville/Downtown in Tenn.; Additional brand landmarks included the first Hyatt Place hotels in Australia with Hyatt Place Melbourne, Essendon Fields and Bangkok with Hyatt Place Bangkok Sukhumvit. In addition, the Hyatt Place brand continues to meet a strong demand and desire for accommodation near college campuses. Seven openings in cities adjacent to major universities in the United States included Hyatt Place Ann Arbor in Mich.; Hyatt Place Chapel Hill/Southern Village in N.C.; Hyatt Place Athens/Downtown in Ga.; Hyatt Place State College in Penn.; Hyatt Place Knoxville/Downtown in Tenn.; Hyatt Place Madison/Verona in Wis.; and Hyatt Place Blacksburg/University in Va. The Hyatt House brand also celebrated a number of firsts with the opening of Hyatt House Anchorage, the first Hyatt-branded hotel in Alaska; Hyatt House New York/Chelsea, the first Hyatt House hotel to open in New York City; Hyatt House Washington D.C./The Wharf, the first Hyatt House hotel to open in the nation’s capital in D.C.’s trendy waterfront neighborhood; Hyatt House Düsseldorf/Andreas Quartier, the first Hyatt House hotel in Germany; Hyatt House Gebze, the first Hyatt House hotel in Turkey; and Hyatt House Mexico City/Santa Fe, the first Hyatt House hotel in Latin America.