The Blue Swan Daily brings you a round up of the latest key hotel news from across the South Pacific.
East Perth home to the world’s largest high-rise modular hotel
Accor, together with Rehawk Property Group have teamed up on the new-build ibis Styles East Perth – the world’s largest high-rise modular hotel, in terms of room numbers offered, scheduled to open this September. ibis Styles, has embraced the rising modular construction trend, which sees entire rooms built in modules in half the time of a regular build and constructed like pieces of Lego. According to a large Prefab and Modular Construction Survey, 35% of contractors in the U.S are implementing modular construction in the design phase of the building process. Likewise, nearly 40% of the contractors surveyed said that prefab and modular construction is a growing part of their companies as well as part of their future strategic construction initiatives.
ibis Styles East Perth will add 252 guest rooms to East Perth’s burgeoning hotel supply, spanning 18 floors, beating the world’s current tallest modular hotel, in terms of room numbers offered. Located within walking distance to Optus Stadium and a short walk to the WACA, ibis Styles East Perth is the perfect destination for sports and live music fans, or those seeking a scenic city stay close to the Langley Park action and events such as Polo in the City and the Sky Show.
Raffles Singapore officially reopens
Raffles Singapore is delighted to officially announce its highly anticipated reopening, heralding an exciting new chapter in the iconic property’s rich history and heritage. A flagship property within Accor, the world’s leading augmented hospitality group, Raffles Singapore is now welcoming guests and visitors, following the iconic hotel’s careful and sensitive three-phased restoration, which began in February 2017.
“There are few hotels in the world whose names have become virtually synonymous with the cities in which they are located – and none more so than the Raffles Hotel in Singapore. The newly restored Raffles will provide an experience like no other,” said Christian Westbeld, General Manager, Raffles Singapore. “It is our wish and desire that our guests will continue to create treasured memories at the hotel, while rediscovering what makes it so special – the distinctive architecture, heritage and legendary service.”
The meticulous restoration led by acclaimed interior designer Alexandra Champalimaud was also supported by Aedas, a leading global architecture and design firm. Together, the designers created a refreshed social haven that delivers a compelling mix of culture, beauty and gentility. Exquisite new suite categories, vibrant lifestyle experiences and exclusive dining concepts are designed for international visitors and Singaporeans to meet, stay, shop, dine and celebrate.
Marriott International Reports Second Quarter 2019 Results
Marriott International, Inc. today reported solid second quarter 2019 results. Arne M. Sorenson, president and chief executive officer of Marriott International, said, “Worldwide RevPAR increased 1.2 percent in the second quarter with higher leisure transient demand in Europe, the Caribbean and South America, and the Asia Pacific regions. Showing great momentum, our worldwide RevPAR index increased 110 basis points in the quarter, the strongest single quarter performance since our acquisition of Starwood in late 2016.
“Our owners and franchisees continue to sign new hotel deals at a rapid pace. Our development pipeline increased 3 percent in the second quarter, reaching a record 487,000 rooms, including roughly 213,000 rooms under construction. Today, our pipeline includes five new all-inclusive resorts to be built over the next several years, which will be part of our newly-launched all-inclusive platform. Recognising the growing demand for all-inclusive lodging, our platform will create distinctive vacation experiences while leveraging existing brands in our luxury and full-service portfolio. We expect the platform will grow through both new-build properties and conversions of existing resorts, offering travellers yet another option for earning and redeeming Marriott Bonvoy points.
“Our results in the second quarter highlight the resiliency of our business model and the growing strength of our brands. Year-to-date through August 2, we have already returned $1.9 billion to shareholders. For full year 2019, we expect cash returned to shareholders through share repurchases and dividends could approach $3 billion.”