The Blue Swan Daily brings you a round up of the latest key hotel news from across the South Pacific.
- Ctrip signs MOU with AccorHotels;
- Wyndham Group adds ‘by Wyndham’ to its hotel brands;
- AccorHotels revenue up 9.6%in 1Q2018, RevPAR up 5.3%;
- STA leads standards committee inspections across Savai’i and Upolu
Ctrip signs MOU with AccorHotels
Ctrip.com International and AccorHotels announced (20-Apr-2018) it has entered into a memorandum of understanding, which would allow Ctrip’s over 300 million registered users to access and personalised experiences from AccorHotels’ global brands portfolio. The MOU has been described as a milestone for both companies to embark on a deeper cooperation which will greatly enhance the growing Chinese travellers’ journey globally. AccorHotels Chairman and CEO Sebastien Bazin, said: “We are pleased to take the partnership with Ctrip to the next level, and proud to be a priviledged hospitality partner of Ctrip. Our role is to provide hospitality expertise to all segments of the market. We want to offer Chinese guests our knowhow and service skills in order to become their preferred hospitality group. AccorHotels will also launch its own program to train and certify at least 250 hotels by 2020 on Chinese Optimum Standards. These properties will be trained to answer major Chinese guests’ expectations, aligned with our strong ambition on this market.”
Wyndham Group adds ‘by Wyndham’ to its hotel brands
Wyndham Hotel Group announced (19-Apr-2018) it is adding the “by Wyndham” suffix to its 12 brands in order to unite diverse hoteliers under a common name and improve guest brand awareness throughout its portfolio. The Wyndham Hotel Group represents 7,074 properties around the world and across the following brands: Super 8; Days Inn; Howard Johnson; Travelodge; AmericInn; Baymont; Ramada; Ramada Encore; Dolce; Dazzler; Esplendor; and Trademark.
AccorHotels revenue up 9.6%in 1Q2018, RevPAR up 5.3%
AccorHotels reported (18-Apr-2018) revenue of EUR633 million in 1Q2018, an increase of 9.5% year-on-year. The group noted revenue per available room (RevPAR) increased 5.3%, with improved performances across a majority of regions including Europe and Asia Pacific, up 4.6% and 5.3%. AccorHotels represented 870 hotels and 153,000 rooms as of 31-Mar-2018.
STA leads standards committee inspections across Savai’i and Upolu
Samoa Tourism Accommodation Standards (STAS) technical committee conducted inspections of tourism accommodation across Savai’i and Upolu over early 2018. The committee is lead by the Samoa Tourism Authority (STA) and representatives of various government ministries. STA planning and development manager Faamatuainu Suifua Faamatuainu said the inspections are a two way process as they provide a “great opportunity for accommodation owners to seek assistance where it’s needed and take on board the recommendations provided by each committee member.” Safety was high on the list of recommendations by the standards committee, following the impact of Tropical Cyclone Gita in Feb-2018. More than 120 inspections were completed.