Check in! – latest hotel highlights from 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.

  • H Hospitality Collection to make its debut in Saudi Arabia
  • LRC Group expands its portfolio with UK Doubletree by Hilton properties
  • Hotels.com: International destinations need to do more to prepare for Chinese travellers
  • Moscow Vnukovo Airport opens small capsule hotel in terminal
  • Ethiopian Airlines Group study share sale for its hotel business

H Hospitality Collection to make its debut in Saudi Arabia
Jabal Omar Development Company (JODC), a leading real estate development company in Saudi Arabia has selected H Hospitality Collection, the hotel management company of Abu Dhabi Capital Group, to manage its new 5-star hotel development in the Holy City of Makkah. The agreement is a significant milestone for H Hospitality Collection as the new hotel marks its first venture in the Kingdom. The 650-room hotel is part of the prestigious Jabal Omar mega-development, with a total built-up area of over 2 million square metres, featuring residences, hotels, malls, retail amenities, prayer areas and other facilities. The hotel is due to welcome its first guests by the beginning of 2020.


LRC Group expands its portfolio with UK Doubletree by Hilton properties
European property investment and management firm LRC Group has acquired Glasgow-based Amaris Hospitality, with plans to add seven UK-based Hilton-branded properties to the company’s portfolio. LRC will acquire the hotels from Oaktree Capital Management, all of which operate under the Doubletree by Hilton brand and are located in Bristol, Strathclyde, Southampton, Dartford, Newbury, Coventry and Edinburgh airport.


Hotels.com: International destinations need to do more to prepare for Chinese travellers
Many international destinations are still not properly prepared for Chinese outbound passengers warned Hotels.com in its 2018 Chinese International Travel Monitor report, and hotels have a key role to play in engaging with the lucrative market. The study found international destinations are not always ready for Chinese travellers and there are areas for improvement, particularly the ability to QR code scan via WeChat and acceptance of mobile phone payments. More than a third of travellers surveyed reported international booking and reservation methods did not meet expected standards, and local transport arrangements along with Mandarin speaking guides and hotel staff were also areas for improvement.


Moscow Vnukovo Airport opens small capsule hotel in terminal
Moscow Vnukovo Airport last week opened a capsule hotel featuring 12 sleeping spaces within its terminal A. The capsules offer WiFi, television, air conditioning, charges and baggage storage. Moscow Vnukovo Airport is the first Moscow airport to offer the service.


Ethiopian Airlines Group study share sale for its hotel business
Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Tewolde GebreMariam has highlighted that some of the African group’s business units would be “very attractive” to private investors, highlighting its aerospace, airport, logistics and hotel divisions in particular. Mr GebreMariam said negotiations are underway with various companies and stated DHL may take a 49% stake in the companies’ logistics business “within weeks”.