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.

  • Marriott to go straw free across all 30 of its global brands by 2019
  • Cardiff Airport’s new ‘Draft Masterplan’ includes provision for first airport hotel
  • Accorhotels and Katara Hospitality team to fund hospitality opportunities cross sub-Saharan Africa
  • Travelodge goes big budget in London as it grows to 75 properties in the UK capital
  • Africa on the up and the Middle East on the way down in terms of Q2 2018 hotel performance metrics
  • Palma de Mallorca sees 5% decline in hotel bookings in Jul-2018
  • CAD transfers Holiday Inn Express construction site to ERBUD; Opening scheduled in 2H2019
  • Kenya Airways and Fairmont Hotels and Resorts sign joint marketing agreement
  • Russian businessman to construct 500 room hotel at Moscow Sheremetyevo terminal B

Marriott to go straw free across all 30 of its global brands by 2019
Marriott International has adopted a plan to remove disposable plastic straws and plastic stirrers from its more than 6,500 properties across 30 brands around the world. Once fully implemented in one year, the company could eliminate the use of more than one billion plastic straws per year and about a quarter billion stirrers. “Removing plastic straws is one of the simplest ways our guests can contribute to plastic reduction when staying with us – something they are increasingly concerned about and are already doing in their own homes,” says Arne Sorenson, president and CEO of Marriott International. A single plastic straw – which might be used for about 15 minutes – will never fully decompose.


Cardiff Airport’s new ‘Draft Masterplan’ includes provision for first airport hotel
Cardiff Airport last week launched its ‘Draft Masterplan’, which outlines the airport’s plans for growth over the next 20 years. The ‘Draft Masterplan’ includes a new terminal expansion, developing the airport’s first on site hotel, developing a new multi storey car park, improvements to the airport’s surface transport facilities and securing new routes and airlines at the airport. First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones said these “improvements are ambitious yet achievable” and will enable the airport to develop global links, which will “improve its competitiveness and attractiveness as a gateway to international travel and trade”. The proposed 4* hotel will offer more choice in local accommodation for customers, offer business meeting and conference facilities and provide a convenient base for visitors to explore the region, according to the Masterplan documentation.


Accorhotels and Katara Hospitality team to fund hospitality opportunities cross sub-Saharan Africa
Qatar-based global hotel owner, developer and operator Katara Hospitality and AccorHotels have created an investment fund with a targeted investment capacity of over USD1 billion dedicated to hospitality in various sub-Saharan African countries. The fund will amount to up to USD500 million in equity, of which Katara Hospitality and AccorHotels will contribute respectively up to USD350 million and USD150 million over the next 5-7 years, with additional financing capacity reached through leverage and co-investments. It will target greenfield projects, brownfield projects and conversions of existing hotels through acquisitions, in a region which offers robust growth opportunities. Approximately 40 hotels (around 9.000 rooms) will span across the wide range of internationally renowned brands of AccorHotels, from economy to luxury segments, including residences.


Travelodge goes big budget in London as it grows to 75 properties in the UK capital
After 30 years of trading in London, budget hotel chain Travelodge will shortly open three brand new properties in the UK capital and grow to 75 hotels, and over 565 across its portfolio. The three new hotels are located in Acton, Bromley and in the City of London, while a fourth property will open in Dagenham and collectively represent an investment of over GBP130 million. The London Acton property offers the company’s premium economy SuperRooms, extending its offer to over 1,000 SuperRooms across 24 hotels in London, while its new flagship hotel, the 395-room London City Travelodge – the company’s largest new build development to date –  is the launch pad for the company’s new ‘budget chic’ hotel concept called Travelodge Plus.


Africa on the up and the Middle East on the way down in terms of Q2 2018 hotel performance metrics
Latest data from benchmarking specialist STR for Q2 2108 shows a continuation of performance differences between hotels across Africa and the Middle East based on key metrics. In Africa growth was recorded across the three main parameters with occupancy up +5.1% to 56.3%, average daily rate (ADR) up +6.6% to USD113.71 and revenue per available room (RevPAR) up +12.0% to USD63.97, compared to the same period last year. Meanwhile, in the Middle East their were quarterly declines versus 2017 with occupancy levels down -3.5% to 60.2%, ADR down -5.8% to USD159.13 and RevPAR down -9.1% to USD95.73.


Palma de Mallorca sees 5% decline in hotel bookings in Jul-2018
Hotel Association of Palma president Javier Vich has stated that the Balearic island of Palma de Mallorca has recorded 5% fewer accommodation bookings year-on-year in Jul-2018, noting that airberlin’s insolvency and the resurgence of alternative holiday destinations, such as Turkey, has caused a decline of 20% of seats year-on-year in summer 2018. Mr Vich expects a 6% decline in Aug-2018. Hotel prices and the tourist tax have risen in Palma de Mallorca, parallel to recently strong tourist growth.


CAD transfers Holiday Inn Express construction site to ERBUD; Opening scheduled in 2H2019
Chopin Airport Development (CAD) has transferred the construction site for its upcoming 120 room Holiday Inn Express hotel to general contractor ERBUD. The facility will be constructed at Rzeszów Jasionka Airport, with opening scheduled in 2H2019. The hotel’s location is of “great importance” for further development of Rzeszów Airport, management board president Michał Tabisz said, with the facility able to provide accommodation for travellers, crews and technical service employees alike.


Kenya Airways and Fairmont Hotels and Resorts sign joint marketing agreement
Kenya Airways and Fairmont Hotels and Resorts Kenya have signed an MoU to undertake a joint marketing strategy to promote service offerings and guest experience. The parties will position the airline as the preferred carrier and Fairmont as the accommodation of choice for travellers visiting Kenya. Kenya Airways CCO Vincent Coste said: “We are combining our resources to focus on areas of synergy where our products and services are distributed as a complete package that targets to satisfy the needs of business and premium leisure travellers in Africa, United States and the United Kingdom”.


Russian businessman to construct 500 room hotel at Moscow Sheremetyevo terminal B
A Russian businessman, Alexander Korneyev, is reportedly behind a project to build a new independent hotel at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport. The 500 room hotel will be located at terminal B and will require an estimated investment of RUB1.5 billion (EUR20.4 million), according to Russian media reports. Mr Korneyev has established the ‘Hotels Group’ company as a vehicle to manage the hotel project.