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.

  • Aparthotels Adagio launches ‘The Circle’ concept
  • Hyatt Hotels and Small Luxury Hotels of the World in loyalty partnership
  • BON Hotels adds to its property portfolio in South Africa’s Kwazulu-Natal province
  • Grecotel expects 7% rise in overnight stays and 9% increase in turnover in 2018
  • South African Airways Vacations expands hotel and safari lodge portfolio

Aparthotels Adagio launches ‘The Circle’ concept
Aparthotels Adagio has launched a new ‘The Circle’ concept aimed to redefine the aparthotel experience for travellers. Following “intense research” it explains the new offer will revamp public and private spaces based on “customer desire and usage” and will bring “a modern and flexible style available at different times of the day”. The company, a joint venture between Accorhotels and Pierre & Vacances Center Parcs Group, has trialled and further developed the offer at its Adagio Paris Bercy Village, and has now incorporated it at six locations, growing to 23 properties by the end of the year. ‘The Circle’ is based around three dimensions: redesigned spaces that create new functions, events which all guests can enjoy and shared guest experiences and developed to “ensure that all guests can enjoy both shared and private space at their own convenience and as they desire”. The Adagio network comprises 105 aparthotels and 11,600 apartments worldwide and is set to grow to 150 aparthotels and 15,000 apartments by 2023.


Hyatt Hotels and Small Luxury Hotels of the World in loyalty partnership
Hyatt Hotels Corporation and Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) have revealed plans to bring World of Hyatt members opportunities to expanded loyalty benefits. They will work together to enable World of Hyatt members the opportunity to earn and redeem points during stays at participating SLH hotels when they book through Hyatt channels. SLH has a collection of more than 500 independently owned luxury hotels around the world.


BON Hotels adds to its property portfolio in South Africa’s Kwazulu-Natal province
After recently acquiring Hotel 64 on Gordon in Durban, BON Hotels has announced the addition of two additional properties in the region, namely Protea Hotel Empangeni, to be named BON Hotel Empangeni, and Protea Hotel Waterfront Richards Bay, to be named BON Hotel Waterfront Richards Bay. The BON Hotel Waterfront Richards Bay offers 75 rooms, each with spectacular views of the ocean-front and yacht harbour, while the smaller 55 room BON Hotel Empangeni, located in the heart of Empangeni’s business district halfway between Durban and Swaziland, his well situated for the business and leisure traveller. As established already in Nigeria and Angola, BON aims to to create inter-city tourism circuits and link important centres across South Africa.


Grecotel expects 7% rise in overnight stays and 9% increase in turnover in 2018
Grecotel, Greece’s leading luxury hotel group, says it expects a 7% increase in overnight stays and a 9% increase in turnover for 2018 compared to last year as it continues to invest in its portfolio. The company has concluded a EUR42 million investment project creating 630 new jobs and growing its workforce by more than 10% and is preparing a further investment in the next remodelling cycle of the group’s complexes for the 2019 season. To meet the changing needs of visitors and an increasing focus on the luxury tourism market it has completed upgrades to 780 guestrooms, 40 dining venues and 155 acres of open-air infrastructure across five hotel complexes in four of the country’s top tourist destinations. These comprise the Corfu Imperial Grecotel Exclusive Resort, Daphnila Bay Dassia Grecotel LUX ME Resort, the new Casa Marron Grecotel All-In Resort (formerly Lakopetra Beach), Pella Beach Grecotel Family Resort and Rhodos Royal Grecotel All-In Resort.


South African Airways Vacations expands hotel and safari lodge portfolio
South African Airways Vacations has added 12 hotel and safari lodge operators in southern and eastern Africa to its air travel inclusive package product. The expanded portfolio includes five star properties in the coastal cities of Cape Town and Durban and luxury safari lodges, where travellers can experience the “Big Five” wildlife. With these new partners, SAA Vacations now offers travellers over 60 options of air inclusive luxury packages to Africa.