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.

  • Hilton boosts upscale offering with new Hilton Garden Inn property openings
  • London hotels shows record-breaking performance in Jul-2018
  • Cozystay to leverage blockchain booking protocol to provide secure, instant bookings for vacation rentals
  • Arora Group’s Heathrow T4 hotels enter final stage of construction
  • Pakistan International Airlines issues tender for crew accommodation in Oslo
  • Hotel Brooklyn set to bring New York to Manchester as Bespoke Hotels grows its portfolio

Hilton boosts upscale offering with new Hilton Garden Inn property openings
Hilton Garden Inn, Hilton’s global, upscale brand of hotels, has opened ten new properties, including firsts for the brand in France and Zambia. The latest openings, across four different countries, continues the brand’s rapid global growth in popular markets. The new arrivals in EMEA comprise the Hilton Garden Inn Bordeaux Centre, a chic and modern facility located along the Garonne River, in between the Quai de Paludate and the Boulevard des Frères Moga; Hilton Garden Inn Munich City West, a contemporary hotel next to Donnersbergerbrücke station, putting guests in close proximity to the city’s most popular attractions; and Hilton Garden Inn Lusaka Society Business Park, in an iconic 20-story high rise, just a short walk to multiple corporate offices, restaurants, shops and offices in the city centre of the Zambian capital.


London hotels shows record-breaking performance in Jul-2018
Latest data from benchmarking specialist STR shows that hotels in the UK capital delivered record-breaking levels in average daily rate (ADR) and revenue per available room (RevPAR) in Jul-2018. The preliminary year-on-year London performance information for the month, based on daily data, shows a +2.0 increase in supply, a +6.1% rise in demand, delivering a +4.0% boost in occupancy to 91.2%. STR estimates an ADR up +4.7% to GBP171.25 and a +9.0% uplift in RevPAR to GBP156.15. At these levels both ADR and RevPAR levels were the highest for any month in STR’s London database and even topped the levels achieved in Jul-2012 when the market hosted the opening days of the Summer Olympics. STR analysts attribute the strong performance to an unseasonably warm summer, as well as popular events, including Wimbledon and London Pride.


Cozystay to leverage blockchain booking protocol to provide secure, instant bookings for vacation rentals
Cozystay, an online vacation property rental platform serving Chinese vacationers worldwide, is using blockchain to improve the security and overall experience of its customers on the platform. The company, which has over 60,000 users, 200,000 listings worldwide and a target to reach one million listings by year end 2018 has partnered with Singapore-based Share Everything Lab (SEL) to develop the blockchain aspects of its platform.


Arora Group’s Heathrow T4 hotels enter final stage of construction
Increasingly known for its rival proposals for a new terminal and runway at London Heathrow Airport, Arora Group, one of the largest landowners Britain’s busiest airport, has confirmed its two linked London Heathrow Airport Terminal 4 hotels have entered the final stage of construction. The Crown Plaza London covers 456,000sqft with 304 rooms, while the Holiday Inn Express London features 457 rooms. Once completed, Arora Group will become the first company with hotels connected to all Heathrow and London Gatwick Airport terminals. Arora Group strategy director Kaushal Niraula stated: “The two new Terminal 4 hotels will be superbly positioned to cater to the leisure and business travel market”. The hotels will operate under a franchise agreement with IHG and are just a three-minute walk to the terminal building. When finished in October, the dual-branded property will be the largest hotel complex directly connected to a British airport terminal.


Pakistan International Airlines issues tender for crew accommodation in Oslo
Pakistan International Airlines has issued a tender for bids for accommodation for cockpit and cabin crew in Oslo to support its operations into the Norwegian capital. Tenders are available to hotels in Oslo and also those located near Oslo Gardermoen Airport. The requirement is for two to four rooms per day for cockpit crew and 12 to 14 rooms per day for cabin crew. Bid are due by 24-Sep-2018. The contract will be for two years in length with a standard 90 days exit clause.


Hotel Brooklyn set to bring New York to Manchester as Bespoke Hotels grows its portfolio
Bespoke Hotels says its new-build property on Manchester’s Portland Street, scheduled to open in 2020 “will stand at the heart” of the city as “a towering shrine to the new world and iconic urban landmarks. The 191-room Hotel Brooklyn will pay homage to “the Golden Age of New York City and the promise of the New World”, and will join the group’s existing Hotel Gotham located on the city’s King Street. Facilities will include rooftop bar Brooklyn Heights, as well as Runyon’s restaurant, and events space for up to 220 people.