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 completes latest step on loyalty programme integration; new combined brand name to be revealed early next year
  • Google updates flights and hotel search with new price comparison tool
  • The Goddess of the night set to land in Edinburgh as Fattal Hotels confirms NYX’s UK debut
  • ITS upgrades ‘TripDirect’ corporate travel booking tool
  • Orbis Hotel Group to open renovated Sibiu Airport Mercure hotel in 1Q2019
  • Hahn Air Lines enters exclusive partnership with Puro Group

Marriott completes latest step on loyalty programme integration; new combined brand name to be revealed early next year
A new era is beginning for the more than 110 million members of Marriott International’s loyalty programmes – Marriott Rewards, Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG). For the first time since Marriott acquired Starwood Hotels and Resorts in 2016, the programmes now operate under one set of unified benefits and one currency spanning the entire loyalty portfolio of 29 brands and more than 6,700 participating hotels in 130 countries and territories. Members are now able to seamlessly earn and redeem across the entire loyalty portfolio and achieve Elite status faster with new Elite tiers. As a result of the unified, single-currency, when members combine their accounts, their points balances will also combine, ending the need to transfer points between programmes. The names Marriott Rewards, Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest will continue to live on until early 2019 until combining under a new brand name.


Google updates flights and hotel search with new price comparison tool
Google has launched a new tool on its Google Flights and Hotel Search showing how prices change based on the time of the booking and the time of travel. The tool is intended to assist people planning end of year holidays. The Price Insights for Hotels lets users see how prices evolve over time for the dates of proposed travel. For example if you were searching for a Christmas holiday stay in a specific city, the tool allows you to explore that hotel’s historical prices, if it’s lower or higher than usual, and compare that price to other hotels in the same destination within a similar price range – and of the same star rating – during the same time period.


The Goddess of the night set to land in Edinburgh as Fattal Hotels confirms NYX’s UK debut
Fattal Hotels, one of Israel’s largest hospitality organisations with 38 hotels and 16,700 rooms under its management and 130 Leonardo-branded hotels in Europe, is set to bring its NYX new lifestyle brand to Edinburgh. Alongside a GBP32 million redevelopment of the Jurys Inn Edinburgh, one of 36 hotels it manages under that brand, Fattal has confirmed it has secured the freehold to the site and adjacent land on Jeffrey Street and plans a new 131-room NYX hotel and the development of 31 new residential units on the 1.2-acre site. The NYX Hotel Edinburgh will be the first NYX hotel to open in the UK.


ITS upgrades ‘TripDirect’ corporate travel booking tool
Internet Travel Solutions has upgraded  the ‘TripDirect’ online booking tool for business. ‘TripDirect’ presents cabin class fares, ancillary services and seat merchandising with search results. It offers direct connections to aggregated airline and hotel content and in sync expense reporting. The tool is intended to simplify corporate travel booking while allowing travellers to earn points from business trips to use for personal travel. ‘TripDirect’ offers a loyalty programme that provides points to travellers who stay within company policy. The software allows travellers to sync both business and personal calendars and itinerary, connect with co-workers and save with smart fares and rates. ‘TripDirect’ is offered in more than 60 countries.


Orbis Hotel Group to open renovated Sibiu Airport Mercure hotel in 1Q2019
Poland’s Orbis Hotel Group signed a franchise agreement with Pritax Invest to launch a Mercure hotel at Sibiu Airport in 1Q2019. The existing Ana Airport Hotel will join the international Mercure network following renovation, offering 85 rooms, bar and restaurant, wellness and recreation areas and parking facilities.


Hahn Air Lines enters exclusive partnership with Puro Group
Hahn Air Lines has entered an exclusive partnership with Puro Group, a Mallorca based hotel and hospitality company which operates Purojet. The collaboration intends to provide Purojet customers with a seamless travel experience from Dusseldorf to Palma de Mallorca. Along with Purojet, Puro Group owns an line of beach clubs in Spain, Portugal and Mexico called Purobeach, a boutique hotel in Palma de Mallorca called Purohotel and various other Puro brands that offer leisure experiences.