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.

  • Cycas Hospitality expands its mainland European activity with first stand-alone select-service hotel contract
  • Aria Hotels set to replicate its Greek formula in the Spanish market
  • IHG’s dual-branded strategy sees Staybridge Suites and Crowne Plaza opening in Manchester
  • Travelodge to open 11 new UK hotels before the end of 2018
  • Former Expedia head takes group CEO position at European Vacation Rentals business
  • PROJECT Immobilien begins construction of new 200 room hotel at Berlin Brandenburg Airport

Cycas Hospitality expands its mainland European activity with first stand-alone select-service hotel contract
Cycas Hospitality has agreed a deal to manage a new, select-service Hyatt Place hotel in Rouen, continuing its European expansion programme with a second deal in France. The company’s first hotel management agreement outside the UK is another step forward in Cycas’s ambition to manage up to 3,000 guest rooms across France by 2022. As the hotel management company’s first stand-alone select-service hotel in mainland Europe, Cycas will operate a 78-room Hyatt Place hotel in Rouen on the historic site of a former teacher training school. The converted 4,500m² 19th century building is located close to the city centre, several business parks and the main SNCF railway station. The boutique-style hotel will offer a bar, restaurant and terrace with striking views over the city thanks to its hilltop position. Guests will also benefit from meeting spaces for approximately 100 people, a ballroom, gym, swimming pool and spa, plus extensive outdoor space and parking facilities. The management agreement has been signed with site owner Matmut Group and will see Cycas Hospitality operate the hotel under a franchise from Hyatt. Cycas currently manages Hyatt Place London Heathrow Airport and will also operate the dual-branded Hyatt Place and Hyatt House property near Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport and due to open in 2020.


Aria Hotels set to replicate its Greek formula in the Spanish market
Aria Hotels, the renowned collection of boutique hotels and holiday residences around Greece, is taking its authentic hospitality experience out of the Greek setting for the first time expanding into Spain. Based at a new office in Madrid, its portfolio will now include “historic and atmospheric properties which offer a true taste of local culture and style” on the Iberian peninsula and islands. It has joined forces with local entrepreneur Ignacio Moreno de los Rios, who will be the CEO of Aria Hotels Spain. Having established boutique Greek hotels and villas housed locations such as a winery and a converted windmill, it will look to replicate this and apply the same philosophy to properties across Spain. It plans to announce its first opening in the months ahead.


IHG’s dual-branded strategy sees Staybridge Suites and Crowne Plaza opening in Manchester
Ahead of the opening of its new highly-anticipated dual-branded Crown Plaza and Holiday Inn Express property at London’s Heathrow Airport, Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) has opened another dual-branded property in the northern city of Manchester. The Staybridge Suites and Crowne Plaza property is located within The Lume development complex on Oxford Road in the city, with the Crowne Plaza occupying the lower 12 floors of the building, and the Staybridge Suites the top seven floors. Together they will provide 328 rooms – 212 in the crown Plaza and 116 studios with kitchens within the suites. The dual-branded hotel development forms part of the University of Manchester’s Campus Masterplan, which includes the wider redevelopment of Alliance Manchester Business School. It also adjoins its new two-storey Executive Education Centre, which will provide a new home for the business school’s corporate leadership and management programmes.


Travelodge to open 11 new UK hotels before the end of 2018
Budget hotel chain Travelodge is on a recruitment drive to fill over 1,000 jobs between now and December as it continues its development drive. The budget hotel chain is also opening 11 hotels across the UK in the lead up to Christmas, an investment of GBP79 million for third party investors and will account for a quarter of that vacancy total. The new properties are located in East Grinstead; Gainsborough; Camborne Redruth; Chester; Solihull; York Monks Cross; Highbridge, Burnham on Sea; Lincoln; Walsall; Ashford; and Bury St Edmonds. The company has also identified the potential to grow its business with a further 250 hotels over the next ten years.


Former Expedia head takes group CEO position at European Vacation Rentals business
Henrik Kjellberg, former president at Expedia, has been appointed group chief executive of the European Vacation Rentals business acquired by Platinum Equity from Wyndham Worldwide earlier this year. He takes up the position as the business prepares to undergo a rebrand within the coming months to redefine its identity, as it continues to invest in its existing consumer-facing brands. European Vacation Rentals is the largest manager of holiday rentals in Europe, operating in over 600 destinations in more than 25 countries through its local brands which include Landal GreenParks, Novasol, Cottages.com, Hoseasons, James Villa Holidays and Friendly Rentals.


PROJECT Immobilien begins construction of new 200 room hotel at Berlin Brandenburg Airport
PROJECT Immobilien Gewerbe has announced that construction has commenced on a new 200 room hotel at Berlin Brandenburg Airport. The property forms part of the Berlin Business Park covering five construction phases comprising around 32,500sqm of commercial area. PROJECT Immobilien also plans to construct a design hotel on behalf of Novum as part of the construction phase.