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.

  • Mandarin Oriental To Manage New Hotel And Residences In Moscow
  • The Rubens at the Palace recognised as London’s newest five-star hotel
  • Marriott expects to boost African hotel portfolio to more than 200 hotels by 2023
  • Air France enters new partnership with Booking.com
  • Google’s hotel location score part of it ‘working on new ways to help bring your existing travel plans together’
  • Ethiopian Airlines puts its weight behind new Addis Ababa airport and hotel project

Mandarin Oriental To Manage New Hotel And Residences In Moscow
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has signed a management contract for a new hotel and branded residences in Moscow, which are expected to open in 2021. The Mandarin Oriental, Moscow will have a prime riverfront location on the Sofiyskaya embankment in the heart of the city, directly facing the Kremlin. The hotel will be well located for business and leisure travellers with access to many of the city’s tourist attractions, historic sites and business districts. The boutique property will feature 65 guestrooms and suites, two restaurants, a lounge bar, and spa and wellness facilities including a 25-metre indoor swimming pool. The project will also house 137 Residences at Mandarin Oriental, which will be the first branded luxury residential development in Moscow. The project is owned by Capital Group, one of Moscow’s largest development companies. Pierre-Yves Rochon Studio has been appointed as the interior designer, alongside Sergey Skuratov Architects.


The Rubens at the Palace recognised as London’s newest five-star hotel
Following the completion of a multi-million-pound refurbishment earlier this year, The Rubens at the Palace hotel overlooking the Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace in London’s Victoria, has announced today it has been classified a five-star hotel by the distinguished AA hotel rating-scheme. The hotel’s advancements, including two new restaurants, two bars and fully renovated accommodation and public areas, have been recognised via an independent AA assessment resulting in an upgrade to five-star status. The Rubens is one of the most historic, distinguished and luxurious hotels in London. Having stood as a neighbour to Buckingham Palace since the 1700s, The Rubens is a bastion of the Belgravia area and has played host to debutantes and notable members of society since the early 1900s.


Marriott expects to boost African hotel portfolio to more than 200 hotels by 2023
Marriott International has announced rapid expansion plans in Africa, which could see its portfolio across the continent grow by around a half over the next five years. Strong demand for select-service brands and conversion opportunities are driving the momentum of growth for the company and it has made five new hotel signings, further consolidating its presence in Ghana, Kenya, Morocco and South Africa and marking its debut in Mozambique. These put Marriott on track to increase its portfolio by 50% to over 200 hotels and 38,000 rooms by 2023 and estimated to generate 12,000 new job opportunities. Marriott says the new projects will drive investment of more than US$250 million by the property owners.


Air France enters new partnership with Booking.com
Air France has entered into a partnership with Booking.com that allows passengers travelling with the airline to book hotels and accommodation with Booking.com via an integration on the Air France website before and after booking their flight operated by either Air France or Joon. In addition, Flying Blue members and customers earn Miles for each euro spent on accommodation booked on Booking.com via the Air France integration.


Google’s hotel location score part of it ‘working on new ways to help bring your existing travel plans together’
On its official blog Google has stated it is “working on new ways to help bring your existing travel plans together – and even plan your next trip”. As part of the enhancement, Google will provide relevant suggestions based on customers’ searches of travel destinations globally with the travel recommendations becoming further customised based on bookings and flight/hotel email confirmations. Google also plans to launch new features in Your Trips during Oct-2018, that will “make it easier to organise travel plans still in the works, and resume planning where you last left off”. Google is also introducing the new hotel location score which summarises the hotel’s neighbourhood based on information from Google Maps.


Ethiopian Airlines puts its weight behind new Addis Ababa airport and hotel project
Ethiopian Airlines has mooted plans to construct a new airport in Bishoftu, near Addis Ababa, with a capacity of handling 80 million passengers p/a, according to a Reuters report. The airline’s CEO Tewolde Gebremariam has reportedly stated the airline is consulting with the Oromia region on land allocation issues, with the possibility of also constructing a nearby hotel.