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.

  • SiteMinder’s new head of France invites country’s hotels to “sell their destination”
  • Radisson Blu to open new city centre property in Niger’s capital
  • Webjet acquires Dubai’s Destinations of the World and boosts its directly contracted hotel inventory pool
  • Westerwood Hotel & Golf Resort becomes DoubleTree by Hilton’s first Scottish hotel with a golf course
  • Al Mouj Muscat announces launch of luxurious Juman Two apartments

SiteMinder’s new head of France invites country’s hotels to ‘sell their destination’
The new head of France at SiteMinder, the global hotel industry’s guest acquisition platform, is inviting hotels to help distribute tourism more evenly across the country by using technology to “sell their destination”. Antoine Auburn, a Bordeaux-native and travel passionate, says a wider adoption of hotel marketing technology could be pivotal in avoiding overtourism from arising in popular hot spots and driving tourists to rural areas where they are needed most. Mr Aubrun’s comments follow concerns voiced by the French government and the country’s top hospitality and tourism industry bodies about the possibility of France experiencing a ‘two-speed’ economy. While France remains the world’s most visited country with tourist arrivals expected to reach 90 million in 2018, it is estimated around 200 local hotels close their business each year. “The question is not about the ongoing success of hotels located in the most visited cities of France, but how hotels located outside of those areas can benefit from similar levels of tourism when travellers don’t even know they exist. It’s time for those hotels to unleash their potential and compete for their share of guests,” explains Mr Aubrun.


Radisson Blu to open new city centre property in Niger’s capital
Radisson Hotel Group will enter a new African market in 2019 after the signing of the Radisson Blu Niamey. The new-build property in Niger’s capital city will open in 2019 and will be ideally positioned in the city centre, surrounded by the Presidential Palace, the National Hospital and the City Hall. It will feature 194-rooms including five different types, including presidential and royal suites. Radisson Hotel Group has 90 hotels and 18,000+ rooms in operation and under development across 31 countries in Africa and plans to reach 130 hotels and 23,000+ rooms by 2022. The new property will receive an overall investment of approximately EUR50 million and will be ready ahead of Niger hosting the AU-EU Summit in Jun2019. he hotel will truly change the hospitality landscape in Niger, creating a real milestone for the industry as the first internationally branded hotel and the first hotel to offer extensive convention and meeting facilities in the country. “The hotel will truly change the hospitality landscape in Niger, creating a real milestone for the industry as the first internationally branded hotel and the first hotel to offer extensive convention and meeting facilities in the country,” says Husnu Tayanc, vice president of the owning company, Summa Hospitality.


Webjet acquires Dubai’s Destinations of the World and boosts its directly contracted hotel inventory pool
Webjet has entered into an agreement to acquire Destinations of the World (DOTW) from Gulf Capital, the largest private equity firm in the Middle East. The USD173 million acquisition will solidify WebBeds position as the #2 B2B player globally. DOTW currently has a portfolio of  around 12,300 directly contracted hotels. Of these, approximately 5,600 are unique to WebBeds, thereby increasing its directly contracted inventory pool to over 28,500 hotels. Additionally, the estimated 6,700 overlapping hotel contracts will further deepen WebBeds’ room allocation and availability at key hotels around the world.


Westerwood Hotel & Golf Resort becomes DoubleTree by Hilton’s first Scottish hotel with a golf course
The Westerwood Hotel & Golf Resort has been formally relaunched as DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow Westerwood Spa & Golf Resort. The property is the home of Scotland’s only Seve Ballesteros-designed golf course, but it offers more than just the sport. The property – managed by RBH, the UK’s leading independent hotel management company – has 148-guest rooms and offers 10 treatment rooms in the area’s largest award-winning spa, including superior leisure and fitness facilities. As part of a GBP1.3m refurbishment as part of the rebrand, the property includes a completely redeveloped wing of bedrooms and the creation of four new luxury suites within the hotel. In addition, every bedroom received a new Hilton bed with new bedding and pillows, the latest 50” LG TV, and the inclusion of mini safes and refrigerators.


Al Mouj Muscat announces launch of luxurious Juman Two apartments
Al Mouj Muscat, Oman’s leading Integrated Tourism Complex (ITC), has announced the launch of Juman Two – an assortment of luxury apartments at the edge of Al Mouj Marina with a mix of deluxe and high-end one and two-bedroom apartments. The six-storey plus ground floor project will overlook Al Mouj Marina in a district that is being developed with “privacy, exclusivity and state-of-art design” at its heart. “The launch of Juman Two comes in line with the increasing demand we are witnessing for this exclusive waterfront properties in Oman,” explains Nasser bin Masoud Al Sheibani, CEO of Al Mouj Muscat. Juman Two will also include a collection of premium ground-floor manor apartments featuring 13-foot ceilings and glass windows that open directly onto the grounds of the district.