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.

  • New Accra airport property will be second Protea Hotels by Marriott hotel in Ghana
  • Accor Hotels, Ibis, Germany and London top categories as Europe’s hotel construction pipeline continues to boom
  • Soneva Resorts prepares for Twin Otter arrival in the Maldives
  • flynas signs MoU with Jabal Omar Development Company to provide pilgrim accommodation
  • New partnership aims to help hotels empower workers against harassment

New Accra airport property will be second Protea Hotels by Marriott hotel in Ghana
Protea Hotels by Marriott, part of Marriott International, has confirmed the signing of a new property close to Accra’s Kotoka International Airport, the brand’s second hotel in Ghana and the first Protea Hotel by Marriott in its capital city. The 17-storey, 200-room hotel is owned by Baobab Hotels & Resorts which is a subsidiary of the YAMUSAH Group. It will be strategically located in the prestigious airport residential area of Accra approximately 1.5 kilometers from Kotoka International Airport and in close proximity to key diplomatic, government and commercial nodes. It is expected to open by the end of 2019.


Accor Hotels, Ibis, Germany and London top categories as Europe’s hotel construction pipeline continues to boom
In the recent report by Lodging Econometrics’ (LE), Europe’s total construction pipeline, which is in a three-year surge, stands at 1,449 projects/228,588 rooms. There are 749 projects/120,689 rooms currently under construction, 395 projects/61,707 rooms planning to start construction in the next 12 months, and 305 projects/46,192 rooms in the early planning stage. The total pipeline increased a robust 18% by projects and 21% by rooms year-over-year (YOY). In addition, each of the three projects stages are at or near the highest project and room counts since LE began recording in the region in 2008.  Europe’s top hotel companies in the construction pipeline are AccorHotels, at an all-time high, with 225 projects/29,613 rooms, Marriott International with 186 projects/31,192 rooms, Hilton Worldwide with 170 projects/26,988 rooms, and InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) with 139 projects/23,540 rooms. These four companies make-up 50% of the total hotel construction pipeline in Europe. That percentage is expected to rise as some 21% of the projects in the pipeline have yet to choose a brand. The leading brands for each of these top companies are AccorHotel’s Ibis brands with 118 projects/14,635 rooms, Mercure Hotel with 25 projects/2,346 rooms, and Adagio City Aparthotel with 22 projects/2,976 rooms. Europe’s leading countries in the construction pipeline are Germany with 265 projects/49,640 rooms, the United Kingdom with 256 projects/39,008 rooms and France with 144 projects/17,003 rooms. The European cities with the largest pipelines are London with 82 projects/14,663 rooms, Paris with 45 projects/6,947 rooms and Dusseldorf with 40 projects/8,353 rooms.


Soneva Resorts prepares for Twin Otter arrival in the Maldives
Soneva has announced that it will soon receive its new luxurious 10-seater DHC-6 Twin Otter seaplane that will be used to transfer its guests from Malé International Airport to Soneva Fushi in Baa Atoll and Soneva Jani in the Noonu Atoll of the Maldives. With half the number of seats normally fitted to the type, the aircraft has been recently overhauled by the IKHANA Group in Canada. This includes being custom-painted with Soneva’s branding in a rich purple on the exterior, and outfitted with new chrome and purple leather interiors. The aircraft began its delivery journey on 19-Nov-208 flying from Calgary, Canada to Iqaluit in Greenland.


flynas signs MoU with Jabal Omar Development Company to provide pilgrim accommodation
Saudi Arabian carrier flynas has signed an memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Jabal Omar Development Company to provide accommodation options for pilgrims. The MoU aims primarily to meet the needs of pilgrims by providing nutrition, subsistence and all hotel options for all categories ranging from three to five star hotels to hotel suites.


New partnership aims to help hotels empower workers against harassment
Knowcross has announced the integration of its housekeeping automation solution with React Mobile  – a leading hotel panic button platform. The integration is aimed to deliver a robust joint solution for hotels to arm their workers to combat harassment, leading to a safer working environment. The safety of hotel staff, especially housekeepers, has been an issue for a long time. The Knowcross and React Mobile integration is an important step towards empowering hotels to address the issue and improve staff safety standards. The integration uses the latest fail-proof technologies currently available to ensure that the ‘panic/emergency’ call can be reported, routed and acted upon in a swift, seamless and timely manner. When a user presses the panic button, a widespread alert is sent out to a wide network of emergency contacts, letting them know where the employee in distress is located. With the powerful integration with Knowcross, alerts are sent out with critical information to help locate the employee inside of a multi-story building or across a larger resort style property.