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.

  • Accor sets its sights on full takeover of Central and Eastern Europe hotel operator Orbis
  • Francophone Africa becomes key area for hotel expansion
  • IHG signs Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants in Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • The Onyx hotel in Cape Town set for 01-Dec-2018 open date
  • Vienna registers 13.5m overnight stays in first 10 months of 2018, up +4%
  • Manchester Airport’s Hilton Hotel receives GBP4m investment

Accor sets its sights on full takeover of Central and Eastern Europe hotel operator Orbis
French hotel group Accor has announced plans to acquire the remaining shares of Poland’s Orbis Group. At present Accor owns over 50% of Orbis, and has made a bid of PLN87 per share for the remaining 47.13% of the company it doesn’t currently own, valuing the deal at approximately EUR442 million. It has already informed the Polish Financial Supervision Authority on the tender offer. Orbis is the largest hotel operator in Central and Eastern Europe and has a portfolio that extends to 128 hotels with 21,000 rooms in 16 countries operated under the Sofitel, Pullman, MGallery, Novotel, Mercure, ibis, ibis Styles and ibis Budget brands.


Francophone Africa becomes key area for hotel expansion
The facts and figures behind an unprecedented hotel expansion in Francophone Africa have been revealed in the latest research by W Hospitality Group, international experts in hotels, tourism and leisure based in Lagos, Nigeria. It’s hotel development pipeline analysis shows that more than 30% of the current total Africa pipeline – both pre-construction and on-site – is in French speaking Africa. Hotel expansion is taking place across the continent, from Morocco, Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal, Niger and Guinea in West and North Africa to Madagascar in the Indian Ocean. There are a total 131 hotels and 23,139 rooms in the Francophone Africa hotel pipeline in 2018 – representing a 12.4% increase on 2017. For all of Africa, the pipeline is 418 hotels and 76,322 rooms. The report highlights the top five groups in the Francophone Africa pipeline as Marriott with 30% of the Francophone Africa pipeline (38 hotels, 7,055 rooms); Accor with 11% of the Francophone Africa pipeline (15 hotels, 2,648 rooms); Hilton with 9% of the Francophone Africa pipeline (10 hotels, 2,112 rooms); Louvre with 8% of the Francophone Africa pipeline (11 hotels, 1,899 rooms); and Radisson Hotel Group with 7% of the Francophone Africa pipeline (9 hotels, 1,529 rooms).


IHG signs Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants in Rotterdam, Netherlands
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced the signing of Kimpton Rotterdam, The Netherlands under a management agreement with Omnam Group, and set to open in 2022. This is the second hotel for Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants in The Netherlands and will be located in Rotterdam’s POST building, the city’s former main Post Office dating back to 1921, which today is part of a dynamic mixed-use project in the heart of the city centre. When open, the hotel will offer 231 guest rooms, created by ODA NY, leading architects who will restore the historic building to its full potential. This hotel will be developed and opened with Omnam Group, a real estate group and active investor, with significant projects in the European hotel market. Omnam specialises in medium to large scale hotels, aparthotels, mixed-use developments and conversion opportunities, with destinations including Brussels, Belgium; Amsterdam, The Netherlands; and Rome, Italy.


The Onyx hotel in Cape Town set for 01-Dec-2018 open date
The Onyx, a sophisticated hotel managed by Newmark Hotels, Residences, Reserves & Lodges, is officially set to open on 01-Dec-2018. The hotel forms part of an innovative, mixed-use building in Cape Town’s Foreshore, conveniently located on Heerengracht Street, directly opposite the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). The building has been transformed under the creative guidance of one of Cape Town’s leading architects, Robert Silke, together with luxury property development company, Signatura. Its exteriors feature captivating curves and white aluminium-clad balconies, contrasted with slick black surfaces which allude to the building’s namesake, onyx – a rare and striking gemstone, similar in appearance to black sapphire. The hotel comprises 102 apartment-style hotel rooms, including Studios, Deluxe Studios, One-Bedroom Apartments, Deluxe One-Bedroom Apartments and Two-Bedroom Apartments. Styled by celebrated interior decorator, Francois du Plessis, each studio and apartment features top-end furnishings, finishes and comforts. A fully-equipped kitchenette, complete with appliances by leading brands, will allow for easy in-room dining and high levels of convenience. The building is additionally home to a new, trendy restaurant, MRKT, while an Asian-style restaurant and sake bar will open in the first quarter of 2019.


Vienna registers 13.5m overnight stays in first 10 months of 2018, up +4%
City of Vienna reported 13.5 million overnight stays in the 10 months ended Oct-2018, an increase of +4.1% year-on-year, generating EUR620.7 million in hotel revenue. Germany remained stable as the top source market with 2.7 million overnight stays. Of Vienna’s top 10 markets, the US (+18%), UK (+24%), China (+11%), Italy (+21%), Spain (+15%) and France (+25%) recorded double digit growth in Oct-2018, with a total of 1.5 million overnight stays.


Manchester Airport’s Hilton Hotel receives GBP4m investment
Manchester Airport’s Hilton Hotel, due to open in 2021, has received a further GBP4 million investment from AZ Real Estate. The 600 room site has a gross value of GBP116 million and is part of a larger hotel district scheme at the airport.