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.

  • Hotel prices remain stagnant in 2018… but World Cup helped drive up rates in Moscow
  • BON Hotels has eyes on expansion within the Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Gulf Air works with Bahrain hotels as it launches new stopover travel packages to promote the Kingdom
  • Danish Zleep Hotels brand prepares for Swedish debut
  • Jumeriah opens it first luxury ‘eco-conscious’ resort in Abu Dhabi

Hotel prices remain stagnant in 2018… but World Cup helped drive up rates in Moscow
Average hotel prices have risen in 2018 compared to 2017 in fewer than 20 of the major cities listed on the trivago Hotel Price Index (tHPI), reported monthly by global hotel metasearch trivago.com. Marrakech reports the highest year-on-year increase in average hotel prices in 2018 at EUR123 euros for a standard double room per night, up 15% on last year. Beijing saw the second highest year-on-year rate increase on the index in 2018, with the average price this year up +12% to EUR85. The city with the biggest decline in hotel prices this year is Rio de Janeiro, where the average rate dropped 17% to EUR67 per night. Rome, Madrid and London are the only European capitals that show an overall decrease in hotel prices in 2018, with the average rates falling by -1% in Rome and Madrid and -7% in London. Moscow showed the strongest regional variation. The Russian capital saw the greatest hotel price difference between its most expensive month this year, June, and its least expensive, November due to its hosting of the World Cup 2018. The index shows an average standard double room went for EUR158 per night in Jun-2018, +210% higher than November’s average of EUR51. Elsewhere in Europe, Barcelona likewise saw its hotel prices peak in June this year with the average rate for a standard double room at EUR140, +73% higher compared to the average price of EUR81 per night during January, the city’s least expensive month for a hotel stay in 2018. New York City had the most expensive hotel prices listed on the index in 2018 with an average overall rate of EUR187 per night, followed by San Francisco where a standard double room went for EUR174 on average this year. Dubai, Reykjavik, and Singapore complete the list of the five priciest cities for a hotel stay in 2018 with average rates of EUR165, EUR156, and EUR152 per night, respectively. Bogota had the lowest hotel prices on the index in 2018 with an average overall rate of EUR49 per night this year, followed by Kuala Lumpur and Lima, each with an average hotel price of EUR50 euros per night. The cities with the lowest average hotel prices in 2018 in Europe are Istanbul, with an average rate of EUR61 per night this year, and Warsaw, where guests spent on average EUR63 per night for a standard double hotel room.


BON Hotels has eyes on expansion within the Democratic Republic of Congo
South African-based hotel management company, BON Hotels has extended its African presence with the addition to its portfolio of the BON Hotel Karibu Kolwezi, situated in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), to their portfolio. The 55-roomed hotel, which is scheduled to open in April next year, will be the first of its kind for the Lualaba Province of the DRC. The management company has its eyes on expansion within the DRC with a pipeline of projects in some of the major districts, including Kinshasa and Lubumbashi and its CEO, Guy Stehlik, believes that the DRC will become an economic powerhouse in Africa. “Green shoots and investment will come with political stability. The DRC is underdeveloped and we have no doubt that the country is primed for international investment and significant growth,” he explains. The DRC has historically been considered as one of the most challenging business environments in the world. The new BON Hotel Karibu Kolwezi will be the first full-service mid-market hotel catering to local and international visitors on both short- and long-stays. Kolwezi is the mineral hub of the DRC and is projected to grow substantially over the coming decades. Its hotel portfolio is currently based around small lodges, private hotels and informal hospitality establishments that are serving the ever-growing expat and international community who are working and conducting business in the area.


Gulf Air works with Bahrain hotels as it launches new stopover travel packages to promote the Kingdom
Gulf Air has launched new stopover travel packages designed to promote Bahrain as a tourist destination to its global customer base. The stopover packages, available for both Falcon Gold and economy travellers for the duration of one to four days, can be booked via Gulf Air’s website and contact centre. The packages comprise a wide range of hotel accommodations, day tours and excursions. “When booking online, all our eligible customers will have the opportunity to add up to four nights to spend time in the island and explore its treasures. Our main goal is to promote Bahrain tourism to the global audience,” says Krešimir Kučko, CEO of the airline.


Danish Zleep Hotels brand prepares for Swedish debut
In Jan-2019 Danish hotel brand Zleep Hotels will open the doors of its first hotel in Sweden. The new property in Upplands Vasby, a business district between Arlanda Airport and Stockholm City will have 152 rooms and is scheduled to open on 14-Jan-2019. It is the first big step on a planned expansion of the Danish hotel chain across the Nordics. Zleep Hotels says it offers guests “affordable” rates with a simple hotel concept that focuses on good service, modern design and quality furniture in the rooms, the elements it describes as “most important to the guests’ experience”. This entails good service, modern design and, most importantly, quality furniture in the room. The efficient business model allows Zleep Hotels to offer affordable rates to the market. It is especially companies that can get great benefits by getting a flexible corporate discount.


Jumeriah opens it first luxury ‘eco-conscious’ resort in Abu Dhabi
Jumeirah Group has formally opened its Saadiyat Island Resort property, the group’s first luxury “eco-conscious” resort, nestled on the pristine shores of Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi. The resort overlooks 400 metres of white sand on the Arabian Gulf. “Located next to one of the most spectacular beaches in the Arabian Gulf, every aspect of the resort’s design has been influenced by the beauty of this location,” says Linda Griffin general manager of the property. Eco-conscious practices at the Resort go beyond preserving the island’s protected sand dunes – Jumeirah has partnered with Dubai-based Trust Your Water to reduce single-use plastics. Guests are offered locally-sourced filtered still and sparkling water in their own personal reusable bottles – the resort has also eliminated plastic straws. “Our commitment to protecting the natural sand dunes and sea around this hotel means that we are also continuously trying to minimise the impact that guests have on this environment by bringing in our own environmentally-friendly solutions and working with partners who are dedicated to employing sustainable, ethical practices in their businesses,” says Ms Griffin.