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.

IHG celebrates 100th Hotel Indigo milestone

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has opened its 100th Hotel Indigo property globally, the 118-room Hotel Indigo Berlin East Side Gallery. The brand is set to double its portfolio over the next three to five years and continue its strong growth as one of the largest boutique brands in this fast-growing segment.

The boutique hotel sector is the second fastest growing in the industry – only behind the extended stay sector – and is expected to continue to grow at an unprecedented pace. Established in 2004, Hotel Indigo now has a presence in more than 15 countries with nearly 100 further hotels in the pipeline.

In the coming years, Hotel Indigo is set to debut in more than 10 new countries, including the UAE, Peru, Australia, New Zealand, India, South Korea, Japan and Vietnam, as well as expanding in markets where it has a significant foothold already, including the US and UK. New properties set to open in 2019 include: Hotel Indigo Milan – Corso Monforte, Hotel Indigo Stratford Upon Avon, Hotel Indigo Dubai Downtown, Hotel Indigo Miami and Hotel Indigo Coachella.

Mandarin Oriental gears up for Middle East debut

The first Mandarin Oriental property in the Middle East, the Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai, will open its doors in the first quarter of 2019 as planned. Located in the heart of Dubai, the resort will feature 178 rooms and 78 suites, all just a stone’s throw from the water’s edge. Alongside the accommodation, the property will house six restaurants, including Portuguese and authentic Japanese cuisine.

Ascott Limited boosts its footprint and achieves consecutive year of record growth

The Ascott Limited has secured contracts for another 26 properties with over 4,600 units across 18 cities and 11 countries. The new additions boost its portfolio to over 100,000 units. This marks a second consecutive year of record growth for the company with the addition of over 30,000 units across 189 properties in 2018, making it one of the fastest growing global players in the lodging industry.

It has expanded its presence in China, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom to build a global footprint that now extends to 172 cities across 33 countries. This includes its entry into the Netherlands market with the signing of Citadines Sloterdijk Station Amsterdam, a franchised property in Amsterdam that offers 48 studio and one-bedroom apartments and is due to open in Mar-2019.

Elsewhere across the EMEA region, the company is deepening its presence in the United Kingdom with Citadines Wembley London, its seventh property in the country. Part of a mixed-use development with student housing and commercial space, the property will offer 300 studio apartments and will open in 2021.

In the Middle East and Turkey, Ascott has also secured contracts for three properties with over 500 units in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and Istanbul, Turkey. Citadines Nivo Istanbul (150-unit serviced residence; opening 2020) and Citadines Maslak Istanbul (148 units ranging from studio, one-bedroom to four-bedroom apartments and duplexes; opening in 2019) are both under management contracts while Citadines Metro Central Dubai, which opened last year, is under a franchise agreement.

Meanwhile, Ascott Limited has unveiled its third The Crest Collection property, La Clef Champs-Elysees Paris, opening after two years in development and located in the heart of the 8th arrondissement in the French capital. The residence boasts 70 rooms, suites and apartments in large spaces, including two duplex apartments with a terrace offering extraordinary views over the rooftops of Paris and the Sacre-Coeur.

New Courtyard by Marriott breaks ground in the Highlands of Scotland

Work has officially started on a multi-million pound hotel, which will see the Courtyard by Marriott brand make its debut in the city of Inverness in Scotland. Owned and developed by Molo Hotels the property, situated within Inverness Airport Business Park, will be operated by RBH, the UK’s leading independent hotel management company, when it opens its doors later this year.

The new 130-bedroom modular build will afford quick and easy access to Inverness Airport, where passenger demand has been on the rise particularly since British Airways and KLM added, and have subsequently grown, hub links to London and Amsterdam. The midrange brand is popular with the business travel market.

Contractor Polcom Construction has already begun building the hotel bedrooms at its factory in Gdansk, Poland and they are transported to the hotel site in the coming months ready for the final build. The property is scheduled for completion and opening in the final quarter of 2019.

News Briefs

  • Hilton has started accepting reservations for its forthcoming Garden Inn London Heathrow Terminal 2 property, which will be directly connected to The Queen’s Terminal, reports Business Traveller. The hotel was originally announced by the Arora Group in 2016, and is now accepting reservations for arrival from 14-Aug-2019, according to the trade journal.
  • Mövenpick Hotels plans to delay the opening of the Mövenpick Hotel at Stuttgart Airport until summer 2019 due to water damage and faulty building services, reports the German press. The EUR50 million, four star development will feature 326 rooms and conference/meeting space for up to 700 guests.

And finally… British travellers maintain a taste for home when travelling abroad

Just over half of British holidaymakers (52%) will be taking typically British’ food on holiday with them when they head off on their travels, a new poll by Oliver’s Travels has discovered. The findings show two-fifths (40%) take these items because they think they won’t find them abroad while 34% believe the ones available overseas don’t taste the same. When it comes to a brew, half (48%) agree that tea just doesn’t taste like tea outside the UK. Tea (37%) is the most popular item making it into people’s suitcases among a list that also includes coffee (23%), custard cream or digestive biscuits (16%), favourite cereals (9%), marmite (8%), cheese (8%) and even baked beans (7%). However, rather alarmingly two-thirds (68%) don’t know or can’t cite a country where they might be breaking the law if they failed to declare tea through Customs. It is not just food and drink that make it into their luggage. The poll highlights 22% pack slippers – with 25 – 34 year olds the most likely to; 1 in 20 (4%) carry their own toilet roll; 1 in 10 (9%) their own pillows and7% choose to bring a picture of their family.