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.

  • Marriott adds Poland’s first Renaissance hotel at Warsaw Chopin Airport to complement existing Courtyard property
  • Dublin Airport seeks bidders for new Terminal-linked 400-room hotel
  • Swedavia’s Gothenburg Airport Terminal Expansion North project includes environmentally certified seven storey Scandic hotel
  • Bahrain International Airport to issue tender for new airside hotel
  • Newcastle Airport’s new masterplan 2035 includes scope for further hotel development
  • flyadeal partners with Booking.com to deliver accommodation options to flyers
  • Comair partners with SiteMinder further boosting South African domestic offering

Marriott adds Poland’s first Renaissance hotel at Warsaw Chopin Airport to complement existing Courtyard property

Marriott International has confirmed the debut of the Renaissance Hotels brand in Poland with the opening of Renaissance Warsaw Airport Hotel – reinforcing the its significant growth momentum around the world. With plans to debut 16 hotels in the next 12 months globally, it says “Renaissance Hotels will continue to revamp the staid airport hotel experience” and will see the Renaissance Amsterdam Schiphol Airport Hotel open in the Netherlands in Nov-2018 following the recent opening of Renaissance Atlanta Airport Gateway Hotel in the United States of America (USA) late last year. Ideally located for easy access to the airport and surrounding business parks, and just 20 minutes from Warsaw city centre, the hotel boasts 225 rooms and suites whose “modernist-inspired interiors” are complemented by graphic art from renowned Polish Poster Gallery, bringing “a sense of local soul and creating unexpected moments of discovery,” says Marriott International.


Dublin Airport seeks bidders for new Terminal-linked 400-room hotel

daa is seeking expressions of interest for a company or consortium to design and build, finance and operate a new 400-bedroom terminal-linked hotel at Dublin Airport. The new four star plus hotel, which will be located on a site directly linked to Terminal 2, will be one of Ireland’s largest hotels. The hotel will be operated by the winning bidder for 100 years before being transferred back to the airport operator. daa already holds planning permission for a 402-bedroom hotel on the site, which is located between T2 and the adjacent multi-storey car park, but this permission runs out in March 2019. It adds that the winning bidder will still have to apply for new planning permission for the hotel and may therefore decide to make modifications to the proposed internal layouts and bedroom configurations that were previously approved.


Swedavia’s Gothenburg Airport Terminal Expansion North project includes environmentally certified seven storey Scandic hotel

Swedavia last week launched its Terminal Expansion North project at Gothenburg Landvetter Airport. Works cover preparations for a new security checkpoint, baggage facility with larger X ray equipment and a new environmentally certified seven storey hotel close to the terminal operated by Scandic. Expansion works are underway on both the north and south side of the terminal, with Swedavia launching a south side expansion in Sep-2017. Total planned investment by Swedavia at Gothenburg Airport is expected to be SEK3 billion (EUR286.8 million) from 2016 to 2025. “The hotel is an important piece of the puzzle since the hotel’s public areas will be integrated with the future check-in hall. The airport’s expansion is necessary to meet the need for the air travel of the future,” says Jonas Abrahamsson, president and CEO of Swedavia.


Bahrain International Airport to issue tender for new airside hotel

Bahrain Airport Company CEO Mohamed Yousif Al-Binfalah has confirmed a tender will be issued for a new airside hotel at Bahrain International Airport before the end of this month, offering 50 rooms. He says: “We are looking at two business models for the airside hotel. One is pure investment by a concessionaire and the second is a joint venture relationship between us [BAC] and the hotel operator”. The contract would extend for a “minimum 10-15 years,” he adds.


Newcastle Airport’s new masterplan 2035 includes scope for further hotel development

Newcastle International Airport in North East England has launched its master plan 2035. The plan considers the impact of growth from 5.4 million passengers in 2017 to an estimated 9.4 million in 2035 to ensure sufficient land is safeguarded and environmental issues are considered. A potential runway extension is the big news, but other future developments cover further airport support services including the construction of another airport hotel. There are already three hotels immediately adjacent to the terminal access road – a Britannia Hotel, a Premier Inn and a DoubleTree by Hilton.


flyadeal partners with Booking.com to deliver accommodation options to flyers

Saudi Arabian LCC flyadeal has signed an agreement with Booking.com to provide accommodation services through its website and mobile app, reports Saudi Gazette. Booking.com currently offers more than 3,765 hotels in Saudi Arabia in its inventory. The parties will also offer exclusive deals to flyadeal customers. flyadeal CEO Con Korfiatis said the airline also plans to offer car rental and other travel products in the coming months.


Comair partners with SiteMinder further boosting South African domestic offering

Comair, the operator of LCC Kulula.com and the British Airways operation out of South Africa, is boosting its package offering for domestic travellers by partnering with hotel cloud platform company SiteMinder to provide a direct connection for SiteMinder’s 30,000 hotel customers and expanded its own package options. It already has more than one million flight, car rental and accommodation bookings made through its online platforms each year. Comair hotel development and distribution manager Russell Hine says: “For hotels, Comair’s partnership with SiteMinder provides an opportunity to be seen on three highly successful marketing channels – Kulula.com, Vitality Hotel Collection and mtbeds – and gain diverse reach in the South African market.” The four-star Bantry Bay Suite Hotel in Cape Town is the first property to list on Comair Travel’s distribution channels through SiteMinder.