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.

  • European debut for Yotel’s extended stay YotelPad brand with three properties planned for Lake Geneva region
  • TUI Blue to become TUI Group’s global flagship hotel brand
  • Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas enters the luxury hospitality sector in Mauritius
  • Hotelbeds delivers German market insights
  • Our regular News Briefs regional round-up

European debut for Yotel’s extended stay YotelPad brand with three properties planned for Lake Geneva region

With more individuals moving cities and doing so more regularly, the advent of flexible accommodation and co-working spaces has become a new trend across the globe and was the reasoning behind Yotel launching its YotelPad concept across North America. It will now debut the model in Europe with the development of three projects within the Lake Geneva region offering 438 properties.

The YotelPad concept is based around longer stay accommodation and provides “a plug-and-play model, access to be part of a community and all without the hassles of daily chores”. It describes the Lake Geneva region as the ideal location for its European debut as it is home to “some of the world’s most important non-profit organizations (NGO), many of the largest multinational companies (MNC), top universities and R&D centres.”  Together these attract “an exceptionally dynamic and mobile workforce and welcomes frequent international business travellers” in an area where “housing stock is limited, and local tenancy laws typically require long term commitments,” explains Yotel CEO Hubert Viriot.

The first YotelPad to open in Switzerland in 2020 will be in Plan les Ouates – a 118 PAD new-build, located on Route de la Galaise, Geneva’s industrial and business centre. The second, also opening in 2020 and the largest of the three with 212 PADs, will be in Etoy – a town nestled between Lausanne and Geneva, a 30 minute drive from Geneva airport. The third is located in Pregny-Chambésy, only steps away from the United Nations and will open with 108 PADs in 2021 on Chemin des Crêts-de-Pregny.

TUI Blue to become TUI Group’s global flagship hotel brand

TUI Blue is to become TUI Group’s global flagship hotel brand with its portfolio growing from ten to around 100 hotels by 2020. The tour operator is expanding the brand’s footprint and plans to build TUI Blue as “the world’s largest leisure hotel brand within the next few years”.

From Summer 2020, the Group will cluster the tailored offerings of its hotel brands TUI Blue, TUI Sensimar and TUI Family Life under the TUI Blue flagship brand. The expanded portfolio of TUI Blue hotels, it hopes, will enhance the visibility and relevance of the brand and at the seam time allow customers access to a wider choice of global properties.

“Hotels remain a strong and attractive growth segment, and TUI has many years of experience as a hotel developer, investor and operator,” explains Fritz Joussen, CEO TUI Group. “What we were lacking was a hotel brand with a global presence incorporating TUI in its name.”

The coming summer season and in the Winter 2019/20 the TUI Sensimar and TUI Family Life hotels will continue to be offered under their current brand names, but from Summer 2020 will reopen under the TUI Blue flagship brand.

Alongside its strong footprint in southern Europe and the Caribbean, TUI Group and its Hotels & Resorts segment are focusing on other growth regions including South East Asia and the Indian Ocean.

Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas enters the luxury hospitality sector in Mauritius

Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas has confirmed its new Anantara Mauritius Resort on the South Eastern coast of the Indian Ocean island will open in Q4 2019. Part of an integrated coastal development, just 15 minutes from Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport, the new resort will be located near Blue Bay Marine Park – a leisure destination boasting a protected marine park, alongside Mauritius’ famous crystal-clear Indian Ocean waters and powdery white beaches.

The property will feature 164 guest rooms and suites, with eight pool villas – two with two bedrooms and six with four bedrooms – to be added in the first half of 2020. Facilities at the resort will include Sea.Fire.Salt – a speciality grill and seafood restaurant with courtyard and beach dining, an all-day dining restaurant, private dining with a wine cellar, a healthy wellness-focused cafe, two bars – one by the poolside and one facing the beach, a 30-metre ozone-based swimming pool, a gym and a signature Anantara Spa and a kids’ club.

Hotelbeds delivers German market insights

Leading hotel bedbank Hotelbeds has revealed some of its own insights on the German market ahead of this week’s annual ITB Berlin conference. It has confirmed Germany as its fifth largest source market globally and third largest European source market with European beach destinations the most in demand this summer for German tourists: Majorca and Antalya remain the most and second most popular, followed by Crete.

New York is the most popular city choice outside of Europe for Germans this summer. Barcelona jumps ahead of London in second spot compared to last year, with the UK capital slipping to third place. For Germans choosing Asian destinations this summer, Bali is for another consecutive year the most visited destination for the Germany source market – and the 14th most popular overall, but down considerably from seventh position last year.

News Briefs

  • Marriott International is projecting to open more than 30 luxury properties in 2019, furthering the company’s global perspective on luxury travel. It plans to expand its luxury footprint with more than 200 properties in the development pipeline, representing 20 new countries for the company’s luxury portfolio, from Sri Lanka to Bermuda and Morocco to Kenya.
  • Hospitality’s revenue strategy platform, Duetto, says it welcomed 10 new hotel companies to its platform in 2018. The San Francisco-based hospitality tech firm services more than 50 hotel companies across EMEA, representing more than 870 properties and nearly 150,000 hotel rooms. These include NH Hotel Group, Melia Hotels International, Palladium Hotel Group, easyHotel, citizenM and more.
  • Hotel Association of Turkey reported that data from the General Directorate of Security showed a 5.3% year-on-year increase in foreign visitors to the country in Jan-2019, growing to 1.5 million arrivals.
  • Marriott will this month open its Moxy Copenhagen Sydhavnen property in Copenhagen. The 226-room hotel is situated in a growing business area of the city alongside Aalborg University Copenhagen and thousands of apartments buildings. It will open its doors to the public on 18-Mar-2019.