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.

  • Global hotel pipeline ended 2018 at a record level, but growth is slowing
  • Marriott opens Four Points by Sheraton Setif in Algeria
  • Fattal Hotel Group takes London rooms from zero to 1,000+ following four property Grange Hotels deal
  • Oman Air partners with Al Bustan Palace to support launch of its new stopover scheme
  • Latest industry news and developments

Global hotel pipeline ended 2018 at a record level, but growth is slowing

At the end of last year the total global hotel construction pipeline hit a record high with 13,573 projects  and 2,265,792 rooms, a 7% increase in projects and a 6% increase in rooms year-over-year (YOY). The data is according to Lodging Econometrics (LE), which has released its year-end Global Construction Pipeline Trend Report, which compiles the construction pipeline counts for every country and market around the world. Its research shows the global pipeline has been ascending for eight consecutive years after reaching its cyclical low in 2010. The latest edition shows that all regional pipelines, with the exception of South America, continued their upward trend YOY, but there was a decline in economic growth rates for the full year 2018, a situation that is forecast to continue for 2019 and 2020. There are a record high 6,352 projects totalling 1,172,591 rooms currently under construction worldwide. Projects scheduled to start construction in the next 12 months are at 3,860 with 572,483 rooms, while projects in the early planning stage stand at 3,361 offering 520,718 rooms, also at an all-time high, according to the research.


Marriott opens Four Points by Sheraton Setif in Algeria

Marriott International has formally openedthe Four Points by Sheraton Setif in Algeria, in partnership with Prombati SPA. The property is owned by Rachid Khenfri, is its ninth in Algeria and part of a rapidly growing portfolio in North Africa. The hotel is situated in the centre of the city, providing easy access to Setif’s new tram line and Setif International Airport, which is around 20 minutes away by road. The modern property towers high above the city and is situated in what is seen as one of the most desirable areas in Setif which is steeped in history and surrounded by national landmarks dating back to the Berber Kingdom and the Roman Empire. It features 191 rooms, including 13 suites and inter-connecting rooms designed to suit the needs of families and large groups staying for an extended duration.


Fattal Hotel Group takes London rooms from zero to 1,000+ following four property Grange Hotels deal

Fattal Hotel Group has agreed to acquire a long-term lease on four Grange Hotels in London from Queensgate Investments, marking the group’s entry into the Central London market. The hospitality company has taken over the Grange Tower Bridge Hotel, Grange St Paul’s Hotel, Grange City Hotel and Grange Holborn Hotel, which together have just over 1,300 rooms. After major refurbishment the hotels will be operated by Jurys Inn & Leonardo Hotels UK and Ireland, bringing its portfolio to 53 properties, following a year of significant expansion that now means it has over 11,000 rooms. The Tower Bridge St Paul’s and City properties are due to be rebranded as Leonardo Royal assets, while the Holborn hotel will become its first NYX Hotel by Leonardo Hotels property in the UK.


Oman Air partners with Al Bustan Palace to support launch of its new stopover scheme

Oman Air has partnered with the Ritz-Carlton Al Bustan Palace property to launch a new stopover product for first and business class passengers. Under the new scheme, Oman Air business and first class passengers will be offered a complimentary night’s stay at the hotel if they choose to stay in Muscat as well as preferential rates for a second and third night stay at the hotel. Oman Air Holidays SVP Richard Bodin says the scheme is a “guaranteed way of promoting Oman” as a holiday destination as it will “tempt” passengers who were using Muscat as a connection point to other destinations to “break their journey and see some of the sultanate”.


News Briefs

Only two months after the Danish hotel chain, Zleep Hotels, opened its first hotel in Sweden, the chain is now hoping to conquer the Swedish hotel market. Now with one hotel in Upplands Vasby near Stockholm, it has identified 12 further locations in the country for future properties.

Small Luxury Hotels of the World has added five further hotels to its portfolio, including its first Egyptian properties. La Maison Bleue and Lazib Inn Resort & Spa offer luxurious experiences in two different parts of Egypt, while Castello di Spaltenna and Villa La Madonna in Italy and Tabacon Thermal Resort and Spa in the Costa Rican rainforest complete the additions.

easyJet plans to continue pursuing direct partnerships with hotels to increase ancillary revenues, despite Ryanair and Wizz Air closing their respective package holiday businesses. Its CEO, Johan Lundgren, acknowledges this is “a different approach” to its rivals, but with “a lot of revenue potential,” he says the “opportunity is too big not to capture it”.

The Ilala Lodge Hotel in Zimbabwe’s tourism capital, Victoria Falls has completed a two month, USD200,000 project to incorporate a new plunge pool and a new poolside lounge at the property. The new features follows a number of significant renovations to enhance guest experiences at the 73-room hotel that offers views of the famous mist that rises above one of the seven natural wonders of the world. This has included the addition of 16 deluxe guest rooms and the hotel’s most luxurious suite to date, the new Strathearn Suite.

The Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London will formally re-open on 15-Apr-2019, following the most extensive restoration in its 117-year history. It re-opened the public spaces of the property in Dec-2018 and has now unveiled its all new guest rooms and suites, including two newly created expansive penthouse suites.

The new Selinda Camp, which rests on the banks of Botswana’s Selinda Spillway, as it enters the Linyanti River, will formally open on 01-Jun-2019. The location is acknowledged as one of the most pristine wilderness areas left on our planet. The private 130,000-hectare Selinda Reserve boasts large elephant herds, regular sightings of the Selinda pack of African wild dogs as well as the famous Selinda Lion Pride. The camp will offer three expansive guest suites and a two-bedroom tented villa.